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Primary forest loss up 12% despite pandemic

Logging of West African old growth forests in Gabon (AN/David Stanley)

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

WHO scientists outside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan (AN/CGTN)

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

A line for COVID-19 testing in New York City (AN/Hrag Vartanian)

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

U.N. special rapporteur Agnès Callamard (AN/U.N. Web TV)

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

Kenyan soldiers with the African Union Mission in Somalia talk about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (AN/AMISOM)

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 meeting at NATO's headquarters in Brussels (AN/NATO)

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

In the U.S., registered nurse Deanna Hill manages New York operations for mass COVID-19 vaccinations at Manhattan's Javits Convention Center in January (AN/Sebastian Rothwyn)

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’

Cânân Arın of Istanbul, Turkey receives a Heinrich Böll Foundation award this month for 40 years of campaigning for women's rights and self-determination (AN/Stephan Röhl)

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

Patchwork farmland in Saxony, Germany (AN/Tobias Tullius)

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

U.S. National Guard soldiers deploy last May during protests and rioting in Raleigh, North Carolina (AN/Hannah Tarkelly)

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.