Christian Aid says the climate emergency played a key role in at least 15 extreme weather events in 2019 that caused at least USD $1 billion in damage, with more than half of the events listed costing more than USD $10 billion each.
The World Bank has issued a warning about debt levels in developing countries after publishing new research showing developing countries had accumulated USD $55 trillion in debt by the end of last year.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has published its 2020 Global Hotspots Report with sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, Afghanistan, and Yemen singled out as being at particular risk of food shortages and widespread hunger.
World Health Organization (WHO) officials say December’s spike in violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has prevented the organisation from bringing the country’s 16-month long Ebola virus outbreak under control. WHO officials say they were ‘down to the last two transmission chains’ before the unrest disrupted WHO’s response.
UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock says 2020 could be worse than a ‘terrible’ 2019, with women, girls and disabled people set to bear the brunt of the fallout from continued conflict, climate and economic deprivation.
The California-based Pacific Institute says water-related violence has more than doubled over the past decade, with attacks on civilian water system’s in Syria’s civil war and increasing disputes over supplies in India two of the major factors driving the spike.
The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling requiring the Netherlands to cut greenhouse gases by at least 25% of 1990 levels be the end of 2020.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation has asked the leaders of 10 of the world’s top aid agencies which two key issues they plan to focus on in 2020.
Devex Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar picks the trends and issues in global development to watch out for in 2020.