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REUTERS/Jonathan BarrettLONDON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - More than 150 leading companies and organisations including oil majors and port authorities on Wednesday called for the global shipping industry to be fully decarbonised by 2050, urging governments to step up action warning time was limited. With about 90% of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly 3% of the world's CO2 emissions and the sector is under growing pressure to get cleaner. UN shipping agency the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has said it aims to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships by 50% from 2008 levels by 2050, but industry groups are calling for accelarated action from governments. "Policymakers have a historic opportunity to accelerate this process by introducing a global carbon levy on marine fuels, to drive decarbonisation and incentivise investment in zero emissions fuels and vessels," said Jeremy Weir, CEO of trading company Trafigura. (This story has been refiled to correct typographical error in headline)Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jonathan Barrett LONDON, Hugo De, Jeremy Weir, Moller, Hapag Lloyd Organizations: REUTERS, UN, International Maritime Organization, World Economic, Global Maritime Forum, Maersk, MSC, BP, Royal, Shell, BHP, Rio Tinto, Cargill, Bunge, Panama Canal Authority, Thomson Locations: Japan, Apia, Paris, Rio, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Panama
The Taliban's foreign minister has asked for the regime's envoy to speak at the UN General Assembly. He's contesting Afghanistan's seat, which has been given to the ambassador representing the former government. When the Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan, they were not given a seat by the UN. Both parties are jockeying to speak during Afghanistan's slated spot as the final speech of September 27, the last day of this year's General Assembly. Officials will now have to decide whether to accept the Taliban's request, or let Isaczai continue as Afghanistan's ambassador under UN protocol.
Persons: He's, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Antonio Guterres, Ghulam Isaczai, Afghanistan's, Ashraf Ghani Organizations: UN, Assembly, Service, United Nations General Assembly, Taliban, General, Reuters, Officials, Sierra, AP Locations: Afghanistan, New York, Russia, China, Sweden, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone
The speech will be Biden’s first as president at the meeting, which will look much different from past gatherings with many world leaders opting to deliver their remarks virtually. “America is back,” Biden said during a meeting with the U.N. secretary general Monday. Among the challenges Biden plans to address are the Covid pandemic, climate change, trade and economics, investments in clean infrastructure, counterterrorism, and “vigorous competition with great powers, but not a new Cold War,” the official said. This year’s gathering of world leaders will be largely scaled down because of the pandemic. The UN has said that 83 leaders will make their remarks in person with the rest of the global leaders’ making pre-recorded remarks.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Scott Morrison, Boris Johnson, ” Biden, , we’ve, , America's, Emanuel Macron, Jen Psaki, Still, Organizations: WASHINGTON, United Nations General Assembly, Australian, White, United Nations, NATO, French, World Health Organization, WHO, The, U.S, Trump, Covid, UN Locations: Afghanistan, New York, U.S, France, Australia, United Kingdom, United States, The U.S, Europe
MORNING BID Losing the plot
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File PhotoA look at the day ahead from Julien PonthusThis week was supposed to be all about the so-called 'dot plot' and what kind of rate-rise projections U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers might make. Came Monday morning though, default worries surrounding Chinese property firm Evergrande triggered a selling storm the likes of which had not been seen for a while. Alongside headlines generated by surging gas prices ahead of winter. More realistically, few believe current market instability will change Fed thinking of when the economy might be ready for higher interest rates.
Persons: Francis Mascarenhas, Julien Ponthus, Lehman, Evergrande, Powell, Australia, Canada's Trudeau, Biden, Sujata Rao Organizations: REUTERS, Federal, Pfizer, Fed, Universal Music, UN, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India, Asia, Pacific, Japan, Britain, Australia, Norway
REUTERS/Prapan Chankaew/File PhotoSINGAPORE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - After a drastic reduction in wildlife trafficking during the pandemic, authorities in Southeast Asia must act swiftly to stop smugglers getting back in business once border controls are relaxed, according to a forthcoming UN report. Traffickers' networks were disrupted as countries shut their borders and tightened surveillance when the coronavirus struck last year. Jeremy Douglas, UNODC's representative for Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific, said that the pandemic has gifted authorities an opportunity to do more to discourage consumers and clamp down on the traffickers' supply lines. Southeast Asia, one of the world's most species-rich regions, has long been a hotspot for wildlife trafficking. Some governments have seized on the pandemic as a chance to impose much-needed bans on the wildlife trade.
