Current Affairs Global - 1 December 2014

1. World Aids Day is observed today (1st December) to raise awareness about the disease and the pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. As of now, there are an estimated 35.3 million people living with HIV and between 1981 and 2012, Aids has killed 36 million people worldwide.


Theme for 2014 is -Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free generation- to highlight the need to for governments and health officials, NGOs and individuals to address Aids prevention and treatment.


2. UN Climate summit started in Peru from today which is attended by officials from nearly 190 countries. The leaders will negotiate on a new ambitious and bindingdealto cut global carbon emissions, in the last chance to reach on a historic deal to be signed next year in Paris. As the Negotiations have been going on for last 20 years, the UN continues to bring its member countries together in order to curb the damaging effects of coal burning and gasoline use, among other sources of pollution.


Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar leads India's 17- member delegation at the summit to negotiate terms for the final agreement to be signed in Paris, which will take effect in 2020.


3. Leftist cancer specialist Tabare Vasquez was elected as the President of Uruguay after winning the run-off presidential election easily. He defeated his centre-right opponent, Luis Lacalle Pou in the election. He led the country during 2006-10 period earlier.


He had secured 52.8% votes while his centre-right opponent Luis Lacalle Pou of the National Party received only 40.5% votes. He will succeed President Jose Mujica who was barred by law from running for a second consecutive term.


4. Mascot for the 2016 European football championship was named as Super Victor yesterday. The name for the cartoon character boy dressed in blue and white as a footballer with a red cape and number 16 jersey was preferred to Driblou and Goalix. Euro 2016 is scheduled to be held in France in June-July 2016.