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Understanding access to medicines: Consultation note for a global research network proposal

The UK Department for International development (DFID) is considering the establishment of a global Access to Medicines Research Network (ATM RN). Is it anticipated that this network will bring together research institutions from developed and developing countries to enhance the available evidence on how to make medicines affordable and accessible to the poorest populations. To inform the design of the ATM RN DFID is now holding an open consultation with interested parties. An online survey is available from 1-30 June. All are invited to send your views and comments to inform the establishment of the network (use the link provided).

UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences
Closing date: 30 June 2015

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) – Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences rewards the projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organisations for scientific research in the life sciences, which have led to improving the quality of human life. The Prize encourages research as well as the establishment and development of networks of centres of excellence in the life sciences. Candidates shall have made significant research contribution to the life sciences to enhance the quality of human life. The prize winners, maximum three, shall be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of the assessments and recommendations made to her by an international jury. The nomination form should be completed in English or French only, and should reach UNESCO no later than 30 June 2015.

UNGASS media grants
The Panos Global AIDS Programme

The Panos Global AIDS Programme invites print journalists from Eastern Africa; Western Africa; the Caribbean; South Asia to participate in a small grants programme aimed at raising debate at country level on the progress made by their countries in the attainment of the goals of the Declaration of Commitment agreed upon during the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS held in June 2001. Panos will be giving out UNGASS Monitoring grants to one journalist each from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa. To apply, CVs and samples of related published work may be sent not later than 8 April 2006 to the relevant contact for that part of the world.

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20)
20-22 June 2012: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Also referred to as the Earth Summit or Rio+20 due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20)
20-22 June 2012: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Also referred to as the Earth Summit or Rio+20 due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.

United Nations Conference On Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20)
20-22 June 2012: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Also referred to as the Earth Summit or Rio+20 due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Doha: 26 November – 7 December 2012

The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will take place from Monday, 26 November to Friday, 7 December 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. Government, business and civil society from around the world will gather to discuss climate change and seek to move forward with the agenda set by the Kyoto Protocol to halt and reverse global warming.

United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
UNAIDS

The UN General Assembly has called for a high-level meeting on 10-11 June 2008, to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS , as well as to promote the continued engagement of leaders in a comprehensive global response to AIDS. The high-level meeting will comprise plenary meetings, five thematic panel discussions and an informal interactive hearing with civil society. The outcome of the high-level meeting will be a Summary of the President of the General Assembly, reflecting the views expressed during the discussions. To facilitate civil society involvement in the high-level meeting and ensure an open, transparent and participatory process, the President of the General Assembly in partnership with UNAIDS will establish a Civil Society Task Force comprising representatives from civil society, the private sector and relevant UN focal points. The Task Force will, among other things, help identify participants for the civil society hearing and help determine the format, theme and programme. In addition, UNAIDS is working closely with a coalition of civil society organizations to provide support to civil society and community groups in maximizing the impact of the 2008 UN General Assembly high-level meeting on AIDS. Submit your application to attend the meeting at: http://www.un-ngls.org/unaids/en/application.php

United Nations Summit On Non-Communicable Diseases
19-20 September 2011: New York, United States

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly will be holding a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) from 19-20 September 2011. The Summit will focus on the four most prominent non-communicable diseases, namely, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. The aim of the summit is to agree on a global strategy to address NCDs. The UN Summit on NCDs is the second of its kind to focus on a global disease issue. The first UN Summit related to health was the HIV/AIDS meeting in 2001 which led to the creation of the Global Fund. Non-communicable disease indicators are on the agenda for discussion and acceptance of the goals could lead to the future earmarking of overseas development aid to address cancer and other NCDs in developing countries.

United Nations Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
19-20 September 2011: New York, United States

The United Nations (UN) General Assembly will be holding a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) from 19-20 September 2011. The Summit will focus on the four most prominent non-communicable diseases, namely, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. The aim of the summit is to agree on a global strategy to address NCDs. The UN Summit on NCDs is the second of its kind to focus on a global disease issue. The first UN Summit related to health was the HIV/AIDS meeting in 2001 which led to the creation of the Global Fund. Non-communicable disease indicators are on the agenda for discussion and acceptance of the goals could lead to the future earmarking of overseas development aid to address cancer and other NCDs in developing countries.

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