Wednesday, December 1, 2021

UN Outcomes: October 31 – November 5

Editor’s note: Here is a quick overview of what the international community has been up to last week from the perspective of the United Nations.

Leaders talk about global warming in Glasgow

– World leaders met this week in Glasgow, Scotland to try to stop global warming. But as some of the world’s largest emitters, such as China and Russia, skipped a conference known as COP26, hopes that leaders would find a way to keep the world from warming above the 1.5-degree Celsius target this century diminished.

Failure to meet COP26 climate commitments shatters hopes

– Burning coal is the biggest cause of climate change. Phasing out its use between 2030 and 2040 is one of the most ambitious US calls. On Thursday at COP26, more than 40 countries announced their coal commitments.

COP26: UK Welcomes Global Deals To Stop Coal Mining But Plans A New Mine

“The world’s youth are at stake the most as the planet is warming and they are actively advocating for change. They took center stage on Friday for Youth and Community Empowerment Day at COP26.

“Our lives are at stake,” young marchers said at UN climate talks

War crimes committed in northern Ethiopia

– This week, the conflict between the federal army of Ethiopia and Tigrayan militants in northern Ethiopia reached a one-year milestone. On Wednesday, a report was released by a joint United Nations / Ethiopian Human Rights Commission investigation team stating that all belligerents committed atrocities during the year-long conflict.

UN report says Ethiopia’s war is marked by “extreme brutality”

– US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman visited Ethiopia on Thursday in connection with the escalation of the internal armed conflict. Ethiopia’s federal government declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, announcing that Tigrayan militants are moving towards the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.

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U.S. envoy to visit Ethiopia following government declaration of state of emergency

Briefly about the news

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley has spent months trying to get the attention of some of the world’s richest people on Twitter, pushing $ 6 billion to help 42 million people starve to death due to conflict, climate change and COVID. 19. On Monday, he finally caught the attention of the richest man in the world, Tesla founder Elon Musk.

Quote notes

“We are not drowning, we are fighting. This is our bellicose call for peace. “

– Samoan climate activist Brianna Frouen, 23, of her Pacific peers and world leaders at the opening of COP26 on Monday.

What are we watching next week

An international conference on Libya will be held in Paris on November 12. Elections in Libya are scheduled for December 24, but there is growing concern that free and fair elections may not be held on time.

Did you know?

The 15 members of the UN Security Council take turns holding the presidency of the Council for a month. The rotation takes place in alphabetical order. Kenya was president in October, Mexico moved to November from Monday, and Niger will end the year in December.

To commemorate their presidency, Mexico donated a new sculpture, which is now on display at the UN headquarters in New York.

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