The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 21, 2018 declared Nepal as free from Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness. With this, Nepal becomes first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to eliminate Trachoma.
‘Nepal’s achievement is commendable and resulted from strong political commitment, intense community engagement and impressive leadership demonstrated by the civil society, Dr Khetrapal Singh, the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.
The International Conference on TRIPS- CBD Linkage will be held in Geneva on June 7-8, 2018 to revive WTO discussions on issues related to theft of traditional knowledge.
The conference will be organised jointly by Indian Government, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the South Centre, an inter-governmental organisation based in Geneva.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held his first informal Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 21, 2018 in the city of Sochi, Russia.
The Summit provided an opportunity for both the leaders to deepen their friendship and to exchange views on international and regional issues, in keeping with the tradition of high level political exchanges between India and Russia.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on May 8, 2018 announced to hold a climate summit in September 2019 in New York to review the commitments of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Vladimir Putin was on May 7, 2018 sworn in as the President of Russia for fourth time in the Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow. With this, Putin will now be serving the office of President for another six years. However, the Russian constitution bars him from running again for the elections after the end of his new term in 2024.
The Trump administration on May 30, 2018 renamed the US Pacific Command to US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), recognising the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The United States of America on May 14, 2018 officially relocated its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem , upholding the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. US President Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony in Jerusalem however, he congratulated Israel through a video message broadcast saying that the opening had been “a long time coming.”
Ireland on May 26, 2018 voted to end the abortion ban, a move hailed as the culmination of “a quiet revolution” in one of the Europe’s most socially conservative countries. A quiet revolution has been taking place in Ireland over the last couple of decades. Voters voted to liberalise the highly restrictive abortion laws by two-to-one, thus, allowing the government to bring in the new legislation by the end of the year.
US President Donald Trump on May 27, 2018 announced that a US delegation is in North Korea to make arrangements for the Singapore Summit, a clear sign the summit between Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un is back on track.
The delegation includes Sung Kim, US Ambassador to the Philippines; Randall G. Schriver, the Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Allison Hooker, Director for Korea on the White House’s National Security Council.
US President Donald Trump’s administration has cut off the funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). The move comes at a time when the world is struggling to combat climate change.
According to Science Magazine, the United States has repeatedly proposed cuts to NASA’s earth science budget, including NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS).