BOTH SMILING AND JOKING AS THEY USE HAND GEL AFTER EXCHANGING DOCUMENTS TO SIGN 3.
EXCHANGE OF GIFTS 4.
APPLAUSE AND VIEW OF THE GIFTS 5.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) IOC PRESIDENT THOMAS BACH SAYING: "You know, we are one year and two months away from this Games, and then we will take all the necessary decisions at the right time, relying on the advice of the World Health Organization, discussing it in our joint task force, but I think nobody at this moment in time can really give you a reliable answer how the world will look like in July 2021." 6.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHO DIRECTOR-GENERAL DR TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS SAYING: "The world, if it fights with unity and global solidarity, I think we can make a difference before that, before the next Olympics, and we hope Tokyo will be a place where humanity will gather with triumph against COVID if we do our best, especially with national unity and global solidarity, I think it's possible, it's in our hands, but it's not easy that's why all of us as humanity should really fight in unison to defeat COVID, leave it behind us.
"So thank you so much Mr Presidant and your colleagues for today.
This event, this MOU, is very important and and historic, we're signing it in the middle of a serious pandemic, and I hope this will be one of the additions to prepare the world for the next pandemic, and keep the world away from such kinds of pandemics, so thank you, vielen danke." STORY: International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the IOC would "take all the necessary decisions at the right time" about the staging of the delayed Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2021.
Bach, speaking on Saturday (May 16) after signing an agreement with World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to advocate healthy lifestyles, said that with a year and two months before the scheduled opening on July 23 2021, "nobody at this moment in time can really give you a reliable answer how the world will look like in July 2021".
The WHO was instrumental in sharing technical advice with the IOC during the discussions that led to the postponement in March of the Games, and continues to give advice as it gathers additional knowledge and understanding of COVID-19.
"The world, if it fights with unity and global solidarity, I think we can make a difference before that, before the next Olympics, and we hope Tokyo will be a place where humanity will gather with triumph against COVID," said Dr Ghebreyesus.
The IOC and WHO said that their agreement is an effort to promote healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, sport and active recreation, as a tool for health across the globe.
Health Ministers from member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region participated in a session to discuss measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. The 73rd Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia from September 9-10 was held virtually via video conferencing. While addressing the session WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Covid-19 vaccines will be available to all countries on equitable basis. He added that the WHO is committed to supporting all countries to reopen their societies. India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also attended the session via video conference. Watch the full video for more details.
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[NFA] The U.S. Justice Department said on Monday it has indicted six Russian intelligence agency hackers for a four-year long hacking spree that included attacks against the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and 2017 French elections. Freddie Joyner has more.
A protest was organised against China outside the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland. The 3-day long demonstration, consisting of a photo exhibition, was organised by a group called the World Uyghur Congress. It was titled 'Made In China = Uyghur Forced Labour'. The protestors accused the Chinese government of forcing the Uyghurs, a Muslim minority group in the country's northwest Xinjiang province, into forced labour and even attempting a genocide. Beijing has allegedly been trying to stamp out the community's religious and cultural identity in order to assimilate it more fully into the majority Han Chinese community. Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, sought international pressure on China to stop the Uyghurs' persecution and boycott by international companies to prevent forced labour. Watch the full video for more.
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Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) Europe organised a protest in front of UNHRC headquarters in Geneva to condemn gross human rights violations in Pakistan. The Pashtuns were joined by Sindhis, Baloch and activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) who jointly raised a voice against atrocities committed by Pakistan Army and spy agencies, the ISI and Military Intelligence. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmir, exiled PoK leader, said in his address, "The democratic forces in Pakistan are victims of state run forces, who are committing enforced disappearances, killings of the Pashtuns, Baloch, Sindhis and other persecuted people." "The situation in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan is very grim as people are put behind bars for more than 50 years", said Shaukat. Baseer Naveed, a Sindhi human rights activist, said, "Sindhis have been struggling for the past many decades. With an intention to marginalise Sindhis, people from other parts of Pakistan are being settled in Sindh." "Trend of enforced disappearances started from Sindh and now extended to Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This is the most heinous crime as law does not allow enforcement agencies to keep a person for over 24 hours", said Naveed. Pashtuns are holding massive protests in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as incidents of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings are on the rise in the province.
India described Pak as 'epicenter of terrorism' at the 45th Session of Human Rights Council. It exercised the Right of Reply to statements made by Pakistan and Turkey at UNHRC. India said no one deserves an unsolicited lecture on human rights from Islamabad. India also added that Islamabad has consistently persecuted Hindus, Sikhs and Christians. “It has become a habit for Pakistan to malign my country with false and fabricated narratives for its self-serving malicious purposes. Neither India nor others deserve this unsolicited lecture on human rights from a country that has consistently persecuted its ethnic and religious minorities, is an epicenter of terrorism, has the distinction of providing pensions to individuals on UN Sanctions list and has a Prime Minister who proudly admits training tens of thousands of terrorists to fight in Jammu and Kashmir. It is not surprising that other relevant multilateral institutions have been raising serious concerns on its failure to stop terror financing and lack of effective actions against all terror entities in Pakistan,” said Pawan Kumar Badhe, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of India in Geneva.
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The International Olympic Committee is braced for a financial hit of 800 million US dollars (£650m) as a consequence of the decision to delay the Tokyo Games until 2021. IOC president Thomas Bach said..
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