Self-Healing Materials, Paving the Road of the Future

You are probably browsing this website through  your smartphone as, indeed, most of the Internet users by now. This morning you unplugged your charger. Juice for the whole day. Hopefully, tomorrow your device will keep on working just like today. In three months, however, you may notice that its battery life starts to decay. The […]

Donors pledge over US$ 15 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies

Donors have pledged an additional US$15.3 million to support quick action by the World Health Organization to tackle disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises through its emergency response fund in 2018, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom of […]

Promote health, keep the world safe, serve the vulnerable

A warm welcome to all meeting participants! I sincerely regret not being able to join you this week to take part in your discussions. However, I know that several members of my senior leadership team will be joining some sessions. I have asked them to brief me on your deliberations and meeting outcomes. Thank you […]

Coming face to neck with Vladimir Putin

Bagehot remembers several surreal visits to a frozen St Petersburg and a booming Moscow British politicsBagehot’s notebook Mar 21st 2018 by BAGEHOT T.H. MARSHALL, one of the founders of modern economics, and one of the most brilliant analysts of the economics of place, argued that “there was something in the air” in the English city […]

Artificial Photosynthesis to Transform Greenhouse Gases into Plastic

Pointing at carbon dioxide as humanity’s main enemy wouldn’t be an overstatement. After all, its accumulation in the atmosphere, with a sharp increase since the first industrial revolution, is the cause of global warming according to most research. Really, the most logical solution would be to, well, cut down greenhouse gas emissions, but a fossil […]

Some thoughts on the open v closed divide

Mar 16th 2018 by BAGEHOT ONE of the most popular interpretations of modern politics is that it is increasingly defined by the difference between open and closed rather than left and right. Openness means support for both economic openness (immigration and free trade) and cultural openness (gays and other minorities). Closedness means hostility to these […]

Seven years of Syria’s health tragedy

After seven years of conflict in Syria, WHO has renewed its call for the protection of health workers and for immediate access to besieged populations. Attacks on the health sector have continued at an alarming level in the past year. The 67 verified attacks on health facilities, workers, and infrastructure recorded during the first two […]

The Internet of Energy: How Smart Buildings Are Getting Smarter

Electricity bills must be some of the most dreaded letters for the average citizen. The cost of energy, conditioned by a host of different factors that range from taxes to weather, is still one of the main costs for most homes. Well, at least until renewable energies increase their efficiency or the arrival of the […]

Working together for the health and welfare of humankind

1. We, the Heads of the International Narcotics Control Board, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Health Organization are committed to support our Member States to effectively address and counter the world drug problem. We agree that if we are to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, including its health […]

Gender equality must be at the core of ‘Health for All’

On this International Women’s Day, we imagine a world where every woman and girl has access to quality and affordable health care, a world in which women and girls can freely exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights, and one where all women and girls are treated and respected as equals. The theme for this […]