UN urges member states to strengthen pledges in fighting climate change
The United Nations (UN) no longer considers climate change a “future problem” because the world is already experiencing it.
Based on a UN report, the world is facing a dangerous global temperature rise of around 2.7°Celsius should countries fail to strengthen their climate pledges.
The report said that with the current country pledges, the earth’s carbon emission will only be 7.5 percent less by 2030.
This is far from the 45 percent target that scientists are looking into to limit the increase in global temperature to only 1.5°Celsius, which will be set in the COP26 Summit to be held in Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31.
The UN emissions report said that even if more than 100 countries have pledged to reach net-zero emission by 2050, this will not suffice to reduce the climate disaster.
The author of the report, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Inger Andersen, said that in order to limit global warming to 1.5°Celsius, member nations still have eight years to craft plans and policies aimed at reducing green gas house emissions.
“Climate change is no longer a future problem. It is a now problem. To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C, we have eight years to almost halve greenhouse gas emissions: eight years to make the plans, put in place the policies, implement them and ultimately deliver the cuts. The clock is ticking loudly,” Andersen said.
In 2020, the world recorded only a 5.4 percent reduction of carbon emission amid the implementation of lockdown measures brought about by efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Lena Ramos )
Elon Musk offers to sell Tesla stock if UN shows how it would solve world hunger
Elon Musk has offered to sell Tesla stocks and donate the proceeds if the United Nations (UN) can show in detail how it would use the money to solve world hunger.
His statement came after UN World Food Program director David Beasley called on billionaires, specifically Musk and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, for a “one-time” donation to help prevent millions of people across the globe from dying of starvation.
“$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” Beasley said.
Musk agreed on the said proposal and asked Beasley about the process on how $6 billion can help end the global hunger crisis.
“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk said.
Beasley then offered to meet with Musk to discuss things further. He said $6 billion can prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. AAC
North Korea fires projectile; tells UN it has ‘right to test weapons’
North Korea on Tuesday fired an unidentified projectile into the Sea of Japan.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato during a press conference on Tuesday confirmed that a suspected ballistic missile was launched from inland North Korea.
He said Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has already released instructions in response to the launch.
“This imposes a huge threat to the safety and stability of our country and the region and it is a serious issue faced by the international community. We will continue to gather and analyze information and be fully prepared with vigilance,” Kato said.
No harm to Japanese aircraft or ships has been reported in the latest incident, he added.
The Japanese official also said that they have begun intelligence analysis and gathering to ensure the safety of their aircraft, vessels and other assets. Kato assured that Japan will take all possible precautionary measures including readiness for contingencies.
Meanwhile, North Korea reiterated at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that it has the right to test weapons.
“Nobody can deny the righteous right to self-defense for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to develop, test, manufacture and possess the weapon systems equivalent to the ones which are possessed or being developed by them [South Korea and the United States],” said Kim Song, permanent representative of the DPRK to the United Nations.
Song also urged the US to withdraw its “hostile policy” toward his country so as to “contribute to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world.” AAC
UN secretary general says world is getting ‘F in ethics’ amid vaccine supply inequality
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has slammed world leaders for the inequity in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines.
Guterres said wealthier countries have vaccinated a majority of their population and are already contemplating on giving out booster shots while 90% of the people in Africa remain unvaccinated.
He also noted that images from some parts of the world showing expired and unused COVID-19 vaccines in the garbage tell “the tale of our times”.
“This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It is an obscenity. We passed the science test. But we are getting an F in ethics,” he said.
More than 5.7 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but only 2% of them in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also previously addressed the vaccine supply inequity and has urged high-income countries to delay distribution of booster shots and share their supply with other countries in need. AAC