From concerns over access to a COVID vaccine to a call for action on emissions from the global food system

A new study published by Duke University’s global health innovation centre says governments in predominantly wealthy countries are negotiating to buy nearly 8.8bn doses of prospective COVID-19 vaccines in a ‘frenzy of deals’ that could leave many poor countries without access to a COVID vaccine until at least 2024.

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A new study published in the journal Science says people’s diets and global agricultural production are so carbon-intensive that emissions from the global food system alone would be enough to put the Paris climate goals out of reach, even if all the other major sources of emissions were closed down.

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The world’s 450 public development banks have yet to agree the final details of a a joint statement to be issued by the bank’s at next week’s Finance in Common Summit. Organisers had hoped the Summit would provide a platform for policymakers to commit to an ambitious plan for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but these ambitions have been dialed-down as talks have developed in order to reach a consensus between the various lenders.

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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) say four countries, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen, contain areas that could soon slip into famine if conditions there undergo ‘any further deterioration over the coming months’.

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As counting continues in the 2020 US presidential election, Devex looks at what approach a potential Biden administration would take to foreign aid.

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A controversial women, peace, and security (WPS) resolution put forward by Russia was defeated in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to the relief of civil society groups which called the resolution the weakest on WPS ever considered.

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The OECD says developed countries provided developing countries USD $78.9 billion in climate finance in 2018, an 11% increase on 2017 levels.

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Democracy experts say US President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of electoral fraud, local efforts at voter suppression, and fears of political violence in the 2020 election will have a lasting international impact on global democracy regardless of the outcome of the vote itself.

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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have called for global action on people-smuggling and trafficking gangs after at least 140 people died off the coast of Senegal in the deadliest shipwreck recorded this year.