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Read on to know what subscribers to The Whistle are enjoying in December 2022 at The Whistle Library, when we are catching up on all the important conferences and summits that took place in November 2022, the significance of the COP27 decision, Russia’s imperial ambitions, reading recommendations from The New Yorker and The Guardian, as well as western classical music for the New Year.

Reading to Wind Down 2022

Hello subscribers. Here’s hoping you are all well and enjoying the festive season that will wind down 2022 in a few weeks from now. This month at The Whistle Library, I have picked articles and reports from the Web that help us do just that. Make sense of the year gone by, as we look forward to 2023.

Since I had shared reading in connection with all the important summits that took place in November 2022 last time around, I shall begin this month’s selection with reading that informs us of decisions and declarations made at these summits. We begin with COP 27 and the decisions made at Sharm-el-Sheikh, especially regarding the Loss and Damage Fund that rich countries have to contribute towards, so that developing and poor countries can fund their climate change programmes.

https://unfccc.int/cop27

The Economist examines the merits of the climate loss and damage fund agreed upon at COP 27 in this article.

https://www.economist.com/international/2022/11/20/a-new-un-fund-for-loss-and-damage-emerges-from-cop27

Next, we look at the discussions and declaration made at the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, where there was even an in-person meeting between President Biden and Xi Jinping.

https://www.g20.org/

Then, there was the APEC Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, where Asia-Pacific economies met to discuss greater cooperation. Here are the declarations made.

https://www.apec2022.go.th/

With central banks around the world all increasing interest rates to combat inflation, Brookings is conducting an event on November 30, 2022 with Jerome Powell of the US Federal Reserve on Economic Policy and the Labour Market. You might want to view a video or podcast of this talk.

Speaking of the US, the country recently held its mid-term elections. In an another article from Brookings, Molly E Reynolds writes about what to expect in terms of policy in a lame-duck Congress, since Republicans now have majority in the House of Representatives, albeit a narrow one, and Democrats have retained control of the Senate.

In books, I have for you two sets of reading recommendations. The first is the best books of 2022 from The New Yorker, while the second is a selection of paperbacks of November and December 2022 from The Guardian.

https://www.newyorker.com/best-books-2022

https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2022/nov/23/this-months-best-paperbacks-claire-keegan-mario-vargas-llosa-and-more

As we wind down 2022, we must also remember the war in Ukraine being waged by Russia. Anne Applebaum writes in The Atlantic about why Russia’s imperial aspirations and dreams must die.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2022/12/putin-russia-must-lose-ukraine-war-imperial-future/671891/

And finally in music, The Vienna Philharmonic always performs a New Year Concert to delight music lovers, and this year will probably be an in-person, live concert. I hope they are also making arrangements to stream it, or share videos after the event. They also have concerts in January 2023 of Mahler, conducted by Andris Nelsons and a Mozart Week at Salzburg, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Also great news for classical music lovers is Deutsche Gramophone’s newly launched audio-visual offering, called Stage+, and here are some of the programme highlights from Gramophone Magazine.

https://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical%20music%20news/article/dg-launches-its-new-generation-audio-visual-offering-stage

That’s all for the December 2022 selection of reading and viewing at The Whistle Library. See you again in the New Year, when we will surely have plenty more reading to look forward to. Until then, Happy Holidays!