Mark Carney: Net zero transition represents "greatest commercial opportunity of our time" The three-day summit, called the "Green Horizon summit", opens on the day when the international conference on the climate COP26 was initially scheduled to begin in Glasgow. COP26 has now been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Green Horizon Summit is seen as a key milestone en route to Glasgow COP26. It brings together leaders of finance, business, government and civil society from around the world for a progress check on green finance for the Great Reset; and to showcase innovative finance solutions to accelerate industry’s net-zero transition and for nature-based solutions. According to Mark Carney 126 countries, including half the G20, have now committed to net zero by 2050 at the latest. And there is a clear opportunity to invest in a green, resilient recovery as countries seek to recover from the pandemic. Could COVID-19 be a catalyst for achieving the objective agreed in the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increases to below 2°C from pre-industrial levels?
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Anger and exasperation, the latest coronavirus lockdowns spark protests around the world, especially in Europe. Dr Michael Ryan, WHO’s emergencies chief, at a briefing in Geneva yesterday, said "We understand people's frustrations. but governments in Europe in particular at this time are facing a very, very difficult situation" Anti-lockdown protest sees around thousands of demonstrators as European nations wound back the clocks to the spring with fresh lockdowns and restrictions aimed at halting galloping infections and deaths. Officials have said European economies, already devastated by lockdowns in March, April and May, will take a further hit from the second series of closures, even though the new measures are mostly not as strict and many governments and companies and are better equipped to deal with them. The virus has killed at least 1,196,109 people worldwide since the outbreak emerged last December, infecting more than 46 million.
Winnie Byanyima urges leaders at The World Health Summit to commit to a people's vaccine UNAIDS Executive Director and other members of the People’s Vaccine Alliance are calling for a new approach that puts public health first by sharing knowledge and maximising supply. Winnie Byanyima said people’s Vaccine for COVID-19, treatments and tests should be patent-free, mass produced and distributed fairly and free for all.
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The links between tuberculosis (TB), lung health and the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the world's first global health NGO celebrated its one-hundredth birthday, yesterday on the 20 October.The President of The Union, Prof Guy Marks, recognised that a global health crisis – tuberculosis – could not be defeated without international collaboration and knowledge sharing, came together and founded The Union. Reflecting on the journey so far and the distance left to travel, Prof Guy Marks also made the links between tuberculosis (TB), lung health and the COVID-19 pandemic.Delegates from 135 countries, including nearly 1000 TB survivors, are attending the conference, originally set to take place in Seville, Spain.World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is among them. He stressed that the world cannot allow the pandemic to become an excuse for failing to deliver on the commitments made to end TB, tobacco and air pollution: “The pandemic will end, but TB, tobacco, air pollution and other lung diseases will continue to steal the breath and life of millions of people every year.”Results from a survey across 19 countries of people's attitudes towards a potential COVID-19 vaccine, to be published in Nature Medicine, will be presented by lead author Jeffrey Lazarus of ISGlobal, and he will talk about concerns around regionally low levels of vaccine acceptance.
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Coronavirus: Herd immunity is back in the news! and today the White House Embraces Covid-19 ‘Herd Immunity’ Declaration.What is herd immunity and how can we achieve it with COVID-19? Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Dr Tedros argued that the long-term impacts of coronavirus - as well as the strength and duration of any immune response - remained unknown.He added that “Herd immunity is a concept used for vaccination, in which a population can be protected from a certain virus if a threshold of vaccination is reached”“Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak”, the WHO chief said, calling it “scientifically and ethically problematic”.
Debt of 73 low-income countries at end of 2019 was up 9.5% on previous year. A new World Bank study showed that the external debt of the 73 countries currently eligible to have this year’s repayments suspended stood at $744bn (£568bn) at the end of 2019 – an increase of 9.5% on 2018. Many countries have approached the IMF and the World Bank for short-term emergency assistance, around twice the number that requested assistance in the aftermath of the 2008 Global Crisis There is growing concern of an imminent debt crisis among low-income countries struggling to keep up the payments on money borrowed from a mix of public and private creditors over the past decade. The G20 group of large economies is reportedly poised to extend a multibillion-dollar debt freeze for the world’s poorest countries to help them weather the coronavirus crisis, and may adopt a common approach to dealing with longer-term debt restructuring, however the G20 negotiators “face resistance from China, Turkey and India” Reuters reports.
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Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, explaining that #sustainability is one of the pillars for Starbucks to make social #impact. He gives a few examples on how Starbucks keeps being innovative aiming to be nr1 company in the world to be sustainable from farmer to final products and how these are sold.
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