From a call for all government’s to declare a climate emergency to concerns about access to COVID-19 vaccines

UN Secretary General António Guterres urged governments across the world to declare a state of climate emergency until the world has reached net zero CO2 emissions during the Climate Ambition Summit.

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US President-elect Joe Biden says the US will seek to rejoin the Paris agreement on the first day of his presidency and hold a climate summit of the world’s major economies within his first 100 days in office as Biden looks to reaffirm the US’s commitment to climate action.

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High-income countries have been accused of making an ‘immoral choice’ by activists over their opposition to a proposal at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for all COVID-19 vaccines and other technologies ‘until widespread vaccination is in place globally, and the majority of the world’s population has developed immunity’.

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New research published by Oxfam and Development Pathways says 2.7 billion people, a figure roughly equal to over a third of the world’s population, have no publicly funded safety nets to fall back on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A new report published by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) says USD $3.6 billion is needed between 2020 and 2030 to establish basic water services in health care facilities in the 47 least developed countries.


UNICEF says about 2.3 million children in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region are cut off from humanitarian assistance amidst the ongoing conflict between government forces and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says the British government’s decision to cut the UK’s overseas aid budget will result in a significant number of children dying ‘with negative impacts lasting generations’.

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has published its annual list of 10 crises the world should be watching for 2021, with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen topping the list for the third year in a row.

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The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched a USD $1.44 billion appeal to meet the needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants and host communities in 2021.

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The United Nations Development Programme says it has recalibrated its Human Development Index to take into account countries’ carbon dioxide emissions and material footprints.

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The French government is planning to launch a new ‘Fund for Innovation in Development next year to test and scale up solutions to poverty and inequality’. The Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement (FID) will be chaired by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Esther Duflo and will act as an independent body hosted by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).


Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given donated more than USD $4 billion hundreds of charities and aid organisations over the past four months. Scott, who’s personal net worth is estimated to be in excess of  USD $60 billion, has now donated USD over $6 billion in 2020.


The Trump Administration’s Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, has suggested the process to find a new Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) needs to be reopened.


A group of partner governments and nutrition organisations have kicked off the 2021 ‘Nutrition Year of Action’ as part of efforts to boost nutrition commitments ahead of the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit next December.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has warned Latin American leaders deep, structural inequality in the region threatens to create a ‘K-shaped’ recovery from the economic impact of COVID-19 in which one part of the economy recovers while the rest stagnates and falls further behind.

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