January 22, 2022 6:15 pm

Climate Change Summit COP26, COVID-19, Venezuela … Monday’s News

COP26, the Glasgow summit that is considered the most important negotiation on climate change since the Paris Accords, started this Monday with a clear message from world leaders: our world is in danger.

Our addiction to fossil fuels is driving humanity to the brink. We are faced with a tough choice: Either we stop it, or it stops us, “said the General secretary of the UN during the inauguration. “It’s time to say enough is enough.”

The head of the United Nations added that the climate summit should serve to “keep alive the goal of 1.5 degrees” of the Paris Agreement and for this it is necessary to “cut emissions by 45% by 2030.”

“We are digging our own grave,” Guterres stressed. “Recent weather announcements may give the impression that we are turning it around,” he added, but “this is an illusion,” as the planet is heading for a 2.7 degree rise in temperatures by the end of the century.

World leaders urge action

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US President Joseph R. Biden addresses the opening of the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow.

The prime minister of the United Kingdom inaugurated the summit in which the president of the United States also spoke on Monday.

Boris Johnson, doing a simile with a James Bond movie, urged participants to make the summit two weeks “the moment when humanity finally begins to defuse the bomb” of climate change. “If we don’t take climate change seriously today, it will be too late for our children to do so tomorrow,” he warned.

Along the same lines, was the message from the President of the United States, Joe Biden. “We don’t have any more time to hang back or sit on the railing or argue with each other. This is the challenge of our collective lives. The existential threat to human life as we know it. Every day we are delayed, the cost of inaction increases. “

A woman receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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A woman receives her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, India.

COVID-19 has already killed five million people worldwide, a “devastating milestone” that “reminds us that we are failing much of the world,” Guterres said in a statement.

The Secretary General assured that It is a “global shame” that While rich countries are distributing third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, only 5% of the African population is fully vaccinated.

“Five million deaths should also be a clear warning: we cannot lower our guard,” added Guterres, who assures that “it would be a mistake to think that the pandemic is over.”

UNICEF supports the return to face-to-face classes in Venezuela

What you hear is a UNICEF radio announcement in Venezuela to support the return to classes in person.

The #DigamosPresente campaign seeks to provide reliable information to mitigate possible fears of parents and caregivers of children regarding the return to school during the pandemic.

A study conducted by UNICEF in 191 countries showed that the reopening of schools does not cause an increase in COVID-19 cases in the communities, if the appropriate measures are implemented, such as the use of masks, distancing and hand washing.

In Venezuela, after more than a year of having been studying in a semi-face-to-face modality last Monday, the face-to-face school year began for children like Mariángel “What I like the most about going back to school is that I can study, and I can speak a little with my classmates at recess ”, says the student.


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