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  • Over 250 International Students from 59 Countries Visit the most Beautiful Countryside in China

    (Reporter: Hong Bin)Yucun is a village in Anji County of Huzhou City in the northern Zhejiang Province. There, President Xi Jinping first proposed the concept of ‘Two Mountains Theory’.It has been listed into the first group of the Best Tourism Villages by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). On November 26, ‘A Field Visit to the Beautiful Countryside’ for foreign young people was held in Yucun Village of Anji County. The event was co-sponsored by Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and the People’s Government of Anji County. More than 250 international students from 59 countries participated. They are students from 10 universities in Zhejiang Province, including Zhejiang University, China Academy of Art, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Zhejiang A&F University, Zhejiang University of Science & Technology, Hangzhou Normal University, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. In the widely recognized ‘most beautiful countryside’ of China, these young people found themselves captivated by the pleasant scenery and refreshing air. They couldn’t help but shower praises upon the friendly and industrious villagers as well as their…

    2023-11-28 China News
  • Mayoral Candidate Weizhen Tang: Promising Economic Prosperity for Toronto

    Peter Morgan Canada & World Report Weizhen Tang, a biologist, academic, and financial entrepreneur, has recently announced his candidacy for the mayoral race in Toronto. With a bold promise to revitalize the city’s economy, Tang is determined to “Make Toronto rich again.” Drawing upon his unique life experiences and success in the financial sector, Tang believes he possesses the necessary skills to lead the city towards economic prosperity. Weizhen Tang:Make Toronto Rich Againhttps://www.torontonewsnet.com/weizhentang Tang’s journey commenced in 1982 when he graduated from the Central South University of Forestry and Technology. Recognized for his exceptional academic performance, he was offered a teaching position at the same university, eventually becoming an assistant professor of microbiology. In 1987, Tang embarked on a study program at the University of Ohio as a visiting scholar, further expanding his knowledge. Fueled by his thirst for knowledge and opportunities, Tang pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Waterloo in 1990. He excelled during his time there, earning a full scholarship. Tang completed his Master’s Degree in Biology in 1992 and went on to work as a researcher…

  • UN investigative team outlines findings around ISIL chemical weapons use

    © UNICEF/Wathiq Khuzaie A family walks past a memorial set up at the location of a suicide bombing, claimed by ISIL, at Al-Shuhadaa Staduim in Babil, Iraq. Facebook Twitter Print Email 8 June 2023Peace and Security During their nearly four-year reign of terror in Iraq, ISIL extremists developed at least eight chemical agents, tested them on humans, and carried out at least 13 attacks, UN experts reported on Thursday.  Senior officials with the UN Investigative Team promoting accountability for ISIL crimes, UNITAD, presented some of their findings to Member States meeting at UN Headquarters in New York.  Tweet URL UNITAD_Iraq For the past five years, UNITAD has been gathering evidence of crimes committed during ISIL’s self-proclaimed caliphate from June 2014 to December 2017, which could be used to prosecute the extremists in national or foreign courts.  Prosecution is rare  Christian Ritscher, Special Adviser and Head of UNITAD, recalled that chemical weapons use is outlawed internationally and could constitute a crime against humanity, war crime or even contribute to genocide, if a specific group is targeted.  “To the best of my knowledge, the use of…

  • Draft NY state law a ‘golden opportunity’ to ensure fair debt relief

    © Unsplash/Brandon Jacoby An aerial view of the downtown Financial District of New York City. Facebook Twitter Print Email 8 June 2023Human Rights Proposed legislation in New York state, in the northeast United States, could provide effective and fair relief for developing countries crippled by debt, two experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday.  Olivier de Schutter, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, and Attiya Waris, Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, have welcomed the proposed New York Taxpayer and International Debt Crises Prevention Act, which is currently under discussion.  They urged lawmakers to adopt the draft bill, which compels private creditors to participate in international debt relief efforts on similar terms as public lenders.  Fair for all  New York State is home to New York City, the financial capital of the world.  Some 60 per cent of developing country debt is held by private creditors, and New York law governs 52 per cent of this global debt, according to the experts.  “If taxpayers contribute to public debt relief, private creditors should be obliged to participate on the same terms,” they said. “Debt relief must be…

