Primary forest loss up 12% despite pandemic

Old-growth tropical forest losses rose 12 percent in 2020 accelerated by commerce and climate-related factors, according to Global Forest Watch.

WHO report points to animal source of virus

The coronavirus was likely transmitted initially from bats to humans through another animal and not from an accident in a Chinese lab, scientists reported.

World leaders propose new pandemic treaty

Twenty five nations joined with the European Council and World Health Organization in making an “urgent call” for creation of an international pandemic treaty.

U.N. investigator takes charge at Amnesty

Amnesty International named Agnès Callamard as its new secretary general, tapping a veteran human rights investigator to lead a 60-year-old organization.

Delays foreseen with COVAX vaccine deliveries

International organizations acknowledged significant delays in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to poor nations due to pressure from India.

NATO ministers agree to climate strategy shift

Foreign ministers to NATO agreed to elevate the importance of global warming and other major environmental threats in military planning and strategy.

Women ‘excluded’ from COVID-19 task forces

Government efforts to fight the pandemic include just one woman for every three men on average, according to UNDP, which urged more gender equality.

Turkey exits ‘human rights convention of women’

The Turkish president withdrew his nation from Europe’s first legally binding treaty on preventing violence against women and removed the central bank chief.

WMO cautions against seasonal easing on virus

The U.N. weather agency advised governments against relaxing COVID-19 restrictions based on assumptions the coronavirus will decline with warm weather.

America commits to rights overhaul in U.N. review

The U.S. accepted four-fifths of the almost 350 recommendations for improving its human rights record that other nations served up in a U.N. peer review.

U.N. says U.K. nuke plans would violate NPT

The U.K.’s decision to boost its nuclear warhead stockpile would breach the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, a U.N. spokesperson said.

U.N. handoff to Libya’s new unity government

The U.N.-backed administration in Libya transitioned to an interim government without a hitch in a process leading to nationwide elections in late December.

First WHO listing for one-shot COVID-19 vaccine

WHO approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, adding a fourth shot to the international arsenal of tools against the pandemic.

Pandemic hits anticipated halfway point

One year on, the pandemic has prompted one of the most remarkable scientific efforts — and brought into sharper focus many of the world’s inequities.

U.N. calls on Myanmar military to show ‘restraint’

The U.N. Security Council unanimously agreed to condemn violence against Myanmar protesters and called on its military to exercise the ‘utmost restraint.’

U.N. study shows ‘horrifying’ violence against women

About 30 percent of all women worldwide have been subjected to physical or sexual violence at least once during their lives, U.N. agencies found in a survey.

Risk of child marriage rising with pandemic

Child marriage is increasing with up to 10 million more girls at risk of becoming brides before the age of 18 due to the pandemic, UNICEF reported.

Food waste could circle Earth sevenfold

While one-in-10 people on the planet suffers chronic hunger, the world wastes about 17 percent of all the food that is produced each year, UNEP reported.

Myanmar’s U.N. envoy defies ouster

A week after his nation’s military tried to remove him, Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun remained in his post, the chief U.N. spokesman said.

Central banks lean into era of big data

Machine learning applications that use big data are increasingly helping central banks to conduct research and make decisions, according to a new BIS paper.

UNICEF sounds alarm over global school closures

The pandemic has kept 168 million children from attending schools and for many of them the consequences could be disastrous, UNICEF reported.