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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.