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News in Brief 27 June 2022

  • UN chief urges all nations to save the ocean at key conference in Portugal
  • Ukraine Donbas situation ‘dire’ and deteriorating: OCHA
  • Women at far greater risk of sexual violence than men from climate change: Bachelet
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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. 

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Recover the ocean and beat plastic pollution

From conserving marine biodiversity to awareness raising and seafood consumption, Associação Natureza Portugal, or ANP, runs several projects that are contributing to a healthier ocean.

Based in the coastal city of Lisbon, Portugal, the non-governmental organization works in line with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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News in Brief 8 December 2021

  • COVID-19 linked to rise in TB deaths in Africa: WHO 

  • ‘In no circumstances’ should COVID vaccines be forcibly administered: Bachelet 

  • Portugal at crossroads over racism towards people of African descent 

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.