January 18, 2022 10:54 pm

Final stretch of COP26, COVID19 vaccines, disappearances in Mexico … Friday’s news

COP26 enters its final stretch with country delegates negotiating a second draft agreement that calls for more money to help developing nations and calls for strengthening emissions cuts by 2022, while softening the language on fossil fuels.

Disputes remain over funding, the speed of emissions cuts, and whether the deal should mention “fossil fuels,” a term that had never appeared in a global climate deal.

The president of COP26, the British Alok Sharma, said that there has been “many advances, especially in financing”, and he asked the countries for “a final injection of decisive spirit.”

“We are one step closer to comprehensive, ambitious and balanced results, which I hope the parties will adopt by consensus by today’s close.”

The new document gains momentum in relation to financing and loss and damage, two key issues for developing countries. Money for adaptation to the worst impacts of climate change will double, and the reference year will be 2021.

However, the previous version of the agreement called on the parties to “accelerate the phase-out of coal and fossil fuel subsidies.” This has been changed to call for “accelerating the phase-out of unstabilized coal power and inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.” Non-stabilized coal is that which is produced without the use of technology to capture the emitted carbon.

You can’t get out of the pandemic with vaccines alone, warns WHO

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Olha Antoniuk, receives the vaccine after more than a year of isolation and without being able to celebrate her 84th birthday with her loved ones, she is preparing to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The World Health Organization warns that no country will be able to get out of the pandemic only by vaccinating its citizens and insists that precautionary measures must be taken.

What is happening in Europe, where cases are increasing even in countries with high vaccination rates, “is another reminder, as we have said time and again, that vaccines are not a substitute for the need for other precautions”, Said the CEO, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus at a press conference.

Last week almost two million cases in Europe, the most in a single week in that region since the pandemic began. In addition, there were almost 27,000 deaths, more than half of all those caused by COVID-19 in the world.

Vaccines, Tedros recalled, reduce the risk of hospitalization, serious illness and death. But they don’t totally prevent transmission.

The Organization continues to recommend the use of tests, masks, physical distancing, measures to avoid crowds, improve ventilation. “Each country must constantly assess its situation and adjust its approach accordingly,” said Tedros.

With the right mix of measures, he added, countries may find a balance between keeping transmission low and keeping their societies and economies open.

“No country can simply vaccinate to get out of the pandemic. It is not about vaccines or, but about vaccines and ”, he maintained.

More than half of the migrants at the Belarus border need medical attention

Migrants endure dire conditions at Belarus-Poland border

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Migrants endure dire conditions at Belarus-Poland border

More than half of the migrants stranded at the Belarus-Polynya border need medical attention

Preliminary survey results show that more than a third of those surveyed required medical treatment during their trip, while three in five need treatment and medication for an ongoing illness.

“I am very concerned about the thousands of vulnerable people who are stranded in no-man’s-land on Belarus’ borders with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, at the mercy of the weather as winter approaches,” said the regional director of that agency. of the UN for Europe, Hans Kluge. “Women and children sleep outside in the cold. Several people have already died. And COVID-19 cases are increasing sharply across the region.

At a press conference in Geneva, the spokeswoman for the refugee agency said they were able to visit an area where migrants camp on the Belarusian side of the border.

“We have seen a group of 2000 asylum seekers, migrants and refugees who have been there since November 8, including women, some pregnancies, babies and children. There are very important humanitarian needs, “said United Nations Refugee Agency spokeswoman Shabia Mantoo.

UNHCR and the World Organization for Migration distributed hygiene items and food, and an upcoming shipment They will bring blankets and warm clothes to face the low temperatures, with the aim of avoiding more deaths from hypothermia.

The Committee against Enforced Disappearance will visit Mexico

The enforced disappearance of 43 college students in 2014 exposed the problem that has plagued Mexicans for decades.

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The enforced disappearance of 43 college students in 2014 exposed the problem that has plagued Mexicans for decades.

The United Nations Committee against Forced Disappearance will visit Mexico, a country where at least 94,000 people have disappeared.

The committee will travel from November 15 to 26 to meet with federal and 12 state authorities. In addition, they will hold meetings with victims, representatives of civil society, the National Human Rights Commission and international organizations, among others. They will attend exhumations carried out by the authorities and groups of victims and visit prisons and detention centers, to examine their registration systems.

“The Committee especially welcomes Mexico’s willingness to receive this visit, which we have requested since 2013,” said Carmen Rosa Villa, head of the delegation.

Reference-news.un.org

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