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A report on the 63rd Annual United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference, August/September 2010

The conference was titled "Advance Global Health: Achieve the Millennium Development Goals." Institute President Martin Levinson asked the Australian General Semantics Society (AGS) to represent the Institute at this conference. We formed a team of seven people to do this from Sydney, Canberra, and Melbourne. The members were Laurie Cox, Earl Livings, Tom Valcanis, Pauline Callaghan, Jeanne James, Robert James (AGS president), and David Hewson.

The UN conference on Global Health promotion was held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on the Yarra River in downtown Melbourne, Australia. About 1600 people attended, representing several hundred NGOs (nongovernmental organizations affiliated with the UN), of which the Institute is one. A standard day began with a joint session in a large auditorium. Then, after morning tea, we attended ninety-minute workshops run by the NGOs. After lunch, there were more workshops to choose from. I went to a number, including how health is affected by pollution in the Baltic sea, the growing diabetes "epidemic" and other noncommunicable diseases (which are amongst the largest killers in society), vision impairment/blindness, and a mental health workshop on depression. They wrapped up the day with another interactive session in the main auditorium. …

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