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ICAO: Proper certification of vaccines may be required in future

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Speaking at the eighth virtual meeting of the Global Tourism Crisis Committee of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, acknowledged that the latest measures to face the most recent waves of COVID-19 transmission it weighs heavily on global travel and tourism.

He stressed that there were few signs of short-term relief for the travel and tourism markets, given that the world still faces limited supplies of vaccines and insufficient data on the transmission of the virus by people who have been vaccinated.

Dr. Liu underscored that ICAO is collaborating with States, partner agencies, and industry in the challenge of global vaccine distribution and developing further guidance applicable to current and future pandemics.

The official drew the attention of her colleagues to the recently published ICAO manual on Cross-Border Risk Management Tests and Measures and stressed that the multi-level health measures it describes are likely to continue to be applied by states in the medium and long term. . "Proper certification of vaccines may be required in the near future, but in the meantime, international acceptance of test results should be a key priority," he noted.

"Currently, there is no agreed means to do it from one country to another in an irrefutable and fraud-resistant way."

When and where they are required, ICAO also recommends that COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates be provided in a timely and reliable manner, enabling travelers' rapid facilitation while ensuring fairness in travel access.

"Such solutions must also be respectful of privacy and personal data, adaptable to different infrastructures and conditions, and economically reasonable for all concerned," stressed Dr. Liu. "Several different approaches are currently being developed, and we must work to ensure their effective interoperability."

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Ukraine leaves CIS mobile communication system

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Ukraine has withdrawn from the CIS agreement on mobile cooperation, the representative of the Cabinet of Ministers in the parliament, Vasyl Mokan, said on his Facebook page.

At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on March 3, the draft CIS law "On withdrawal from the Agreement on cooperation in the development and use of mobile communications systems" was discussed. The government supported the project.

On November 9, 2016, a bill on the country's withdrawal from the CIS was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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FAO: Global food prices sharply risen over past 8 months

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International food prices rose 14.3% in January 2021 compared to December 2020, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Global food prices not only rose over the past eight months but also reached their highest monthly growth rate since July 2014, the FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan told Report.

Global grain consumption is projected to reach 52 million tonnes in 2020/21, which indicates an increase of 2,761 million tonnes compared to the previous season.

Global wheat and rice consumption is projected to grow 0.7% and 1.8%, respectively, over the year. Also, the world grain stocks are expected to decrease by 2.2% to 801 million tons, which is the lowest in the last five years.

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French politician: Armenian people should know truth about Khojaly

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“There is a large Armenian community in France, and this fact places a huge responsibility on the country to restore peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Finally, France must understand its responsibility as a UN member and a friend of Azerbaijan and move on to action,” Laurent Poultier du Mesnil, vice-president of the France-Azerbaijan Dialogue Association (ADFA), told the French Service of Report.

According to him, as a UN member, France should start an investigation to study the truth about Khojaly events.

“Until now, France has failed to play its role. France could also play a part in resolving the Karabakh conflict but missed this chance. At the very least, now France must show commitment and start an international investigation to study the Khojaly tragedy. We turned to French President Emmanuel Macron. A tragedy has occurred in Khojaly, France must begin to look into it closely,” Laurent Poultier du Mesnil said.

He noted the importance of delivering information about the Khojaly tragedy to everyone, including the Armenian people.

“The Armenian people must know the truth to restore peace. Armenians must understand that the Armenian army and its leaders committed a massacre against the Azerbaijani people. When everyone knows the truth, peace will be achieved. Everyone, including the Armenian people, should finally be aware of the heavy losses and damage inflicted on the Azerbaijani people for a long time,” he added.

“When hearing about the attempted coup in Armenia, I felt great concern. I thought that this might be an attempt to reignite the conflict,” he said.

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