  • Love has an echo, build dreams and grow – 2023 Shanghai Peace Dove Charity Foundation Daliangshan Public Welfare Education Grant

    Recently, Dr. Zhang Biao, founder of Shanghai Peace Dove Charity Foundation, and his caring people traveled thousands of miles to Liangshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province to celebrate Children’s Day with the children of Daliangshan, and once again donated to fund education and build dreams and growth. Shanghai Peace Dove Charity Foundation once again donated 50,000 RMB to Nording Love Primary School through Sichuan Soma Charity Foundation, hoping to help children learn better. Jiang Wenli, Secretary-General of the Dove of Peace Foundation, signed a contract with Fang Jaming, Chairman of the Soma Foundation, to donate to education On the occasion of Children’s Day 2023, students, teachers and parents of Nuoding Aixin Primary School, Xu Jishu, former chief inspector of Meigu County People’s Government and current executive deputy director of Meigu County Guanxian Work Committee, Li Xia, mayor of Dian Fu Township, Cai Xudong, secretary, Ma Yuzhong, deputy secretary, Qu Mozhi, principal of Harlow Primary School, Zhou Kaiyun, principal of Yuehua Town Central Primary School, Dazhu County, Dazhou City, Sichuan Province, Yao Junling, principal of Nuoding Aixin Primary School, and other education department…

    2023-06-06 China News
  • Ningbo Jiayuan car refrigerator is beyond imagination, and exports to Central and Eastern European countries are the first

    Today (June 6), the author learned from Ningbo Customs that the car refrigerator produced by Ningbo Jiayuan Electronics Co., Ltd. ranked first in the world in terms of the number of products and total transaction value exported to Central and Eastern European countries in 2022. According to Shen Lijun, general manager of Ningbo Jiayuan Electronics Co., Ltd., monthly sales can reach more than 70,000 units. In October last year, the company began to get involved in live streaming in the domestic market, and after several months of exploration on Taobao, Douyin and other platforms, the number of orders in the domestic market is increasing day by day. Innovation leads to high-quality development. For a long time, Jiayuan Electronics has been deeply engaged in the research and development, manufacturing and sales of semiconductor refrigeration refrigerators and compressor refrigerators, and constantly introduced new equipment and new technologies offline, innovated to drive the diversified development of products, and further enhanced the comprehensive competitiveness of enterprises, and the products are exported to Europe, America, Japan and South Korea, and foreign trade business accounts for…

    2023-06-06 China News
  • Technology to the rescue! Hi-tech Hainan environmental victories

    The beauty of Hainan’s ecological environment cannot be separated from the work of those protecting it. In recent years, quite a bit of new advanced equipment has emerged in the field of environmental monitoring. These offer a magic bullet for those working to monitor the ecology. Researchers monitor the health of Hainan’s coral reef ecosystems. [Photo provided by interviewee] Each type of equipment  has different capabilities “Ecological monitoring can provide first-hand raw data for managing the ecological environment.” Wu Chengcheng, an engineer at the Hainan Ecological Environment Monitoring Center, said ecological monitoring data is the basis for objectively evaluating environmental quality, showing the effectiveness of pollution control, and implementing environmental management and decision-making. In the Hainan Ecological Environment Monitoring Center lab, there are different types of high-tech equipment for monitoring the ecological environment. “This guy, which looks like a big infrared thermometer, is actually a portable handheld heavy metal analyzer.” Wu Chengcheng said, “It shows a variety of data on heavy metals, but not the temperature.” In general, soil pollution monitoring includes heavy metals and organic matter. The instrument can detect more than 30 elements at once. Equipment for monitoring the…

    2023-06-06 China News
  • See the Length and Breadth of Hainan’s Beauty

    June 5 marks World Environment Day. Between Hainan’s highest point at 1867 meters and its lowest reaches, the island takes in a multitude of stunning vistas. From the sound of gibbons whooping in the treetops of the tropical rainforest to migratory birds wading in its wetlands, from its skyscraping peaks covered in ancient trees to the mysterious depths of its coastal waters, Hainan’s unique ecosystem and natural resources are the rightful pride and wealth of all, both in Hainan and around the world.  To view the following poster properly, lock your phone’s screen orientation and then turn your phone 90 degrees.

