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COVID-19 news: October 2021

Your unvaccinated friend is roughly 20 times more likely to give you COVIDtheconversation27 October 2021 (LINK)

Covid: new cases up 27% in Switzerland as winter approacheslenews22 October 2021 (LINK)

WHO establishes new scientific group to study COVID origins, prevent future pandemicsun13 October 2021 (LINK)

When will the Wall Street Journal stop publishing COVID lab-leak propaganda?latimes8 October 2021 (LINK)

CDC designates six new destinations as 'very high' COVID-19 travel risks: Armenia, Austria, Barbados, Croatia, Latvia and New Caledoniaupi4 October 2021 (LINK)

A total of eight locations were also downgraded from Level 4 to "Level 3: High", including Argentina, France, Iceland, Lesotho, Morocco, Nepal, Portugal and South Africa.

New evidence suggests coronavirus jumped from animals to humans multiple timesxinhuanet4 October 2021 (LINK)

If confirmed by further analyses, the findings would make the "lab leak" hypothesis less likely.

"UK to slash international travel 'red list' to just nine countries"reuters / theguardian / Sunday Telegraphs2 October 2021 (LINK)

Announcement Thursday, 7 October. Quarantine will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers from 45 other countries from later in October.

Merck's antiviral pill could change the game for COVID-19nationalgeographic2 October 2021 (LINK)

700,000 Americans now dead from COVID-19—but deaths reveal deep disparitiesnationalgeographic2 October 2021 (LINK)

COVID-19 origins: Closest viruses to SARS-CoV-2 found in Laosmedicalnewstoday1 October 2021 (LINK)

Chinese media says Maine lobster shipment was 'Pandora's box' behind pandemicpressherald1 October 2021 (LINK)

These 9 Countries Have Kept Their Borders Closed Since 2020!fodors30 September 2021 (LINK)

The Bill For a COVID Test In Texas Was A Whopping $54,000npr30 September 2021 (LINK)

YouTube bans all anti-vaccine misinformationnytimes29 September 2021 (LINK)

How badly unvaccinated Republicans are misinformed, in one statwashingtonpost27 September 2021 (LINK)

A 3D Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without A Shoteurasiareview25 September 2021 (LINK)

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Non-COVID news: October 2021

New Geneva UN building being inaugurated on 1 November 2021UNOG29 October 2021 (LINK)

At 2:30 pm, just outside the new building. At 12 noon and 12:30 pm, there will be two guided tours of the building. Answering questions, UNoG specified that the H Building was an office building rather than a conference facility, and journalists who had official business in H Building could get access through UNIS.

Good News From COP26: UN Members Agree on a New Enterprise to Transform Global Responses to Climate Changepassblue31 October 2021 (LINK)

2021 among hottest years in history: UN datathehill31 October 2021 (LINK)

Biden job approval falls to 42 percent: NBC surveythehill31 October 2021 (LINK)

Olivia Rodrigo Didn't Get Shoehorn from President, After All — Blames Mom for Kimmel Mix-Up: it was an ice-cream scooptoofab31 October 2021 (LINK)

Yes, Jan 6 was a planned insurrectionheathercoxrichardson31 October 2021 (LINK)

Thailand looks to welcome tourists again from 1 November — less than half its population is fully vaccinatedcnbc30 October 2021 (LINK)

Wikipedia in Chinese editing war of wordsbbc30 October 2021 (LINK)

Watchdog: State Dept. and Pentagon withholding critical information about Afghanistan over 20 yearsaxios30 October 2021 (LINK)

Tackling mispricing of commodity exports from poor countriesunibe29 October 2021 (LINK)

QAnon Is 4 Years Old and Believers Are Still Waiting For Hillary Clinton's Arrestvice28 October 2021 (LINK)

Liberty University could lose tax-exempt status after president busted admitting to crimeslgbtqnation28 October 2021 (LINK)

The Concept of 15-Minute City Wins 2021 Obel Awardarchdaily27 October 2021 (LINK)

Tokyo is the City that Emits the Most Carbon Dioxide in the World247wallst27 October 2021 (LINK)

Molly: on the road to regulating self-driving carsswissinfo27 October 2021 (LINK)

GLOBAL INSIGHTS GENEVA piece: UNECE tackles philosophy's trolley problem (LINK)

