From a ‘bleak’ outlook for global emissions to the twin health crises in DRC

A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says the future outlook for global emissions is ‘bleak’ with emissions projected to keep climbing and ‘no-sign’ they will hit their zenith anytime soon. According to the report the world will need to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 7.6% a year over the next decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) shows the global concentration of greenhouse gases has hit a record high despite pledges from world leaders to cut emissions to avert catastrophic climate change. Speaking about the report Petteri Taalas, WMO secretary-general, said: “There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, despite all the commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change. We need to increase the level of ambition for the sake of the future welfare of mankind.’

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More than 5,000 people, mostly children, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed by measles in what is currently the world’s biggest measles epidemic but despite the scale of the epidemic, DRC is struggling to raise international support to respond to the crisis as it is being overshadowed by the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the country. Roughly a quarter of a million people in the DRC are thought to have been infected by measles this year alone, with three-quarters of the cases and 90% of the deaths involving children under five years old.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Ebola responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are on lockdown after angry residents stormed a UN peacekeepers camp in protest at fatal militia attacks on civilians.

Related: Q&A: Violence in eastern DRC could lead to more Ebola cases


Hilal Elver, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, says Zimbabwe is on the brink of manmade starvation with close to 60% of the population now food insecure.

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Kalliopi Mingeirou, head of the Ending Violence Against Women Section of UN Women, says investment in gender inequality, not awareness campaigns, are what’s needed to end violence against women.


Human Rights Watch has accused four European Development Banks, Britain’s CDC Group, Belgium’s Bio, DEG from Germany, and FMO of the Netherlands, of failing to protect workers from exposure to dangerous pesticides and paying “extreme poverty” wages on palm oil plantations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Joachim von Amsberg, vice president of policy and strategy at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) says the Bank is aiming to be a slimmer lending body than its peers the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and will look to build partnerships rather than grow its staff number to help Asia fill its infrastructure financing gap.

Related: ADB chief sees need to cooperate with Chinese-led AIIB


Erik Berglöf, former chief economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and current Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science, says the European Union needs its own development bank to ‘strengthen its capacity to respond to global and regional challenges – above all, to risks and opportunities in Africa.’

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Nine years on from its inception, the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement is reviewing its operations to take into account its widening scope, the changing definition of malnutrition, and how it should respond to issues of obesity and overnutrition.


Commission aims to create roadmap for US role in global health security

A commission comprised of members of Congress, and global health and national security leaders, have released a set of recommendations to improve US action on global health security.

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Ronald Cohen, chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing, discusses what needs to be done to encourage impact investment in lower-income countries.

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Winnie Byanyima, the new executive director of UNAIDS, has vowed to transform the agency’s culture to safeguard staff from any abuse of power by those at the top, saying she would draw on lessons learned following allegations of sexual misconduct at Oxfam, where she was international executive director until earlier this year, to address problems at the agency.


A look behind the scenes at ImpactMatters, an organisation that aims to help donors identify high-impact nonprofits so they can send their money where it will do the most good.


Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sports Bruno Bruins and deputy director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States Haoliang Xu are calling for global collaboration to tackle the rise of antimicrobial resistant superbugs.