Monday, March 25, 2019

Child obesity grows tenfold since 1975: study

Warning of a “double burden” of malnutrition, researchers said the rate of increase in obesity far outstripped the decline in under-nutrition.

UN health agency establishes high-level commission to tackle non communicable diseases

The commission will be chaired by Sania Nishtar, a prominent global advocate for action against non-communicable diseases, former Federal Minister of the Government of Pakistan and civil society leader. She has also previously served as co-chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

UN report says natural disasters to become more destructive

Between 2000 and 2015, the low- and lower middle-income countries in the region experienced almost 15 times more disaster deaths than the region’s high-income countries.

Global treaty to root out the scourge of illegal fishing

The Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) entered into force last June, making it legally binding on its parties to conduct rigorous inspections of vessels by port rather than flag States.

Growth forecasts for the Pacific slightly downgraded

Some domestic drags on Pacific economies are expected to persist into 2018, pulling down the sub-regional growth forecast slightly to 3.2 per cent.

Breakthrough for women with a disability

Women with disabilities have had their right to work recognised by Pacific Ministers for Women.

Landmark series for 250th year of Cook’s voyages

‘Uncharted – With Sam Neill’ will be a major television event broadcast in 2018 to mark the 250th anniversary of Cook's first voyage to the Pacific.

Addressing violence against women essential to economic empowerment

The Pacific region has some of the highest rates of VAW in the world, where two out of three women reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by a partner – double the global average.

Counselling and dieting among new UN health agency guidelines on child obesity

WHO says the prevalence of obesity in children reflects changing patterns towards unhealthy diets and physical inactivity

It’s our job to progress gender equality – Pacific Ministers for Women

Temporary Special Measures (TSMs) or affirmative action is needed to increase the number of women of political decision making and ensuring there is more financing for gender equality.