From the EU’s commitment to cut emissions 55% by 2030 to the incoming Biden administration’s aid strategy

EU leaders have agreed to cut the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% of 1990 levels by 2030 ahead of this weekend’s UN climate meeting.

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The UK’s Climate Change Committee has published a detailed route map to ending the UK’s use of fossil fuels that is both ‘ambitious and affordable’.

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UN secretary general António Guterres says the world’s richest countries have failed to keep their promise to provide USD $100 billion in funding to help the world’s poorest nations combat the climate emergency. The commitment was one of the cornerstones of the 2015 Paris agreement and Guterres says the wealthy’s failure to fulfil it will further undermine confidence in rich countries’ commitment to supporting the world’s vulnerable through the climate crisis.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes are now the leading causes of death in the world, with NCDs accounting for seven of the top 10 causes of death in 2019.

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Aid advocates are watching US president-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet announcements and looking to his transition team for clues and insight into how the incoming administration will approach US foreign aid.

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The UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact says the British government withheld information on development program cuts from NGOs and contractors despite promises to work ‘openly and pragmatically’ with suppliers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The World Bank has announced it will target for 35% of its financing to have climate co-benefits, on average, over the next five years, an increase on its previous target of 28%.

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The Assembly on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has confirmed the trade area will come into effect from January 1st, marking the first step in in the African Union’s efforts to build the world’s largest free trade area by membership, creating an African market of 1.27 billion consumers with a cumulative GDP of around USD $2.3 trillion to USD $3.4 trillion.

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Aid groups say they are concerned about the UN’s agreement with Ethiopia’s government to on humanitarian access to the Tigray region, which limits their access to government-controlled areas only and among other heavy restrictions.

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Charitable giving to women’s and girls’ organisations in the U.S. reached USD $7.1 billion in 2017 according to the Women’s Philanthropy Institute.

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UNAIDS is withholding the findings of its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment within the organisation from the public and the whistleblowers behind the allegations.


The International Criminal Court (ICC) has requested more evidence to support the accusation China is committing genocide against Uighur people before it opens a full investigation into the claims.