UN biodiversity summit kicks off in China

October 12, 2021

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In this image taken from video released by Convention on Biological Diversity, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a video conference of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021.

In this image taken from video released by Convention on Biological Diversity, Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a video conference of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Oct 12, 2021. 

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Delegates from around the world are meeting this week in Kunming, China, in the first part of a high-stakes UN biodiversity summit. The goal is to create a kind of Paris Agreement to protect the globe's plants and animals over the next decade. And, a harsh new bill is being proposed in Ghana that would punish members of the LGBTQ community as well as their supporters and advocates. Also, dozens of State Department nominees are being stalled in the US Senate. Only about a quarter of national security positions have been filled to date.

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