WHO chief urges treaty and ‘lot of work’

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus closed out the World Health Assembly with a warning against complacency and an appeal for a global pandemic treaty.

U.N. told of potential war crimes in Gaza

The U.N. human rights chief raised the possibility that Israel’s military committed war crimes during its latest war with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

Landmark climate ruling in Dutch court

Climate activists used the 2015 Paris Agreement to win a Dutch court ruling ordering Royal Dutch Shell to cut carbon emissions nearly in half this decade.

IEA sees narrow path to 2050 net zero

Paris-based IEA advised that limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius requires an immediate and massive transformation of all energy systems.

WEF calls off Singapore summit over pandemic

The World Economic Forum cancelled a summer version of its annual meeting in Singapore and pushed its annual Davos meeting to “the first half of 2022.”

U.S. blocking call for Israel-Hamas ceasefire

The U.S. prevented the U.N. Security Council from issuing a statement calling for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers.

A Selection of ESG Indicators

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Expert panel says pandemic was preventable

An independent expert panel faulted the World Health Organization and world leaders with a slow-moving response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook-backed digital currency reboots

Facebook’s global digital currency project is abandoning Switzerland as its hoped-for regulatory home and planning to launch a U.S.-based payment system.

WHO grants emergency use of China’s Sinopharm

WHO added a Chinese shot to its list of COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use, providing COVAX another option to broaden vaccine access.

International statistics to manage policy and risk

From statistics on ESG investing to the SDGs, the U.N. and numerous other international organizations offer a wide range of data sets and services.

Methane cuts urged as cheaper climate path

A new U.N. report recommended methane emissions cuts as the most efficient way of preventing another 0.3 degrees Celsius of global warming.

U.S. and WTO chief push IP vaccine waiver

The United States and WTO chief backed waivers to vaccine patent protections aimed at speeding efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic.

E-commerce rises to 19% of all retail purchases

Global online sales among seven major economies jumped to almost one-fifth of all retail sales last year during the pandemic, UNCTAD reported.

Diplomats see progress on Iran nuclear talks

Major powers completed a third round of talks in Vienna amid “cautious and growing optimism,” seeking ways to resuscitate the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.