#UNHCR; #ParisAgreement; #ClimateAmbitionSummit; #ClimateChange
UNHCR/Canadian-Media: Initiatives born out of the UN 2019 Climate Summit are making progress in the fight against climate change, but much more still needs to be done. The Climate Action Alliance is leading the race to zero.
The 2015 Paris Agreement committed the international community to restrict global warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius” and aim, if possible, for 1.5C. Signatories to the landmark Agreement are due to meet online for a Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the pact, and to set out new and ambitious commitments for the next five years, which could provide a major boost for the next landmark meeting, COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, next November.
#UN; #ChangingWorldDate; #WorldDataForum2020;
UN, Oct 19 (Canadian-Media): United Nations (UN) would be hosting a virtual World Data From from Oct 19 through Oct 21.
#UNHCR; #UNHCR70Anniversary; #Refugees; #DisplacedPeople
UNHCR/Canadian-Media: Today we mark our #UNHCR70 anniversary. But this is no time to celebrate. We’re proud to serve refugees, internally displaced and stateless people every day. But the day when we’ve found solutions for each of them cannot come soon enough, UNHCR reports said.
By championing the rights and potential of those forced to flee, and by providing direct support on the ground, for the past 70 years we have made a difference to millions of lives – and we continue to do so.
UN/Canadian-Media: On the International Day for Tolerance celebrated every year on Nov 16, the United Nations cultural agency’s chief said in a message that “tolerance has never been more vital a virtue”, at a time when extremism and fanaticism are too often unleashed, when “the venom of hatred” continues to poison a part of humanity, UN reports said.
#UNHCR; #EthiopiaTigray; #Sudan; #ClimateChange
UNHCR/Canadian-Media: UN refugee chief appeals for funds to help refugees fleeing Ethiopia’s Tigray to Sudan, UNHCR reports said.
UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives. With your support, we can restore hope for many more.
#NASA; #^Technologies; #HumanToMars
NASA/Canadian: 6 technologies are being used by NASA to send humans to Mars as early as 2030, NASA reports said.
6 technologies being used by NASA are as follows:
1. Powerful propulsion systems to get us there (and home!) quicker
Illustration of a spacecraft with a nuclear-enabled propulsion system.Image credit: NASA
2. Inflatable heat shield to land astronauts on other planets
Engineers prepare for the flexible heat shield installation on the inflatable structure. The view is from bottom side, and the heat shield is on top. Image Credits: NASA’s Langley Research Center
3. High-tech Martian spacesuits
NASA’s next-generation spacesuit is designed to give astronauts more mobility on the Moon and Mars. Image Credits: NASA
4. Martian home and lab on wheels
Left: Illustration of a pressurized rover on Mars. Right: NASA is currently working to on a vehicle that will be able to navigate tough terrain on the Red Planet. Image Credits: NASA
5. Uninterrupted power
Mars has a day and night cycle like Earth and periodic dust storms that can last for months, making nuclear fission power a more reliable option than solar power. NASA already tested the technology on Earth and demonstrated it is safe, efficient, and plentiful enough to enable long-duration surface missions. NASA plans to demonstrate and use the fission power system on the Moon first, then Mars.
6. Laser communications to send more information home
Illustration of a spacecraft using laser communications to relay data from Mars to Earth. Image Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Ahead of Int'l Day of People with special needs, UN says five things we should know about living with a disability
#UN; #PeopleWithDisability, #InternatioanDayOfPersonsWithDisabilities
UN/Canadian-Media: Ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed every year on Dec 3., UN reminded us that we should know five things about living with a disability.
Every seventh person alive today – more than 1 billion people in total – lives with some form of disability. Despite being so numerous, persons with disabilities are still overwhelmingly overlooked in times of emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.