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E.U. report ties green tech to recycling

European Space Agency image of Chile's Tarapacá Region where nitrates, lithium, potassium and iodine are mined (AN/ESA)

Recycling of rare elements will be crucial to ensure adequate supplies for low-carbon technologies, a two-year E.U.-funded project concluded.

COVAX expands with World Bank backing

A photo illustration of medicinal syringes used to administer drugs, vaccines and blood transfusions (AN/Jernej Furman)

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.

UNRWA reinstated as U.S. aid recipient

A view inside the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA (AN/Kai Hendry)

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.

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.

Risk of child marriage rising with pandemic

Members of a girls' football team in Bangladesh that requires them to stay in school, part of Banchte Shekha organization's U.K.-aid supported program against child marriage (AN/Ricci Coughlan/DFID)

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.

Resuscitating the League of Nations’ legacy

Palais Wilson in Geneva, original headquarters of the League of Nations and now home to the U.N. human rights office (AN/Eric Bridiers

Ten million pages scanned, five million more to go. The project to digitize the former League of Nations’ entire archives by 2022 has hit the two-thirds mark.

Summit marks U.S. re-entry to climate fight

John Kerry, the new U.S. presidential envoy, addresses the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 (AN/CAS 2021)

A global summit’s mood was perhaps best reflected in the U.N. chief beaming at the new U.S. climate envoy’s pledge to restore American climate leadership.

U.S. and U.N. roles at odds in Western Sahara

A 2019 SADC conference for self-determination in Western Sahara co-hosted by South Africa and Namibia (AN/S.A.)

Pro-independence leaders in Western Sahara want the Biden administration to resolve a contradiction: U.S. policy runs counter to U.N.-led peace efforts.

Tug-of-war over pulled WHO Italy report

WHO officials Francesco Zambon, right, and Piroska Östlin at a 2017 reception in Malta (AN/WHO Europe)

A suppressed WHO report on Italy’s pandemic response says hospitals were “chaotic,” dangers to elderly went unrecognized, and training was haphazard.

New U.N. ‘day’ to aid efforts against epidemics

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres opens a special session of the General Assembly on the pandemic (AN/U.N. Web TV)

After holding its first high-level session on the pandemic, the U.N. General Assembly created a new “international day” to prevent health crises like COVID-19.