From the ‘huge gaps’ in funding for climate adaptation to the launch of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

The UN environment programme (UNEP)’s Adaptation Gap Report 2020 says ‘millions of people around the world are facing disaster from flood, droughts, heatwaves and other extreme weather, as governments fail to take the measures needed to adapt to the impacts of climate breakdown’.

Related: ‘Huge gaps’ in financing for climate adaptation, UN report warns

 

A group of over 50 countries have launched the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, a new coalition aimed at protecting at least 30% of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030.

Related: Climate crisis: record ocean heat in 2020 supercharged extreme weather

 

African health officials are concerned the new COVID-19 variant first discovered in South Africa is spreading across the continent at a rate that could put an increased burden on African health systems.

Related: African Union secures first batch of COVID-19 vaccines

 

Experts say UN secretary-general António Guterres should face a relatively straightforward path to re-election following the official announcement of his bid to retain the role.

Related: Guterres tops long list of UN job seekers in 2021

 

US President-Elect Joe Biden has selected former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power to be administrator of USAID.

Related: USAID officials prepare for higher-profile role under Samantha Power

 

Mark Lowcock, director general of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), has called on the the US to reverse its decision to designate the Houthi movement in Yemen as a terrorist organisation, warning the move threatens to create a famine on a scale not seen for 40 years by making it all but impossible for aid groups to send food and other aid into Yemen.

Related: NGOs fear Houthi terrorist designation could throttle Yemen aid

 

A new report from the British Parliament’s International Development Committee (IDC) says aid agencies must improve localisation efforts if they are to combat sexual exploitation and abuse in the field.

Related: After 3 years of #AidToo, the focus has shifted inward — but is that enough?

 

The Chinese government has published a white paper outlining its work on international development cooperation and its development strategy for the next few years.

Related: Inside the Council of the EU’s 2021 development priorities

 

Despite its status as the world’s largest NGO, BRAC International says its COVID-19 efforts  were limited in certain parts of the world, highlighting the need for ‘increased partnership’ to solve the world’s issues according to BRAC executive director Muhammad Musa.

 

UNICEF, the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have announced the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile to ensure outbreak response.

 

CARE International has published the 2020 edition of its annual report highlighting the ten most under-reported humanitarian crises from the past year.

 

With Elon Musk now the richest man in the world his approach to philanthropy is coming under renewed scrutiny, particularly in light of recent comments of Musk’s in which he said that his big philanthropic investments are still decades away.