  • Они первые воспользовались преимуществами политики ПСТ Хайнаня

    1 июня 2020 года опубликован «Генеральный план строительства порта свободной торговли провинции Хайнань». Согласно плану к 2025 году на острове Хайнань будет реализован первый этап создания нормативной системы – политики порта свободной торговли, с акцентом на свободную и удобную торговлю и инвестиции, предусматривающей своевременное закрытие таможенных пунктов на всем острове. За последние три года дивиденды от политики Хайнаньского порта свободной торговли постепенно высвобождались. На острове появились первые «выгодополучатели» от благоприятной политики Хайнаньского порта свободной торговли, что свидетельствует об активном развитии порта свободной торговли в провинции Хайнань. Хайнаньский международный медиацентр подготовил серию постеров «первые выгодополучатели» от благоприятной политики Хайнаньского порта свободной торговли,  рассказывая о преимуществах политики порта свободной торговли провинции Хайнань.

    2023-06-04 China News
  • Keeping the right innovation, passing on the torch to the new, the stars shine together, and the China Wine Industry Association stands for 30 years

    The years flow gold, glory follows. On the afternoon of March 26th, the 30th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the China Wine Industry Association was held in Tai’an, Shandong. The 30 years of China Liquor Association have grown up under the care of leaders at all levels and 30 years with the support of all walks of life. It is 30 years of growth under the care of the industry, and 30 years of sharing the fate of the industry. Zhang Chonghe, former deputy director of the Central Editorial Office, now secretary of the party committee and president of the China Light Industry Federation, Fang Aiqing, deputy director of the Economic Committee of the 13th Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and former vice minister of the Ministry of Commerce, Ma Chunliang, director of the Department of Food Production Safety Supervision and Administration of the State Administration for Market Regulation, Wang Qian, chairman of the Finance and Trade Light Textile and Tobacco Trade Union of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Chen Guang,…

  • The fifth (enlarged) meeting of the sixth council of China Wine Association was grandly held in Tai’an

    On March 26, the fifth (enlarged) meeting of the sixth council of China Wine Industry Association was grandly held in Tai’an, Shandong. The meeting analyzed the industrial development in 2022, predicted the industrial situation in 2023, summarized the work carried out by the China Wine Industry Association in 2022, and looked forward to the key work in 2023. As it coincides with the 30th anniversary celebration of the establishment of the China Wine Industry Association, this conference will conduct in-depth discussions on several major issues affecting the long-term stable, healthy, sustainable and high-quality development of China’s wine industry. Resilient growth, witness the strength of the wine industry 2022 is a year for China’s wine industry to forge ahead amid twists and turns, and it is also an extraordinary year in the history of wine industry development. In the face of multiple unfavorable factors such as economic downturn, repeated epidemics, and lack of consumption scenarios, the wine industry faced challenges, faced difficulties, efficiently coordinated epidemic prevention and control and industrial development, and overall operated smoothly, with bright spots in various wine…

  • Expecting the Recovery of China’s Economy

    Author:Lawrence(Canadian international scholar) With the continuous accumulation of downward pressure on the global economy, China’s economy is once again placed great expectation. China has actively optimized its epidemic prevention and control policies. Representatives of foreign enterprises and international experts and scholars believe that the increase of personnel flow and exchanges will help stimulate the vitality and potential of China’s economy and bring significant benefits to the recovery and growth of the world economy. Washington Post said that China’s optimized measures to epidemic prevention have laid the foundation for the recovery of consumers and business activities and helped the global economy against falling into recession. The report quoted Georgieva, President of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as saying that China’s economic recovery ability “is likely to be the most important factor for global growth in 2023”. The IMF raised China’s economic growth forecast to 5.2% in 2023, up from 4.4% previously. A survey conducted by Bank of America in January showed that 91% of wealth managers believed that China would “fully reopen” in 2023, a significant increase compared with December 2022, and their…

