In Dubai UN chief addresses deficit of trust between governments citizens and

“Improving governance, and improving confidence between governments and people, is essential and it is a condition to improve the confidence in the relations between countries,” the Secretary-General said to an estimated 4,000 world leaders and experts at the fifth annual conference in the Middle East. He described the progress that globalization has brought to parts of the world, but noted also “the rust belts” where people feel left behind by their governments.“If one looks at today’s governance problems at the country level, between countries or at multilateral governance in the world, we face a terrible lack of trust,” Mr. Guterres said.As a result, “in a world in which everything is global, in which the problems are global – from climate change to the movement of people – there is no way countries can do it by themselves,” he stressed.“We need global responses, and global responses need multilateral institutions able to play their role,” he said, calling for “a surge of diplomacy for peace” with “honest brokers” who can address the root causes of conflict and an international community that is organized to respond. Mr. Guterres said he was “deeply committed” to “essential” reforms that would make the UN more effective, such as improving peacekeeping operations, streamlining management procedures, and reforming the UN development system. He also singled out the Security Council, which he said “no longer corresponds to the logic of today’s world in relation to what the world was after the Second World War” when the UN and its main body for maintaining peace and security were created. While in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Secretary-General met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, and with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Over the weekend, the Secretary-General was in Saudi Arabia. In separate meetings, he spoke with King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. He also held a working lunch with Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir. According to his spokesperson, he also visited the Coalition Air Force’s Joint Operations Centre and was briefed on the coalition’s air operations in Yemen. read more

Tesco to leave trolleys unlocked to upgrade them for new 12sided £1

first_imgHM Treasury are launching a new 12-sided one pound coin on 28th March 2017  HM Treasury are launching a new 12-sided one pound coin on 28th March 2017 Credit:Kindred Agency Tesco’s shopping trolleys are to be left unlocked across scores of its stores as the supermarket giant performs upgrades for the new £1 coin after it enters circulation.The new 12-sided coin enters circulation on Tuesday, and there will be a transition period of just over six months when the old “round pound” is still accepted as legal tender.Consumers may be left rifling through their wallets for old round pounds, as some coin-operated machines will not immediately accept the new £1 coin.A Tesco spokesman said trolleys across “fewer than 200” of its stores will be unlocked from Tuesday as the store upgrades them to accept the new coin. He said they will all be upgraded by the time the new round pound ceases to be legal tender on October 15.The spokesman said: “We’re replacing the locks on our trolleys to accept old and new pound coins as well as existing trolley tokens.”As an interim measure we will unlock trolleys while this process is completed and we will continue to have colleagues on hand to attend trolleys in our stores, so our customers aren’t affected by the changes.”According to the Automatic Vending Association (AVA), around 15% of vending machines will not immediately be able to accept the new £1 coin on Tuesday.The AVA said that with around half a million vending machines across the UK, ensuring all of them are upgraded is a “major operation”. The body has estimated that all vending machines will be fully upgraded by the end of the transition period on October 15.center_img Jonathan Hart, chief executive of the AVA, said the upgrades needed for the new £1 coin will cost the vending industry an estimated £32 million.He said: “We support the Royal Mint and the Treasury’s actions to protect the integrity of currency in the UK and reduce the level of fake coins in operation.”A spokesman for the British Parking Association said the majority of parking machines will be ready on time but some will still need to be upgraded. Some older machines may not be able to be upgraded and may need to be replaced.A statement from the association said: “This is a huge programme of work and the Royal Mint recognises this with the planned six-month co-circulation period, at the end of which all coin-handling equipment should be ready to accept the new £1 coin.”The new coin has been described as the most secure coin in the world. It boasts high-tech features, including a hologram.The coins have been made at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales, at a rate of three million per day.They have a gold-coloured outer ring and a silver-coloured inner ring and are based on the design of the old 12-sided threepenny bit, which went out of circulation in 1971.It might take a few days or weeks for people to start seeing the new £1 coins turn up in their change as they gradually filter into general use.The production of the new coins follows concerns about round pounds being vulnerable to sophisticated counterfeiters. Around one in every 30 £1 coins in people’s change in recent years has been fake. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more