How Islamist Militants Elsewhere View the Taliban's Victory in Afghanistancrisisgroup27 October 2021 (LINK)

Amnesty International said it will close its two offices in Hong Kong this year "driven by Hong Kong's national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government"source26 October 2021 (LINK)

Birx: Trump White House could have reduced COVID deaths by 30 to 40%axios26 October 2021 (LINK)

Want to See a Modern Country Commit Suicide? Take a Hard Look at Britainumair haque/medium25 October 2021 (LINK)

Climate change: Australia pledges net zero emissions by 2050bbc25 October 2021 (LINK)

Prime Minister Scott Morrison however said the plan would not include ending Australia's fossil fuel sectors. The nation will also not set ambitious targets for 2030 - an objective of next month's COP26 global climate summit. "Australia has long dragged its heels on climate action. It is one of the dirtiest countries per head of population and a massive exporter of fossil fuels."

Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in 'Dozens' of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White House Staffrollingstone24 October 2021 (LINK)

COP26 climate change summit: Here's what each degree of global warming would mean for the planetscotsman23 October 2021 (LINK)

Proton wins appeal in Swiss court over surveillance lawsswissinfo23 October 2021 (LINK)

The appeal limits its obligation to monitor traffic and retain data for surveillance purposes. In Septemebr ProtonMail found itself in the centre of a social media storm after it emerged that the company shared the IP address of one of its users as part of a French investigation that led to the arrest of climate activists. However, the company said that it had to comply with a Swiss court order to provide data that helped identify the activists.

Is Switzerland double-dealing over climate finance?swissinfo22 October 2021 (LINK)

Afghanistan's economy is imploding, with all but three per cent of households expected to fall below the poverty line in coming months, the UN said. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced the launch of a "people's economy" fund, to provide desperately needed access to cashun21 October 2021 (LINK)

The fund will tap into donations frozen since the Taliban takeover in August. Germany has already pledged $58 million of the more than $660 million required over the next 12 months, UNDP chief, Achim Steiner, told journalists in Geneva. Cash in local currency will be provided directly to community groups and to Afghan workers in public works programmes, such as drought and flood control. Grants will also be given to micro-enterprises and a temporary basic income would be paid to the vulnerable elderly and disabled.

IMF: Global economy projected to grow 5.9 percent in 2021 and 4.9 percent in 2022, 0.1 percentage point lower for 2021 than in the July forecastimf21 October 2021 (LINK)

A special chapter of the IMF World Economic Outlook 2021 shows that basic research is an essential input into innovation, with wide-ranging international spillovers and long-lasting economic impacts.

The World Meteorological Congress has approved three sweeping initiatives to dramatically strengthen the world's weather and climate services through a systematic increase in much-needed observational data and data products from across the globesource20 October 2021 (LINK)

Moves at UN Signal That the Search for a New Tech Envoy May Be Underway after women's complaintspassblue20 October 2021 (LINK)

The U.S. Congress's House Intelligence Committee is seeking information about a Yahoo News report that CIA officials plotted to kidnap Julian Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2017 after WikiLeaks published documents describing the spy agency's hacking tools.yahoo19 October 2021 (LINK)

Earthshot Prize: Costa Rica wins £1m from William's Earthshot prizebbc18 October 2021 (LINK)

The winning project is a scheme paying local citizens to restore natural ecosystems that has led to a revival of the rainforest.

Another winner: Coral Vita, Bahamas: A project run by two best friends who are growing coral in the Bahamas, designed to restore the world's dying coral reefs. Using special tanks, they have developed a way to grow coral up to 50 times faster than they normally take in nature.

GLOBAL INSIGHTS GENEVA piece: Coral Vita: Making reef rescue fun — and a business — 2 April 2019 (LINK)

Cop26 corporate sponsors condemn climate summit as 'mismanaged'theguardian17 October 2021 (LINK)

Opinion | Ethiopia is plunging into chaos. It's time for a new Dayton Peace Processpolitico17 October 2021 (LINK)

U.S. offers condolence payments to families of civilians killed in Kabul air strikeaxios16 October 2021 (LINK)

United Nations withdraws job offer to controversial former U.K. Minister theguardian16 October 2021 (LINK)

Despite Medicare, Health Costs Are Painful for Americans 65+, though not as often as in Switzerlandflatlandkc15 October 2021 (LINK)

