New chief at VFF eyes closer links with consumers

NEW VICTORIAN Farmers Federation chief executive Jane Lovell believes agriculture has an excellent story to tell, but it needs stronger links to consumers and the community to do so. Ms Lovell, who has a background in areas as diverse as plant pathology, politics and quality assurance, said providing a solid platform for agriculture to be […]

Let’s plant seeds for sustainable future: UN chief

Let's plant seeds for sustainable future: UN chief

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said more than 1 million of the planet’s estimated 8 million plants and animal species are at risk of extinction today. “On this International Day of Forests let us plant the seeds for a sustainable future by committing to restore and conserve our forests for the benefit of people and […]

Biden nominates former Democratic senator as Nasa chief

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In this file photo taken on March 28, 2017, US Democratic Senator from Florida Bill Nelson arrives for a closed Senate Armed Services Committee briefing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC AFP Biden has also signaled that climate change research will be a top priority for the agency The White House announced Friday that […]

Pentagon chief sees Asia ties as deterrent against China

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File Photo: The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) leading a formation of US and Republic of Singapore navy ships during a photo exercise, in the South China Sea on April 6, 2018 AFP The Biden administration has generally backed the tougher approach to China initiated by former president Donald Trump US Defence Secretary […]

UN chief in plea for saving forests

UN chief in plea for saving forests

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments, businesses and people everywhere to scale up efforts to conserve forests and forest species, and to support and listen to the voices of forest communities. “In doing so, we will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for people, planet and prosperity,” he said in a message marking […]

UN chief applauds Bangladesh’s Covid-19 mitigation efforts

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The secretary-general says the UN is ready to support Bangladesh in resolving the Rohingya crisis Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has highly applauded Bangladesh’s tremendous efforts in mitigating the health and socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made the statement while meeting the foreign minister virtually on Thursday. Referring to Bangladesh’s past […]

UN chief calls for action to ensure human rights for all

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File photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with Reuters at UN headquarters, in New York City, New York on September 14, 2020 REUTERS António Guterres addressed ambassadors exactly one year after he issued a Call to Action for Human Rights Human rights have been battered during the Covid pandemic but recovery represents […]

UN Chief calls for greater commitment to avert climate catastrophe

UN Chief calls for greater commitment to avert climate catastrophe

Noting that the 2021 a ‘crucial year’ for climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres  said the world is far from achieving agreed goals to reduce global warming in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and stressed the need for securing greater commitment to averting climate catastrophe. António Guterres was speaking to Member States […]

UN chief calls for immediate attention to 3 global emergencies

UN chief calls for immediate attention to 3 global emergencies

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for immediate attention to three global emergencies after listing a long string of threats and challenges the world is facing. “Among the challenges we face, there are three global emergencies that demand immediate attention,” the UN chief told the press conference held at the UN headquarters in […]