The United Nations has launched a report on environment.  The first UNEP synthesis report is titled: “Making Peace With Nature: A scientific blueprint to tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution emergencies” and is based on evidence from global environmental assessments  “For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. TheContinue Reading

A designation from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) met KP Oli, the Prime Minister of Nepal. The meeting was held at meeting held at PM’s residence in Baluwatar. According to the Himalayan Times, Nepal representative of UNHCR Carolin Spannuth Verma inquired about management of Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.  Oli thanked the UNHCR for assistance in management ofContinue Reading

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, has warned of escalating violence in Myanmar as protests intensify the against the military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government of the country on February 1. The UN Special Rapporteur has issued the following statement: ; “I fear thatContinue Reading

Bitcoin has risen above US$50,000 for the first time on February 16. Bitcoin hit a new high of US$50,602, reports came, It has risen around 72% so far this year, with most of the gains coming after electric carmaker Tesla said it had bought US$1.5 billion in bitcoin. It also said it would accept theContinue Reading

More than 10 Airlines have signed agreements with UNICEF to support its ‘Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative. The Airlines are AirBridgeCargo, Air France/KLM, Astral Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific, Emirates Skycargo, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, IAG Cargo, Korean Air, Lufthansa Cargo, Qatar Airways, SAUDIA, Singapore Airlines Ltd, and United Airlines.  According to a statement by UNICEF, the UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative hasContinue Reading

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has authorised two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. A statement from the WHO said that the vaccines are produced by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India.   WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines andContinue Reading

Karim Asad Ahmad Khan has been elected as the new persecutor of the International Criminal Court. He will take office on 16 June, replacing Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of Ghana.    The President of the Assembly of States Parties, O-Gon Kwon, tweeted: Mr. Karim Khan (United Kingdom) has been elected in the second round as the next ICCContinue Reading

US President Joe Biden has said that the country is securing 600 million vaccine doses by July.  Biden announced at the National Institutes of Health complex that the US had secured contractual commitments from Moderna and Pfizer to deliver the 600 million doses of vaccine by the end of July — more thanContinue Reading

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the country has now scrapped the plans to use Astra Zeneca vaccine and will instead give Johnson and Johnson vaccine to its workers.  “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been proven effective against the 501Y.V2 variant (dominant in South Africa) and the necessaryContinue Reading

According to a team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO), it is highly unlikely that the COVID-19 vaccine did not originate from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Dr. Peter Ben Embarek, the WHO’s food safety and animal disease specialist and chairman of the investigation team,Continue Reading