Farming less land more intensively is a better solution for biodiversity than trying to integrate farmland with nature. anthropocenemagazine15 October 2021 (LINK)

Microsoft Pulls LinkedIn From China as News Industry Crackdown Rattles Social Mediavariety15 October 2021 (LINK)

Trump's Kids Went Into A Terrible Deal With Their Dad: the Washington hotel — But They Might All Get Bailed Outforbes15 October 2021 (LINK)

EU calls for ban on Arctic oil and gas drillingeuobserver14 October 2021 (LINK)§

The future under climate change: graphics and mapstheguardian14 October 2021 (LINK)

US to rejoin UN Human Rights Council after walk-out under Trumpfrance2414 October 2021 (LINK)

Biodiversity commitment builds hope for 'living in harmony with nature'un13 October 2021 (LINK)

Star gymnasts call on Congress to dissolve US Olympics boardthehill13 October 2021 (LINK)

The world's smartest and sustainable citiesdomusweb13 October 2021 (LINK)

Biden Restores Climate Change Website Trump Trashedvice13 October 2021 (LINK)

EU announces €1 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan euronews12 October 2021 (LINK)

The new package builds upon €300 million which had been already agreed to support the country's civilian population, protect human rights and advance the coronavirus vaccination campaign. The European Commission will now add an extra €250 million for similar purposes. These €550 million in aid will be channelled through international organisations working inside Afghanistan. The remaining €450 million has not yet been earmarked for concrete objectives.

Five candidates for ILO top job from 1 October 2022ilo12 October 2021 (LINK)

Bahamas Cabinet to consider colonial monuments after man partially tears down Columbus statue in Nassauewnews12 October 2021 (LINK)

Behind the debt ceiling voteheathercoxrichardson12 October 2021 (LINK)

"The [U.S. House of Representatives] voted to raise the debt ceiling by $480 billion, which should keep the country afloat until December 3. The vote was 219 to 206, with all Republicans either voting no or refusing to vote. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) said he would not vote to raise the debt ceiling because government spending funds "tyranny" over people's lives. He complained about "a border that's not secure," "Critical Race Theory being taught to our children," and a litany of other Republican talking points. [Note:] The debt ceiling needs to be raised not to pay for future spending, but for past spending, including the $7.8 trillion the Republicans put on the national tab during the four years of the Trump presidency."

Lausanne's EPFL finds way to reuse concreteepfl11 October 2021 (LINK)

IMF board meets for more talks on Georgieva's futurereuters9 October 2021 (LINK)

The World Bank earlier released a report on the investigation by law firm WilmerHale. It found that senior bank leaders including Georgieva unduly pressured staff to alter data to improve China's ranking in the Doing Business report while the bank was seeking China's support for a capital increase.

Very Stable Genius Former President Rambles Endlessly During Iowa Rallyrollingstone9 October 2021 (LINK)

Circles of impunity: why sexual violence by humanitarians and peacekeepers keeps happeningtheconversation8 October 2021 (LINK)

136 countries agree to deal on global minimum 15% corporate taxthehill8 October 2021 (LINK)

Nobel laureates show importance of free press in advancing peaceipi8 October 2021 (LINK)

This is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to a journalist since 1935 – and the first time ever that two journalists have won it.

IMF chief facing data-rigging allegations defends actionsapnews8 October 2021 (LINK)

Myanmar: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights gravely concerned over substantial deployment of heavy weapons and troops by the Myanmar military— ohchr8 October 2021 (LINK)

The Human Rights Council recognises for the first time that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human rightohchr8 October 2021 (LINK)

Transforming urban brownfields into sustainable neighborhoodsepfl8 October 2021 (LINK)

Swiss unemployment down, especially among younglenews8 October 2021 (LINK)

Tesla moving HQ from California to Texas (actually Austin): CEO Elon Musk promises 'ecological paradise' around the Colorado Riverusatoday8 October 2021 (LINK)

Teaching ESG, not as easy as ABCgenevasolutions8 October 2021 (LINK)

In September, Geneva's Graduate Institute introduced for the first time a track in sustainable finance and development within its international economics master's programme. The university also plans to launch a complete master in sustainable finance and economics next year. This autumn, Geneva University's School for Economics and Management (GSEM) relaunched its master of science programme as a master in responsible management with the option to specialise in business and human rights.

