December 2, 2022

FAO in Review: Dynamic crisis management

Shortly after FAO’s Director-General QU Dongyu took office in August 2019, the world was shaken by an unprecedented shock – the COVID-19 pandemic.   Taking stock at the recent Joint Meeting of the 134th Session of the Programme Committee and the 194th Session of the Finance Committee, QU spoke about the progress the Organization had made in improving its efficiency and effectiveness through years marked by a wave of complex and overlapping challenges, including a global pandemic and numerous conflicts, which have triggered rising food insecurity.   The Director-General acted swiftly, convening a Crisis Management Team (CMT) which met daily

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Religious Freedom Designations

Around the world, governments and non-state actors harass, threaten, jail, and even kill individuals on account of their beliefs.  In some instances, they stifle individuals’ freedom of religion or belief to exploit opportunities for political gain.  These actions sow division, undermine economic security, and threaten political stability and peace.  The United States will not stand by in the face of these abuses. Today, I am announcing designations against Burma, the People’s Republic of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Nicaragua, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998

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UN Weekly Roundup: November 26 – December 2, 2022

UN launches record humanitarian appeal for 2023   The United Nations launched a $51.5 billion appeal Thursday for humanitarian needs in 2023. Needs are the highest they have ever been, with 339 million people in 69 countries requiring some form of humanitarian assistance. That’s 65 million more people than at the start of this year. The U.N. and its partner agencies hope to reach 230 million of those most in need in 2023. U.N. Humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths said that 2022’s extreme events are spilling into next year, including deadly climate events such as droughts and floods, and the impact

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US Designates Iran, China as Countries of Concern Over Religious Freedom

The United States on Friday designated China, Iran and Russia, among others, as countries of particular concern under the Religious Freedom Act over severe violations, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said. In a statement, Blinken said those designated as countries of particular concern, which also include North Korea and Myanmar, engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom. Algeria, the Central African Republic, Comoros and Vietnam were placed on the watch list. Several groups, including the Kremlin-aligned Wagner Group, a private paramilitary organization that is active in Syria, Africa and Ukraine, also were designated as entities of particular

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Leading Global Operator Selects Synchronoss to Deliver Personal Cloud Offering

Leading Provider of Mobile, Telecommunications and ISP Services Rolling Out Personal Cloud Offering to Safeguard Files, Photos, Videos, and Other Digital Content BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Dec. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (“Synchronoss” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SNCR), a global leader and innovator in cloud, messaging and digital products and platforms, today announced a […]

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