  • Call for proposals for logo designs of Zhejiang!

    in印象浙江  Dear all,  We are pleased to announce the launch of a Call for Proposals for the Logo Design of Zhejiang.  As it is known to all, Zhejiang Province is famous for its rich culture and vibrant economy. The impression and image of Zhejiang can be interpreted from its provincial brand – Picturesque and Dynamic Zhejiang, a brand that fully shows the spirit and dynamism of Zhejiang.  We are here to invite all logo designers and enthusiasts across the globe to submit their logo design ideas for Zhejiang!  We believe that your brilliant ideas will help more people to show the beauty of Zhejiang and contribute to the cross-cultural communication between different cultures and countries.  Welcome to join us now! “诗画江南、活力浙江”作为浙江省域品牌已于2022年6月在浙江省第十五次党代会上正式发布。 短短八个字,传递出浙江叩响的时代之音,彰显了浙江的山水之秀、人文之美、创新之魂,展示了新时代的浙江精神、浙江文化、浙江气质。 但在这个万物互联的时代,我们需要更具画面感的表达、更有冲击性的视觉、更富传播力的形象,从而让整个省域品牌更有张力、活力、生命力,真正实现形神兼备、相得益彰、融通中外。 LOGO就是品牌的形象表征和内核呈现。如何设计出充分彰显浙江诗画山水之美、生动展示浙江发展活力之奔涌的省域品牌LOGO,浙里已为你搭建好了舞台,期待您来一展身手! Scan the QR code or click “read more” to join us! Terms and Conditions 参赛须知 01 Qualifying Entrants 参赛对象 All logo designers and enthusiasts across the globe are welcome to join the contest.   全球标识设计者和爱好者均可参与。 02 Deadline 提交作品截止时间 September 20, 2022 (This deadline is the deadline for the submission of your proposals. Applicants who fail to meet the deadline will not be eligible for…

  • Show the beauty of Zhejiang and win up to RMB 1,000,000!

    in印象浙江  Zhejiang, a dynamic and beautiful province in East China, is looking for entries of short videos by launching the “Picturesque and Dynamic Zhejiang” Global Short Video Contest! Whether you are in Zhejiang or in other parts of the world, it’s time to show your talent and tell the world your stories about Zhejiang.  看见“诗画江南”,发现“活力浙江”,无论你身在浙江,还是心念浙江,施展才华的机会来了! Click the promo video below to learn more about the contest! 点击下方视频观看大赛介绍!,时长00:50 The winners’ submissions will be broadcast through major media communication matrixes in Zhejiang and China, and we invited friends from all over the world to share their impressions of Zhejiang.  新华社等中央主要媒体海外传播矩阵及中国 · 浙江英文网、印象浙江英文网、浙江英语电视传播窗口(ZTV NEWS)、中国蓝国际融媒矩阵、天目新闻客户端英语频道等平台,邀请全球网友,一起创作短视频,和好友分享你眼中的浙江。 Terms and Conditions 参赛须知 Eligibility 参赛要求 1. Entry Period 征集时间 From now on till September 20th, 2022   即日起至9月20日 2. Qualifying Entrants 参赛对象 The contest is open to the public from all over the world. Organizations, studios and individuals are all eligible for the contest. 全球网友在各平台加入大赛官方话题,即可参与。以机构、工作室、个人名义均可参赛。 3. How To Join The Contest? 参赛方式 If you are based in China 国内征集方式 1) Website 官方专题页面 You can log into the official site by clicking the link http://dynamiczj.cztv.com, fill in the registration form and the published link of your video, and upload the original video….

  • United Nations Secretary General Guterres wishes you a happy New Year!

