From ‘one last debt relief for Africa’ to the election of the next Secretary-General of the OECD

African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina says ‘the time for one last debt relief for Africa is now’ as the continent faces a new debt crisis amidst the economic fallout from COVID-19.

Related: Poorest countries will suffer most from Covid downturn, says UN

 

A new UN report estimates disruptions to healthcare services caused by Covid-19 may have led to an estimated 239,000 maternal and child deaths in South Asia.

Related: 1 million people undiagnosed, untreated for tuberculosis in 2020

 

US President Joe Biden has announced the US will partner with Japan, India and Australia to expand global vaccine manufacturing capacity as the US faces growing criticism from global health advocates for ‘hoarding’ vaccines instead of sharing them with low- and middle-income countries.

Related: Tony Blair calls for relaxing IP rules for vaccines

 

Former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann has been elected the next Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), despite broad opposition from environmental groups over his record on climate change.

Related: Climate experts in dismay at choice of Mathias Cormann as OECD chief

 

Documents obtained by The Guardian show oil companies have known air pollution from burning fossil fuels posed serious risks to human health for at least 50 years as they spent decades aggressively lobbying against clean air regulations.

Related: Renewable energy growth must speed up to meet Paris goals, agency says

 

A new study published by researchers at Cambridge University warns numerous countries, including all members of the G7, China, and India, will see their credit ratings downgraded if they fail to step up efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Related: Climate crisis: recent European droughts ‘worst in 2,000 years’

 

Climate activists have accused the Boris Johnson of ‘hypocrisy’ after the UK named climate  ‘the UK’s foremost international priority’ while his government cuts overseas aid and taxes on flights, and makes plans for a new coalmine, new gas-fired power stations and thousands of miles of roads.

Related: Ministers watering down green pledges post-Brexit, study finds

 

Aid advocates say the UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy marks the end of the country’s status as a ‘development superpower’.

Related: Tony Blair: UK aid cuts and DFID closure a ‘long-term strategic mistake’

 

British prime minister Boris Johnson has told the House of Commons the government’s planned aid cuts will not be put to a vote on the basis that the cuts are a temporary measure and so do not contravene the law mandating the UK spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on aid.

Related: Opinion: The UK is undoing its good work on international development

 

Devex takes a look at the first ‘Team Europe initiatives’, the European Commission’s new effort to marshal its member states, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to make Europe the ‘partner of reference in certain sectors in partner countries’.

Related: Are EU development contracts concentrated in too few hands? New data sheds some light

 

The Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, an expert group convened by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to provide policy recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is considering a proposal to merge the WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) into one organisation as a potential way of addressing ‘gaps and overlaps in existing structures’ that have come to light during the COVID crisis.

 

Gender experts advocating for a temporary basic income for women in response to the COVID-19 pandemic say the proposal shouldn’t be considered radical after the crisis exposed how much the global economy depends on women’s unpaid work.