Disease has no regard for national boundaries. Organizations formed in this century to help the World Health Organization fight serious diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, and cholera have saved millions of lives so far. More than ever, global public health security depends on global cooperation, say our UN columnists. Read More
Global problems need global solutions. As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries, including climate change, disease, migration, refugees, human trafficking, and international crime. Here’s a look at UN agencies promoting a better standard of life. Read More
Within a little more than a decade, projections say, world population—at 7.7 billion people today—is likely to be around 8.5 billion people; by 2050, almost 10 billion. The growing population is a strain on basic resources, including food, water, land, and minerals.
By Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Dr. Reba Goodman Extreme weather hit 60 million people in 2018 and no part of the world was spared. According to the UN report, many of the weather events like floods, droughts, heat waves and hurricanes were record-breaking, costly and caused a lot of suffering. For example, 2018 was a record-breaking year when it […]
By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman What is the state of the world? Are we going to hell? Given the terrible news we read daily and the barbaric images we see on TV we understand the feeling that we are on a downward path. There are, in fact, good reasons to believe that the […]
By Drs. Sylvain Ehrenfeld and Reba Goodman Public health measures such as clean water, sanitation and the beginning of drug development have increased the average lifespan by nearly 40 percent, from 50 years at the start of the 20th century to 77 years in the 21st century. Pharmaceutical companies have pioneered key drugs to combat illnesses […]