    农历壬寅虎年新春致辞 联合国秘书长安东尼奥·古特雷斯 春节快乐!祝大家农历新年好。在喜迎虎年到来之际,我高兴地向大家致以最热情的问候。 Chun Jie Kuai Le! Happy Lunar New Year. I am pleased to send you my warmest greetings as we begin the Year of the Tiger. 老虎象征着力量强大、生气勃勃、勇气十足、坚韧不拔、果敢无畏。这些都是我们今天面对前所未有之挑战所需要的品质。 The tiger denotes strength, vitality, courage, tenacity, and boldness. These are qualities we need as we face the unprecedented challenges of the day. 我感谢中方和中国人民对多边主义和联合国的投入与支持。我坚信你们将继续提供支持并开展合作,推进我们的共同议程,实现我们对和平与可持续未来的共同愿景。 I thank China and the Chinese people for your commitment to multilateralism and to the United Nations. I count on your continuous support and cooperation to advance Our Common Agenda and to realize our shared hopes for a peaceful and sustainable future. 为达成这些目标,我们必须采取具体行动解决所面对的实际问题,包括气候变化,也包括新冠疫情。各国人民必须携手鼎力实现恢复,建设更美好的未来。 To do that, we must take concrete action to address real issues in front of us such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we must recover and build forward better. 我即将出席北京冬奥会开幕式。奥林匹克精神是人类团结的灯塔,我期待冬奥会安全举行并圆满成功。 Soon, I will attend the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics. The Olympic spirit shines as a beacon to human solidarity and I look forward to safe and successful Games. 虎年伊始,祝阖家兴旺发达、身体健康、幸福美满! As the Lunar New Year begins, I wish you and your families prosperity, health and happiness in the Year of…

  • First Person: ‘Bridge the gap between indigenous youth and the world’

    Unsplash/Atilla TaskiranLombok island, Indonesia.    20 November 2021Climate and Environment Nadya Zafira, an international relations student at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University, won a writing competition for her letter to UN chief António Guterres, in which she addressed the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how indigenous communities and youth are marginalized in global conversations on climate crisis. “In the past two years, my reality, yours, and many others, has changed dramatically. Not overnight, but rather, over a series of incremental global disruptions that began with the news of an unknown pneumonia outbreak. While all countries face the common threat of a deadly virus, clearly the pandemic has not proven to be “the great equalizer”, as deep-seated inequalities between the Global North and South shape each country’s path of survivability in this era of multidimensional crises, with some winning first, and others lagging behind.  But the pandemic is just the tip of the iceberg, which in today’s period of rapid environmental degradation, is melting at an alarming rate. There are a wide range of issues that the UN, government leaders, civil…

  • In breach of diplomatic protocol; ‘don’t choose extinction’ dinosaur urges world leaders

    UNDPIn a UNDP short film, Frankie the dinosaur urges world leaders not to choose extinction.    27 October 2021Climate and Environment In a UN first, a ferocious and talkative dinosaur bursts into the iconic General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, with a special warning for any diplomats who still think climate action is for the birds.   “At least we had an asteroid,” the carnivorous critter warns, referring to the popular theory explaining dinosaurs’ extinction 70 million years ago. “What’s your excuse?”  This isn’t a slice of real life of course, rather the key computer-generated scene from a new short film launched this Tuesday by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), as the centerpiece of the agency’s ‘Don’t Choose Extinction’ campaign.  The dinosaur then tells the audience of bewildered diplomats that “it’s time humans stopped making excuses and started making changes” to address the climate crisis. A global production  It’s the first-ever film to be made inside the General Assembly Hall using computer-generated imagery, known as CGI, and features global celebrities voicing the dinosaur in numerous languages, including actors Eiza González (Spanish), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), and Aïssa Maïga (French).  UNDP research released as part of the campaign shows that the world spends $423 billion annually just to subsidize fossil fuels, enough to cover a COVID-19 vaccination for every person in the world or three times the annual amount needed to…

