The World Bank has launched a global insurance fund aimed aimed at speeding up the international community’s response to pandemic disease outbreaks. The impetus for the innovative financial scheme was the 2013-2016 West Ebola outbreak that, due in part to the global community’s slow response, killed more than 11,000 people and ended up costing more than $10 billion to put down.
The European Union has slapped new security screening on imports from Bangladesh, a move that is likely to make it…
After posturing to withdraw for months, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced yesterday in Geneva that the U.S. will remain on the Human Rights Council for now – on conditions. Haley had two demands: Reform membership elections and address the council’s “chronic anti-Israel bias.”
The British election has implications for the future of aid and development. To some extent, as does Britain on foreign aid so does the rest of the world. As the U.S. appears to be retreating from the world’s stage, the U.K. – already the world’s second largest donor – is in position to become the world leader in the fight against poverty and inequity.
Sixty thousand public school teachers gathered on the streets of the Colombian capital on Tuesday to demand reforms in an education system plagued by poor funding and inequitable access. Experts say reducing inequities in education will be critical to breaking Colombia’s historical cycle of violence and civil war, which was recently halted in a peace deal.
Congo has two days to heed U.N. calls to jointly investigate violence in Kasai province, or else it risks having an international human rights inquiry imposed upon it, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said on Tuesday. (VOA)
Five farmers were killed today in Madhya Pradesh, India, during violent protests against what they contend are unfair pricing and debt obligations. Demonstrations by Indian farmers over allegations of excessive debt and improper financing that began last Thursday in the neighboring state of Maharashtra have escalated as they also spread to other regions.
Investors are withdrawing all funding from a controversial hydroelectric dam project in Honduras that had been accompanied by the murders of protesters. A number of local people who opposed the dam project at Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river have been killed over the years – allegedly by state-sanctioned military death squads – including famed activist Berta Caceres.
Foreign aid spending has increased by about 20 percent since 2010, but spending on children’s education has declined by four percent. The increase in aid has been in response to the global refugee crisis, which disrupts educational development for children in crisis. Advocates are calling for more education funding.
The head of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, a champion for girls’ and women’s health, has died suddenly at his home, the UNFPA said on Monday. “This is a devastating loss for UNFPA and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving, starting from when he became a doctor in Nigeria,” the U.N. agency said in a statement. (Reuters)
The months-long surge of Iraqi forces to retake Mosul continues to force people to flee the city and leaves 100,000 children trapped in the city in “extremely dangerous conditions,” warns UNICEF. Aid organizations are being overwhelmed by both the challenge of trying to reach suffering people within Mosul and providing basic needs to half the city’s population who has fled to outside refugee camps.
One of the biggest 3D printing technology projects in the developing world is for making prosthetic limbs in Haiti, where amputees often face debilitating poverty and social exclusion. About 80 percent of the world’s estimated 33 million people with limb loss live in poor countries and are often without access to prosthetics.
Warning that smugglers may now be “broadening” a death trap for migrants and refugees that could stretch from the Mediterranean to the vast Sahara Desert, the United Nations refugee agency has reiterated its call for safe pathways so that those in desperate need of international protection do not lose their lives. (UN News Center)