GLOBAL PLASTICS PRODUCTION FALLS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2008 AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Thu 10 June 2021: Global plastics production declined in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, only the third time since World War II that output has fallen, an industry body said Thursday. Output has fallen only twice previously, as a result of the oil crisis in 1973 and during the financial crisis in […]

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“SHOCKING”: 55MLN INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, WATCHDOG REPORT

Thu 20 May 2021: Armed conflicts and natural disasters have brought the number of internally displaced persons across the globe to record 55 million in late 2020, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), a part of the humanitarian watchdog Norwegian Refugee Council, said on Thursday. “The total number of people living in internal displacement reached […]

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WORLD IS AT RISK OF “VACCINE APARTHEID”, SAYS WHO CHIEF TEDROS

Tue 18 May 2021: Highlighting the gap of vaccinations between high-income countries and low and lower-middle countries, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said that the world is at risk of ‘vaccine apartheid’. Speaking at the Paris Peace Forum Spring Meeting, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “I think I would go one […]

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COVID CASES DECLINE, BUT VACCINE DISPARITY IS HUGE THREAT: WHO CHIEF

Tue 11 May 2021: COVID-19 cases and deaths are falling in most regions, including the worst affected Americas and Europe areas, but the “shocking global disparity” in vaccine access is one of the biggest risks to ending the pandemic, the World Health Organization chief said Monday.
 “We’re now seeing a plateau in the number of […]

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GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY AT 5-YEAR HIGH AMID COVID, CONFLICT, UN WARNS

Thu 06 May 2021: Acute food insecurity has reached a five-year high worldwide as the international community grapples with conflict, the coronavirus pandemic and climate change, a UN-backed report warned on Wednesday. Conflict, the economic fallout from the pandemic and extreme weather “are continuing to push millions of people into acute food insecurity,” according to […]

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO START REUNITING MIGRANT FAMILIES SEPARATED BY TRUMP ADMIN

Mon 03 May 2021: The Biden administration will reunite four migrant children with their parents this week after they were separated from their families by the Trump administration at the southern border, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Monday. “The Family Reunification Task Force has been working day and night, across the Federal […]

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GLOBAL MILITARY SPENDING ROSE BY 2.6% TO $1.98 TRILLION DESPITE PANDEMIC

Mon 26 April 2021: Global military spending increased by 2.6% to $1.981 trillion in 2020, with the United States, China, India, Russia and the United Kingdom topping the list, data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showed on Monday. “The 2.6 per cent increase in world military spending came in a year […]

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