  • COP26 – what we know so far, and why it matters: Your UN News guide

    Unsplash/Stephen O’DonnellThe 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in is being held in Glasgow in the UK.    29 October 2021Climate and Environment In a world shaken by a pandemic, and a fast-closing window of opportunity to avoid climate catastrophe, the pivotal COP26 UN climate conference kicks off this Sunday in the Scottish city of Glasgow – the stakes could not be higher.  “Without decisive action, we are gambling away our last chance to – literally – turn the tide”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said ahead of the meeting. But why could it be our last chance? Here’s some answers we’ve found to the most common questions you might have about what’s coming up. Let’s start with the basics, what is COP26? To keep it simple, COP26 is the biggest and most important climate-related conference on the planet. In 1992, the UN organised a major event in Rio de Janeiro called the Earth Summit, in which the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was adopted. In this treaty, nations agreed to “stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere” to…

    2021-10-31 United Nations News
  • Traffickers abusing online technology, UN crime prevention agency warns

    UNODCContainment measures to control the spread of the virus meant that people spent much more time online, especially children since schools were closed    30 October 2021Law and Crime Prevention Human traffickers who trick people with fake job offers and promises and then exploit them for profit, are taking advantage of online technologies for every step of their criminal activities.   Research conducted by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows how victims are being targeted and recruited via social media and online dating platforms, where personal information and details of people’s locations are readily available.  Sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation are taking place virtually and photos and videos sold further on different platforms to customers worldwide, resulting in even more money for the traffickers at no additional cost.  New strategies This week, experts from around 100 countries met online and in Vienna, Austria, to discuss strategies to combat this phenomenon and make the best use of technology to prevent human trafficking and investigate cases of this crime.   The discussion formed part of the annual intergovernmental Working Group of Trafficking in Persons and centres around an in-depth background paper  on this topic produced by UNODC’s Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section.   Sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation are taking place virtually, by Unsplash/Priscilla du Preez “Traffickers are quick to adapt their business model to suit their needs and increase their profits, so of course they follow online trends,” explains Tiphanie Crittin, a UNODC Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer.   Dark web exploitation …

  • At G20, UN chief calls for global leadership towards full, equitable post-pandemic recovery

    G20 Summit/ItalyLeaders of the world’s largest economies attend a Working Session during the 2021 G20 Summit, hosted by Italy and convened in Rome. (30 October, 2021)    30 October 2021UN Affairs United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Saturday called on G20 leaders to step up efforts to ensure the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is fair, inclusive and prevents further suffering. Attending the official opening of the G20 Summit in Rome, Mr. Guterres addressed the leaders during the first session, entitled ‘Global Economy and Global Health.’  Save lives, prevent further suffering In his remarks, the UN chief called for vaccine equity an urged the leaders to show leadership to save lives, prevent further suffering, and enable a full global recovery.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=UN_News_Centre&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1454444253510344711&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.un.org%2Fen%2Fstory%2F2021%2F10%2F1104502&sessionId=00b937cea2d4923d979f8aa1ba2fdf9a7e3f78d4&siteScreenName=UN_News_Centre&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f001879%3A1634581029404&width=550px He also reiterated the importance of the G20 to adopt and coordinate action to support the global vaccination strategy led by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), which aims to get vaccines into the arms of 40 per cent of people in all countries by the end of this year, and 70 per cent by mid-2022. The WHO launched its strategy earlier this month to help bring…

  • Reducing methane emissions vital for climate action, but not ‘get out of jail free card’

    World Bank/Scott WallaceAlthough the world needs a six per cent cut in fossil fuels to avoid the worst of global warming, coal mines, like those in in Samacá, Colombia, are expected instead to increase production by two per cent.    31 October 2021Climate and Environment A new reporting hub to reduce methane emissions – a powerful greenhouse gas responsible for at least a quarter of global warming – was launched on Sunday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as the UN Climate Conference (COP26) kicked off in Glasgow. Supported by the European Union (EU), the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO), the initiative aims to improve the reporting accuracy and public transparency of anthropogenic, or human-caused, methane emissions.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=UN_News_Centre&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1454092249277603845&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.un.org%2Fen%2Fstory%2F2021%2F10%2F1104492&sessionId=4f3a45fc05d7e2967e67af3a7d1e33a72f03c63b&siteScreenName=UN_News_Centre&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f001879%3A1634581029404&width=550px Initially, the Observatory will focus on methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector, before expanding to other major producing sectors, like agriculture and waste. “As highlighted by IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], if the world is serious about avoiding the worst effects of climate change, we need to cut methane emissions from the fossil fuel industry”, said UNEP chief Inger Andersen. Monstrous methane Noting that methane released directly into the atmosphere is…

