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Civil society calls for ambition at UN Ocean Conference

Ocean and global climate are intrinsically linked – and if the “right decisions are made at the UN Ocean Conference, the Ocean will be a big part of Portugal’s future”. 

That’s the view of Samuel Collins, a project manager at the Oceano Azul Foundation in Lisbon. 

The organization plays a big role in ocean literacy, aiming to educate a “blue generation”, works on ocean conservation, and also supports the development of startups creating products and services with positive environmental impact. 

Screengrab from UNHCR video.

Syrian refugees cook up new future in Portugal

Cooking is helping a Syrian refugee family to find a place in their new homeland, Portugal.

Through a local association that supports refugees, they will launch the first Syrian restaurant in the capital, Lisbon.

Seven years of conflict has displaced more than five million from Syria, with most finding refuge in the region, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Just over 1,200 have settled in Portugal since that country joined the Europe Relocation Programme in December 2015.

Ana Carmo reports.

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Europe needs to build on “existing systems” to fight Zika Virus

Europe needs to build on “existing systems” to fight Zika and prevent any possible outbreak.

This was the conclusion reached on Friday by disease surveillance and control experts who were attending a three-day meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

Health experts from the Americas were among those sharing their experience in handling the Zika virus outbreak with their counterparts from Europe.

So far, Zika outbreaks have been reported in 60 countries and territories, mostly in Central and South America.