Barbados PM named UN's 2021 Champions of Earth

Barbados PM named UN's 2021 Champions of Earth

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley has been chosen by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the 2021 Champions of the Earth. It is the world body's highest environmental honour. The announcement was made by UNEP on Tuesday for the transformative impact of champions on the environment and their leadership in advancing bold and decisive action on behalf of people and the planet. Apart from the Prime Minister, a scientist, indigenous woman and an entrepreneur have been selected for the award. The annual Champions of the Earth Award has been awarded to some of the most dynamic environmental leaders in the world since its inception in 2005. So far it has been presented to 101 awardees, which include 25 world leaders, 62 individuals and 14 organisations. This year, UNEP received a record number of nominations from around the world.

UNEP's Executive Director Inger Andersen said, "As we enter a pivotal decade, UNEP's Champions of the Earth means that we can all contribute, to cut emissions and protect and restore ecosystems." Everything matters to nature. This year's champions are the women who not only inspire us, but also remind us that we have the solutions, knowledge and technology to limit climate change and avoid ecological collapse. The prime minister, a driving force for climate action in the Latin American and Caribbean region, is the first to agree on the United Nations Action Plan for the Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.

Under his leadership, Barbados has adopted ambitious renewable energy goals for a fossil-fuel-free power sector and transportation by 2030. At the same time, Barbados is implementing a number of conservation and restoration projects, from forests through cities to the coastline.

She also co-chairs the One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Marine Women of Melanesia (Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands), awarded in the Motivation and Action category, trained local women to use marine science and technology to monitor and evaluate the effects of widespread coral bleaching on some of the world's most endangered reefs does.

Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Uganda), awarded in the Science and Innovation category, was the first wildlife veterinarian from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and is a recognized world authority on primate and zoonotic diseases. As Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), she leads the implementation of three integrated strategic programs using a one health approach.

 It is an organization working to monitor and improve air quality in Asia. This year's awards highlight the United Nations' Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs until 2030, with a deadline to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

There has never been a more urgent need to revive damaged ecosystems. Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier the ecosystem, the healthier the planet and its people.

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Globally, trust in government and media has decreased, said this in the annual report of the Edelman Trust Barometer

Globally, trust in government and media has decreased, said this in the annual report of the Edelman Trust Barometer

Public confidence in the government and media has eroded over the past year amid the coronavirus pandemic, while concerns about fake news are at an all-time high. This information has been given in the annual report of 'Edelman Trust Barometer' released on Tuesday. This report is released every year during the Davos Summit of the World Economic Forum. It has also been shown that business has taken the place of government as the most reliable. The government and media have come in second and third place.

Globally, 76 percent of respondents said they are concerned about fake information or news being used as a weapon, according to the study. Spain tops the list with 84 per cent, while India is at the fifth position with 82 per cent.

China tops the average percentage of people taking NGOs, businesses, governments and media, while India ranks fourth and Russia is at the bottom.

India ranks second after Indonesia in terms of trust in employers

India is also in the top five in terms of economic optimism. India ranks second (90 percent) after Indonesia (91 percent), while China (89 percent) ranks third in terms of employer confidence. Korea has come last. Confidence in business, governments and the media has waned in India, while it remains unchanged with respect to NGOs.

People who participated in this survey from India said that they have the highest trust in NGOs. The survey was conducted in 28 countries. In the survey, more than 31 thousand common people and about six thousand knowledgeable people were talked to.

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