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Strengthen Global Agriculture - Invest in Women

October 27, 2011 | Amanda Keifer

Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at an event during the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The event, titled "Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security," consisted of a panel of leaders from the UN, civil society, private sector, and government. In her remarks, Clinton noted that in a time when nearly 1 billion people are suffering from chronic hunger and we are doing our best to come to the aid of those in need, we must stay focused on the "long-term goal of strengthening global agriculture," in order to reduce hunger by producing more food and more nutritious food.

How can we meet the challenge of providing an adequate food supply to a growing population while still protecting the environment? For Secretary Clinton - and the Public Health Institute's Center for Public Health and Climate Change - the answer is clear: a greater investment in women.  more

UN Meeting on NCDs Hold Out Promise but Work Remains to Be Done

October 26, 2011 | Mary Pittman, DrPH

I was recently honored to participate as an observer representing the Public Health Institute (PHI) at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York. This historic event marked the first time the world body had ever considered the toll of NCDs.

This meeting represented an important milestone in a long road toward a world in which preventable illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are largely avoided. However, one important piece of business was left unfinished.  more

The Most Powerful Person in a World of Seven Billion

October 25, 2011 | Emily Teitsworth

Out of the nearly 7 billion people alive today, imagine for a moment what the most powerful individual on the planet might look like.

Chances are, you aren't picturing a 12 year old school girl raising her hand to answer a question in science class. But the truth is, the world's 700 million adolescent girls may just be the most powerful agents we have to address the urgent challenges facing our crowded planet.  more

Reflections on a World of Seven Billion

October 24, 2011 | Suzanne Petroni, PhD

A week from today, October 31, 2011, our planet will see its population hit the seven billion mark for the first time ever. How should we look at a world of seven billion people? A challenge, indeed, as ever more people means ever more mouths to feed; minds to educate; crops to grow; and bodies to protect, heal, employ, and house. At the same time, our world's growing population represent an opportunity; an opportunity to engage our mutual energies, technologies, and intellect in order to set our world on a track toward a healthy and sustainable future.

The Public Health Institute is pleased to launch today a series of blogs that reflect on a world of seven billion and that touch on just some of the tremendous challenges and opportunities that such an historic mark presents and provides.  more

Big Week for Non Communicable Diseases

April 25, 2011 | Jeff Meer

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has organized two meetings in Moscow related to the rising tide of non communicable diseases (NCDs). The first, on April 27, will be a "Global Forum on NCDs," at which approximately 180 individuals from civil society, including the private sector and academia, from around the world will gather. Also at the meeting, the WHO will release its first-ever "Global Status Report on NCDs," which is expected to provide new information on the extent of the epidemics, and what nations can do to stop cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases.  more

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