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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.
While Senator Joe Manchin leads the opposition to climate provisions in President Biden’s budget bill, his own state is the most exposed to floods in the nation, according to new data released this month by the nonprofit organization First Street Foundation. Over 60% of West Virginia’s power stations are at risk, twice the average and […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism team Unearthed reveal that many coal and oil-rich nations have urged the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to water down its upcoming report on the world’s options to fight climate change successfully. Thousands of comments were sent to the IPCC’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Vital climate measures in the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) may be on the chopping block as the debate over President Biden’s extensive budget package continues in Congress. Senator Joe Manchin III (D-WV) is leading the charge to cut the CEPP, telling the White House he strongly opposes the […]
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