World leaders from 24 nations, including Boris Johnson, Emmanuel Macron, and Angela Merkel, have joined World Health Organisation (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to call for ‘a global treaty for pandemics to protect states in the wake of Covid-19’.
Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) director John Nkengasong says India’s new export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines could prevent Africa from reaching its ‘critical’ goal of vaccinating 30% of its population by the end of the year.
Two-thirds of respondents to a survey of epidemiologists, virologists and infectious disease specialists conducted by the People’s Vaccine Alliance say the world will need to develop new COVID vaccines within a year to counter new variants of the disease that are likely to emerge, particularly in countries where low vaccine coverage increases the likelihood that vaccine-resistant mutations will appear.
US President Joe Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including Xi Jinping of China and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, to a virtual summit on the climate crisis to be held on April 22nd.
Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the UN, says the G7 group of countries must double the amount of climate finance they are offering to poor countries if the COP26 talks are to have a chance of success.
New data from Global Forest Watch and the University of Maryland showed a sharp increase in rate of forest destruction in 2020, with at least 42,000 sq km of tree cover lost in key tropical regions.
Regulators, investors and climate advocates are increasingly concerned that companies racing to cut their emissions by selling off their most polluting assets are effectively just shifting those emissions to private firms instead of actually taking steps to reduce global emissions.
US President Joe Biden told reporters he suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that democratic countries should create an infrastructure plan to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative.
A new UNDP report warns the global response to the debt crisis is leaving behind a group of largely middle-income countries that are too wealthy to qualify for the G20 initiatives but lack access to the low-cost capital the world’s wealthiest countries rely on to service their debts.
The British government has slashed its funding for the Syrian refugee programme by a third despite direct appeals from the UN that the plight of refugees has grown worse than ever during Syria’s 10-year civil war.
New figures published by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) shows the FCDO cut its overall human rights budget from £52.4 million to £27.9 million in 2020, with the bulk of the cuts coming through the FCDO’s international programme and the conflict, security and stability fund.
As UN officials look to build momentum ahead of September’s UN Food Systems Summit, Devex looks at what the UN hopes to achieve at the summit as well as some of the concerns civil society has about the potential impact of corporate influence on the Summit.
HelpAge International has called on the UN to host a convention on the rights of older people in response to the treatment of older people during the pandemic which it characterised as ‘a crisis of ageism and reflective of long-term societal neglect’.
USAID has released a new health systems ‘vision’ intended to take a holistic approach to improving health systems instead of splitting the problem across separate areas such as health financing, governance, or information.
Grand Challenges Canada is preparing to launch a new venture capital firm, Cross-Border Impact Ventures, and raising money for a health technology impact fund that will focus on women’s and children’s health.