From $800 billion in lost income for women to the wealthy’s failure to help the developing world tackle the climate crisis

Oxfam says the COVID-19 crisis cost women around the world at least USD $800 billion in lost income in 2020, a figure greater than the combined GDP of 98 countries.

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Leaders from some of the world’s low- and middle-income countries say rich countries have failed to provide the financial assistance needed for the developing world to cut greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of climate breakdown.

Related: Johnson must push G7 to pay billions more in climate aid, say experts

 

An upcoming UN report is expected to declare that reducing emissions of methane, the main component of natural gas, will need to play a far more central role in the world’s fight against climate change, with the report noting that, without significant deployment of unproven technologies capable of pulling greenhouse gases out of the air, expanding the use of natural gas is incompatible with keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Related: Swift action to cut methane emissions could slow Earth’s warming by 30 percent, study finds

 

Reclaim Finance says the Powering Past Coal Alliance, an initiative led by the UK and Canada to encourage countries and businesses around the world to quit coal for power generation, is failing to make an impact, and in danger of being used as ‘greenwash’.

Related: The giant accounting problem that could hamper the world’s push to cut emissions

 

NGOs on the ground in India say they are struggling to receive funding from international donors due to the country’s foreign aid regulations which require NGOs to have a license under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act before they can accept foreign donations.

 

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is returning 1.3 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility after determining it will not be able to administer them before they expire in June.

Related: Gavi wants to assess COVAX

 

EU member states are set to instruct the European Investment Bank (EIB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) to ‘reinforce their comparative advantages in development finance, avoid fragmentation and achieve an increased development impact’ without generating ‘additional costs for shareholders,’ effectively calling on the two to provide more impact without ‘additional costs’.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 60 mass immunization campaigns are currently postponed in 50 countries, half of which are in Africa.

Related: ‘Pressure building’ on routine vaccine manufacturing, says WHO official

 

Civil society and other nonstate organisations have asked for more engagement with World Health Organisation (WHO) member states, and for WHO to help facilitate their involvement in the drafting of resolutions for the World Health Assembly following the conclusion of a three-day dialogue to improve civil society’s engagement with WHO teams and member states.

Related: Here’s what global civil society wants to see from the G-7

 

A coalition of civil society representatives have rejected new guidelines for food systems reform adopted by the United Nations Committee on World Food Security over the ‘undue corporate influence in global efforts to remake how the world grows, transports, and distributes nutritious food to feed a growing population’.

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says Yemen’s ports urgently need improvements to ease the cost of importing basic supplies, including food, to the country.

 

Human Rights Watch have accused Israeli officials of committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution against Palestinians.