Two-thirds of respondents to a global poll on people’s views on climate change conducted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) say the climate crisis is a ‘global emergency’.
New researched published in the journal Nature says the planet is hotter now than it has been for at least 12,000 years, a period spanning the entire development of human civilisation.
John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK, and Craig Bennett, chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts, have written to UN Climate Envoy, Mark Carney, to raise concerns over a blueprint for carbon offsetting that could result in billions of new carbon credits being sold around the world.
Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), says governments should prioritise helping the most world’s vulnerable people to cope with the climate crisis as part of the COVID recovery, telling world leaders helping the world’s poor will boost the global economy for all.
World Bank President David Malpass says governments must keep food exports flowing freely to ease shortages and mitigate price spikes as the COVID-19 pandemic drives up global food prices.
Bill and Melinda Gates have used their annual letter to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on the global health conversation and discuss how the world can learn from the crisis to improve health outcomes for all going forward.
Sarah Champion, the Labour chair of the UK parliament’s international development select committee says the British government has told diplomats to find at least 50% cuts in UK overseas bilateral aid in advance of the next financial year.
A coalition of British NGOs have joined together to condemn a ‘truly shocking’ lack of government transparency on U.K. cuts to development aid.
US President Joe Biden has repealed the ‘global gag rule’, a policy implemented by President Trump withholding all U.S. global health assistance from international organisations that provide or offer information on abortions, restoring US funding for women’s reproductive health services and rights.
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) president Jin Liqun says the Bank has defined its focus moving forward as prioritizing green infrastructure as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.
A group of senior UN and humanitarian figures say the G7 countries should propose a permanent disaster fund to deal with future pandemics, the climate crisis and natural disasters to provide more stability and reduce the reliance on emergency appeals and fundraising in the face of global crises.
Olivier De Schutter, the UN’s special envoy on human rights, says the European Union (EU’s) is ‘not fit for purpose’ in the task of reducing poverty in Europe and that its ‘constitutional framework’ is driving a race to the bottom in corporation and income tax and salary levels.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says the right to asylum is coming under increasing attack at Europe’s borders.
The Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19, an initiative launched by the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to test traditional therapies and provide independent advice about their safety and efficacy, has struggled to gain traction, with no traditional medicine group approaching the committee for assistance in a large scale clinical trial since its establishment last July.
Ethiopia’s ambassador to the EU, Hirut Zemene, has told told members of the European Parliament not to be distracted by ‘transient challenges’ as Brussels continues to withhold funding from Ethiopia over the conflict in the Tigray region, saying the ‘law and order operation’ against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front was over in three weeks and that ‘the government has now mobilised enough resources to support these people in urgent need.’