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U.N. envoy pans Syrian talks stalemate

U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen at a news conference (AN/U.N. Web TV)

Five days of discussions in Geneva ended with no progress. More Syria peace talks “can’t continue like this,” the U.N. special envoy to Syria told reporters.

Watchdog ties corruption to virus response

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, and other anti-corruption protesters at a march in Moscow in memory of slain politician Boris Nemtsov (AN/Michał Siergiejevicz)

Transparency International found nations doing the most to combat corruption had better health care systems in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poll finds wide agreement on ‘climate emergency’

A British climate strike at Bristol in September 2019 (AN/Sam Saunders)

A U.N. survey found 64 percent of 1.2 million people polled in 50 nations — all of them video gamers — called climate change a global emergency.

Global COVID-19 cases exceed 100 million

Mass screening for COVID-19 in November at Bolzano, Italy (AN/Davide Costanzo)

Confirmed cases of coronavirus surged past 100 million people — one of every four cases in the United States alone — with 2.1 million deaths worldwide.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.

ILO: Pandemic dwarfs global financial crisis

Boarded up U.S. shops in Maui, Hawaii during the COVID-19 pandemic (AN/Michael Paul Johnson)

The U.N. labor agency estimated job losses in 2020 due to the pandemic were quadruple those during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

China overtakes U.S. in new foreign investment

A cargo plane from Shanghai touches down at LAX (AN/Glenn Beltz)

China surpassed the United States as the world’s top recipient of foreign direct investment with inflows of US$163 billion in 2020, new UNCTAD figures show.

Study finds most large dams obsolete by 2050

The 116-year-old Craig Goch Dam in Wales supplies water to Birmingham (AN/Ben Salter)

Most of the world’s population by mid-century will face risks living downstream from tens of thousands of aging concrete dams, says a U.N. University report.

Nuclear weapons ban enters into force

ICAN campaigners dress as nuclear bombs in 2016 (AN/Tim Wright)

Advocates of world peace celebrated “EntryIntoForceDay” as the first legally binding treaty to ban nuclear weapons finally became international law.

Biden favors renewal of U.S.-Russia nuke accord

U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (AN/White House)

U.S. President Joe Biden proposed seeking an extension to the last major U.S.-Russia nuclear accord, which the Trump administration decided to let lapse.