From USD $3 trillion in subsidies for fossil fuels to the ‘hidden pandemic of orphanhood’

A new report from BloombergNEF and Bloomberg Philanthropies says G20 countries have provided more than USD $3.3 trillion in subsidies for fossil fuels since the Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015.

Related: Oil giant Shell set to appeal against ruling on carbon emissions

 

A series of extreme weather events, from a severe heat wave in the Northwestern United States to massive flooding in Germany and Belgium, have driven home the threat the climate crisis already poses to the world’s wealthiest countries, renewing calls from climate experts and activists for world leaders to accelerate climate action.

Related: New Japanese fund seeks to scale up decarbonisation in Southeast Asia

 

A new study published in the Lancet says an estimated 1.5 million children worldwide under the age of 18 have lost a parent, grandparent or caregiver due to Covid-19.

 

The Chinese government has refused to cooperate with the second stage of an international investigation into the origins of Covid-19, with China’s vice-minister of health, Zeng Yixin, saying the proposal showed ‘disrespect for common sense and arrogance towards science’.

 

Pfizer and BioNTech have signed an agreement with The Biovac Institute to manufacture their COVID-19 vaccine making the South African company the first African company to produce a mRNA-based vaccine.

Related: Cash shortage threatens White House global vaccine effort

 

Former board members and other health experts have called for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to expand its mandate to cover financing for COVID-19 and future pandemics, arguing The Fund is best placed to do so given its structure and its mission to fight infectious diseases.

Related: Philanthropists buy UK company, aim to boost COVID-19, disease testing

 

Devex provides a breakdown of what’s in the US Senate’s International Pandemic Preparedness and COVID-19 Response Act of 2021, a new bill focused on how the US should tackle pandemic preparedness and prevention moving forward.

Related: How the US spends on global health security

 

UNAIDS has introduced a new set of global targets for 2025 after a majority of countries missed the 2020 global targets for identifying HIV patients and getting them on effective treatment, steps health leaders said were necessary to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

 

The World Bank says violence in schools is costing the world USD $11 trillion in future earnings, and preventive measures are urgently needed.

Related: Record human rights funding just a sliver of all philanthropic giving

 

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has launched a legal challenge against the British government’s planned aid cuts after the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) told the charity it was terminating its project funding.

Related: Where UK aid cuts bite deepest – stories from the sharp end

 

Devex provides an overview of Norway’s top international aid partners from 2017 to 2020.

 

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has committed to increasing its budget allocation for activities pertaining to ‘human security’ by 20% over the next 5 years.

 

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved its first project in sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Anti-poverty charity Global Citizen is under scrutiny over claims that its advocacy is directly responsible for aid commitments worth billions of dollars made over the years, a claim donors are now calling into question.

 

New research from Lancaster University says the climate crisis and overfishing threaten the world’s supply of essential vitamins and minerals gained from fisheries.