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Patricia Espinosa is executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Francesco La Camera is director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). COVID-19 is a global health crisis unlike any in recent history — one that is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions […]

  By Carey L. Biron WASHINGTON, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As U.S. states start to ease coronavirus lockdowns, one group warns that its troubles are worsening without enough financial support: renters. “All of these companies are getting bailouts — we need a bailout, too!” said Sami Bourma, a chef and Uber driver in […]

  By Emma Batha LONDON, May 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A university professor has launched a computer game called “Can You Save the World?” to help children understand how social distancing can save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. Richard Wiseman said he came up with the idea for what is thought to be the […]

By Kieran Guilbert and Emeline Wuilbercq LONDON/ADDIS ABABA, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Eritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday and asked it to halt 80 million euros in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour. The Netherlands-based foundation Human Rights for Eritreans […]

Millions have lost jobs due to COVID-19 around the world, but in the technology industry women seem to be taking a bigger hit. A survey of over 700 tech professionals conducted by software review company TrustRadius found women were more likely to be laid off and felt more pressure than men to be productive. Why it matters: Women […]

  LONDON/TUNIS, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A transgender Instagram influencer blamed for a wave of homophobic attacks in Morocco apologised on Wednesday for encouraging her followers to download dating apps that were then used to locate and publicly out gay men. Naoufal Moussa – known online as Sofia Taloni – told her 620,000 followers […]

Your Excellencies, Allow me to express my deep gratitude to you all for making yourselves available to participate in this vital discussion. We are all confronted with an unprecedented public health crisis that has far-reaching social and economic consequences for each of our countries. While the numbers of infections in Africa at this time is […]

ABUJA, Nigeria, May 13, 2020/ — An additional 950 Nigerian children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts routine services and threatens to weaken the health system, UNICEF said today. Globally, 6,000 additional children under five could die every day. The estimate is based on […]

  By Sarah Shearman LONDON, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As those bereaved by the coronavirus seek to say goodbye to loved ones in lockdown, ethical funeral providers are finding new ways to help them to grieve and connect from a distance. Many countries have severely restricted the number of people attending funerals or […]

By Hugo Greenhalgh LONDON, May 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) Growing up as a lesbian in the South Pacific nation of Fiji in the 1970s felt pretty much impossible, says feminist activist and climate change crusader Noelene Nabulivou. A macho, church-based culture meant Nabulivou – herself the daughter of a Methodist minister – did not come […]

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