UN rights body establishes investigator for Afghanistanreuters7 October 2021 (LINK)

Cash airlifts planned to bypass Taliban and help Afghansreuters7 October 2021 (LINK)

Senate Judiciary Committee issues sweeping report detailing how Trump and a top DOJ lawyer attempted to overturn 2020 electioncnn7 October 2021 (LINK)

GESDA launches first global scientific radar to reinvent multilateralismgenevasolutions7 October 2021 (LINK)

Geneva university makes foray into computational diplomacygenevasolutions7 October 2021 (LINK)

The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is launching two new professorships next year in the up-and-coming field of computational diplomacy. The university's Global Studies Institute (GSI) is joining forces with the Faculty of Science to fill the two new roles, whose tasks will include developing computer programmes and an open-source database to support diplomats in making complex decisions. The professors will work closely with another new hire at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH-Zurich) to foster computational diplomacy in Switzerland.

Using heat from underground parking lots to warm apartmentsepfl7 October 2021 (LINK)

A new AI for Road Safety initiative: Halving annual road deaths by 2030 requires faster digital innovation, UN partners affirmitu7 October 2021 (LINK)

Better than recycling? These manufacturers are taking part in a 'circular economy'marketwatch7 October 2021 (LINK)

World's 1st malaria vaccine recommended by WHOlivescience6 October 2021 (LINK)

Young Global Leaders: 8 big ideas to improve the state of the worldweforum6 October 2021 (LINK)

The 49 coolest neighbourhoods in the world: nothing in Switzerland — timeout6 October 2021 (LINK)

The U.S. debt ceiling debateheathercoxrichardson6 October 2021 (LINK)

'Economically illiterate': PM's Tory conference speech gets frosty receptiontheguardian6 October 2021 (LINK)

An American Feminist, Honored by France, Carries On a Tireless Global Fight for Women's Rightspassblue6 October 2021 (LINK)

Nobel Prize Winners Call for Governments to Take Action on Climategreekreporter6 October 2021 (LINK)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg breaks his silence as Congress demands answers after whistleblower testimonyusatoday6 October 2021 (LINK)

Migrants tortured and killed in Libya by Russian mercenaries among others - UNrfi5 October 2021 (LINK)

U.N. weather agency says world ill-prepared for 'looming water crisis'washingtonpost5 October 2021 (LINK)

Leak Shows Facebook Knew Its Algorithms Harmed Children and Spread Hatetruthout5 October 2021 (LINK)

Young activists 2021 in running for awards on 18 November 2021 in Geneva and onlineyoungactivistssummit5 October 2021 (LINK)

Their projects: Anti-cyberbullying app, bank for children's education, video games for peace, sustainable farming and climate resilience, super-corals for ocean conservation, app to prevent female genital mutilation

French Catholic clergy sexually abused 216,000 children, report findspolitico5 October 2021 (LINK)

Cities and the Environmentgenevaenvironmentnetwork4 October 2021 (LINK)

Pandora Papers: Massive Leak Exposes Offshore Dealings of 35 World Leaders, Hundreds of Public Figuresslate3 October 2021 (LINK)

King Abdullah II of Jordan, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej Babis, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso, and people close to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin.

3 Swiss Guards who refused vaccination return to Switzerlandapnews3 October 2021 (LINK)

UN agency for Palestinian refugees has urgent budget crisisapnews2 October 2021 (LINK)

Coral reefs have lost half their ability to support human communities, study findscheknews2 October 2021 (LINK)

UN: World Data Forum meets at 'critical time' with COVID battle ongoingun2 October 2021 (LINK)

Philippine leader Duterte announces retirement from politicsapnews2 October 2021 (LINK)

How Climate Change Could Undermine Biodiversity Conservation Goalseurasiareview2 October 2021 (LINK)

New University of Zurich technology makes cancerous tumors eliminate themselvesthebrighterside1 October 2021 (LINK)

Digital technologies for timeless sustainable fashionundp1 October 2021 (LINK)

UNCTAD 15 Interactive Programmeunctad1 October 2021 (LINK)

Mount Blanc Is Shrinking Due To Climate Change: 3m since 2001unofficialnetworks1 October 2021 (LINK)

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