Tag: United Nations

Pope Francis Laments That for Migrants, ‘Little Has Changed’

LESBOS, Greece — Pope Francis returned Sunday to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, the site of one of the definitive moments of his papacy, seeking to elevate the plight of migrants — what he called a “shipwreck of civilization” — to the top level of global concerns, along with the pandemic […]

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In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

But then, putting aside his speech, he spoke in unusually blunt terms. “We cannot keep quiet” about a “culture of indifference,” Francis said. He looked at the pews, filled with men and women from Africa and the Middle East, some holding crying babies. “Looking at you, I see the faces of suffering” he said, calling […]

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Dear People of 2021: What Can We Learn From Hindsight?

Our forebears had a lot of ideas about where we’d be by now. Go back just a few years, and you’ll find no end of prophecies about the world we’d inhabit today — tech fantasies of roads filled with self-driving machines, dire visions of critical water sources gone dry, projections of cities and markets growing […]

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Extreme Poverty Has Been Sharply Cut. What Has Changed?

Hindsight is a series from the Headway team looking back at predictions and promises from the past. When Alan Piazza visited isolated villages in north central China in the 1990s as an economist for the World Bank, he found a place of “almost impossible poverty.” People in the Ningxia region lived in cave dwellings dug […]

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U.N. Seats Denied, for Now, to Afghanistan’s Taliban and Myanmar’s Junta

A bid by the new Taliban government in Afghanistan and the junta ruling Myanmar to gain international recognition suffered a blow on Wednesday when the United Nations put off a decision on the rightful representatives of both countries. The deferral by a powerful U.N. committee effectively denied, for now and possibly through much of 2022, […]

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AI Weekly: UN recommendations point to need for AI ethics guidelines

Hear from CIOs, CTOs, and other C-level and senior execs on data and AI strategies at the Future of Work Summit this January 12, 2022. Learn more The U.N.’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) this week approved a series of recommendations for AI ethics, which aim to recognize that AI can “be of great […]

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Bankers Took Over the Climate Change Summit. That’s Bad For Democracy.

The big annual United Nations forum for debate on climate change ended this month in Glasgow in a way that left many attendees bewildered. Money men have taken the thing over. COP26, as the event was called, was less like its predecessors and more like a second “Davos” — the January meeting of the World […]

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Amazon Deforestation Soars to 15-Year High

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s pledge this month to end illegal deforestation in eight years drew much praise from global leaders, but an official report this week cast doubt on that commitment after it showed that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest was at its worst in 15 years. At the United Nations […]

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Climate Promises Made in Glasgow Now Rest With a Handful of Powerful Leaders

GLASGOW — After two weeks of lofty speeches and bitter negotiations among nearly 200 nations, the question of whether the world will make significant progress to slow global warming still comes down to the actions of a handful of powerful nations that remain at odds over how best to address climate change. The United Nations […]

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Qaddafi Son to Run for President in Libya

CAIRO — After years underground and months of hints, the son and former heir apparent of the deposed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi emerged from the shadows on Sunday to announce that he would run for president in Libya’s coming election. The candidacy of the colonel’s son, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, who once put a reformist […]

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Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

GLASGOW — Diplomats from nearly 200 countries on Saturday struck a major agreement aimed at intensifying global efforts to fight climate change by calling on governments to return next year with stronger plans to curb their planet-warming emissions and urging wealthy nations to “at least double” funding to protect poor nations from the hazards of […]

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Glasgow Climate Talks Are Down to the Wire on Money, Ambition and Fossil Fuels

GLASGOW — The international climate talks went into overtime Friday evening, as negotiators wrestled behind closed doors over several sticking points in an agreement that could determine whether nations can prevent the planet from growing dangerously hot by midcentury. A draft agreement released Friday morning called for a doubling of money to help developing countries […]

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Calls for Climate Reparations Reach Boiling Point in Glasgow Talks

Mr. Huq, now 69, sat with a can of Irn-bru, the Scottish soda, in his hand under a giant inflated globe in a large auditorium known here as the Action Zone one day this week. A steady stream of people came to consult and talk. At one point, a 10-foot-tall puppet, named Little Amal, walked […]

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United Nations shows off NFT art highlighting climate crisis

The United Nations showed off the winners of its nonfungible token (NFT) climate initiative called DigitalArt4 Climate. The UN-led NFT Climate Initiative showed off the results of its art climate initiative at United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. The UN-Habitat group partnered with Unique Network, IAAI GLOCHA, and Exquisite Workers […]

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China and the United States Agree to Work Together to Tackle Climate Change

