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Coronavirus Pandemic: Robots to the Rescue

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Healthcare providers around the world need all the help they can get to stay healthy themselves while they support whole communities recovering from the coronavirus. Often now, from China to Singapore, from Spain to the United States, the help they are getting comes from robots.

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Keeping Refugees Healthy Keeps Everyone Safe

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“If ever we needed reminding that we live in an interconnected world, the novel coronavirus has brought that home,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi as the UN Refugee Agency and the World Health Organization today signed a new agreement to strengthen public health services for the millions forcibly displaced from their communities.

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Gardens Create a Wealth of Wellbeing

Bumblebees pollinate a garden in London, England, July 16, 2009 (Photo by nikoretro) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Just being in a garden results in benefits for human health and wellbeing similar to living in wealthy areas, a new large-scale study in England has found. At this time, when so many people in communities around the world are socially isolating to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus, access to a garden can foster wellbeing, physical activity, and enjoyment of nature.

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Impact Investors Confront Coronavirus Crisis

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A new coalition of impact investors has come together to bring their formidable entrepeneurial skills to bear on the novel coronavirus and the deadly disease it causes, COVID-19. The coalition aims to help communities around the world weather this crisis and emerge with a renewed commitment to building a more inclusive, resilient system.

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Global Vaccine Telethon Supports Coronavirus Community Solutions

Mother and daughter maintain social distancing and wear protective masks as they share time in the spring sunshine, May 3, 2020, Barcelona, Spain (Photo by Fotomovimiento) Creative Commons license via Flickr

To help fight the coronavirus, six countries, the European Commission and the Bill & Melina Gates Foundation Monday pledged billions in new funding to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The money will be used to support universal access to a future COVID-19 vaccine and also to support the vaccination of hundreds of millions of children against pneumonia, measles and polio.

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Finland Ranked Happiest Country in World

Celebrants at a party ring in the New Year 2017, December 31, 2016 Helsinki, Finland (Photo by Ilkka Jukarainen) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Finland is the happiest country in the world for the third straight year, according to this year’s United Nations World Happiness Report. The World Happiness Report 2020 ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be according to their evaluations of their own lives.

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Virus ‘Reset’ Global Economy in Favor of ESG

Martin Whittaker is the CEO of JUST Capital, responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. (Photo courtesy Yale Center for Business and the Environment) Posted for media use

“What coronavirus has done is reset the economy. It has accelerated the need for a new, better operating system that gives more Americans the incentives and, in many cases, the opportunities they need to create broad-based prosperity,” writes Martin Whittaker, CEO of JUST Capital and a Board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.”

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50th Earth Day Features Global Online Climate Event

Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. The image was taken July 6, 2017 from a vantage point one million miles from Earth. (Photo courtesy NASA) Public domain

The biggest climate conference of the year will be the Earth Day Week No Fly Conference – just one of the 50th anniversary events marking Earth Day 2020. During this public, free, online event, 100 key experts will meet virtually to share the creative solutions needed to build a better future and avert humanity’s most serious crisis – climate change.

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Millions of Refugees at Risk as Virus Spreads

This Syrian refugee girl lives in one of 5,000 tents among 31,500 refugees at Arsal on the Lebanese-Syrian border. March 25, 2019 (Photo by Fundacja PCPM) Creative Commons license via Flickr

The UN Refugee Agency has airlifted 4.4 tonnes of urgently-needed medical supplies to Tehran to support the COVID-19 response in Iran. The Airbus A330-200 arrived at Imam Khomeini Airport from Frankfurt, Germany Monday afternoon with masks, gloves, essential medicines, soap, and thermometers aboard to help address critical shortages in Iran’s health care system.

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Refugee Kids Quicker Than Adults at Languages

This boy from Syria was 11-years-old at the time of this picture in 2013. He was living with his family in a makeshift tent shelter in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. He hadn't been to school for two years because of the conflict, but then he was granted two hours of schooling every day. "The best thing about being back at school is that I can study again," he said. "I want to be a doctor when I'm older, and I really like to study and learn." (Photo courtesy UK Dept. of International Development) Creative Commons license via Flickr

As millions of displaced people move around the world in search of safer lives, learning the language of their adopted homes is a skill best acquired young. Scientists say there appears to be a critical period for language learning, although the length of this period and its underlying causes remain to be unraveled.

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Capacity Building is Building the Capacity to Grow

Capacity-building presentation at 21st Annual Meeting of National Authorities that are parties to The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an intergovernmental organisation that is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention. November 6, 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands (Photo courtesy OPCW) Creative commons license via Flickr

“Frequently invisible, and often overlooked, capacity building is the all-important ‘infrastructure’ that supports and shapes charitable nonprofits into forces for good,” declares the National Council of Nonprofits based in Washington, DC, the largest existing U.S. network of nonprofit organizations.

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Refugee Camps Rely on Renewables

Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp made the switch to clean energy in November 2017 with the inauguration of the largest solar power plant ever built in a refugee setting. (Photo by Yousef Al Hariri courtesy UNHCR) Posted for media use

In Iraq, displaced people struggle with the loss of electric power as blackouts and brownouts remain frequent even at grid-connected settlements, leaving refugees and the humanitarian community dependent on expensive, polluting diesel generators. In Ethiopia, most refugees lack any reliable access at all to electric lighting.

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Children, Hope of the World, At Risk

Children of trainee carpet weavers at an in-house kindergarten at the Afghan Bazar Carpet Company in Mazar-e Sharif, in northern Afghanistan's Balkh Province. December 3, 2019 (Photo courtesy International Labour Organisation Asia-Pacific) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Young people are his greatest source of hope, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the world in his New Year’s message today. “From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines,” he said. “I am inspired by your passion and determination.”

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