From COVID-19’s threat to progress on preventable child deaths to the worsening climate crisis

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF say major disruptions to health services caused by the COVID-19 pandemic threaten to undo decades of hard-won progress toward eliminating preventable child deaths.

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UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has told the UN Security Council Yemen, South Sudan, northeast Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo are facing the first famines of the coronavirus era.

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A new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that despite a temporary drop in global greenhouse gas emissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, greenhouse gas concentrations are at record-high levels, and are on track to continue rising.

Related: Climate crisis could displace 1.2bn people by 2050, report warns

 

US officials say they are confident they have the votes to win the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Related: European leaders ask EU to support postponement of IDB vote

 

Koen Doens, director-general at DEVCO, the European Commission’s development department, says he wants to ‘end the “artificial” separation between its priorities in aid-receiving countries, and says that doing “more on fewer things” may be the best way forward.’

Related: Germany to push China, Gulf states on humanitarian assistance

 

NGOs say a humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding on the Greek island of Lesbos after a fire at the Moria refugee camp which has left thousands of migrants without shelter or adequate medical help.

 

The British Government has published its new strategy on safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in the aid sector.

Related: FCDO allows Save the Children to resume bidding on contracts

 

An independent evaluation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s energy program and policy says the ADB needs to update its decade-old energy policy and make explicit its stand on financing coal.

Related: For climate financing, Switzerland bets on the Green Climate Fund to deliver

 

The WWF and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL)’s biennial Living Planet Report 2020 says  animal populations have plunged an average of 68% since 1970 as a result of human activity.

Related: Africa’s Great Green Wall just 4% complete halfway through schedule

 

Devex takes a look at the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, which has been set up to conduct an independent review of the response to COVID-19, ahead of its first meeting next week.

Related: USAID to shut down its coronavirus task force

 

The final phase of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General selection process has commenced after the eight candidates for the post ‘made themselves known to members.’

 

Representatives from the  Alliance of Small Island States say they are struggling to get their voices heard in the the face of COVID-19.