From the UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report to the Gates Foundation’s 2020 Goalkeepers report

The UN’s Global Biodiversity Outlook 5 report says the world has failed to meet a single target to stem the destruction of wildlife and life-sustaining ecosystems in the last decade, the second consecutive decade that governments have failed to meet targets.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s 2020 Goalkeepers report says the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out decades of global development in everything from health to the economy.

Related: How big is the SDG backslide? Gates Foundation presents new data


Gates Foundation co-chair Melinda Gates says the world’s poorest countries risk a lost decade of development unless leaders move quickly to help them recover from the fallout of Covid-19.

Related: Bill Gates on the Pandemic: ‘You Hope It Doesn’t Stretch Past 2022.’


The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board has published new recommendations that call for a new international framework for health emergency preparedness and response in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. David Nabarro, the World Health Organisation (WHO) special envoy on COVID-19, has told members of the British parliament the world is still ‘at the beginning’ of the COVID-19 pandemic and is ‘not even at the middle’.

Related: ‘Confounding’: Covid may have already peaked in many African countries


Mauricio Claver-Carone has been elected president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). The Trump Administration’s controversial pick will be the first US president of the bank, which had traditionally always been led by someone from Latin America before Claver-Carone’s nomination.

Related: Mauricio Claver-Carone overcomes regional opposition to become first American IDB president


Jutta Urpilainen, European Union commissioner for international partnerships, has told leaders from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and the Association of European Development Finance Institutions, that they should rely more on her department to direct their work.

Related: Conference call: Programming the next 7 years of EU development cooperation


As the UN prepares to mark its 75th anniversary amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, the climate crisis, rising nationalism, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the organisation finds itself struggling to prove its relevance in the modern world as critics question whether the body has outlived its usefulness.

Related: The UN at 75: Study recommends an elected global parliament at the UN


Climate Action 100+, a group representing investors that collectively manage more than USD$47 trillion in assets has written to 161 fossil fuel, mining, transport and other big-emitting companies demanding they set 30 climate measures and targets against which they will be analysed in a report to be released early next year.

Related: Global oil demand may have passed peak, says BP energy report


Climate activists have accused the EU of using ‘cheating’ on its 2030 climate plans by proposing to include carbon sinks provided by trees and soils in its emissions reduction goal, an ‘accounting trick’ that makes the proposed 2030 target look higher than it really is.

Related: Young climate activists start own climate talks after Cop26 delay


The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has met its USD 10 billion replenishment target after the Austrian Government pledged EUR 100 million to the GCF this week.

Related: New UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund for Coral Reefs


A new study warns the effects of global warming in the Arctic are so severe ‘the region is shifting to a different climate, one characterized less by ice and snow and more by open water and rain.’

Related: Birds ‘falling out of the sky’ in mass die-off in south-western US


The World Bank has published its annual Human Capital Index, a country-by-country ranking that translates shortfalls in health and education into potential productivity losses at a national level. The 2020 version of the Index was is based on data collected and analyzed data from each country through March 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic started to take hold.

Related: IDB says the pandemic will affect future earnings of an entire generation of children


Staff at USAID say interventions by political appointees from the White House and the State Department have delayed the delivery of humanitarian assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic by several weeks.

Related: US State Department comes up short of a global fragility strategy


British civil society groups say the UK’s ‘Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy’ failed to properly engage civil society and lacked transparency.

Related: What do development advocates want from the UK’s integrated review?


British civil society groups are concerned the UK government could try to weaken the conditions for aid spending after prime minister Boris Johnson has told MPs he will ‘reserve [his] position on amending’ the 2002 International Development Act, which states that official development assistance spending must be ‘likely to contribute to a reduction in poverty.’

Related: Independent evaluation lost as DFAT ‘adjusts’ its structure


The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) has now spread into 17 health zones raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and or DR Congo’s capital Kinshasa.

Related: Opinion: COVID-19 is a turning point for infectious diseases


A new report from the UN Economist Network warns ‘five human‑made megatrends will  continue to  dominate and frustrate global efforts to put the world on a more sustainable and prosperous path, unless urgent policy interventions to influence them are taken now’.

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The CDC Group has announced it is joining the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an initiative ‘supporting banks and investors to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas emissions of their portfolios.’

Related: UK development agency’s climate change plan ‘not fit for purpose,’ CAFOD says


The International Parliamentary Network for Education (IPNED), the world’s first parliamentary network dedicated to education, was launched online this week. IPNEd is made up of 122 parliamentarians from 30 parliaments across both the global north and global south, co-chaired by Harriett Baldwin, an MP from the UK’s Conservative Party, and Gertrude Musuruve Inimah, a senator representing disabled people in Kenya.

Related: Bipartisan lawmakers in the US unite to advocate for WASH


Reports the the World Bank’s Doing Business rankings might have been subject to manipulation have reignited calls for the project to be scrapped by critics of the rankings who say they overemphasise the value of deregulation which leads client countries to undervalue social services, environmental protection, and human rights.

Related: Opinion: Civil society is indispensable in driving for impact at IFC