Persons: Prapan, Jeremy Douglas, Douglas, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: REUTERS, UN, Drugs, Reuters, Southeast, Rhinos, Thomson Locations: Bangkok, Thailand, SINGAPORE, Southeast Asia, Asia, China, Myanmar, Vietnam, Douglas, Laos
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez in New York on Monday. Bezos discussed climate change and taxation with Johnson, a Downing Street spokesperson said. A post shared by Jeff Bezos (@jeffbezos)Bezos said he and Johnson discussed climate change. Jeff Bezos (left) meets with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the UK diplomatic residence in New York. Amazon's total UK revenues totalled £20.6 billion ($28.2 billion) in 2020, and it paid £18.3 million ($25 million) in UK corporation tax.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sánchez, Bezos, Johnson, Lauren Sanchez, Mr Bezos, Michael M, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C, Clarke Organizations: Downing, Service, UK, UN, Assembly, United Nations Locations: New York, Glasgow, COP26
Jair Bolsonaro, the only unvaccinated G20 leader, is in New York City for the UN General Assembly. Bolsonaro and his delegation were pictured eating pizza on a sidewalk on Sunday night. Bolsonaro, the only G20 leader who hasn't been vaccinated, was in the city ahead of the UN General Assembly, which starts on Tuesday. He also said last week when discussing his speech at the UN General Assembly: "Why would I get vaccinated? On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio of new York City retweeted an article about Bolsonaro's al fresco meal, and with it shared a link to the city's vaccine portal.
Persons: Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, hasn't, Gilson Machado Neto, Bill de Blasio Organizations: UN, Assembly, Service, Privacy, COVID, Coca Cola, York City Locations: New York City, York
Biden will make his first appearance at the United Nations since taking office as president in January. We believe in the United Nations and its value," he said Monday evening before a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Biden's message will be "ending the war in Afghanistan closed a chapter focused on war and opens a chapter focused on ... purposeful, effective, intensive American diplomacy," a senior White House official said. Biden will also up the U.S. commitments on climate change and COVID-19 vaccine donations, the official said, without providing specifics. Biden is to convene a virtual COVID-19 summit from the White House on Wednesday on the margins of the United Nations meeting.
Persons: Joe Biden, Antonio Guterres, Kevin Lamarque, Biden, Donald Trump, Jen Psaki, Scott Morrison, Boris Johnson, Morrison, Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, White, Steve Holland, Heather Timmons, Leslie Adler Organizations: United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, United, Republican, White House, NATO, Australian, British, Australia, White, Monday, Thomson Locations: New York City, U.S, Afghanistan, United Nations, China, Australia, France, United States, pullout, New York, Washington, India, Japan
President Macron wants to delay an EU-Australia trade deal and EU-US talks in response, reports said. The latest sign was a series of reports that French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to derail a planned EU-Australia trade deal to show its displeasure. "So it is unthinkable to move forward on trade negotiations as if nothing had happened with a country in which we no longer trust." Bernard Lange, chair of the European Parliament's trade committee, said trade talks were now "much more complicated." Australia's trade minister Dan Tehan meanwhile insisted that the rupture in relations with France would not affect the outcome of the trade deal.
