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Yesterday, the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially opened, and the General Debate amongst its 193 Member State representatives will begin next week. UNGA is tasked with not only addressing matters of human rights and international law in “economic, social, cultural, educational, and health fields”; it also determines the organization’s annual budget. Incoming UNGA President Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives explained the agenda for this session as: “Building resilience through hope – to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations.”
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also introduced the Our Common Agenda report to help make those objectives a reality, with what he calls “multilateralism with teeth.” The report includes stronger, more robust approaches to climate change, global vaccinations, youth development, and nuclear and cyber security.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Late last week, President Biden and a critical mass of Democrats in the Senate and House agreed on the details of Build Back Better legislation — a $1.85 trillion overall investment that includes a record-setting $555 billion dollars to take on the climate crisis. The agreement marked a […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Top executives from Big Oil companies ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell testified before Congress yesterday amid accusations and revelations about their industry’s efforts to mislead the public about human-caused climate change while claiming to be in favor of climate action. A report released Thursday morning by the House Committee […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the world gets ready for COP26 in Glasgow next week, many nations are upping their pledges to lower emissions before 2030. But according to a UN report released Tuesday, even if Argentina, Britain, Canada, the EU, South Africa, and the US achieve their pledged goals, it would account […]
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