United Nations assembly: vaccine concerns and climate top it all


According to UNDP director Achim Steiner, when it comes to vaccination equality, large sections of the globe are experiencing the equivalent of famine. He cautioned that vaccine inequality is self-defeating since the epidemic would return.
Despite fresh major promises by the US and China at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the international community is still facing a rapidly closing window in the battle against global warming.
“Here is the United States tripling multibillion-dollar investment towards a worldwide climate response,” the UNDP administrator told The Straits Times in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the last UNGA in New York. China, a country that has long been cited as the leading exporter of coal-fired, electricity-generating infrastructure being constructed worldwide, has announced that it would no longer export coal-fired power plants.
The battle against global warming was another hot topic during the UNGA.The objective of the 2015 Paris Agreement is to keep global warming far below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably 1.5 degrees Celsius, relative to pre-industrial levels.


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