Persons: Macron, Emmanuel Macron, Joe Biden, Scott Morrison, Clément Beaune, Bernard Lange, Dan Tehan Organizations: EU, Service, US, Guardian, Politico, Financial Times, Trade, Technology Council, European Commission, Washington Post, Australia's, UN, Assembly, Sky News Australia, Reuters Locations: France, Australia, EU, French, The, New York, Europe
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021. "In April, I announced the United States will double our public international financing to help developing nations tackling climate crisis. Biden's announcement comes with less than six weeks to go before the UN climate summit begins in Glasgow, Scotland. A report released last week - ahead of the Biden announcement - by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that rich countries likely missed the goal to contribute $100 billion last year to helping developing nations deal with climate change after increasing funding by less than 2% in 2019. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein, Editing by Franklin Paul and Marguerita ChoyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Timothy A, Boris Johnson, Biden, Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland, Ahmed Aboulenein, Franklin Paul, Marguerita Choy Organizations: UN, REUTERS NEW, United Nations General Assembly, Congress, Organisation for Economic Co, Development, Thomson Locations: New York, United States, Glasgow, Scotland
Watch President Biden's full remarks to the UN General Assembly
  + stars: | 2021-09-21 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWatch President Biden's full remarks to the UN General AssemblyPresident Joe Biden speaks at the U.N. General Assembly where he discusses issues he sees arising and the U.S. stance with allies and partners worldwide.
Persons: Biden's, Joe Biden Organizations: Email, UN, General Assembly Locations: U.S
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021. Mary Altaffer/Pool via REUTERSISTANBUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Paris climate agreement would be presented to the Turkish parliament for approval next month, which would make it the last G20 country to ratify the deal. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan said Turkey had not ratified the deal due to injustices regarding responsibilities. "We plan to present the Paris climate agreement to our parliament's approval next month in line with constructive steps that will be taken," Erdogan said. He added that Turkey aims to complete the approval process before the UN climate conference in November.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Mary Altaffer, Erdogan, Ali Kucukgocmen, Leslie Adler, Dan Grebler Organizations: UN, REUTERS, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: New York, REUTERS ISTANBUL, Paris, Turkey
A Jatoba tree, originally from the Amazon is placed in front of the Norwegian Embassy, during a protest by activists seeking symbolic refugee status for the plant, in Brasilia, Brazil September 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei MarcelinoBRASILIA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Indigenous activists delivered a Jatoba tree to Norway's embassy in Brasilia on Tuesday, seeking "refugee" status for it in a symbolic protest against the destruction of Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The protest was staged by an indigenous umbrella organization, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). The sap of the tall canopy tree is used for medicinal purposes by indigenous people. read moreThe Norwegian embassy in Brasilia opened its gates to the protestors' truck and the Jatoba tree was planted on embassy grounds.
Persons: Ueslei Marcelino BRASILIA, Jair Bolsonaro, Cherry, Sonia Guajajara, Bolsonaro, Ueslei Marcelino, Anthony Boadle, Dan Grebler Organizations: Norwegian Embassy, REUTERS, Ueslei, United Nations General Assembly, Indigenous Peoples, UN, Thomson Locations: Norwegian, Brasilia, Brazil, Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, South America, Norway
He pointed to Jeff Bezos' and Richard Bransons' flights into space as a sign of massive disparity between the rich and the poor. Bezos has faced criticism in the past for the over $5.5 billion he spent on his trip into outer space. Spokespeople from the billionaires' space companies, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider. This summer Bezos and Branson each flew into outer space on their own private rockets. Though Musk has yet to go into space, he has also faced criticism for focusing some of his environmental efforts on outer space.
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Jeff Bezos, Richard Bransons, Bezos, Richard Branson, Guterres, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, we've, Elon, Musk, Jude Organizations: United Nations, Service, . United Nations, UN, Assembly, Virgin Galactic, Amazon, Elon Musk's, SpaceX, Netflix, St, Origin, Associated Press Locations: Branson, America
Biden spoke before the UN General Assembly Tuesday, where he declared the US was "not at war." But the so-called "War on Terror" continues elsewhere, including troop deployments to Iraq and Syria. "I stand here today — for the first time in 20 years the United States is not at war," Biden declared as he concluded his speech. But Biden's claim ignores ongoing US military engagements abroad, including in Iraq, Syria, and Africa, underscoring the difficulty of closing the chapter in the way Biden envisions. Beyond Iraq and Syria, US forces remained stationed in a variety of foreign countries.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, We've, Bashar al Organizations: UN, Assembly, US, Service, United Nations General Assembly, United, The New York Times, Syrian Democratic Forces, POLITICO, United States Locations: Iraq, Syria, Africa, United States, Afghanistan, Iranian, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Lake Chad Basin, Sahel, East Africa
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaks remotely during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2021. "We have recently finalized with the United Nations our Joint Program on Human Rights. This is a model for constructive engagement between a sovereign Member State and the United Nations," he said. Duterte's government said last week it will not cooperate with the ICC or allow any investigators into the Philippines. Rights groups say Duterte personally incited deadly violence in the drug war and accuse police of murdering unarmed suspects on a massive scale.
