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Ecological Transition

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General (UN News)

Addressing members of the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, he highlighted their critical role as the conference date fast approaches.

“Your decisions and actions in the coming weeks will determine whether the global economic recovery will be low-carbon, resilient and inclusive or whether it will lock-in fossil fuel-intensive investments with high risks of stranded assets,” he added.

Finance Ministers hold key to COP26 success: UN Secretary-General | | UN News

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Afghanistan crisis worsening as temperatures drop, warns UNHCR (UN News)

A month since the UN-led $606 million appeal for solidarity for the people of Afghanistan, the UN refugee agency said that only 35 per cent of the funds it needed to fund operations for the next two months had been received.

The Secretary-General’s comments came ahead of Tuesday’s G20 meeting of leading industrialized nations, whose leaders were due to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban ousted the Government on 15 August.

Afghanistan crisis worsening as temperatures drop, warns UNHCR | | UN News

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Post-Conflict

Diversity, a ‘source of strength’, UN chief tells Security Council (UN News)

The UN chief addressed an open debate on diversity, statebuilding and the search for peace, organized by Kenya, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month.

“For countries emerging from the horrors of conflict and looking to a better future – indeed for all countries – diversity must not be seen as a threat.  It is a source of strength,” the Secretary-General said.

Diversity, a ‘source of strength’, UN chief tells Security Council | | UN News

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Asia Pacific

Trade can play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, says UN report (UN News)

Around 16 million new jobs could be created in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, manufacturing and construction industries in the Asia-Pacific region, more than compensating for the estimated loss of five million jobs by downscaling industries.

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2021 was jointly launched on Monday by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Climate-smart policies have a significant cost, particularly for carbon-intensive sectors and economies, but the cost of inaction is far greater. Some estimates are as high as $792 trillion by 2100, if the Paris Agreement targets are not met.

Trade can play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, says UN report  | | UN News

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Yemen

Yemen’s future recovery hangs in balance, warns senior UN aid coordinator (UN News)

I’ve seen the destruction of schools, of factories, of roads and bridges; I’ve seen the destruction of power systems so what made Yemen work seven years ago in many cases no longer exists”, said David Gressly, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen.

Speaking in Geneva after a weekend that saw a car bomb at Aden airport reportedly leave 25 people dead and 110 injured, the veteran aid worker warned about arecent escalation of fighting in the oil-rich northern province of Marib.

Yemen’s future recovery hangs in balance, warns senior UN aid coordinator  | | UN News

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Fragile States

‘The time for action’ to support most fragile States: Guterres (UN News)

The pandemic has forced more than 100 million people into poverty and more than four billion have little or no social support, healthcare or income protection “when they so urgently need it”, he informed the annual International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank event.

People living in fragile and conflict-affected States are suffering most of all. We must fulfil the commitments we have made to change course”, he added.

‘The time for action’ to support most fragile States: Guterres | | UN News

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Afghanistan: World must act on ‘make or break moment’ – UN chief (UN News)

“If we do not act and help Afghans weather this storm, and do it soon, not only they but all the world will pay a heavy price”, Mr. Guterres told journalists in New York, ahead of Tuesday, when G20 leading industrialized nations will meet to discuss the country embroiled in crisis.

Currently, at least 18 million people, or about half of the country’s population are affected.

“Without food, without jobs, without their rights protected, we will see more and more Afghans fleeing their homes in search of a better life. The flow of illicit drugs, criminal and terrorist networks will also likely increase”, Mr. Guterres warned.

For him, “this will not only badly affect Afghanistan itself, but also the region and the rest of the world”.

Afghanistan: World must act on ‘make or break moment’ – UN chief  | | UN News

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UN

Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council (UN News)

In resolution 48/13, the Council called on States around the world to work together, and with other partners, to implement this newly recognised right.

The text, proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland, was passed with 43 votes in favour and 4 abstentions – from Russia, India, China and Japan.

At the same time, through a second resolution (48/14), the Council also increased its focus on the human rights impacts of climate change by establishing a Special Rapporteur dedicated specifically to that issue.

Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council | | UN News

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Libya

Libya: UN lauds mercenary withdrawal plan on ‘path towards peace and democracy’ (UN News)

Special Envoy and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ján Kubiŝ described the signing as “another breakthrough achievement by the 5+5 JMC”.

Libya: UN lauds mercenary withdrawal plan on ‘path towards peace and democracy’ | | UN News

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