IVI hosts virtual State Forum to promote partnership and equity in global health

The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) hosted a virtual State Forum today to advocate for multilateral cooperation through vaccine diplomacy. During a coronavirus pandemic with the continuous threat of more neglected infectious diseases spreading around the world, the forum convened a panel of country ambassadors and vaccine experts to promote partnership and equity in global health.

“Our coming together today is visible evidence of the kind of solidarity that will end this pandemic, prevent the next one, and control and eradicate more neglected diseases that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries,” said George Bickerstaff, Chair of IVI’s Board of Trustees, in his welcome.

The forum was livestreamed online from IVI headquarters in , Korea and featured remarks from First Lady Kim Jung-sook of the Republic of Korea and Queen Sylvia of Sweden, as well as ambassadors from the Republic of Korea, Sweden, India,

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Bloomberg New Economy Forum Announces New Global Co-Hosts and Preliminary Speaker Line-up for 2020 Virtual Event

NEW YORK, BEIJING, LONDON and JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE), The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) have been named as co-hosts for the 2020 Bloomberg New Economy Forum, to be held virtually November 16-19. More than 500 current and former heads of state, influential business executives, government officials, academics and experts from around the world will join them in a collaborative effort to help redesign key parts of the global economy after the ravages of Covid-19, emphasizing sustainable and inclusive growth.

An overarching goal of this effort is to bring together leaders from East and West to work toward “Our New Economy”— a shared future that reflects the shifting composition of economic forces in the world today. Now in its third year, the Bloomberg New Economy Forum is a unique convening platform

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Orange open forum to discuss declaring racism a public health crisis

ORANGE — Residents will get the chance to weigh in Oct. 7 on whether the town should declare racism as a public health crisis, as has been done in many communities in Connecticut and nationwide.

The declaration acknowledges the impact of racism on health conditions and outcomes for people of color, as well as enabling government to tackle inequitable policies that reinforce institutional racism.

It’s been done in Connecticut municipalities including Simsbury, Bloomfield, Bridgeport, Colchester, Easton, Glastonbury, Hamden, Hartford, Manchester, Middletown, New Britain, New Haven, New London, South Windsor, West Hartford, Windham and Windsor.

The Orange forum will be held at High Plains Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and capacity under pandemic protocols will be 25 people.

The forum, with no guaranteed vote either way, came about when Democratic Town Chairwoman Jody Dietch raised the issue in the public speaking portion of a Sept. 9 Board of Selectmen

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Focus on Ag: Farm safety and health in the spotlight | Farm Forum

In a couple of weeks, we will enter full-scale fall harvest for the 2020 growing season, which makes it is a good time for farm families to review the farm safety procedures in their farming operation.

More farm accidents occur during the fall than at any other time of the year, and usually involve one or more farm family members. Special care should be taken with children and senior citizens around farm and grain handling equipment, as these groups are the most vulnerable to farm accidents. The week of Sept. 20-26 has been designated as “National Farm Safety and Health Week”, which is intended to bring extra focus on farm safety and health issues during the fall harvest season.

The 2020 theme of this special week is “Every Farmer Counts,” which is a reminder that it is in everyone’s best interest to prioritize farm safety and health throughout the year

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