From the wealthy’s huge carbon footprint to the ‘shocking imbalance’ in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines

A new report published by the Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Behaviour Change says the world’s wealthy must radically change their lifestyles to tackle climate change with the world’s wealthiest 5% responsible for 37% of emissions growth between 1990 and 2015 and the wealthiest 1% producing double the combined carbon emissions of the poorest 50%.

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Climate experts and leaders from across the globe say British prime minster Boris Johnson needs to urgently take control of the UK’s presidency of vital UN climate talks, with several recent policy decisions, including the UK’s cuts to its aid budget and the approval of a new coalmine, threatening to undermine the talks before they even begin.

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Business leaders from more than 300 businesses, including Google, McDonalds and Walmart, have signed an open letter calling on US president Joe Biden to nearly double the United States’ target for cuts to carbon emissions ahead of the administration’s global summit on climate change on April 22nd.

Related: What a fair climate target looks like for the US, the largest historical carbon emitter


World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has criticised the ‘shocking imbalance’ in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines between rich and poor countries as he noted almost one in four people have received a Covid-19 vaccine on average in high-income countries compared to an average of one in more than 500 In low-income countries.

Related: Gordon Brown calls for G7 to act on Covid vaccine ‘apartheid’


Millions of healthcare workers throughout sub-Saharan Africa have still not received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine with authorities across the continent struggling to obtain and distribute vaccines  as many Western countries enter the stage where they can offer vaccinations to the general population.

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The African Union (AU) has a new ‘Partnership for African Vaccine Manufacturing’ to increase the continent’s capacity to manufacture vaccines and bolster Africa’s health security.

Related: COVAX Facility seeks an additional $2B for COVID-19 vaccines


Debt campaigners say last week’s G20 meeting was a ‘missed opportunity’ for world leaders to take meaningful action on debt relief, with many critical of the prioritisation of temporary measures, like the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative, over more permanent solutions like debt cancellation.

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The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)’s 2021 Global Food Policy Report says lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic can help create opportunities for much-needed food systems reform.

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A new study published by the Rwanda Biomedical Centre warns resistance to malaria drugs in Africa may be starting to take hold with researchers reporting that giving a child a course of artemisinin compound drugs does not always clear the malaria parasites from their blood in three days as it should.

Related: Q&A: ‘Global health funding is far from being decolonized,’ says Ngozi Erondu


Dr Alvaro Bermejo, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), has accused the British government of ‘abandoning’ women and girls it promised to help as the UK prepares to implement massive cuts to its aid budget.

Related: DRC aid agencies appeal to UK Foreign Office to suspend ‘disastrous’ cuts


The UN has given the Kenyan government ‘sustainable and rights-based’ proposals for the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps after Kenya issued a 14-day ultimatum to the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) to provide a plan for closing the two camps providing facilities and accommodation to roughly  430,000 refugees from more than 15 countries.

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US President Joe Biden has proposed a USD $6.8 billion increase in the US’s international affairs spending for fiscal year 2022, a 12% increase from 2021.