The global COVID-19 death toll has passed 1 million, according to a tally of cases maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
Leaders from more than 60 countries have pledged to clamp down on pollution, embrace sustainable economic systems and eliminate the dumping of plastic waste in oceans by the middle of the century as part of meaningful action to halt the destruction of nature on Earth ahead of the UN Biodiversity Summit.
Amnesty International has been forced to shut down operations in India and lay off all staff after the Indian government froze its bank accounts. Amnesty described the move to freeze its accounts as the culmination of a two-year campaign of harassment by the home affairs ministry.
The World Bank has announced plans for a USD $12 billion initiative to help poor countries purchase Covid-19 vaccines as soon as effective drugs become available in an effort to ensure that low-income countries are not frozen out by wealthy nations.
The World Health Organization has praised the ‘decisive’ action taken by African nations in response to COVID-19 as infection numbers across the continent continued to decline.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Kristalina Georgieva has urged the world’s wealthiest countries to act now to stop the pandemic inflicting long-term damage on the world’s poor and leaving a lost generation behind.
A new UN database designed to track government responses to COVID-19 shows most countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from of the pandemic.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has opened an investigation after ore than 50 women accused aid workers from WHO and NGOs of sexual exploitation and abuse during efforts to fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
UNICEF UK has opened an internal review into bullying allegations made against the UNICEF UK chair Douglas Alexander, allegations which have led to the resignations of Alexander and UNICEF UK’s executive director, Sacha Deshmukh, and vice-chair, Caroline Underwood.
The British government says it consulted with 26 NGOs about the merger of the Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) into the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) but it has refused to name the organisations involved.
The world’s top 10 donors, who contribute 80% of humanitarian funding, are asking for greater ‘burden-sharing’ in humanitarian assistance, particularly by expanding the donor base to include new governments, in light of budget pressures and increased needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
EU development leaders have begun the process of working out the details for the EU’s ‘Team Europe’ brand which was launched earlier this year to bring the work of EU institutions, member states, and European development banks under one umbrella.
Climate activists have criticised the British government after documents emerged showing government officials have held several meetings with fossil fuel firms, including BP, Shell and Equinor, about their participation in next year’s COP26 climate talks.
Data from Inpe, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, shows fires in Brazil’s Amazon increased 13% in the first nine months of the year compared with a year ago making 2020 the rainforest region’s worst year for forest fires in a decade.
As the UN General Assembly comes to a close, Devex talks to five global development experts about the long-term impact of COVID-19 on development and the agencies and organizations that provide aid to those in need.