>Outline issued on standardized development
China has issued an outline to promote standardized development at the national level in its pursuit of high-quality development and modernization.
The document, jointly released by the general offices of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, details measures to ensure the country realizes its long-term development goals through 2035.
With improvements to be made in the standardized management system, a market-driven, government-guided and enterprise-oriented standardized development pattern featuring mass participation, opening-up and integration will take shape in China by 2035.
Reforms will be made in standardization work by 2025.
Both the government and market will contribute to the standards-making process, all economic sectors will be covered by industry standards and international cooperation on standardization work will be deepened extensively.
>Natural disasters affected 95M
Natural disasters affected about 94.94 million people in China over the first three quarters of this year, with 792 dead or missing, the Ministry of Emergency Management said Sunday.
About 5.26 million people were relocated to safe places during the period. Natural disasters caused direct economic losses of 286.4 billion yuan in the Jan-Sept period.
China experienced extremely heavy rainfall 39 times in the first three quarters, leading to floods and road waterlogging, especially in the provinces of Henan and Shaanxi.
Earthquakes, typhoons, droughts, snow disasters and forest fires also caused damage.
However, the overall impact of natural disasters over the past nine months was smaller than the same period over the past five years, with affected populations and direct economic losses down 31 and 14 percent, respectively.
>First part of COP15 opens
The first part of the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15) kicked off on Monday in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan province.
The meeting will last from Oct 11 to 15, with parallel activities featuring forums on topics including climate change and ecological conservation to be held from Oct 14 to 15.
More than 1,800 representatives will gather online and offline for the event.
The second part of the meeting, which is expected to be held next year, will review and make a decision on the "post-2020 global biodiversity framework" the international community is pinning great hopes on.
China was among the first countries to become a party to the Convention on Biological Diversity that entered into force in 1993.
So far, the Convention has 196 parties and the Conference of the Parties is the highest mechanism for discussing and making decisions on the Convention.
>Spain to provide rent assistance
Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez is worried too many not-so-young people are still living with their parents well into their thirties.
He announced on Tuesday his government plans to offer adults aged 18 to 35 €250 a month to spend on rent for up to two years.
The initiative, which is part of a broader housing plan, will apply to adults who earn less than €23,725 per year.
Adults in Spain tend to move out of their families' homes around age 30, nearly four years later than the EU average, according to Eurostat.
Spain’s jobs market was hit hard by the pandemic and the youth unemployment rate is currently 38 percent, well above the national average and the highest in the EU as of June.
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