Monday, 29, November, 2021

World

The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with numerous mutations to the spike protein, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said Thursday.

British experts have sounded the alarm over a new Covid variant believed to have emerged in Botswana that is the most mutated version of the virus yet, the Daily Mail said.

Remittances to low- and middle-income countries are projected to have grown a strong 7.3 percent to reach $589 billion in 2021. This return to growth is more robust than earlier estimates and follows the resilience of flows in 2020 when remittances declined by only 1.7 percent despite a severe global recession due to COVID-19, according to estimates from the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief released today.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addressed Uzbekistan and Afghanistan's other neighbors. He said that Russia calls on the neighboring countries of Afghanistan to prevent the military presence of the U.S. and NATO forces on their territory. This was announced on October 27 by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a video message to the participants in the ministerial meeting of the neighboring countries of Afghanistan (Iran, China, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan).

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense for Political Affairs, Colin Cole expressed confidence that the U.S. military will be able to strike at terrorists in Afghanistan without the U.S. presence in the country.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) within three days - October 15-17 - delivered to Termez more than 100 tons of humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, the UNHCR press service said.

The Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that terrorist groups in Afghanistan pose a serious threat to the neighboring countries. “The situation in Afghanistan is complicated. After the withdrawal of U.S. troops, the transition of power to the Taliban happened, who are now establishing their own order, their own rules,” Putin said at a meeting with the chiefs of the secret services of the CIS countries.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, during a meeting in Brussels with the Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, highlighted that the European Union was interested in enhancing ties in the Central Asian region.

With such significant events as the G20 Environment, Climate and Energy Ministerial Meeting, the first ever UN High-level Dialogue on Energy and the two-years-long awaited UNFCCC COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom next month, 2021 has been dubbed as a year that will ‘make it or break it’ on climate action.

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the eleventh annual Central Asia Trade Forum, an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond focused on post-COVID recovery and resilience in the region. This five-day virtual event includes over distinguished speakers from around the world including Central Asia and the United States and 3,500 participants representing 42 countries.