0349 GMT December 09, 2021
Leaders of Japan, the United States, India and Australia have agreed to cooperate on such fields as COVID-19 vaccines, clean energy and space, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said after the Quad meeting in Washington, according to Reuters
The Quad leaders also pledged to pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific region “undaunted by coercion” at their first in-person summit on Friday.
Malala pleads with world to protect Afghan girls' education
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan as she left school in 2012, pleaded with the world not to compromise on the protection of Afghan women's rights following the Taliban takeover.
As countries and organizations take the first steps to engage with the hardline group, the 24-year-old Yousafzai said she worried the Taliban would act as they did when they were in power 20 years ago despite a sharp increase in work and education opportunities for Afghan women since then.
"We cannot make compromises on the protection of women's rights and the protection of human dignity," Yousafzai told a panel on girls' education in Afghanistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Lavrov, Guterres underscore importance of reinforcement of UN’s role on global arena
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underscored the importance of reinforcement of the organization’s role on the global arena and the intent to develop the cooperation between UN and Russia during their meeting at the sidelines of the General Assembly session, TASS reported.
Besides, they exchanged their opinions on a number of international issues, including combating the pandemic and the preparation to the 26th session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference.