From a record appeal from the UN to the fifth consecutive year with an increase in the number of people going hungry

The UN has made an appeal for USD $10.3 billion to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, its largest ever fundraising call. While the UN acknowledged the scale of its appeal, it notes that wealthy countries have thrown away the financial rule book to protect their own economies and so must now do the same for poorer nations.

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The number of people going hungry in the world increased by 10 million in 2019, the fifth consecutive year the number of people suffering from hunger worldwide has increased, putting the world ‘completely off-track’ to achieve the global target of zero hunger by 2030 according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Chief Economist Maximo Torero.

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Climate activists and scientists, including Greta Thunberg, have written a letter to EU leaders demanding they act immediately to tackle the climate emergency, saying Europe’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that most leaders could act swiftly and decisively in response to the climate crisis if they wanted to.

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The Jubilee Debt Campaign has accused the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of allowing some of the world’s poorest countries to use USD $11.3 billion of Covid-19 bailout cash intended for health budgets and food imports to pay private sector lenders in breach of its own rules.

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The UN says women and children are losing access to 20% of their health and social services globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The African Union and World Health Organisation (WHO), are planning to increase the number of clinical trials of potential COVID-19 vaccines across the continent to ensure any successful vaccines that come to market will actually work for African populations and that they will be accessible to people across the continent.

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As the AIDS 2020 conference comes to a close Devex talks to activists and researchers about the future of the HIV/AIDS movement.

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The World Health Organization and UNICEF say the COVID-19 pandemic is causing an ‘alarming decline’ in the number of children receiving life-saving vaccines around the world, threatening to reverse hard-won progress to reach more children and adolescents with a wider range of vaccines.

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Ignoring effects of Covid-19 on women could cost $5tn, warns Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates says world leaders risk costing the global economy up to USD $5 trillion in GDP by 2030 if they fail to take into account the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on women and take steps to protect programmes promoting gender equality.

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A new report from the British Parliament’s cross-party international development committee (IDC) says Boris Johnson’s ‘rushed and impulsive’ merger of the Foreign Office and Department for International Development will ‘severely impact the UK’s superpower status’.

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United Nations Undersecretary-General Fabrizio Hochschild discusses his work leading the UN75 initiative to modernise the organisation how the COVID-19 crisis has reoriented the process and sparked a new urgency to foster better international cooperation.

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More than 1,000 current and former staff at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have signed an internal statement accusing the organisation of being ‘institutionally racist’ and reinforcing ‘colonialism and white supremacy’ in its humanitarian work.

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Former Vice-President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in November’s election, has unveiled a USD $2 trillion climate plan designed to help the US economy recover from the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic while also tackling climate change.

Related: UK government planning new green investment bank


Devex talks to country directors at the International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, and International Organization for Migration about how they’ve adapted in response to the COVID-19 crisis how they are managing ongoing problems as the virus evolves.

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8 countries, Egypt, Kenya, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the UK, have nominated candidates for the post of World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General to succeed Roberto Azevêdo.

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