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Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi gives a press conference at the foreign press association on February 13, 2018 in Rome

Italians will vote on a controversial constitutional reform that may determine the fate of Matteo Renzi’s government. Yet neither Italy’s membership of the EU and the common currency, nor its financial stability are at stake.

On 4 December 2016, Italians will vote on a constitutional reform proposed by the current government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. If accepted, the reform will change the institutional setup of the country. Most significantly, it would end Italy’s ‘perfect bicameralism’, in which the two legislative houses have nearly identical powers.

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Children collect food and recyclable materials through garbage near the airport in Kabul. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

An estimated 100 million people experienced extreme poverty this year largely in the so-called middle-income countries (MICs) as a result of the economic crisis brought about by the measures implemented to address the novel coronavirus pandemic, the World Bank said in a communique on Friday after a meeting of its Development Committee.

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Media staff members watch a live image of Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaking at the media center of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Kunming, in China's southwestern Yunnan province on October 12, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP) / - LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The first phase of a meeting of parties to the UN Convention on Biodiversity provided good prospects for further negotiations aimed at halting biodiversity loss. Hosted by China in Kunming and partly arranged as a virtual event, the main achievement of the meeting was a unified message concerning the level of ambition in necessary measures. The Declaration stresses the need for swift action in all areas of society to halt the loss of biodiversity.

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Josep Borrell speaks during a press conference following the informal EU Foreign Ministers meeting, with a main focus on Afghanistan at the EU Delegation on September 20, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has said that the bloc needs to work towards preventing a new refugee crisis in Europe by averting the economic collapse of Afghanistan.

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A general view shows the Milan Conference Centre, MiCO, set fot the Pre-COP 26 summit. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that countries must set ambitious national climate commitments if they are to sustain a healthy and green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A child suffering from malnutrition receives treatment at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar on September 27, 2021. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Without immediate action, an estimated one million children in Afghanistan are projected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2021 and could die, a top UNICEF official said after wrapping up a trip to the country, reported local media.

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Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen in Helsinki on 11th of October 2021.

The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 starts today on 11 October in Kunming, China. The aim is to agree on targets and actions to halt the global biodiversity loss. Actual decisions are expected in the second part of the Conference of the Parties, which will be held from 25 April to 8 May 2022.

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