Guterres urges governments to impose taxes on oil and gas companies
Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, skyrocketing energy prices, especially for fossil fuels, are causing a crisis for hundreds of millions of people, the Response Group warned on Wednesday. the world crisis of General secretary from the ONU.
Despite this alarming situation, the major oil and gas companies recently declared record profits, which António Guterres called “immoral”.
“The total profits of the largest energy companies in the first quarter of this year are close to 100,000 million dollars. I urge governments to tax these excessive profits and use the funds raised to support the most vulnerable people in these difficult times,” he said.
The Group’s report combines urgent measures with long-term ones.
In the short term, it indicates that countries, especially developed ones, should try to manage their energy demand by resorting to new technologies and behavioral changes in the field of heating, cooling and mobility.
In the medium and long term, the study indicates that the world needs to double the use of renewable energy to achieve carbon neutrality goals, address energy poverty and boost and diversify the global energy supply.
The goal of the Global Crisis Response Group is to find solutions and develop strategies that help countries address the crisis linked to food, energy and finance.
Ukraine’s grain, closer to its final destination
After setting sail last Monday from the Ukrainian city of Odessa with a cargo of more than 26,000 tons of corn, the merchant ship Razoni received the go-ahead today in Istanbul to head to its final destination, the port of the Lebanese city of Tripoli.
A joint civil inspection team, made up of officials from the Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Nations, inspected the vessel for three hours and confirmed that the crew and cargo match the information the Joint Coordination Center received before the ship sailed from Odessa.
The creation of the Center is part of the Black Sea Grain Export Initiative, signed on July 22 between Ukraine, Russia and Turkey under the auspices of the UN.
The door of justice is opened for the crimes of Daesh against the Yazidis
Coinciding with the eighth anniversary of the crimes of the Daesh group (ISIS) against the Yazidis in northern Iraq, the United Nations Investigative Team for Accountability of that event attends “the beginning of a new chapter that brings faith on the path to justice for victims and survivors.”
Among the advances made since last year are the existence of legal precedents in German courts for the prosecution of the crime of genocide, the opening and excavation of more mass graves and the completion of a second return of remains, while work continues to identify the bodies of more victims.
The team recalled that last November saw the first conviction of a member of Daesh for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a court in the German city of Frankfurt after 19 months of trial.
The group supported German prosecutors by contacting witnesses in Iraq that helped verify fraudulent documentation submitted by the defendant.
Petition for the Human Rights Council to investigate the Beirut explosion
A group of UN experts on fundamental guarantees today asked the Human Rights Council to launch an international investigation into the explosion that killed more than 200 people two years ago in Beirut and destroyed a large area of the Lebanese capital.
The powerful blast destroyed 77,000 apartments, injured 7,000 people, displaced more than 300,000 and left at least 80,000 children homeless.
“This tragedy was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in living memory, and yet the world has done nothing to find out why it happened“experts said.
“On the second anniversary of the explosion, we are disheartened that the people of Lebanon are still waiting for justice, and call for an international investigation to be launched without delay,” they said.
The investigation at the national level has been paralyzed on several occasions and the families of the victims appeal to the international community to establish an independent investigation in the Human Rights Council, hoping that this multilateral system will give them the answers that the authorities Lebanese have not been able to offer.