UN health agency highlights lifestyle choices that can prevent onset of dementia, as millions more succumb each year

In recommendations to counter an expected tripling in the number of people with the degenerative condition in the next 30 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines are designed to help medical professionals and governments to develop national policies. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. “We need to do everything we can to reduce our risk of dementia,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The scientific evidence gathered for these guidelines confirm what we have suspected for…

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Israel settlements: Netanyahu rejects ‘shameful’ UN vote

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a UN call to end settlement activity on occupied land is “shameful”. He stressed that Israel would not abide by Friday’s vote at the 15-member UN Security Council. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ spokesman said the resolution was a “big blow to Israeli policy”. The resolution was passed after the US refused to veto it, breaking with long-standing American practice. Washington has traditionally sheltered Israel from condemnatory resolutions. The Egyptian-drafted resolution had been withdrawn after Israel asked US President-elect Donald Trump to intervene, but it…

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UN: World leaders adopt plan to enhance protections for refugees and migrants

Education International attended the United Nations’ General Assembly’s first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants, which reasserted the need to protect refugees and migrants’ rights, including their right to education.   With more people forced to flee their homes than at any time since World War II, world leaders came together at the United Nations (UN) on 19 September to adopt the New York Declaration. The Declaration expresses their political will to protect the rights of refugees and migrants, to save lives, and share responsibility for large movements of people on…

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UN report outlines challenges in achieving education for all

Education needs to fundamentally change if society is to reach its global development goals. That’s according to the new Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO. The report shows the potential for education to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It also highlights that education needs a major transformation to fulfil that potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. Formerly known as the EFA Global Education Monitoring Report (GMR), this year’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report discusses…

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Education-For-All Target Missed by 50 Years, Says UN

London: The world is set to miss by more than half a century, a deadline for ensuring all children receive secondary education, the UN said on Tuesday, adding that 40% of pupils are being taught in a language that is not their mother tongue. World leaders agreed last year that by 2030 all girls and boys should be able to complete free quality primary and secondary education, but chronic under-funding is holding back progress, a UN report said. “This report should set off alarm bells around the world and lead to a…

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UN report says world will miss education-for-all target by 50 years

London: The world is set to miss by more than half a century a deadline for ensuring all children receive secondary education, the United Nations said on Tuesday, adding that 40% of pupils are being taught in a language that is not their mother tongue. World leaders agreed last year that by 2030 all girls and boys should be able to complete free quality primary and secondary education, but chronic under-funding is holding back progress, a UN report said. “This report should set off alarm bells around the world and…

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