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UN report issues ‘declaration of digital interdependence’
The digital future must be safer and more inclusive, according the “Age of Digital Interdependence”, a new report, released on Monday by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
Almost a year after the panel was launched by Secretary-General António Guterres, the report explores and makes recommendations on how digital technology can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and improve human rights and security.
At a time when around half the world’s population still has no online access, the panel calls for every adult to be given affordable access to digital networks, as well as digitally-enabled financial and health services, by 2030.
The report also emphasizes that women and marginalized groups must be supported, saying that specific policies are needed to ensure full “digital inclusion”, and that internationally-recognized ways to measure this must be established.
Concern, as tensions rise over Iranian nuclear issue
The head of the UN atomic watchdog agency expressed his concern on Monday over “increasing tensions” surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue.
On 8 May, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council issued an order to stop some of the measures agreed under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal reached by Iran, China France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, told a regular board of governors meeting that the agreement was still “a significant gain for nuclear verification”, and as such, hoped “that ways can be found to reduce current tensions through dialogue”.
It is essential that Iran fully implements its nuclear-related commitments under the nuclear deal, said the IAEA chief.
On North Korea, he said that using open source information and satellite imagery the Agency also continues to monitor the country’s nuclear programme.
Mr. Amano assured IAEA’s readiness “to play an essential role” in verifying denuclearlization if a political agreement among the countries concerned is reached.
He called on the country “to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions”.
Future food systems centre stage at Rome symposium
The food systems of the future must deliver healthy and quality food for all, while preserving the environment, the UN agriculture chief said on Monday, kicking off an international Future of Food symposium in Rome.
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO), called for a transformation of food systems to improve people's diets.
"We need to change our focus from producing more food to producing more healthy food," he asserted.
Moreover, hunger is no longer the only major nutrition problem facing humanity. Currently over two billion adults are overweight, some 670 million of whom are obese.
It’s estimated that the number of obese people in the world will very soon overtake the number suffering from extreme, or chronic hunger, which currently accounts for about 820 million.
“The whole food system needs to be readdressed," Mr. da Silva spelled out.
Liz Scaffidi, UN News.