From US support for a COVID vaccine patent waiver to the UN’s call to halve methane emissions by 2030

The US has declared its support for a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines in a written statement from Katherine Tai, the US trade representative.

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Foreign ministers from the G7 are rushing to agree a package to speed up the supply of COVID vaccines to poor and middle-income countries to address the vast gulf in the distribution of vaccines which has left the West on course to have more than 50% of its adult population vaccinated by the summer, compared with one in 100 in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Climate Action Tracker says new climate targets announced by the US and other rich nations in recent weeks have put the world on track for global heating of about 2.4C by the end of the century, 0.2C improvement on the previous forecast of 2.6C but still far above the 1.5C target recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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New research from the Rhodium Group shows China was responsible for 27% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, making China responsible for more emissions than the US and the developed world combined.

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A new UN report says methane emissions could be almost halved by 2030 using existing technology and at reasonable cost, cuts that would be enough to avoid nearly 0.3C of global heating by 2045.

Related: Pension funds urged to help UK reach net zero climate goals

 

A joint investigation into the forest protection carbon offsetting market used by major airlines conducted by The Guardian and Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative arm, found the schemes face a ‘significant credibility problem’, with experts warning the system is not ‘fit for purpose’.

Related: UK banks’ support for coal industry has risen since 2015 Paris climate pact

 

A new report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Confederation of Midwives, and UNFPA, says the world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with more than half the shortfall in Africa.

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says the U.N. Security Council’s 2016 resolution to protect health care systems in conflict has failed with ICRC recording 3,780 attacks on health care providers and patients between 2016 and 2020.

 

The Global Network Against Food Crises’s 2021 ‘Global Report on Food Crises’ says the combined impact of conflict, COVID-19, and climate change have pushed hunger levels in food-insecure countries to a five-year high.

 

Foreign ministers from the G7 set to agree a  two-year USD $15 billion package of support for women in developing countries.

Related: Experts say G-7 ‘makes no sense’ on girls’ education amid UK aid cuts

 

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GEPI) says the UK’s 95% aid funding cut for the Initiative will have a ‘devastating impact’ on the polio eradication program as well as efforts to target other diseases, such as measles, yellow fever, and COVID-19, which have benefited from the polio infrastructure and assets available in countries.

Related: UK’s aid cuts hit vital coronavirus research around world

 

UNICEF says the British government’s decision to cut its funding to the organisation by 60% will have ‘serious consequences’ for children, particularly those affected by Covid-19.

 

Devex talks to development experts and leaders about how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped NGOs and what changes the sector will need to make going forward.

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Devex talks to leaders from organisations focused on steering funding towards African social entrepreneurs about what steps donors and organisations can take to drive more money to African enterprises.