Scientists have said that nations need to cut global emissions from fossil fuels roughly in half this decade to keep average global temperatures from rising beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, compared with preindustrial levels. Beyond that threshold, the risks of deadly heat waves, droughts, wildfires, floods and species extinction grow considerably. The […]

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6 Automakers and 30 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

GLASGOW — At least six major automakers — including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Volvo — and 31 national governments pledged on Wednesday to work toward phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, and by 2035 in “leading markets.” But some of the world’s biggest car manufacturers, including Toyota, Volkswagen, […]

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6 Automakers and 31 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

GLASGOW — At least six major automakers — including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Volvo — and more than two dozen national governments pledged on Wednesday to work toward phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 worldwide, and by 2035 in “leading markets.” But some of the world’s biggest car manufacturers, […]

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Ethiopia Seizes 16 UN Workers Amid Efforts to Halt Tigray War

Sixteen United Nations staff members in Ethiopia’s capital have been seized by the country’s authorities in recent days, the chief U.N. spokesman said Tuesday, injecting new tension into the organization’s troubled relations with the government as it faces a year-old civil war and famine. The detentions of the staff members in the capital, Addis Ababa, […]

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More Than 40 Nations Pledge to Cut Emissions From Their Health Industries

More than 40 countries have pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions across their health systems, World Health Organization officials said late Monday, representing the largest global effort to date to try to reduce contributions by the world’s hospitals and health care industry to global warming. “This announcement is huge,” said Josh Karliner, the international director of […]

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Barack Obama Returns to COP26 With a Call for Activism

GLASGOW — Former President Barack Obama, who helped to seal the Paris climate agreement six years ago, appeared at the climate summit here to assure a global audience that despite American political divisions, officials remain committed to the cause. “Politics in the United States are not always easy,” he said. “My successor maybe wasn’t as […]

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Can Glasgow Deliver on a Global Climate Deal?

GLASGOW — The international climate summit here has been billed as the “last, best hope” to save the planet. But as the United Nations conference enters its second week and negotiators from 197 countries knuckle down to finalize a new agreement to tackle global warming, attendees were sharply divided over how much progress is being […]

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U.N. Rights Panel Pressures Sudan Over Coup

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights body decided on Friday to appoint an independent expert to monitor and report on abuses in Sudan since the military takeover less than two weeks ago, escalating international pressure on leaders of Africa’s third-largest country to restore civilian rule. At an emergency session of the Human Rights […]

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Over 40 Countries Pledge at U.N. Climate Summit to End Use of Coal Power

Underscoring the vagueness of the pledge, Anna Moskwa, Poland’s climate and environmental minister, said on Twitter Thursday that the deal allowed Poland to depart from coal by 2049. Poland currently gets 70 percent of its electricity from coal and has often resisted European proposals to shift more rapidly away from fossil fuels. The Biden administration […]

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Atrocities on All Sides in Ethiopia’s War, U.N. Says as Rebels Advance

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the conflict in Ethiopia stretches into its second year and Africa’s second most populous nation continues to fracture, a report by the top U.N. human rights body released on Wednesday offered evidence that all sides in the war had committed gross human rights violations, including killings of civilians, sexual violence and […]

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A Last Chance to Avert Climate Disaster?

Somini Sengupta contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, […]

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COP26: What Businesses Should Expect To Come Out Of The Climate Summit

Photo courtesy of Annie Spratt via Unsplash This piece was originally published on Worth.com The 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is currently meeting in Glasgow. Better known as COP26, this is a global meeting of government and business leaders to address the challenge of rising temperatures […]

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Once a Climate Leader, Brazil Falls Short in Glasgow

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil, a global climate leader turned environmental villain under President Jair Bolsonaro, approached the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow ready to prove it was changing course, with commitments to create a green jobs program, cut carbon emissions and curb deforestation. But even as John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, said […]

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SustainChain: a Collaboration Platform for Do-Gooders

President of the Maldives Nasheed in Copenhagen (Credit: Creative Commons Adam Welz) The world’s 50-plus Small Island Developing States (SIDS), as the UN calls them, are on the front lines of climate change. Because of sea level rise, some will see large swaths of their land submerged, perhaps this century. Mohamed Nasheed, president of the […]

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Would Russia or China Help Us if We Were Invaded by Space Aliens?

What we need instead of an arms race or a space race is an Earth race — a great-power competition over which country is rising fastest and farthest to enable a world of net-zero carbon emissions so men and women can thrive here on Earth. I’d love to see Biden do a real throw down […]

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