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03 August 2021

World Breastfeeding Week 2021: 01 – 07 August.

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is marked every year in the first week of August, between 1 to 7 August, to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding for mothers and infants. 

The theme of the World Breastfeeding Week 2021 is “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility​”. The annual week is organized by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), WHO and UNICEF since 1991.

About Breastfeeding:

Breastfeeding provides every child with the best possible start in life. It delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. And it forms part of a sustainable food system. But while breastfeeding is a natural process, it is not always easy. Mothers need support – both to get started and to sustain breastfeeding.

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01 August 2021

Global Education Summit in London raises US$4 billion.

The Global Education Summit, co-hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in London, has raised a record US$4 billion from donors for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

This fundraising total puts GPE firmly on the path to achieving its target of raising at least $5 billion over the next five years to transform education for millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. A fully funded GPE would enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025.

The two-day hybrid event brought together leaders from governments, businesses, private foundations and development banks to commit funding and support to children’s education in the world’s lowest-income countries.

Donor pledges secured at the Summit build on the commitment to girls’ education announced last month at the G7, where leaders pledged at least $2.7 billion to GPE and called on other donors to step up and fully fund GPE’s ambitious new five-year plan.

This includes the UK’s pledge of £430 million (US$600 million). This is the UK’s largest ever pledge to GPE and maintains the UK as GPE’s top bilateral donor.

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Colosseum and Palazzo Barberini hosted Rome G20 summit.

The first G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting was held in Rome on 29 and 30 July, in a major two-day event held under the Italian G20 presidency.

The meeting began on Thursday (29) evening in the arena of the Colosseum, attended by the culture ministers of 20 of the world's largest economies together with 40 high-level cultural delegations.

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31 July 2021

Marlboro maker Philip Morris could stop selling cigarettes in UK.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has said it could stop selling cigarettes in the UK in 10 years' time as it focuses on alternatives, such as heated tobacco.

The move would mean that the firm's flagship Marlboro brand would disappear from British shops.

The firm also indicated it would welcome a government ban on cigarettes.

Health charity Ash said it was hard to take such claims seriously from the firm responsible for selling over a tenth of cigarettes globally.

Philip Morris eventually expects the government to ban smoking altogether and said that "strong regulation" was needed to "help solve the problem of cigarette smoking once and for all".

The government has already pledged to end smoking in England by 2030 as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill health.

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29 July 2021

Brazil landscape garden Sitio Burle Marx receives UNESCO World Heritage status.

The Sitio Burle Marx site, a landscape garden in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro has been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. The garden features more than 3,500 species of plants native to Rio and is considered a laboratory for botanical and landscape experimentation.

The site has been named after Burle Marx, a Brazilian landscape architect whose designs of parks and gardens made him world-famous. The Sitio Burle Marx site was his home until 1985.

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28 July 2021

Dholavira inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List.

A Harappan-era metropolis, Dholavira in Gujarat has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Now Gujarat has three world heritage sites, Champaner near Pavagadh, Rani ki Vav in Patan and the historic city of Ahmedabad. Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be given.

The ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has already given India a new world heritage site in the form of the Rudreswara/ Ramappa Temple in Telangana, which dates back to the 13th century. This session of the World Heritage Committee is being chaired from Fuzhou in China.

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Baurs to bring expert team to study Sri Lanka’s agriculture ecosystem

One of the pioneers in agriculture fertilizer and a leading diversified business group, A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd., also known as Baurs, will be bringing down a team of renowned experts from Switzerland to study the country’s agriculture ecosystem with the purpose of providing scientific and practical solutions to converse into an organic approach.

Scheduled to arrive on the 01st of August, the 10-day visit will include meetings and diverse interactions with all key stakeholders, including visits to sites and facilities that influence organic agriculture. The expert team will also conduct first-hand training in composting and organic farming, the need of the hour.

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UNESCO has added Madrid's Historic Paseo Del Prado Boulevard and Retiro Park to its List of World Heritage Sites.

Madrid’s famous Retiro Park and Paseo del Prado boulevard have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The decision, made on Sunday (25), brings the total number of World Heritage Sites in Spain to 49 – the third-highest in the world after Italy and China.

Up until Sunday, none of these sites were located in the Spanish capital. The Madrid region, however, was home to four: El Escorial Monastery in El Escorial, the historic precint of Alcalá de Henares, the historical center of Aranjuez and the Montejo beech forest in Montejo de la Sierra.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez celebrated the news on Twitter, saying it was a “deserved recognition of a space in the capital that enriches our historical, artistic and cultural legacy.”

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27 July 2021

Nearly two thirds of global drowning deaths occur in Asia Pacific.

