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Huawei and IUCN Strengthen Tech4Nature Alliance for Sustainable Conservation

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Huawei and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, signed a strategic cooperation agreement to launch Phase 2 of the Tech4Nature partnership.

Aligned with Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative and IUCN’s Green List, the launch of Tech4Nature in 2020 marked the first time that either Huawei or IUCN had established a major partnership spanning the ICT and nature conservation sectors.

A key output of Phase 2 will be to facilitate further collaboration between the two sectors.

“Technology allows us to bridge the gap between science and action,” said Dr Grethel Aguilar, Acting Director General of IUCN. “Conservationists can harness the power of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to analyse vast datasets and ecological trends. This invaluable information aids in the identification and protection of critical habitats, guides our efforts, and can leverage necessary resources to protect threatened species.”

Phase 2 will expand the global impact of the Tech4Nature partnership and scale-up the use of digital technologies to drive the effective and equitable management of protected and conserved areas. Together, IUCN and Huawei will develop technology-based solutions for pilot projects in at least five countries, including Brazil, Kenya, Turkey, Mexico, and China.

Fostering Global Biodiversity: Tech4Nature’s Role in Achieving the 30×30 Conservation Target

The Tech4Nature partnership will also contribute to the implementation of the 30×30 target defined in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which calls for 30% of the Earth’s land and sea areas to be conserved by establishing protected areas and effective area-based conservation measures. The partners plan to support the implementation of the GBF through knowledge-sharing and capacity-building, including supporting the Global Species Action Plan (GSAP) online knowledge platform and developing knowledge products.

“We believe that the Tech4Nature initiative will build on the success of the first phase and expand its global impact,” said Peng Song, Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of ICT Strategy and Marketing in his speech during the signing ceremony for the launch of Phase 2. “We also believe that more partners will join the Tech4Nature initiative, embrace digital technology, and contribute to the sustainable development of the planet.”

Marking the beginning of the second phase of the partnership, was the launch of the Tech4Nature – A Partnership for Our Planet publication. This flagship publication draws together the best practices and experiences of the first phase of the partnership between Huawei and IUCN, which piloted the use of ICT for nature conservation in five protected areas across the globe. It also features guidance on how technology can help different protected and conserved areas achieve the IUCN Green List Standard, and the role of technology in the GBF implementation.

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Australia ‘outraged’ over aid worker killed in Gaza

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Australia ‘outraged’ over aid worker killed in Gaza

Worker Zomi Frankcom, an aid worker with the World Central Kitchen charity, has tragically lost her life in Gaza due to an Israeli air strike, sparking outrage and demands for transparency from Australia. Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called for a thorough inquiry into the incident, which also resulted in the deaths of six other charity workers.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has expressed his desire to directly speak with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the death of Ms Frankcom. Netanyahu has acknowledged the incident as an unintended strike on innocent individuals, stating that such events unfortunately occur in the midst of conflict. He has promised a comprehensive investigation into the matter.

Amid escalating tensions between Australia and Israel, Senator Wong emphasized Australia’s strong stance on accountability for the death of humanitarian workers. She stressed the need for a transparent inquiry and full explanation, as well as accountability for those responsible.

Mr Albanese has labeled the deaths of the aid workers as “completely unacceptable,” emphasizing the tragedy of the situation. The Australian Palestine Advocacy Network has gone a step further, calling the deaths not just a tragedy but a crime, and urging the government to take decisive action against Israel.

Ms Frankcom’s family, friends, and colleagues have been left devastated by her untimely demise. Described as a kind and selfless individual, Ms Frankcom’s legacy of compassion and bravery in helping those in need is being mourned by those who knew her.

World Central Kitchen, the charity for which Ms Frankcom was working, has paused its operations in Gaza in the wake of the incident. Chief executive Erin Gore condemned the attack as unforgivable, highlighting the dangers faced by humanitarian organizations in conflict zones.

The Australian government remains firm in its demand for accountability and justice in the wake of this tragedy. While Israel has expressed regret for the incident, the international community, including Australia, is pushing for a transparent investigation and assurance that such events will not be repeated in the future.

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Russian Government Urges Australian Embassy to Remove Social Media Post

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Russian Government Urges Australian Embassy to Remove Social Media Post

Embassy officials from the Australian embassy in Moscow have been summoned by Russian authorities following a social media post that criticized the holding of Russian presidential elections in occupied parts of Ukraine. The Russian foreign ministry stated that the post, made on the Telegram platform, questioned Russia’s territorial integrity and contained false information about the voting process in various Russian regions during the presidential election on March 15-17.

Australia’s Chargé d’affaires was informed that the online post was considered as interference in Russia’s internal affairs. The Russian government demanded that the message be removed and that measures be taken to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The Australian embassy’s post on Telegram on March 19, in Russian language, highlighted Australia’s stance on the election conducted by Russia in Ukrainian territories. The post emphasized that these actions by Russia undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political independence. Australia rejected the outcome of the election and reiterated its call for Russia to withdraw from Ukraine’s internationally recognized territory.

The Russian presidential election, which saw President Vladimir Putin declared the winner with over 87% of the vote, took place in areas of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed, including Crimea and parts of four regions seized after its 2022 invasion.

The incident underscores the ongoing tensions between Russia and Western countries, including Australia, regarding the situation in Ukraine. Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its continued involvement in Ukrainian affairs have been met with strong opposition and condemnation from the international community.

Australian embassy officials have not yet responded publicly to the Russian government’s demands regarding the social media post. It remains to be seen how the Australian government will address the issue and whether the post will be removed as requested by Russian authorities.

As the diplomatic exchange continues between Russia and Australia, the situation highlights the importance of careful communication and diplomacy in addressing sensitive political issues. The tension over the Ukrainian territories and the implications of the Russian presidential election in those areas serve as a stark reminder of the complex challenges facing the international community today.

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What Happened When McDonald’s System Crashed Worldwide!

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What Happened When McDonald's System Crashed Worldwide

McDonald’s says a worldwide IT outage that hindered its servers from processing payments and resulted in restaurants closing across the country and elsewhere on Friday evening was not a cybersecurity violation.

The firm has also confirmed some of its food outlets’ systems are back up and running, and it is currently working to restore service to the rest of its restaurants as soon as possible.

The difficulty is being resolved, according to a McDonald’s spokesman.

“We thank customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“Notably, the issue is not related to a cybersecurity event.”

The outage primarily affected the company’s internal systems, with one McDonald’s employee telling the ABC that servers couldn’t see anything on their computer monitors.

It also affected the MyMacca’s app, with notifications being sent to global outage tracker Downdetector from around 4 p.m. AEDT.

McDonald’s employees put up signs telling customers they were unsure when the issues would be fixed.(Digital Daily News)

The technology meltdown affected the fast-food supply chain’s worldwide operations, with stores being closed in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Restaurants in Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and Austria were also reportedly affected.

McDonald’s has around 1,000 restaurants in Australia, according to its website.

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