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Dispatch from Glasgow

Scottish Event Campus

Glasgow, Scotland

November 6, 2021

ROAR Newspaper 

American Embassy School

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

India 

 

Dear ROAR readers,

       I am writing to you from Glasgow, Scotland, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference, or COP26, is being held. Here, within the Scottish Event Campus (SEC Centre), Heads of State, climate change experts, activists have converged with the aim of producing an international response to the world’s climate crisis.

        It began on October 31 and continues until November 12, co-hosted by the UK and Italy. The countries attending COP26 include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, EU representatives from the 27 member states, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Nigeria, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the US. Over 100 world leaders participated, including President of the United States Joe Biden, Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Prince Charles. Also attending the conference is Italy’s Mario Draghi, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Israel’s Naftali Bennett, and India’s Narendra Modi.

       The climate change conference is not only filled with world leaders, but famous climate activists and cultural figures. Sir David Attenborough is this year’s COP26 People’s Advocate, which means he will address world leaders and other attendees during the summit. Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of Vatican City, and Greta Thunberg, will also be attending. China’s President Xi Jinping could not attend in person, so he instead talked to global leaders via video link.

       Iran, South Africa, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, however, are not attending.  Sadly, small pacific small island states and territories that are under threat from rising water levels due to climate change also were unable to attend due to COVID-19 quarantine requirements.

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Dispatch from Ethiopia

 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

November 9, 2021

ROAR Newspaper 

American Embassy School

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

India 

Dear ROAR readers,

       The US Embassy in Addis Ababa has ordered the departure of non-essential Embassy staff from Ethiopia, as the country descends into a humanitarian crisis. The Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency last week, restricting communications on the one year anniversary of the conflict in Tigray in the northern part of the country.

       The civil war in Ethiopia has resulted in more than 2 million Ethiopians fleeing their homes, thousands of lives lost, and a devastating famine affecting hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians.

       The conflict began when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the election in 2018 and received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for ending a territorial dispute with neighboring Eritrea, tried to reform the political structure of the country.

       For decades, Ethiopia was ruled by a federal system which controlled the regions in Ethiopia and amongst the parties in power, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF)  was the most powerful. Mr Abiy set up a new party known as the Prosperity Party,  and tried to pursue government led reforms, getting rid of corrupt senior Tigrayans. TPLF believed that Prime Minister Abiy Amhed had been trying to centralize power, and in September, the TPLF defied the central government, by holding regional parliamentary elections, in spite of a ban on elections because of the pandemic.  Subsequently, the TPLF attacked the federal military base in the north, escalating the situation into an armed conflict, with Mr. Abiy ordering a military offensive against the Tigrayan leadership.  “Nobody is winning this reckless war which is engulfing increasing parts of the country. Every day more people are suffering and dying” - Michelle Bachelet, the UN human rights chief said this week after releasing a disputed report that blames all parties for committing atrocities.

Dispatch from Qatar

 

 

Doha, Qatar

November 12, 2021

ROAR Newspaper 

American Embassy School

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

India 

Dear ROAR readers,

 

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