  • Past 7 years set to be warmest on record, sea level at new high

    IMF/K. M. AsadIn Bangladesh, efforts are undertaken to improve coastal protection from flooding caused by storms and a rise in sea level due to climate change.    31 October 2021Climate and Environment Record greenhouse gas concentrations have pushed the planet into uncharted territory, with repercussions likely for current and future generations, warned the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) this Sunday.  The past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest ever, according to the provisional WMO State of the Global Climate 2021 report, based on data for the first nine months of the year.   Released as climate policy negotiators begin their work at COP26, in Glasgow, the report says that a temporary cooling “La Niña” event early in the year, means that 2021 is expected to be “only” the fifth to seventh warmest year on record.   Global sea level rise accelerated since 2013 to a new high, with continued ocean warming and ocean acidification.  The report combines input from multiple United Nations agencies, national meteorological and hydrological services, and scientific experts.  It highlights the destructive impacts on food security and population displacement, crucial ecosystems and in slowing progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=UN_News_Centre&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NwYWNlX2NhcmQiOnsiYnVja2V0Ijoib2ZmIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH19&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1454833895376052224&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fnews.un.org%2Fen%2Fstory%2F2021%2F10%2F1104472&sessionId=6df92063164baf54f54fd55bf0a18e7bff478313&siteScreenName=UN_News_Centre&theme=light&widgetsVersion=f001879%3A1634581029404&width=550px Time to act  In a video statement, the UN Secretary-General said the…

  • “Hainan Wants You” talent recruitment event kicks off in Wuhan

    Subscribe for updates now! On the 28th of October 2021, the Hainan Free Trade Port Job Fair made its first off island stop in Hubei’s Wuhan. The stated purpose of the Fair is to gather talented individuals from around China and around the world to build Hainan into the world’s largest free trade port. Through a combination of online and offline activities and a thoroughly detailed Employer Guide Booklet listing job positions in private- and state-owned companies in several key industries, the Fair aims to attract all kinds of people to help fill some of the province’s high level job vacancies.  Curious to know why Wuhan was chosen as the first stop reporter Lara Netherlands took some time to research the city and it’s people. During the process she found out that: • Wuhan has a population of more than 12 million people • Located smack dab in the middle of China, Wuhan has long been favored by talented personnel and students as a place to pursue their studies or careers. • Nearly 1.5 million students are enrolled at Wuhan’s 84 universities. • Wuhan’s best (and most…

  • COP26: SDG or NDC? Our guide to the language you need to know

    ECADeputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (center) and President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe along with other participants at 6th African Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Zimbabwe.    26 October 2021Climate and Environment If you’ve been following the UN for any period of time, you will quickly notice the plethora of acronyms, initialisations and jargon that abound across the Organization. There will be plenty more to confuse you at COP26 (a classic example in itself), so here’s our handy guide to help you make sense of some of the key buzz words you’ll be hearing, as the landmark climate change conference gets going.  COP26 Let’s start with the name of the event itself, COP26. In layman’s terms, this is the 26th UN climate change conference, but officially it is the 26th Conference of the Parties (or COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Let’s break that down a bit… The UNFCCC was established following the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio (often referred to as the Earth Summit). The stated aim of the UNFCCC was to reduce greenhouse gases…

