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In 2014, the World Health Organization stated that Antibiotic resistance has become a major threat to public health. In fact, the WHO stated that “this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country.”

For the first time, in 2015, the WHO decided to dedicate a week in the month of November to World Antibiotic Awareness.

Prof. Walter Ricciardi is a physician, accademic, actor, and Italian politician and is currently the President of the Italian “Istituto Superiore di Sanità”, Italy’s most important research centre in the field of public health. Prof. Ricciardi kindly shared his time to answer some questions regarding one of the most alarming issues within the scenario of global health: antibiotic resistance.

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Youth suicide is without doubt a very important and growing problem. In fact, youth suicide rates have nearly tripled between the 1960s and 1980s. Just to give an idea, in Australia suicide is the second cause of death among the youth, second only to motor vehicle accidents, while in the United States, it is the third leading cause of death among teens. However, youth suicide is an important problem also in devloping countries. For example, in India, one out of three suicides is committed by a young person.

Maria Luisa di Pietro, Professor of Bioethics at the Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II per Studi su Matrimonio e Famiglia and Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome, took her time to share with us some of her thoughts on this difficult topic.

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A new Global Call to Action aims to engage and mobilize communities, organizations, governments, and individuals worldwide in promoting and securing Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights.

“The goal is to secure Indigenous and community land rights everywhere.. Securing these rights is at the heart of building a just and equitable world. From health to education, participation to peace, growth to cultural diversity, Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ land rights are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to which our nations’ leaders have committed.

Life on Earth as we know it depends on the recognition of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as custodians of our planet.”

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