World Diabetes Day 2017 observed globally
The World Diabetes Day was observed globally on 14 November 2017 with the theme 'Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future'.
Currently, there are over 199 million women living with diabetes and this total is projected to increase to 313 million by 2040. Diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally, causing 2.1 million deaths each year.
The World Diabetes Day 2017 theme aims to promote affordable access to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies for all women with diabetes to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Audrey Azoulay appointed as Director General of UNESCO
Audrey Azoulay was on 10 November 2017 elected as the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Azoulay succeeds outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova of Bulgaria.
Former French Culture Minister, Azoulay was elected as DG on 14 October 2017 through the voting of UNESCO’s Executive Board. However, her election needed the confirmation of UNESCO's 195-member General Assembly.
With this confirmation, Azoulay became the second French leader of the UNESCO after Rene Maheu, who was UNESCO's Director General from 1961-74.
India Youth Development Index and Report 2017 released
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Rajyavardhan Rathore released the India Youth Development Index (YDI) and Report 2017 in New Delhi on 13 November 2017.
The index has been developed by the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Tamil Nadu. The main aim behind constructing the index is to track the trends in Youth Development across the states.
The index will help recognise the high and low performing states, indentify the weak domains and inform the policy makers about the priority areas of intervention for youth development in the states.