From COP26’s postponement to the launch of the WHO Foundation

The UN has confirmed the COP26 climate talks originally scheduled for November of this year have been postponed to November 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) says the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean could leave around ’14 million vulnerable people in severe food insecurity this year’.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the creation of a new foundation to broaden its funding base. WHO officials say the aim of the foundation is to attract more sustainable and predictable funding and to simplify the process of accepting philanthropic contributions.

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Aid groups working in Yemen are concerned COVID-19 cases in the country are going undetected because of a lack of testing capacity.

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Though the COVID-19 pandemic has strained the global development and humanitarian system, some NGOs say the situation has also provided an opportunity to increase cooperation and streamline their work, while the pandemic has driven implementers and donors to drop superficial requirements and highlighted the need to get resources out the door and on the ground as quickly as possible.

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WaterAid UK CEO Tim Wainwright has criticised donors for failing allocate funds to improve hygiene as part of their commitments to fight COVID-19.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) has pulled photos of aid recipients used in an online fundraising campaign after the images were criticised online as being ‘disturbing’. The images also drew criticism over for reinforcing stereotypes of Africa, with Selasie Djameh, a filmmaker from Ghana, saying the images WFP used ‘strip the dignity of… vulnerable people’.

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The US Department of State is reportedly circulating a document proposing a major new global health security initiative called the President’s Response to Outbreaks, which would consolidate international pandemic preparedness under a new State Department coordinator and establish a new central fund to fight pandemics.

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The European Commission has proposed an additional €16.5 billion to the EU’s foreign spending as part of its COVID-19 recovery package.

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Experts say the African swine fever (ASF) pandemic will be even worse this year than in 2019, with some warning the global focus on containing the COVID-19 pandemic risks diverting attention and resources away from efforts to contain ASF.

 

With roughly 90% of the world’s school children confined to their homes in April, Education experts say the COVID-19 pandemic could threaten decades of progress for gender equality and girls’ education after past disruptions to schooling, such as school closures during the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak, saw many girls remain out of school once schools began to reopen.

 

A virtual pledging conference for Venezuela refugees and migrants has raised USD $2.79 billion in total commitments.

 

The African Development Bank (AfDB)’s board has agreed to an independent probe of its president, Akinwumi Adesina, after the U.S. rejected an internal investigation that cleared him of allegations of favoritism.

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A new job listing for the UK’s Home Office says Priti Patel, the U.K.’s home secretary, has an ‘ambition to significantly expand the Home Office’s ODA [official development assistance] portfolio.’

 

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has unveiled a new aid policy document laying out how DFAT intends to adapt its response to meet the COVID-19 pandemic.