Emma Farge
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Supporters of the Senior Women for Climate Protection association outside the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, on March 29, 2023
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 8, 2024
How three European human rights cases could shape climate litigation
The verdicts will set a precedent for future litigation on how rising temperatures affect people's right to a livable planet.
Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala addresses the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 26, 2024
WTO seeks modest outcome in UAE at 'critical juncture' for global trade
The stated goals is to set new global commerce rules, but even its ambitious chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sought to curb expectations.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2023
Global level of forced displacement climbs to record 110 million, U.N. says
The increase of around 19 million people by the end of last year is the biggest annual jump on record, the UNHCR has said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
May 24, 2023
World Health Organization working towards 'pandemic treaty' by May 2024
A new pact is a priority for agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who has called it a 'generational commitment that we will not go back to the old cycle of panic and neglect.'
Japan Times
Mar 15, 2023
Exodus of health care workers from poor countries worsening, WHO says
The trend for nurses and other staff to leave parts of Africa or Southeast Asia for wealthier countries in the Middle East or Europe has accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2022
China's aviation comeback stokes tensions over access to Russian airspace
Western carriers haven't had access to Russia's air corridors since the Ukraine invasion triggered Western sanctions and retaliatory bans by Moscow.
Japan Times
Aug 17, 2022
U.N. action to isolate Russia wanes almost six months into Ukraine war
'As the war has dragged on, it has become harder to find meaningful ways to penalize Russia,' said Richard Gowan, U.N. director at the independent International Crisis Group.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2022
WHO vows nothing 'ridiculous' as public submits ideas to rename monkeypox
Often disease names are chosen behind closed doors by a technical committee, but this time the WHO has decided to open up the process to the public.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2022
Glaciers vanishing at record rate in Alps following heat waves
Since last winter, which brought relatively little snowfall, the Alps have sweltered through two big early summer heat waves.
Japan Times
Jul 20, 2022
China lobbying for U.N. rights chief to suppress Xinjiang report, letter shows
The letter was circulated among diplomatic missions in Geneva from late June, with a request for countries to sign it to show their support.
Japan Times
Jun 3, 2022
WTO seeks fish and vaccine deals as war ignites trade tensions
It is not yet clear if a vaccine compromise forged by India, South Africa, the EU and the United States will transform into a full agreement.
Japan Times
May 27, 2022
WHO condemns Russia's aggression in Ukraine in rare vote
The proposal brought by the U.S. and others condemned Russia's actions but stopped short of immediately suspending its voting rights at the U.N. health agency.
Japan Times
May 23, 2022
U.N. Human Rights chief due to arrive in China for historic visit
The May 23 to 28 trip has been long in the making after the commissioner said in 2018 she wanted unfettered access to Xinjiang.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 16, 2021
Pfizer to allow generic versions of its COVID-19 pill in 95 countries
A Pfizer executive said last week the market for the drug might be up to 150 million people and that many countries might also be interested in buying doses for their strategic reserves.
Japan Times
Sep 1, 2021
Weather disasters becoming more frequent and costly, U.N. agency says
The World Meteorological Organization attributed the growing frequency to both climate change and improved disaster reporting.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 11, 2021
'Hours on a footnote’: Scientists felt joy and frustration in making climate report
Specialists, all 234 of them working for free, reviewed more than 14,000 scientific studies published since 2013 to draft the latest version.
Japan Times
May 17, 2021
Long work hours are a killer, WHO study shows
The study showed that people living in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region — a WHO-defined region which includes China, Japan and Australia — were the most affected.
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 31, 2014
Ebola wrecks years of aid work in worst-hit countries
Ebola is wrecking years of health and education work in Sierra Leone and Liberia following their civil wars, forcing many charity groups to suspend operations or re-direct them to fighting the epidemic.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on