From 200 million doses of a COVID vaccine to the push for a sustainable recovery from the pandemic

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance has signed a Statement of Intent with Sanofi and GSK to provide 200 million doses of the companies’ adjuvanted recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility.

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Representatives from the global south have used this year’s World Health Summit to make it clear to their wealthier counterparts that, while they welcome advice and technical expertise, they have their own vision for how they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and will not be told what to do by northern partners.

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The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says the Latin America and the Caribbean must address a ‘crisis in growth’ if it is to overcome the impacts of COVID-19 along with longstanding regional inequality and lagging economies.

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Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has published a new guide, Recover Better with Sustainable Energy Guide for Southeast Asian Nations, which outlines how Southeast Asian ‘can jumpstart their economic recovery and advance the region’s clean energy transition by increasing investment in clean energy’.

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South Korea’s president Moon Jae-In has declared the country will go carbon neutral by 2050, vowing South Korea would ‘actively respond’ to the climate emergency ‘with the international community and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050’.

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The US is reportedly blocking the appointment of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), despite the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members for her candidancy. Traditionally the WTO chooses its director general by consensus, with all 164 members having to approve a candidate, but if the US refused to support Okonjo-Iweala the WTO would eventually have a vote, though experts feel it would be very difficult for the organisation to appoint a leader without the US’s support.

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Devex takes a look at The Healthy Brains Global Initiative, a new global financing mechanism that aims ‘to fuel research on neurological and mental health disorders’, as it prepares to launch in 2021.

 

New data published by New York University’s Center for International Cooperation shows UN secretary general António Guterres has overseen a sharp increase in the number of women appointed to top positions within the UN, though the disproportionate representation of Western Europeans and North Americans within the organisation has remained relatively high over the last 25 years.

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UN agencies say almost 100,000 children under the age of five are at risk of dying in Yemen as they issued a call for USD $50 million to bolster nutrition programmes as well as water, health and sanitation support in the country.

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Bankrolling Extinction, a new report published by portfolio.earth, says the world’s largest investment banks provided more than USD $2.6 trillion in financing linked to the destruction of ecosystems and wildlife last year.

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A number of organisations included in a UK government list of NGOs consulted about the merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), including Sightsavers, Amnesty International, the British Red Cross, Care International, the International Rescue Committee, and Save the Children, say they were only contacted after the government’s announcement of the merger in June.

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UN Women chief statistician Papa Seck says participatory gender data collection is gaining popularity among national statistical offices, though the practice remains the exception to the rule of official data collection, due to the significant time, cost, and necessary relationship-building that accompanies the process.

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