According to the World Health Organization, the number of people infected with coronavirus infection in the world is more than 181 million 521 thousand, of which more than 3 million 937 thousand people have died (as of 18:09 CET on June 30, 2021 of the year).
On 29 June, an official ceremony was held that was dedicated to the first concrete pouring into the foundation plate of the reactor building for Kudankulam NPP Unit 5 (Republic of India). The concrete pouring commemorated the official commencement of the main stage of the nuclear power plant stage 3 construction. Due to anti-epidemiological restrictions, the ceremony was held via videoconference.
Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide in the last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, according to the 2021 World Drug Report, released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
An international conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SCO has ended in Shanghai. The conference participants include heads of leading research institutes and think tanks, high-ranking diplomats, prominent scientists and analysts from the Shanghai G8 countries.
On 24-25 June, an international conference on the theme "Twenty years of the SCO: a look back and into the future" is being held in Shanghai in a hybrid (online-offline) format, organized by the Chinese Academy of International Affairs. More than 35 prominent diplomats, scientists and experts from leading research institutes and think tanks of the member states, observer countries and SCO dialogue partners are taking part in it.
Chairman of the Supreme Court Ebrahim Raisi won the presidential elections in Iran. This was reported by TASS with reference to the statement of the head of the headquarters for the elections of the Islamic Republic of Jamal Orff.
António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Russian and Belarusian parties signed an acceptance certificate for the start-up of power unit No. 1 of Belarusian NPP. Rosatom’s Engineering Division acted as the project’s general designer and general contractor, Rosatom said in a statement.
The global economy is expected to expand 5.6% in 2021, the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years, largely on strong rebounds from a few major economies. However, many emerging market and developing economies continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the World Bank says in its June 2021 Global Economic Prospects.
The construction of a 300 MW nuclear power unit with an innovative lead coolant BREST-OD-300 fast reactor has begun at the site of the Siberian Chemical Combine (an enterprise of TVEL Fuel Company of ROSATOM) in Seversk, Russia’s Tomsk region.