The first 20 years of this century have seen a staggering increase in climate disasters, says a new report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction released Monday.
The study reveals that in the last two decades there were 7,348 disaster events registered around the world, approximately 1,230,000 people died – about 60,000 per year – with more than 4 billion affected in total.
In addition, it details that almost none of the nations of the world has managed to prevent a wave of death and disease caused by COVID-19.
“It is puzzling that we voluntarily and consciously continue to sow the seeds of our own destruction., despite science and evidence that we are turning our only home into an uninhabitable hell for millions of people, ”said the agency’s head, Mami Mizutori.
The report makes an urgent call for countries to better prepare for all catastrophic events, from earthquakes and tsunamis to biological threats like COVID-19, and calls on wealthier nations to more firmly address the damage caused by emissions. linked to climate hazards that make up the majority of disasters today.
WHO warns about “prolonged COVID”
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The director of the World Health Organization assured this Monday that the long-term effects among people who have suffered COVID-19 are only beginning to be understood and warned that some are suffering what he now calls “prolonged COVID.”
“I have met with groups of patients who are suffering what is now described as” prolonged COVID, “to understand what they suffer and what their needs are, as well as to advance research and rehabilitation,” said Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus during your regular press conference.
Months after being infected, some patients still face symptoms such as tiredness, pain, and trouble breathing, so Tedros reiterated that herd immunity strategies are not an option for this pandemic.
“We don’t know enough about immunity to COVID-19. Most people who are infected with the virus develop an immune response in the first few weeks, but we don’t know how strong or long-lasting it is, or how it differs for different people, “he said.
The director recalled that there have been examples of infected people who were infected a second time, so letting the virus circulate without taking public health measures is “allowing unnecessary infections, suffering and deaths.”
Counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines will soon be a reality
Protecting societies from the threats of organized crime must be one of the commitments in the global recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, the director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime stressed on Monday.
Ghada Waly said during the opening of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Organized Crime that it is essential for the world to unite around common frameworks to take urgent action, as criminals seize the opportunities created due to the COVID-19 crisis and new threats are multiplying.
“Organized crime is selling substandard and counterfeit medical products, targeting individuals, health facilities and public agencies through Internet scams. Counterfeit COVID vaccines will soon be a deadly reality and governments must be prepared to counter this threat”He warned.
Waly warned that health systems continue to face cyber attacks and lockdown measures have increased cases of child abuse online.
“As criminals exploit people and the planet for profit, a vicious cycle of poverty and inequality is reinforced. People from all over the world are asking us to help break this trend, ”he asked the member states participating in the conference.
A summit for food
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He General secretary The UN Council announced on Monday that it will convene a food systems summit next year during the high-level segment of the General Assembly that will call for global commitment and action to achieve a more inclusive and sustainable production chain.
“This year, The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fragility of our food systems. Millions more are starving and millions of jobs have been lost. Meanwhile, the climate emergency continues apace, ”said António Guterres in a video message.
Guterres stated that the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Program highlights the suitability of the summit, which he hopes will be a solution-generating event with action-oriented conversations.
This week takes place the traditional World Food Week held annually by FAO and this Monday began a new session of the Committee on World Food Security.
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UN condemns violations of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh
The UN Secretary-General is very disappointed after receiving reports of violations of the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, his spokesman said on Monday.
“António Guterres condemns any target and attack on civilian-populated areas anywhere and regrets the loss of life and injuries,” Stéphane Dujarric said during his daily meeting with the press.
He added that Guterres wants to once again remind the parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to refrain from any action that may also run the risk of expanding the fighting. beyond the immediate area.
“Likewise, we again urge to all parties to comply with the humanitarian ceasefire agreements and other commitments announced in Moscow. We also share the alarm of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for the suffering of civilians. We remain ready to respond to any humanitarian need if requested, “he said.
Over the weekend, the Secretary-General issued a statement welcoming the agreement on a humanitarian ceasefire announced in Moscow by the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, Armenia and Azerbaijan.