From an estimated one in ten infected with COVID-19 worldwide to an extra 150 million people in extreme poverty

Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme, says WHO estimates roughly one in 10 people may have been infected with the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic to date.

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The World Bank says the combined impact of conflict, climate change and Covid-19 could push an additional 150 million people into poverty by the end of next year, bringing to an end two decades of progress in raising the living standards of those on the lowest incomes.

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China has officially joined the Covax initiative, a global initiative led by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovations to develop and fairly distribute a COVID-19 vaccine around the world by the end of next year.

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has told policymakers not to prematurely withdrawing economic supports implemented in response to COVID-19, warning the global recovery is fragile and that the measures implemented by central banks and finance ministries played a key role in softening the impact of the pandemic.

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France, Germany, and Chile are set to propose changes to reform the World Health Organisation (WHO) in response to the organisation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed changes align with much of the changes the US proposed before the Trump Administration withdrew the US from WHO.

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Despite limited resources, Senegal’s response to COVID-19 has been so successful it ranked second out of 36 countries on Foreign Policy’s COVID-19 Global Response Index, a result bested only by New Zealand. Devex talks to the country’s health official about its approach and what lessons other countries should take away from Senegal’s achievements.

 

The European Parliament has voted in favour of a new climate law which would require EU member states to reduce emissions by 60% of 1990 levels by 2030 and obliges every member state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is set to appoint its first ever female director-general after South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee and Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emerged as the two finalists in the race to fill the role.

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The World Food Programme has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize ‘for its efforts to combat hunger and to improve conditions for peace in conflict areas’.

 

A new study published in the journal Nature warns the increasing use of artificial fertiliser and growing populations of livestock stemming from intensive farming are raising the concentration of a key greenhouse gas far beyond natural levels, threatening the world’s chances of meeting the terms of the Paris agreement.

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Two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, called on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review the ‘financial viability’ of the International Development Association.

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46% of respondents to a new poll conducted by the NGO network Bond of its members said they had made staff redundant or were likely to because of COVID-19, with 10% of organizations saying they will likely have to make more than one-fifth of their workers redundant due to the effects of the pandemic.