WHO lists Moderna vaccine for emergency use

WHO listed Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, the fifth such designation since the pandemic began and another step towards global access.

Global COVID-19 infections top 150 million

Two of every five cases were in the United States, India and Brazil alone — with more than 3.1 million deaths and 87 million recoveries worldwide.

Challengers for U.N. chief lack official standing

The U.N. is considering one candidate for secretary-general in 2022 — incumbent António Guterres — despite the emergence of self-nominated challengers.

U.N. chief to prolong deadlocked Cyprus talks

The U.N. chief remained determined to bring Cypriot leaders together despite acknowledging failure to surmount differences over how to restart formal talks.

ASEAN calls for end to Myanmar killings

Nine Southeast Asian nations demanded that the military in Myanmar — the tenth ASEAN member — should immediately cease all violence and killings.

Biden summit buoys climate treaty hopes

A two-day global climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden ended with leaders and companies pledging to decarbonize the world economy.

FIFA and UEFA rebuff breakaway league

World football’s governing body FIFA and Europe’s UEFA faced down their biggest challenge in decades from the proposed European Super League.

E.U. pitches new measures on ESG investing

The E.U. proposed new rules that would require publicly-listed and large private companies to report information on their environmental and social impacts.

COVAX expands with World Bank backing

The World Bank approved US$2 billion in financing for COVID-19 vaccines in 17 developing countries as part of a two-year US$12 billion package.

China rejects call for U.N. probe in Xinjiang

China lashed out against Human Rights Watch’s report calling for a U.N.-led probe of alleged crimes against humanity targeting Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province.

Thunberg calls vaccine inequity a ‘moral test’

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined WHO in calling on rich nations to stop hoarding vaccines and start accelerating the spread of shots worldwide.

IAEA supports plan to release Fukushima water

The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency offered support for Japan’s decision to release treated radioactive wastewater from Fukushima into the ocean in 2023.

Geneva ‘anticipator’ pushes science diplomacy

A new Swiss foundation unveiled sweeping plans that include establishing a global science court, an international organization and an international treaty.

Iran trumpets nuclear progress amid U.S. talks

After a week of U.S.-Iran proximity talks on the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s president announced Tehran is testing a centrifuge to speed uranium enrichment.

UNRWA reinstated as U.S. aid recipient

The United States pledged to restore aid to the Palestinians, almost two-thirds of it earmarked for the United Nations’ relief agency for Palestinian refugees.

ICC hails reversal of Trump-era sanctions

The International Criminal Court hopes to ‘re-engage’ with the United States after it revoked former Trump administration sanctions and visa restrictions.