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WHO: Omicron could have ‘major impact’, but no definitive answers yet 

Features of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, including the extent to which it will spread, and the sheer number of mutations, suggest that it could have a major impact on the course of the pandemic, but it’s still too early to say for sure. 

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The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Champions of the Earth.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) 2021 Champions of the Earth.

Women sweep UN’s 2021 ‘Champions of the Earth’ awards 

Climate and EnvironmentA Caribbean-based prime minister, a scientist, a group of indigenous women, and an entrepreneur were announced on Tuesday as this year’s winners of the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth awards.

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The Glasgow Climate Conference officially opened on 31 October, with some 50,000 delegates, NGOs and press registered.
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Photo Story: Beyond the negotiations, COP26 in pictures

The eyes of the world turned to Glasgow, Scotland, as the United Nations climate summit known as COP26 opened on 31 October, with UN diplomats and politicians seeking new commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of a warming planet.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has markedly increased internet traffic, as many activities have moved online.
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Internet Governance Forum promotes inclusive digital future for all

SDGs Leveraging the power of the Internet while tackling the risks of cyberspace is the focus of a UN meeting underway in Katowice, Poland, this week. 

A girl reads a book in front of her house in Papua, one of Indonesia's poorest provinces.
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UNICEF launches record emergency appeal as escalating conflicts push millions to the brink 

Humanitarian Aid The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday launched an appeal for a record $9.4 billion as attacks against children continue to rise. Close to 24,000 grave violations against youngsters were confirmed last year, or 72 violations a day, according to the agency, in its largest ever appeal for funding.