United Nations

At the UN, Where are We Going?

By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman The issue of the pros and cons of the United Nations continues to baffle us. This is especially so during the transition to new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the amazing dramatic ups and downs of Donald Trump as the new president of the United States. This is a
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From the UN: Update on Water and Sanitation

By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Amazingly, more people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet. Inadequate water and sanitation do not make headlines but claim many lives through disease. This is a “silent disaster” with major health consequences. Let’s look at the situation in greater
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From the UN: The World’s Children: An Update

  By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Children are our future. Our concern with their well-being is basic to our hopes. Every day on TV we see the devastating images of the trauma of war. The barbaric bombing of civilians and hospitals in Aleppo is a nightmare. It is staggering to realize that […]
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Evaluating the Accuracy of Reported Information

We are inundated by information. One example of information overload is the stream of US election polls as if we are following a horse race. The Word Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and numerous UN agencies provide information regarding poverty, hunger in the world, access to clean water and sanitation
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From The UN: Development Goals, Old and New

DR. SYLVAIN EHRENFELD is the IHEU and National Ethical Service Representative to the UN. He submits reports monthly to us regarding activities at the UN, which he attends as a non-governmental representative. DR. REBA GOODMAN, member of ECSBC, is Professor Emeritus in Clinical Pathology & Special Lecturer in
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Mental Health Update

We were surprised to learn that mental health problems are more common than cancer and heart disease combined. In fact, the World Health Organization predicts that by 2030 more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem. Mental disorders are truly universal and are found in all regions,
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A Civilization Should Be Judged

A civilization should be judged by the way it treats its most vulnerable members. Will the world care for its children? The United Nations cares. It has persistently focused on children. It has created UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. In May of 2002, world leaders gathered for a major conference
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