  • Journalists who ‘speak truth to power’ recognized with Nobel Peace Prize

    Euku via Wikimedia Commons/UNESCODmitry Muratov (left) and Maria Messa were jointly award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.    8 October 2021Human Rights Two campaigning journalists were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, which UN Secretary-General António Guterres said was recognition that a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights – and the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions”.  From the Philippines, Maria Ressa, Chief Executive and cofounder of online news outlet Rappler, and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta newspaper, were named as the 2021 laureates by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee. Heartfelt congratulations to the journalist @mariaressa, laureate of the 2021 #UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World #PressFreedom Prize & key partner of @UNESCO, who has won the #NobelPeacePrize together w/ Dimitry Muratov. Freedom of expression is the lifeblood of democracy.#NobelPrize https://t.co/cZmkvZPB2t— Audrey Azoulay (@AAzoulay) October 8, 2021 “No society can be free and fair without journalists who are able to investigate wrongdoing, bring information to citizens, hold leaders accountable and speak truth to power”, the UN chief said in his message congratulating this year’s winners. Our greatest ally Yet anti-media rhetoric and attacks against media workers continue to rise, observed the top…

  • Subscription to the Civil Society Unit Youth Mailing List

    Melissa Fleming 全球传播部副秘书长  亲爱的民间社会同事, 来自全球传播系民间社会部的问候。 我们希望这封电子邮件能让您感觉良好、安全和健康。 如你所知,进入纽约联合国场地仍然受到限制。 民间社会部门正在等待医疗服务和安全以及安保部的信息和指示,以便我们有资格获得通行证的相关组织安全重返。 一旦我们收到此类通知,我们将与您分享详细信息。 同时,我们希望与我们部门相关的所有民间社会组织与贵组织内 32 岁及以下的所有感兴趣的个人分享以下表格。 我们希望为所有民间社会青年创建一个邮件列表,让他们了解联合国即将举行的活动和参与机会。 订阅公民社会部青年邮寄名单的表格 此表格不是用于指定代表(出入证持有者)的表格,而只是对贵组织内的年轻人订阅我们的青年邮件列表的一般要求。 请注意,没有最低年龄限制,任何 32 岁以下的人都可以订阅,包括 18 岁以下的人。 感谢您的时间和考虑。 如果您有任何问题,可以通过 undgccso@un.org 与我们联系。 最好的祝福,民间社会股 联合国全球传播系民间社会股我们的邮寄地址是:undgccso@un.org

  • Continuing Resumed Session, Non-Governmental Organizations Approves 8 Entities for Special Status, Defers Action on 17 Others

    The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended 8 entities for special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and deferred action on the status of 17 others, as it continued its resumed 2021 session today. The 19-member Committee considers applications for consultative status and requests for reclassification submitted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  Once an application has been reviewed and approved by the Committee it is considered recommended for consultative status.  Organizations which were granted general and special status can attend meetings of the Council and issue statements, while those with general status can also speak during meetings and propose agenda items.  Organizations with roster status can only attend meetings. Action on some applications was postponed pending responses to Committee members’ questions on matters related to the organizations’ activities, partners, expenditures and sources of funding, among other matters. Also today, the Committee recommended that the Economic and Social Council suspend the consultative status of 219 organizations, reinstate that of 235 organizations and withdraw that of 326 organizations, pursuant to Council resolution 2008/4. The Committee also took note of 7 name change requests:  Canterbury Business Association Incorporated (Special, 2015) to Canterbury…

  • The Secretary-General of the United Nations condemned in the strongest terms the assassination of the President of Haiti

    Haitian President Moïse was attacked and killed by unknown armed elements at his home in the capital Port-au-Prince in the early morning of the 7th. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement condemning the assassination of Moïse in the strongest possible terms. Guterres said the perpetrators of this criminal act must be brought to justice. He also extended his deepest condolences to the Government and people of Haiti and to the family of President Moïse. Guterres calls on all Haitians to uphold constitutional order, to remain united in the face of this horrendous act and to reject all violence. The United Nations will continue to support the Government and people of Haiti. The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council this month, also issued a statement expressing sadness over Moïse’s assassination.

  • Experiencing the storm, witnessing the rainbow – Jiang Hua, Director of the News and Media Division of the United Nations Department of Global Communications, has an unforgettable 20-year journey

    She is Jiang Hua, Director of the News and Media Division of #UN# Global Communications. As she approached retirement, UN News reporter Zhang Jing interviewed her and asked her to tell her about her unforgettable journey at the United Nations for nearly 20 years.

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