News in Brief 08 December 2015 (PM)

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A young boy is administered measles and rubella vaccine at a health post in Gorkha District, Nepal. Photo: UNICEF/Kiran Panday

Universal health coverage key to realizing health development goals

Universal health coverage is the "linchpin" in efforts to fight infectious diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, and to address other global health concerns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN agency has released a study laying out actions that the international community must prioritize to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The goals will guide global development efforts over the next 15 years.

Practically all 17 SDGs are, in some way, connected to health.

WHO says universal health coverage will be key to development in health.

It also reflects the desire to reach the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people.

Greece and Eurozone urged to take action on debt relief

A UN human rights expert is calling for debt relief for Greece that triggers what he describes as "socially inclusive growth."

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky has concluded a visit to the European country, saying it is "justified" to speak about a human rights and humanitarian crisis there.

He said an estimated 2.5 million Greeks are without health insurance.

Meanwhile, youth employment is at nearly 50 per cent, and only 1 in 10 jobless people receive benefits while millions are left without basic social security.

He urged both the Greek Government and the Eurozone countries to take action to prevent the social crisis from undermining prospects for a successful economic reform.

Fighting corruption part of new development goals

Dissatisfaction with public institutions, disillusion with government, anger and unrest: these are some of the situations that can occur as a result of corruption.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General in a message for International Anti-Corruption Day, observed this Wednesday.

Ban Ki-moon says corruption has "disastrous impacts" on development, for example, when funds that should go to schools, health clinics and other vital services get diverted to criminals or dishonest officials.

He adds that the new development agenda recognizes the need to fight corruption.

Mr Ban has called for united efforts to firmly reject corruption in favour of principles of transparency, accountability and good governance.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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