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HANDOUT - 08 April 2021, Switzerland, ---: A man holds a pair of underwear after it was removed out from the soil which was buried in it during a project to study the soil quality. Farmers and garden owners are burying 2,000 pairs of white underwear across Switzerland in a study of soil quality operated by the state research institute Agroscope. Photo: Nicolas Zonvi/Agroscope/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung im Zusammenhang mit der aktuellen Berichterstattung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits

Swiss bury 2,000 pairs of underpants in service of science

(dpa) - Farmers and garden owners are burying 2,000 pairs of white underwear across Switzerland in a study of soil quality. The state research institute...
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China urges West to halt interference under guise of human rights at UN session

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A senior Chinese diplomat on Monday urged some Western countries to immediately stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs under the pretext of...
Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2020 shows an exterior view of the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO on Wednesday night extended to Thursday its emergency talks on whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). (Xinhua/Liu Qu)

E-certificate for COVID-19 vaccination useful instrument – WHO

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Officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday that the use of e-certificate for COVID-19 vaccination is a "potentially very useful instrument,"...
Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2020 shows an exterior view of the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO on Wednesday night extended to Thursday its emergency talks on whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in China constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). (Xinhua/Liu Qu)

World Health Organization gives OK to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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dpa/GNA - The coronavirus vaccine manufactured by US company Johnson & Johnson, has received a thumbs up from the World Health Organization (WHO). The...
Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

New female leaders in international trade inspire women to enter the game

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One week into her new job as the seventh director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's appointment as head of the 26-year-old...
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Assumes Office

WTO Chief Okonjo-Iweala Assumes Office

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The World Trade Organization's (WTO) first female and first African Director General, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, officially took office on Monday, ending a six-month "leaderless" period...
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a statement at the UN headquarters in New York, Jan. 6, 2020. Antonio Guterres on Monday called on parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint to stop escalation of global tensions. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

UN Boss: Yemeni families face ‘death sentence’ if famine aid is cut

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dpa/GNA - Cutting support to Yemen would amount to a "death sentence" for its people, the United Nations chief told an international...
Yemen

United Nations appeals for US$3.85 billion as Yemen faces famine

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dpa/GNA - The United Nations is appealing for 3.85 billion dollars in funding to save millions of people in Yemen from hunger, in...
International Trade Center (ITC)

Caribbean businesses to go green with new Trade for Sustainable Development Hub

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The International Trade Centre (ITC) in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has announced the launch of the Caribbean Trade for Sustainable...
East African Community Eac

Unlocking Trade and Investment Opportunities between Europe and East Africa

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Stakeholders from across the East African Community (EAC) region and Europe gathered online today to mark the beginning of the MARKUP - EAC Invest...
Malaria parasites - seen here infecting red blood cells - and mosquitoes do not like cold temperatures

El Salvador has been officially certified as malaria-free

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Today, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria welcomes the news that El Salvador has been officially certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). El...
Chilean President

Pharmaceutical industry: Steep rise in Covid-19 vaccine shipments

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dpa/GNA - The global delivery of Covid-19 vaccines is increasing weekly, and at a fast rate, the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (IFPMA)...
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb. 10, 2020. The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that an advance squad of the WHO-led team of international experts had already arrived in China to lay the groundwork for the rest of team members who will cooperate with their Chinese counterparts against the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Xinhua/Chen Junxia)

WHO and partners launch vaccine injury compensation program for poorer countries

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The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have agreed to launch a program for claims of serious side effects among people in 92...
Who Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

High-income countries’ vaccine deals undermine COVAX – WHO boss

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Deals between some high-income countries and manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines are undermining the WHO-led COVAX initiative by reducing the number of doses it can...
Photo taken in Brussels of Belgium on March 16, 2020 shows World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking at a virtual press conference held in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO Boss thanks G7 nations for global vaccine pledges

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dpa/GNA - UN health chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed that major economies of the G7 group are stepping up their support for the...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she speaks with France's President Emmanuel Macron, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven during the first face-to-face EU summit since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium July 18, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Pool

Macron: Rich countries should give share of vaccines to poorer ones

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dpa - Wealthy countries should quickly give 4 or 5 per cent of their Covid-19 vaccines to poorer ones, French President Emmanuel Macron said,...
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Switzerland set to start lifting Covid-19 curbs on March 1

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dpa/GNA - Switzerland plans to reopen shops, museums, zoos and amusement parks at the start of March as a first step out of...
Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

WTO appoints Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala chief amid calls for reforms in multilateral trading system

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Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday agreed by consensus to appoint Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the organization's seventh director-general. After taking office...
President Xi Jinping speaks during the G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 on Thursday. Photo: Li Xueren/Xinhua

Multilateralism, climate change top agenda at virtual Davos gathering

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Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech and his pledge on multilateral cooperation set the tone for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Virtual Event of the...
President Xi Jinping speaks during the G20 Extraordinary Leaders' Summit on COVID-19 on Thursday. Photo: Li Xueren/Xinhua

President Xi Jinping’s Speech at Davos Agenda is Historic Opportunity for Collaboration

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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for both greater global efforts in the fight against an unprecedented public health crisis and a renewed commitment to...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks at a press conference after the WHO emergency committee's meeting on the novel coronavirus in China at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Qu)

WHO boss warns of “catastrophic moral failure” on COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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Opening the 148th session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Executive Board, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Monday warned of the moral consequences...
Who Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

WHO Boss spells out three COVID-19 lessons

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The COVID-19 pandemic has so far had three lessons for all member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN)...
International Trade Center (ITC)

Government of Finland announces €5 million support to ITC for 2021-2022

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The government of Finland and the International Trade Centre (ITC) today signed an agreement that will see Finland provide €5 million in funding to...
Entrepreneurship

Supporting women entrepreneurs in Rwanda

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Women entrepreneurs in Rwanda will now gain support to run competitive and sustainable businesses through the SheTrades Rwanda project which was launched today at...
World Economic Forum (WEF)

Special Annual Meeting 2021 to Take Place in Singapore in May

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The World Economic Forum will convene the Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore from 13-16 May. It will return to Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, for the...
Africa Young Innovators for Health Award

Speak Up Africa and IFPMA launch the “Africa Young Innovators for Health Award”

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....to fuel innovation and help advance promising healthcare solutions The first edition of the “Africa Young Innovators for Health Award” aims to support entrepreneurs develop...
Covid

COVID-19 could result in more HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths for next 2 years...

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The latest report from the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has warned that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could result in 123,000 to...
Covid

UN: Record number of people to need aid next year due to pandemic

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A record 235 million people are expected to be in need of humanitarian aid next year because of the pandemic, 40 per cent...
Tokyo Court Grants Carlos Ghosn Bail

UN: Ghosn deserves reparations for ‘arbitrary’ detention in Japan

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The former boss of carmaker Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, should receive compensation from Japan because his detention there lacked legal grounds and ran counter to...
European Union

EU demands transparency on the origins of Covid-19

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Transparency is key to finding the origins of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in China, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said...