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The world’s most driven researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, activists and promising political leaders between the ages of 30 and 40 are today joining the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2022.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders was founded in 2005 by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, to help shape future leaders who are equipped to both take responsibility for creating a more sustainable and inclusive world, and to address its increasingly complex and interrelated challenges. Today, there are over 1,400 members and alumni from more than 120 countries. Notable members include prime ministers Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica, entrepreneurs Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, peace activist Victor Ochen, and economist Esther Duflo.
YGLs are active in today’s most exciting and dynamic fields and focus on impact. In the past year, YGLs have made bold commitments to restore 21 million hectares of deforested and degraded land in India, have come together to establish the first corporate movement for clean air to create healthy communities around the world, and have even launched a $1 billion gender fund to advance global equity and women’s leadership.
The class of 2022 is gender equal and has representatives from 42 countries. Members will take part in a three-year leadership development programme that will help them reach their next level of impact. The programme offers executive education courses, expeditions and opportunities to collaborate and test ideas with a trusted network of peers.
“The leaders celebrated today have demonstrated exceptional ingenuity and vision across their fields. While they represent diverse sectors, regions and issue areas, they are united in their commitment to lead towards a more inclusive and sustainable world,” said Mariah Levin, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
“The World Economic Forum is delighted to welcome this year’s class of Young Global Leaders. Their commitment to improving the state of the world is crucial at a time where collaboration is needed more than ever,” said Nicole Schwab, Board Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
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A UN Security Council Resolution that ensures millions of people in northwest Syria receive lifesaving aid through cross-border deliveries from Türkiye, must be extended, a group of independent human rights experts said on Wednesday. They warned of the dire consequences of not renewing Resolution 2642, which is set to expire on 10 January. 
“If the cross-border resolution is not renewed, the already desperate humanitarian situation in northwest Syria will be further aggravated at a time when people in the country need the international community’s support to survive,” they said in a statement. 
For eight years, the resolution has allowed critical aid supplies to be delivered to northwest Syria “despite current limitations in its scope and duration.” 
The experts noted that access to healthcare remains challenging for many Syrians due to factors such as insecurity, difficulties simply reaching health facilities, and security challenges affecting the freedom of movement, but also patriarchal norms and gender-based violence that disproportionally affect women and girls. 
Each month, the UN reaches 2.7 million people with cross-border assistance. Roughly 80 percent are women and children who face additional burdens and risks to their physical and mental health resulting from the non-fulfillment of their routine and emergency sexual and reproductive health needs. 
“The renewal of the resolution is the minimum required to respond to the ever-growing needs and vulnerabilities of millions of civilians in the northwest.  There is no comparable alternative to cross-border aid to reach the 4.1 million people that need it there,” they said. 
The experts warned that failure to renew the resolution would drastically disrupt and reduce the delivery of life-saving humanitarian and medical aid in the region. 
“Despite the support provided by civil society and other international and national organizations to scale up humanitarian response activities, we express concern about the risks of increase of hunger among the population, the lack of access for patients to receive appropriate and timely health care,” they said. 
Furthermore, insufficient prioritization of access to a full range of sexual and reproductive health goods, information and services, in particular for adolescents and victims of sexual violence, has created additional challenges for women and girls.  
“This is compounded by the risk for millions of people of losing shelter assistance and access to water. We are deeply concerned that the deprivations caused by ending UN cross-border operations will result in preventable deaths.” 
The 15 experts who issued the statement were appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. 
They are independent of any government or organization, work on a voluntary basis, and operate in their individual capacity. 
They are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. 
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The United Nations remains ready to support efforts to de-escalate tensions in the Middle East exacerbated this week by the visit of Israel’s new National Security Minister to a disputed holy site in Jerusalem, the Security Council heard during an emergency session on Thursday. Ambassadors were briefed by Khalid Khiari, a UN Assistant Secretary-General, who expressed concern over the developments and the broader ongoing tensions and violence in the occupied West Bank.
On Tuesday, Israel’s new National Security Minister, far-right party leader Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited the hilltop compound in Jerusalem’s old city that is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.  He was reportedly accompanied by a heavy security detail. 
This marked the first time since 2017 that an Israeli Minister has visited the site, known by Jews as Temple Mount and by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, and which is administered by Jordan. 
The Al-Asqa Mosque, located there, has seen previous clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.  
“While the visit was not accompanied or followed by violence, it is seen as particularly inflammatory given Mr. Ben-Gvir’s past advocacy for changes to the status quo,” said Mr. Khiari. 
The move drew sharp condemnation from the Palestinian Authority, and many others from across the region and the international community, who viewed it as provocative. 
“As we have seen numerous times in the past, the situation at Jerusalem’s Holy Sites is deeply fragile, and any incident or tension there can spill over and cause violence throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territory, in Israel, and elsewhere in the region,” he said. 
“With that reality in mind, I reiterate the Secretary General’s call for all parties to refrain from steps that could escalate tensions in and around the Holy Sites, and for all to uphold the status quo, in line with the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.” 
Mr. Khiari said the UN has remained in close contact with relevant parties to de-escalate the situation, and this engagement will continue. 
“At this sensitive moment, all efforts to lower tensions should be encouraged, while provocations, inflammatory steps, unilateral actions and threats of violence must be categorically rejected,” he told the Council. 
“Leaders on all sides have a responsibility to lower the flames and create the conditions for calm,” he added. 
Palestinian representative Riyad Mansour insisted that the Israeli Minister did not go to the holy site just to visit.  
Rather, Mr. Ben-Gvir “is pursuing the same extremist agenda he has pursued all his life – ending the historic status quo,” he said, adding “that is his objective regardless of the consequences. The same agenda he was elected on and joined the Israeli government to advance.” 
Haram Al-Sharif is located in occupied East Jerusalem, which is an integral part of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Mr. Mansour told the Council.
“Israel has no claim and no right to sovereignty over the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and therefore no rightful claim over Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” he said. 
Mr. Mansour insisted that there can be no peace without Jerusalem. 
“The future of conflict and peace in our region will be determined in Jerusalem, not any other capital around the world,” he said. “Anybody who says otherwise is either delusional or lying.”  
Israeli Ambassador Gilad Erdan said he was “overjoyed” to learn the Council had convened an emergency session on the Minister’s “quiet, orderly and uneventful visit” to Temple Mount. 
“I figured that if this important body is meeting to discuss such a trivial matter, then we clearly achieved world peace overnight,” he remarked.  “After all, why else would this Council dedicate its time to such a menial occurrence?” 
Mr. Erdan said the visit was in line with the status quo, and those who claim otherwise are only inflaming the situation.  
“Jews are allowed to visit the Temple Mount – every Jew, including the Minister tasked with the security and safety of the Temple Mount,” he stated.  
Rather than protecting the sanctity of the site,  Palestinians have turned it into a battleground, he said. 
“Time and again, the mosques are used as arsenals, where tourists keep rocks and explosives to attack Jewish visitors and security forces”, he added. “The hallowed ground is used as a platform for Palestinian incitement, poisoning the minds of youth and stoking the flames of violence.” 
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The greatest unasked question that no one wants to ask is: Who? Who is responsible for the explosion of the Nord Stream – not asking who is responsible is akin to not investigating who was behind the 9/11 attacks, writes in his comment at “The American Conservative” Ted Snider, a columnist on U.S. foreign policy and history at Antiwar.com.
There is plenty to blame Russia for. But here in the West a pattern continues of blaming Russia prior to an investigation, or even despite one. Blame Russia, whatever the facts.
In a recent Foreign Affairs essay, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz takes advantage of the general ignorance of his readership in order to rewrite history. In a section that blames Putin for deflating the promise of partnership and peace in a world order that should have followed the end of the Cold War, Scholz charges that, in 2008, “Russia launched a war against Georgia.”
Many of Scholz’s readers will take him at his word, especially because they have been primed for it by the Western media for many years. But Scholz knows that his testimony is a lie. A European Union Independent Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia found at the time that Georgia, not Russia, had launched the attack.
On August 7, violating its own ceasefire of just five hours earlier, Georgia launched an attack on the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali. Georgia claimed that Ossetia had been shelling Georgian villages. But OSCE observers on the ground said that was not true. The European Union Independent Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia found that “None of the explanations given by the Georgian authorities in order to provide some form of legal justification of the attack” were legitimate. The report said “there was no Russian military invasion under way, which had to be stopped by Georgian military forces.”
Scholz knows that, but he still blamed Russia, despite the investigation.
When an old-style Russian S-300 rocket landed in Poland, killing two people on November 15, Western media and governments immediately blamed Russia. But an investigation soon determined that the missile was an old-style Russian S-300 rocket the Ukrainian military still possesses. Ukrainian air defense had fired the missile at an incoming Russian missile. The Ukrainian missile missed its target and landed across the border in Poland. Russia had been blamed prior to an investigation.
And when the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines exploded in September, the West ignored Russia’s claims of innocence and, in concert, convicted Russia of sabotage. “No one on the European side of the ocean is thinking this is anything other than Russian sabotage,” said a senior European environmental official. U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm immediately said that it “seems” Russia is to blame.
But the “Washington Post” recently reported that, after months of investigation, there is nothing to suggest that Russia was responsible. The ‘WP’ article interviewed “23 diplomatic and intelligence officials in nine countries” who said that “[t]here is no evidence at this point that Russia was behind the sabotage.” It reports that “even those with inside knowledge of the forensic details don’t conclusively tie Russia to the attack.”
If Russia didn’t do it, one of us did.
The most disturbingly unasked question of 2022 is: Who blew up the Nord Stream pipelines? Not asking who is responsible is akin to not investigating who was behind the 9/11 attacks?
It also cut Europe off from its gas supply, accelerating its descent into a winter without heat. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called it a “deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure.”
The evidence unequivocally pointed to a state actor.
One of the biggest terrorist attacks in history had been perpetrated, not by a lone terrorist nor terrorist organization, but by a country acting alone or by countries acting together.
If there is no evidence that Russia was behind the detonations, then it was either a European country or a country aligned with Europe that abandoned and betrayed it, sacrificing the comfort and health of citizens of Europe.
Russia was blamed before the investigation was carried out.
Officials “expressed regret” to the ‘WP’ “that so many world leaders pointed the finger at Moscow without considering other countries.” But one of those “other countries” cut Europe off from its gas and blamed Russia.
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