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Latin America / Obesity & other topics - Daily Briefing (12 November 2019)

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Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Highlights:
- Secretary - General's Travels,
- Deputy Secretary General's Travels
- Lebanon
- Iraq
- Syria
- Latin America / Obesity
- U.N.I.C.E.F
- Universal Postal Union
LATIN AMERICA/OBESITY
In a new report, the UN today warned that the prevalence of adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean has tripled since 1975, affecting one in four adults in a region where hunger has grown once again, reaching 42.5 million people.
The report – jointly released by the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization – calls on countries to develop urgent actions to address both obesity and malnutrition in the region.
According to the report, the most significant increase in adult obesity in the region was observed in the Caribbean, where the percentage quadrupled, rising from 6 per cent in 1975 to 25 percent – in other words, from 760,000 people to 6.6 million people. At the same time, every year 600,000 people die in Latin America and the Caribbean due to diseases related to poor diets, such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.

U.N.I.C.E.F.
Today is World Pneumonia Day and UNICEF reported that this disease claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year, or one child every 39 seconds.
According to the agency’s new analysis, most deaths occurred among children under the age of two, and almost 153,000 within the first month of life.
Sounding the alarm about this forgotten epidemic, six leading health and children’s organisations are today launching an appeal for global action.
In January, the group will host world leaders at the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Spain.
More children under the age of five died from the disease in 2018 than from any other.
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