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Category Archives: WHO

06.14.13

Lessons from the Industry

By Susan C. Kim

In her opening remarks to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: [e]fforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion . . . [i]t is […]

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06.04.13

Commemorations around “World No Tobacco Day”

By Paula Avila

This post was written by and Paula Avila Guillen (Institute Associate) and Belen Rios (Research Assistant, Global Health LL.M. ‘13) at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Any questions or comments about this post can be directed to pa390@law.georgetown.edu    On Friday May 31st, as we mentioned in our blog, all around the globe, […]

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07.16.12

Summer Conversation Series with Mónica Roa: “Women’s Rights in Latin America: Impact of Strategic Litigation”

By Paula Avila

“Women’s Link has afforded me the privilege of constructing new paradigms in my work, of understanding our role as the new generation of feminists who use the law as an agent of social change to make gender justice a reality. The challenge of constructing an organization with its own principles is a constant reminder that […]

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05.10.12

U.S. Congressional Briefing “Cholera and the Human Right to Health in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

By Ana S. Ayala

In October of 2010, less than ten months after being hit by a devastating earthquake, Haiti experienced a cholera epidemic that quickly spread throughout the small nation. The waterborne disease has now killed at least 7,050 Haitians and sickened over 531,000 others. Meanwhile, nearly half a million earthquake victims remain without adequate housing, and Haitians […]

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11.23.11

US law and possible Palestinian WHO membership: Implications for WHO funding

By O’Neill Institute

This post was co-authored by Eric A. Friedman and Professor Lawrence O. Gostin. At the end of October, the United States announced that it would cease funding UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, when the agency voted to accept the Palestinian application for full membership, which will make Palestine UNESCO’s 195th member. This […]

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10.01.11

Unanswered Questions of the UN Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

By Eric A. Friedman

 The United Nation’s High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), convened at UN Headquarters September 19-20, brought with it high expectations. The only previous UN General Assembly Special Sessions on a health issue had been on HIV/AIDS, with the first, in 2001, credited with helping spur the […]

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08.25.11

A debate about the international criminalization of falsification of medicines: responding to Attaran, Bate and Kendall

By Benn McGrady

Neil Boister and Benn McGrady In a recent article in Journal of International Criminal Justice, we responded to a proposal by Amir Attaran, Roger Bate and Megan Kendall that a treaty should be negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). More specifically, we responded to the suggestion that a treaty for the […]

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07.22.11

Workshop on Legal issues in Tobacco Control for Latin American Attorneys

By O’Neill Institute

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control organized a workshop on Law and Tobacco Control in Rio de Janeiro on June 15-17, 2011. This training […]

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07.11.11

The new antismoking warning labels: a necessary step in the right direction

By Juan Carballo

On June 21, health officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a series of nine graphic color warning labels that the tobacco industry will be required to include on the top-half of all cigarette packages produced after September 2012. Some of the images are quite explicit in their illustration of the harmful […]

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06.18.11

Promises of Progress from the High-Level AIDS Summit at UN

By Eric A. Friedman

At last week’s high-level United Nations AIDS review, world leaders adopted a Political Declaration that indeed included a commitment to having 15 million people on AIDS treatment by 2015, among other targets aimed at real progress. Along with the commitment on AIDS treatment, the other headline from the conference was the commitment to work towards […]

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