Nearly two-thirds of global drowning deaths occur in the Asia Pacific, said a World Health Organization (WHO) report. WHO on launched its first Regional Status Report on Drowning Prevention in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions.

During the launch of the report, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, South-East Asia, WHO said, "Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7 per cent of all injury-related deaths."

Low and middle-income countries account for more than 90 per cent of unintentional drowning deaths, and over half of the world's drownings occur in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, according to WHO.

In 48 of the 85 countries with serviceable data on drowning, drowning is among the top five causes of death for children under the age of 15 years. Drowning accounts for 75 per cent of all deaths in flood disasters, which many countries in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions are particularly vulnerable to, the report says.

For the first time ever, these reports provide knowledge on the status of drowning prevention and water safety in each of the regions, giving a snapshot of the scale of the problem, efforts that are underway to take action, and opportunities to address what is an entirely preventable cause of mortality and morbidity.

"In both regions, communities and individuals interact with water on a daily basis: when swimming at beaches or in pools; when travelling long distances over water in boats; when using rivers and ponds for collecting water and sustaining livelihoods; and when facing exposure to floodwaters caused by seasonal weather events such as monsoons, or extreme weather events such as cyclones and typhoons," the report specifies.

"To reduce the risk of each of these hazards and more, policymakers can leverage a range of evidence-based and low-cost interventions, which should be integrated into regional and national agendas, including on mitigating the health impacts of climate change," said Dr Khetrapal.

Through multisectoral coordination, strong leadership, and ongoing planning, monitoring and evaluation, together we can reduce the burden of drowning in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, for a safer, fairer and healthier future for all.

In 2019, over 1,44,000 people drowned in the Asia Pacific region, accounting for 61 per cent of global drowning deaths, according to the first World Health Organization (WHO) regional assessments on drowning prevention released on Friday ahead of World Drowning Prevention Day. Drowning claimed the lives of an estimated 70,000 and 74,000 people in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions, respectively.

The two WHO reports, Regional Status Report on Drowning in the Western Pacific and Regional Status Report on Drowning in South-East Asia, also warn that climate change, to which the Asia Pacific region is particularly vulnerable, places already vulnerable communities and individuals at increased drowning risk.

More frequent and extreme weather events can lead to more regular and intense floods, increasing populations' exposure to potentially hazardous interactions with water.

Of the 70,000 drowning deaths in the WHO South-East Asia Region in 2019, more than 33 per cent were among children aged under 15 years. On average, men were three to four times more likely to drown than women.

Twenty of the Region's 37 countries and areas participated in the report, of which eight reported having either national or subnational strategies, policies or plans to reduce drowning. Additionally, 15 countries reported having systems in place to capture national data on drowning and implementing mass media campaigns on drowning prevention.

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26 July 2021

The U.N. General Assembly has approved its first-ever resolution on vision.

The U.N. General Assembly has approved its first-ever resolution on vision. It calls on the assembly’s 193 member nations to ensure access to eye care for everyone in their countries, which would contribute to a global effort to help at least 1.1 billion people with vision impairment by 2030. 

The “Vision for Everyone” resolution, sponsored by Bangladesh, Antigua and Ireland, and co-sponsored by over 100 countries, was adopted Friday by consensus by the world body. According to the resolution, “at least 2 billion people are living with vision impairment or blindness” and 1.1 billion people have unaddressed vision impairment.

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24 July 2021

Philippines approves 'golden rice' for commercial production.

The Philippines became the world's first country Friday (Jul 23) to approve the commercial production of genetically modified "golden rice" that experts hope will combat childhood blindness and save lives in the developing world.

A biosafety permit issued by government regulators paves the way for the rice - enriched with the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene to make it more nutritional - to be grown by farmers across the country.

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China's first green sheep-farming city in ecological push.

Xilingol League, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, became the country's first green sheep-farming city thanks to its efforts in grassland ecological protection and green sheep farming. The honor was rolled out by China Meat Association during a summit on green sheep farming held in XilinHot on July 19, 2021, according to The Publicity Department of Xilingol.

The recognition will become another signature brand for Xilingol League to build a green animal products production, processing and export base, marking a new solid step in the high-quality development of the region's animal husbandry.

Attendees visited several leading ranches to get a glimpse of the pure natural and pollution-free growth environment of Xilingol sheep, while learning about its quality management throughout the whole process by visiting standardized mutton deep processing and central kitchen project of leading local meat firm Grand Farm.

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23 July 2021

Norovirus outbreak reported in the UK.

The United Kingdom, which is already seeing a surge in coronavirus cases amid relaxation of curbs, has now reported an outbreak of the norovirus.

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning after finding a rise in infections recently.

Over the past five weeks since May-end, there have been 154 reported cases of the norovirus in England, according to PHE.

The figures are three times that recorded over the same period during the previous five years, the health body has said.

Most of the surge occurred in educational settings, particularly in nursery and childcare facilities.

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UN and IOC launch stamps.

The United Nations and International Olympic Committee have initiated a new move to acknowledge the role of sports for peace. They have launched a series of stamps for the same.

The United Nations Postal Administration or UNPA worked in partnership with the International Olympic Committee. They both worked together to make a series of stamps to notably marking the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in valuing the role of sports to peace. These also commemorate the shared values of both organizations.

A Japanese artist Satoshi Hashimoto illustrated the designs of the stamps and the souvenir sheets. Three souvenir sheets feature a slogan ‘sports for peace’ in three languages namely English, French, and German. They also feature Olympic rings and a dove of peace.

The UNPA will release the stamps on July 23 to commemorate the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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22 July 2021

Liverpool’s historic waterfront removed from World Heritage List.

The World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO, holding its 44th session in Fuzhou and online, decided to delete the property ‘Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City’ (UK) from the World Heritage List. That decision  has taken due to the irreversible loss of attributes conveying the outstanding universal value of the property.

Liverpool was added to World Heritage List in 2004 in recognition of its role as one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries – and its pioneering dock technology, transport systems and port management.

Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City is only the third location to lose its World Heritage status after the decision was announced by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee at a virtual conference in China.

The first venue to be delisted by the UNESCO panel was the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Oman, in 2007, after concerns over poaching and habitat degradation.

Second to be removed from the World Heritage list in 2009 was Elbe Valley in Dresden, Germany, after the construction of the Waldschlosschen road bridge across the Elbe river.

The UN body began compiling its list of World Heritage sites in 1972, naming 12 initially. Today there are more than 1,100 listed sites in 167 Member States from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Recent additions include Te Wahipounamu park in South West New Zealand, which is home to the kea, the only alpine parrot in the world, and the rare and endangered takahe, a large flightless bird.



20 July 2021

China reports first human death from rare Monkey B virus.

China has reported the first human infection and death in the country caused by a rare infectious disease found in primates known as the Monkey B virus. 

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said a 53-year-old veterinary surgeon who worked in a research institute specializing in nonhuman primate breeding in Beijing dissected two monkeys in March and became ill about a month later. 

He began experiencing nausea, vomiting, fever and neurological issues, and died in May. 

Blood and saliva samples were tested and researchers in April found evidence of the Monkey B virus, also known as the herpes B virus. 

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19 July 2021

World leaders pledge to redouble Covid-19 fight at special APEC meeting.

Leaders of the Asia-Pacific trade group APEC, including US President Joe Biden, Russia's Vladimir Putin, and China's Xi Jinping, pledged on Friday 16 July 2021 to work to expand sharing and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines to fight the global pandemic.

The leaders, struggling to tame outbreaks exacerbated by the Delta variant, said they would encourage the voluntary transfer of vaccine production technologies "on mutually agreed terms" as the region prepared for future health shocks.

The APEC leaders met virtually to discuss collective actions to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic impacts.

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Top EU court rules hijab can be banned at work.

The European Union’s top court has ruled that employers may forbid the wearing of visible symbols of religious or political belief, such as headscarves.

But the Luxembourg-based tribunal said in its ruling on Thursday that courts in the bloc’s 27 member states should weigh up whether the ban corresponded to a “genuine need” on the part of the employer. They must also consider the rights and interests of the employee, including by taking into account national legislation on freedom of religion, it said.

The case was brought to court by two women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs after they started wearing hijab, a headscarf worn by many Muslim women who feel it is part of their religion.

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Eiffel Tower reopens after nine-month COVID closure.

The Eiffel Tower has reopened to visitors after nine months of shutdown caused by the COVID pandemic, the landmark’s longest closure since World War II.

The lifts of the “Iron Lady” again whisked tourists to its 300-metre (1,000-foot) summit and its majestic views of the French capital as a marching band played.

The number of daily visitors to the tower will be limited to 13,000 a day instead of 25,000.

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WhatsApp blocks two million Indian accounts.

WhatsApp has said it blocked over two million accounts in India in May and June for violating rules.

The service said 95% of these users were blocked for violating the limits of the number of times messages can be forwarded in India.

The submissions were made by WhatsApp in its first monthly compliance report under India's controversial new IT rules.

India is WhatsApp's largest market with about 400 million users.

Using advanced machine learning technology, WhatsApp reportedly bans close to eight million accounts across the world every month.

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