COVID-19 Vaccination: The Barriers to Achieving Global Herd Immunity

NEW JERSEY, USA, May 17 (IPS) – The global community is conducting a rapid vaccination program against the SARS.Cov-2 virus, using several vaccines, authorised for emergency use. To date, the percentages of adults vaccinated vary between less than 2% to over 90% in different countries.

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The Devastating Gun Battle in Gaza is Being Fought in an Uneven Killing Field

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 (IPS) – In most civil wars and military conflicts across the politically-volatile Middle East, including in Syria, Yemen and Palestine, the ongoing battles are being fought not on a level playing field but on an uneven killing field.

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/17/27833

Ensure digital technologies are ‘a force for good’, Guterres says in message for International Day

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across the planet, millions worldwide still lack Internet access, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, highlighting why information and communication technologies (ICTs) must be “a force for good.”

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/16/27834

In Security Council, Secretary-General calls for immediate end to Israeli-Palestine violence

The current “senseless” cycle of violence in the Middle East must end now, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in remarks to a Security Council meeting held on Sunday morning in response to the crisis.

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/16/27832

First Person: Gardening is ‘political’ says Irish celebrity horticulturist

For Diarmuid Gavin, a renowned Irish gardener and TV personality, horticulture has to a role to play in all contemporary affairs, from the Black Lives Matter Movement to the ongoing pandemic, because “everything is connected, and everything is political”.

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/15/27831

‘Stand up against hate’ towards LGBTI people, UN human rights chief urges

Humiliation and intolerance remain “a stark reality” for many gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world, the UN human rights chief has said, in her message for the upcoming International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. 

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/14/27826

COVID-19: Wealthy nations urged to delay youth vaccines, donate to solidarity scheme

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday appealed for wealthier countries to delay vaccinating younger people against COVID-19 and instead donate doses to the COVAX global vaccine solidarity initiative. 

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/14/27824

Civilian casualties climb, as UN chief calls on all parties to ‘immediately cease’ fighting in Gaza and Israel

The UN Secretary-General on Friday issued an urgent appeal for all parties involved in this week’s escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian enclave of Gaza, and Israel, to “immediately cease the fighting”, or risk creating an “uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis”. 

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https://www.globalissues.org/news/2021/05/14/27825