By Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director – In 1785, Robert Burns reflected on how humanity has come to dominate our planet: “I’m truly sorry man’s dominion, has broken nature’s social union,” he wrote. The Scottish poet’s words still ring true two centuries later.
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro was recorded telling World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom he was the only head of state charged with crimes against humanity for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation is said to have taken place on the sides of the G20 Summit in Rome.
US President Joseph Biden Monday said the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow should mark the starting point of a decade of ambition and innovation to fight climate change, which he believed is an existential threat. The summit is often billed as essential to putting the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord into action.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Monday insisted on the responsibilities world leaders are facing, during his opening speech at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).
Chinese authorities have decided to shut down Disneyland and Disneytown temporarily In Shanghai between Monday and Tuesday out of COVID-19 concerns, it was announced.
Climate activists have denounced Glasgow's COP26 summit as “the most exclusive” of all those that have been held. The Global Climate Justice also pointed out developing countries did not have access to that forum.
The United Kingdom on Sunday disavowed a French announcement that PM Boris Johnson and president Emmanuel Macron had agreed to de-escalate a dispute over fishing rights. Earlier a French official has advanced that the two leaders had agreed to address the issue in a private meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.
While the world gathers in Glasgow over the next fortnight to make progress on tackling climate change, 10,000 miles away the city’s namesake will provide a stark reminder of why urgent action is needed.
Netherlands Customs officers have seized what is considered the largest haul this year, over four tons of cocaine at the port of Rotterdam with an estimated value of US$ 362 million. The drug was found in soy bags that were destined for Portugal and are of Paraguayan origin using Uruguay as the port of transit.
The Ushuaia port authorities have announced that the Norwegian Star will be calling four times in the capital of the extreme south Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego this 2021/22 cruise season.