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Textbooks for China's vocational education to be compiled******
BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Around 10,000 types of textbooks for vocational education programs will be compiled during China's 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said Monday.。
An action plan released by the MOE highlighted the task of compiling vocational education textbooks in fields including domestic services, infant care and nursing for the elderly.。
Vocational schools and colleges are encouraged to forge cooperation with universities, research institutes and leading businesses on the compilation work, according to the action plan, noting that the textbooks are expected to contain the latest technology and standards for specific industries.。
It added that the contents of the textbooks should be updated on a yearly basis and revised every three years. Enditem。
China penalty call in World Cup qualifier the "correct decision": Socceroos great******
CANBERRA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- An Australian football legend has said the decision to give China a penalty in the crucial World Cup qualifier was the "correct" call.。
The Socceroos slumped to third place in Group B in the final round of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after drawing 1-1 with China in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).。
Australia took the lead in the 38th minute and Wu Lei equalized for China in the 70th minute with a penalty kick after a VAR check on James Jeggo's handball inside the box.。
Robbie Slater, who played for the Socceroos 44 times during a 19-year career, said it was a good decision.。
"Jimmy Jeggo had a bit of brain snap with the way he jumped with both arms flailing in the air. Given the way football is at the moment, awarding a penalty for that was the correct decision," he was quoted by The Australian on Thursday.。
The result lifted Australia to 11 points, five adrift of Group B leader Saudi Arabia, who beat the tail-ending Vietnam 1-0 earlier on Tuesday. Japan climbed up to second place in the group with 12 points after a 1-0 away victory over Oman.。
China's tally of five points means it still has an arduous task ahead with four games remaining.。
Only the top two teams from groups A and B qualify directly for the tournament, with the third-placed nations to go into a play-off - the same route Australia took to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.。
Missing qualification for the World Cup for the first time since 2002 would be considered a failure in Australia.。
However, Slater said he was glad that the Socceroos were being made to work hard for a place in Qatar.。
He said Australia must win qualifying games against Vietnam and Oman in January and February, setting up do-or-die clashes with group leaders Saudi Arabia and Japan in March.。
"This is cut-throat World Cup qualifying - this is what you want," Slater said.。
"I don't understand the expectations people have. They think we're just going to waltz through every World Cup qualifying campaign and qualify easily.。
"All the games are very tight." Enditem。
UN chief joins world leaders in calling for investment to end pandemic this year****** United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the virtual launch of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator) advocacy campaign for 2022 in New York, on Feb. 9, 2022. Guterres on Wednesday joined world leaders in calling for urgent investment to end the COVID-19 pandemic this year. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday joined world leaders in calling for urgent investment to end the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
The pandemic could be defeated this year but "only if vaccines, tests and treatments are made available to all people," the UN chief said.
The top UN official was among some world leaders calling for 23 billion U.S. dollars to support the ACT-Accelerator, the landmark collaboration that makes these goods accessible to everyone globally.
"Vaccine inequity is the biggest moral failure of our times - and people are paying the price," said Guterres, underlining the urgency to act now.
"Until and unless we can ensure access to these tools, the pandemic will not go away, and the sense of insecurity of people will only deepen."
The ACT-Accelerator was established in April 2020, just weeks after the pandemic was declared, to speed up development and access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines. The global vaccine solidarity initiative COVAX is one of its four pillars.
The partnership brings together governments, scientists, philanthropists, businesses, civil society and global health organizations such as GAVI, the vaccine alliance; the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the UN's health agency, World Health Organization (WHO).
The campaign launched on Wednesday aims to meet a 16 billion dollar financing gap, and nearly 7 billion dollars for in-country delivery costs, in the bid to end the pandemic as a global emergency this year.
The co-chairs of the ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council, which provides high-level political leadership to advocate for resource mobilization, recently wrote to more than 50 rich countries to encourage "fair share" contributions.
The financing framework is calculated on the size of their national economies and what they would gain from a faster global economic and trade recovery.
As Guterres put it: "If we want to ensure vaccinations for everyone to end this pandemic, we must first inject fairness into the system."
The funding will help to curb coronavirus transmission, break the cycle of variants, relieve overburdened health workers and systems, and save lives, world leaders said, warning that with every month of delay, the global economy stands to lose almost four times the investment the ACT-Accelerator needs.
Financing will be used to procure and provide lifesaving tools, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, to low and middle-income countries.
It will support measures that include driving vaccine rollouts, creating a Pandemic Vaccine Pool of 600 million doses, purchasing 700 million tests, procuring treatments for 120 million patients, and 100 percent of the oxygen needs of low-income countries.
"The longer inequitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments persists, the longer the pandemic will persist," said President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who co-chairs the Facilitation Council together with Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.
The UN and partners continue to warn against the dangers of inequity three years into the pandemic.
Although more than 4.7 billion COVID-19 tests have been administered globally so far, WHO report only around 22 million, a paltry 0.4 percent, were administered in low-income countries.
Furthermore, only 10 percent of people in these nations have received at least one vaccine dose.
Since its inception, the ACT-Accelerator has funded vital research and development of new therapeutics, vaccines, and diagnostics, and delivered over a billion vaccine doses through COVAX, among other achievements.
The mechanism has an overall budget of 23.4 billion dollars and donors are urged to contribute 16.8 billion dollars. They have already pledged 814 million dollars, leaving the 16 billion dollars funding gap. It is expected that the remaining 6.5 billion dollars will be self-financed by middle-income countries.
Separate to the budget, another 6.8 billion dollars is required for in-country delivery of vaccines and diagnostics.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has underlined the urgent need to ensure tests, treatments and vaccines are distributed equitably globally.
"If higher-income countries pay their fair share of the ACT-Accelerator costs, the partnership can support low and middle-income countries to overcome low COVID-19 vaccination levels, weak testing, and medicine shortages," he said.
"Science gave us the tools to fight COVID-19; if they are shared globally in solidarity, we can end COVID-19 as a global health emergency this year."
China maps path to carbon peak, neutrality under new development philosophy******
BEIJING, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities on Sunday unveiled a guiding document on the country's work to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals under the new development philosophy, laying out key specific targets and measures for upcoming decades.
By 2030, China's carbon dioxide emissions will peak, stabilize and then decline, and by 2060, China will be carbon neutral and have fully established a green, low-carbon and circular economy, it said, reiterating the country's previous pledge.
Toward this end, China aims to gradually increase the share of non-fossil energy consumption to around 20 percent by 2025, around 25 percent by 2030, and over 80 percent by 2060, according to the document jointly released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.
The country's carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP will be lowered by 18 percent from the 2020 level by 2025 and will have dropped by more than 65 percent compared with the 2005 level by 2030, said the document titled "Working Guidance For Carbon Dioxide Peaking And Carbon Neutrality In Full And Faithful Implementation Of The New Development Philosophy." Enditem