Persons: Rodrigo Duterte, Mary Altaffer, Duterte, , David Brunnstrom, Grant McCool Organizations: UN, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Criminal, United Nations General Assembly, Philippines Justice Department, International, United Nations, Human, State, ICC, Philippine, United, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, Philippines, United Nations
She urged world leaders on Tuesday to stand up for the rights of women and girls now the Taliban had returned to power. Do not be fooled by the masks the Taliban show on the news," Alizadeh told a virtual event on the sidelines of the annual high-level U.N. General Assembly. She urged the international community not to recognize the Taliban, guarantee the rights of women and children, ensure internet access for the Afghan people, include more Afghans in decision making and keep girls in school. The Taliban stirred skepticism about their pledges on the rights of women and girls when they said last week that they would open schools for high school-aged boys but not girls. read moreReporting by Daphne Psaledakis, editing by Michelle Nichols and Richard PullinOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Sonita Alizadeh, Shannon Stapleton, Alizadeh, Michelle Bachelet, Antonio Guterres, Daphne Psaledakis, Michelle Nichols, Richard Pullin Organizations: Clinton Global Initiative, REUTERS, NATIONS, Taliban, General, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, U.N, Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the 76th Session of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York on September 21, 2021. Timothy A. Clary/Pool via REUTERSUNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed climate pledges by the United States and China at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders on Tuesday, but warned "we still have a long way to go" to make an upcoming climate meeting in Glasgow a success. Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Chris ReeseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: General Antonio Guterres, Timothy A, Antonio Guterres, Michelle Nichols, Daphne Psaledakis, Chris Reese Organizations: United Nations, UN, REUTERS UNITED NATIONS, Thomson Locations: New York, United States, China, Glasgow
New York (CNN) In a rare address to the UN General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday made a major new climate commitment on behalf of the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. China will also increase financial support for green and low-carbon energy projects in other developing countries, he said. UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who had appealed to world leaders earlier in the day to show solidarity and act on the climate crisis , hailed China's announcement alongside a US commitment to increase climate financing for developing countries. Under the Obama administration, the US paid $1 billion of a $3 billion commitment it originally made in 2014. While reducing involvement in coal abroad, Beijing also has significant climate work to do domestically, where coal remains the primary energy source by a long shot.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Xi, António Guterres, Biden's, Joe Biden, Biden, Guterres, Trump, Obama, Ember Organizations: CNN, UN, Assembly, Congress, for Economic Cooperation, European Union, Initiative Center, National Bureau of Statistics Locations: York, China, United States, America, Paris, Beijing, Rome, Scotland, Glasgow
Fruits and vegetables thrown into a waste bin Peter Dazeley | The Image Bank | Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Covid-19 is a wake-up call that's highlighted the urgency to fight the world's food waste crisis, experts and industry players told CNBC. Coming out of the pandemic, more hotels and airlines are now tackling food waste and putting sustainability "front and center" on their priority list, said Rayner Loi, co-founder and chief executive of Singapore-based AI food waste management start-up, Lumitics. This reduces food waste by up to 40%, and food costs by up to 8%, Lumitics found. Turning food waste into 'surprise boxes'Another player fighting food waste is Yindii, a Thai anti-food waste startup. Yindii founder and French entrepreneur Louis-Alban Batard-Dupre described Bangkok's food waste situation as "catastrophic," where only 2% of food waste is recycled.
