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We The Change: We need to restore the planet while creating sustainable livelihoods for people
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We The Change: We need to restore the planet while creating sustainable livelihoods for people

The cost of mitigation through restoration is very less compared to the cost we will have to bear when disasters strike.

Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought
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Amnesty urges immediate relief for famine-hit Madagascar amid severe drought

More than a million people on the country's parched southern tip are on the brink of famine and some are already dying, the rights watchdog said, as it has been hit by the worst drought in four decades

We The Change: Climate change is accelerating floods and India needs enhanced forecasting to adapt
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We The Change: Climate change is accelerating floods and India needs enhanced forecasting to adapt

Despite decades of modernisation efforts, the Central Water Commission (CWC) does not have ‘real-time data’ on floods and depends on manual data for its policymaking.

COP26: Climate change tipping points are keeping scientists on their toes - Everything you need to know
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COP26: Climate change tipping points are keeping scientists on their toes - Everything you need to know

In most cases, reversing the changes set in motion would be beyond the grasp of humanity for many generations, if not millennia.

United Nations mission rebukes apparent coup in Sudan, urges all parties to 'exercise utmost restraint'
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United Nations mission rebukes apparent coup in Sudan, urges all parties to 'exercise utmost restraint'

The information ministry confirmed that the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, had been arrested, hinting at the apparent military coup in Sudan

United Nations Day 2021: A look at some of the global body's milestone achievements
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United Nations Day 2021: A look at some of the global body's milestone achievements

The day was announced to “be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for” its work

Don't send migrants rescued at sea back to Libya and 'inhumane' camps, says Pope Francis
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Don't send migrants rescued at sea back to Libya and 'inhumane' camps, says Pope Francis

UN refugee agency officials and human rights organizations have long denounced the conditions of detention centers for migrants in Libya, citing practices of beatings, rape and other forms of torture and insufficient food

Taliban agrees to restart polio vaccinations across Afghanistan, says World Health Organisation
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Taliban agrees to restart polio vaccinations across Afghanistan, says World Health Organisation

The Taliban had since 2018 barred UN-organised vaccination teams from door-to-door campaigns in parts of Afghanistan under their control over fears of spy infiltration

Pakistan may remain on 'grey list' till FATF's next session in April 2022, says French media report
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Pakistan may remain on 'grey list' till FATF's next session in April 2022, says French media report

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system

Reducing carbon emissions may not be enough anymore, direct CO2 capture might be the way to go
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Reducing carbon emissions may not be enough anymore, direct CO2 capture might be the way to go

Appeals to remove the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere have begun to enter the political arena, and could become a contentious issue at the UN negotiations in Glasgow and beyond, experts say.

UN passes resolution that clean, healthy environment is a fundamental human right
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UN passes resolution that clean, healthy environment is a fundamental human right

According to the WHO, around 13.7 million deaths a year are linked to the environment, caused by air pollution, chemical exposure, etc.

Will poor countries get access to new antiviral medication to treat COVID or be elusive as vaccines?
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Will poor countries get access to new antiviral medication to treat COVID or be elusive as vaccines?

The drugs work best if taken as soon as symptoms appear, and patients must be sure they have the coronavirus. But testing is scarce in many places.

China pledged $233 million into a new fund to protect biodiversity in developing countries during COP15
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China pledged $233 million into a new fund to protect biodiversity in developing countries during COP15

This pledge came as delegates from about 195 countries gathered in Kunming for the first of a two-part summit on safeguarding plants, animals and ecosystems.

UN report warns North Korea 'at starvation risk' due to self-imposed COVID-19 blockade
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UN report warns North Korea 'at starvation risk' due to self-imposed COVID-19 blockade

Pyongyang is also under international sanctions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen rapid progress under Kim Jong-un

WHO, UN release new strategy to ensure 70 percent global population is vaccinated by mid-2022
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WHO, UN release new strategy to ensure 70 percent global population is vaccinated by mid-2022

If COVID-19 becomes endemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that global economic losses could exceed US$ 5.3 trillion by 2026.

Under pressure to avoid economic crisis, Taliban meet EU-US delegation to garner international support
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Under pressure to avoid economic crisis, Taliban meet EU-US delegation to garner international support

Afghanistan's new rulers are seeking recognition, as well as assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster, after they returned to power in August following the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of war

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on Afghanistan virtually tomorrow
India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on Afghanistan virtually tomorrow

The agenda of the summit will include a discussion on response to humanitarian needs, security and the fight against terrorism and human rights in Afghanistan

AQ Khan passes away at 85: Nuclear scientist was a hero in Pakistan and villain to the West
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AQ Khan passes away at 85: Nuclear scientist was a hero in Pakistan and villain to the West

Many schools, universities, institutes and charity hospitals across Pakistan are named after Khan, his portrait decorating their signs, stationery and websites

China's military flights near Taiwan may escalate, affect global stakeholders
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China's military flights near Taiwan may escalate, affect global stakeholders

Experts agree that armed conflict is not imminent, but as military activity increases, there are growing fears that a mishap or miscalculation could lead to an unintended escalation

COVID-19 lessons: Lower trade barriers, adopt digital procedures, ESCAP-ADB report recommends Asian nations
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COVID-19 lessons: Lower trade barriers, adopt digital procedures, ESCAP-ADB report recommends Asian nations

The study underscores the need to strengthen supply chains as the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the vulnerabilities of concentrated trade networks, limited inventories and financing shortages