January 21, 2022 5:57 pm

Draft agreement at COP26, COVID-19 grows again in the Americas, migrants in Poland … Wednesday’s news

COP26 draft agreement keeps alive the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees

The presidency of COP26, the climate change conference has published a first draft of the agreement in which it is “Urges” countries “to” review and reinforce ” reducing emissions to keep alive the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.

For this, as stated in the draft agreement, it is necessary to reduce global emissions by 45% by 2030 and to zero by mid-century. But, as the text also points out, we are a long way from achieving it. According to the latest estimates, greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will increase by 13.7% compared to 2010. The short-term plans put in place by the countries would mean an increase of 2.7ºC.

Loss and damage, a key issue for developing countries, has been included in the draft, calling for more support from rich countries. The document acknowledges “with regret” that they have failed to deliver on their promise to jointly provide $ 100 billion a year.

It also asks countries to accelerate the phase-out of coal and fossil fuel subsidies, but it does not have specific dates or objectives in this regard.

The British Prime Minister appeared to assess the progress of the Conference. Boris Johnson said the negotiations on the details “They are getting difficult” and “there is still a lot to do.”

We have to activate all the brakes if we want to achieve what we have come to do: keep global warming below 1.5 degrees ”, he said.

Regarding the draft, he explained that “it is crucial to have a lot of ambition” and that the risk of not complying is “colossal” since it would mean “an absolute disaster for the planet.”

“Here in Glasgow, the world is closer than ever to signaling the beginning of the end of anthropogenic climate change. It is the greatest gift we can give to generations to come and is now within reach at COP26 in these final days. We have to reach out together and reach for it. My question to my fellow leaders: “Will they help us seize that opportunity or will they get in the way?”

After two months of declines, COVID-19 cases are rising again in America

WHO / PAHO / Karen González Abril

The Wayúu people of Colombia participate in the administration of health services for their community.

After two consecutive months of decline, COVID-19 infections are increasing in some countries of the Americas

In the last week they have registered 700,000 new cases and 13,000 deaths according to the figures of the Pan American Health Organization.

An increase in cases is being observed in some areas of Colombia and Bolivia. In the countries of the Southern Cone, there is also an upward trend after the relaxation of public health measures.

Although 48% of the inhabitants of Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, coverage remains very uneven. In Nicaragua, it is less than 10% and in Haiti, less than 1% of people have been fully vaccinated.

PAHO has signed supply agreements with three vaccine manufacturers that are on the emergency use list of the World Health Organization and is in final negotiations with a fourth supplier, a producer of mRNA vaccines.

Asked about the inclusion of Cuban vaccines, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa explained that “Cuba has already had two meetings with the Geneva team and is preparing the strategy and how the process will be.”

The UN asks to avoid violence during the electoral campaign in Honduras

Man selling vegetables at his stall in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

UNDP Honduras / María José Rodríguez

Man selling vegetables at his stall in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

The United Nations System in Honduras has asked political actors that the electoral campaign take place in an “environment of respect and tolerance”, “Avoiding hate speech and smear, misinformation and incitement to violence.”

Less than twenty days before the national elections, the UN calls on the candidates to focus on presenting proposals for the development and well-being of the country and to desist from any action that violates or violates human rights.

In addition, they encourage the population to “cast a reflective vote.” “An informed vote can transform your community and the country,” they argue.

Red Cross personnel bring humanitarian aid to migrants trapped on the Belarusian-Polish border.

Red Cross

Red Cross personnel bring humanitarian aid to migrants trapped on the Belarusian-Polish border.

The High Commissioner for Human Rights urges Belarus and Poland to take “immediate” measures to resolve the situation at the border, where hundreds of people are trapped enduring freezing temperatures.

“I am shocked,” says Michelle Bachelet, who considers that what happened is “intolerable in accordance with her obligations under international law.”

The answer “and the “Incendiary rhetoric” of both governments “only serve to exacerbate the vulnerability and risks faced by migrants and refugees,” he adds.

Bachelet assures that immediate access must be granted to humanitarian workers and journalists and lawyers.

“According to international law, no one should ever be prevented from seeking asylum or other forms of protection, and their protection needs should be considered individually,” he recalls.

Reference-news.un.org

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