Persons: Peter Dazeley, William Chen, Rayner Loi, Lumitics, Louis, Alban Batard, Dupre, we've, Batard, Bangladesh Andrea Pistolesi, Yindii, Chen, Audrey Chia Organizations: Bank, Getty, SINGAPORE, CNBC, Food Science, Technology, Nanyang Technological University, Agriculture Organization, United Nations, Boston Consulting, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Yindii Industry, Hilton, Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott, NTU, Asian Development Bank, UN Sustainable, National University of Singapore Business School Locations: Singapore, Southeast Asia, dustbins, Hyatt, Marina Bay Sands, Asia, Pacific, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Thai, Bangkok, Thailand, Bangladesh, Grand, South East Asia
A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseSEOUL, Sept 20 (Reuters) - A North Korean military think tank on Monday dismissed South Korea's recently tested submarine-launched ballistic missile as clumsy and rudimentary but warned its development would rekindle cross-border tension. The photographs of the test indicated that South Korea had yet to achieve key technologies for the underwater launch including complicated fluid flow analysis, he said. North Korea has been steadily developing its weapons systems, raising the stakes for talks aimed at dismantling its nuclear and ballistic missile arsenals in return for U.S. sanctions relief. The negotiations, initiated between Kim Jong Un and former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018, have stalled since 2019.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, South Korea's, Jang Chang Ha, India's, Jang, Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un, Donald Trump, Hyonhee Shin, Robert Birsel Organizations: REUTERS, South, Academy of, National Defence Science, Korean, Thomson Locations: Korean, North Korea, Geneva, Denis Balibouse SEOUL, Korea
MORNING BID Watch those spiralling gas prices
  + stars: | 2021-09-20 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
Fuel prices are displayed at a gas station in Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2, 2021. Not to say others will follow any time soon; the Federal Reserve for instance may strees its own rate rises remain distant. Which takes us to the other issue of the day -- spiralling gas prices and the potential impact on inflation. Knock-on effects look inevitable, on sectors ranging from slaughter houses to supermarkets, alongside higher winter heating bills read more . Politics enters the picture too -- EU lawmakers have demanded authorities probe Russia's Gazprom for market manipulation read more .
Persons: Ricardo Moraes, Sujata Rao, it's Organizations: REUTERS, Federal Reserve, Politics, Gazprom, Lufthansa, Putin, UN, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Norway, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Britain, U.S
There is a six out of 10 chance an agreement on climate finance will be reached before the forthcoming COP26 climate change summit, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. Last week, the OECD said climate finance provided and mobilized by developed countries amounted to $79.6 billion in 2019. "The limited progress in overall climate finance volumes between 2018 and 2019 is disappointing, particularly ahead of COP26," Mathias Cormann, the OECD's secretary-general, said in a statement reacting to the numbers. "While appropriately verified data for 2020 will not be available until early next year it is clear that climate finance will remain well short of its target," Cormann said. Monday will see Johnson and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres hold what's being described as an "informal leaders roundtable on climate action."
Persons: It's, Johnson, Boris Johnson, Read, Mathias Cormann, Cormann, Johnson's, António Guterres Organizations: BBC, UN, United Nations Locations: Scottish, Glasgow, New York, COP26, Paris
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - President Joe Biden will use his speech at the United Nations on Tuesday to communicate that ending the military engagement in Afghanistan will open a new chapter of "intensive diplomacy," a senior administration official said. Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland and Jeff MasonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trevor Hunnicutt, Steve Holland, Jeff Mason Organizations: United Nations, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan
So let me tell you what vaccine inequity means if you're a young woman in Uganda. As education closures have forced young women home or onto the streets, predators have spotted an opportunity. Young Ugandans are resourceful; young women above all. Uganda's story is typical of other African countries, the continent where the world's young people are increasingly concentrated . In Kampala, I will continue to help young women tackle the violence that threatens them.
Persons: Agnes Cynthia Amoding, António Guterres, Ugandans, Guterres, people's Organizations: United Nations, CNN, Workers, Education, United Nations Children's Fund, Young, UN, Twitter, Nations Locations: Kampala, Uganda, Schools, Europe, North America, Africa, Covid, New York
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