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EU among group pushing for relaxation of debt relief rules

26. Juni 2020 - 15:59
The EU, along with a group of countries, is pushing for a relaxation in how debt relief is defined in the latest round of talks at the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on Thursday (25 June), EURACTIV understands.
Kategorien: english

Developing countries need grants not more debt to recover from the Covid-19 crisis

18. Juni 2020 - 14:01
Piling on more debt on to the shoulders of developing countries will not help them recover from the Covid-19 crisis, write Isabelle Brachet and Maria Jose Romero.
Kategorien: english

Civil unrest has doubled, and COVID-19 could make things worse

10. Juni 2020 - 16:24
Civil unrest has doubled in the past decade as citizens protest against issues ranging from economic hardship and police brutality to political instability, according to this year’s Global Peace Index. The COVID-19 pandemic could make things worse. “The economic downturn...
Kategorien: english

EU, UK back new vaccine fund after COVID-19 disrupts immunisation

4. Juni 2020 - 16:17
Leaders pledged more than $7.5 billion to finance the distribution of vaccines to combat infectious diseases in the world’s poorest countries over the next five years at a UK-hosted Global Vaccine summit on Thursday (4 June).
Kategorien: english

What the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy means for farmers in the Global South

29. Mai 2020 - 13:37
The EU's new Farm to Fork strategy is a good start towards a 'just transition' in European farming, but what will it mean for farmers in the Global South, asks Isabelle Brachet.
Kategorien: english

The EU steps up for a more equal post-corona future

29. Mai 2020 - 7:24
The EU's ambitious new budget proposal to drive recovery following the coronavirus pandemic is a good start. But long-term investment will also be needed in health, social protection, and human development, writes Emily Wigens.
Kategorien: english

Some 50 world leaders call for post-pandemic development cooperation

29. Mai 2020 - 7:18
World leaders on Thursday (29 May) called for resilience and cooperation after the pandemic recedes, during a UN videoconference in which the United States, China and Russia did not participate.
Kategorien: english

Poor countries need more than debt suspension, says Merkel

20. Mai 2020 - 20:55
Rich countries should help the world's poorest survive the coronavirus pandemic by keeping up development aid and mulling relief measures that go beyond a moratorium on debt payments, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (20 May).
Kategorien: english

Turning the page on the age of oil

14. Mai 2020 - 12:02
Governments have a choice: stimulate fossil fuel industries or invest in a more resilient recovery, powered by renewable energy.  This is a once in a generation chance, write Achim Steiner and Francesco La Camera.
Kategorien: english

Eritrean activists sue EU for funding roads built with ‘forced labour’

14. Mai 2020 - 8:04
Eritrean activists sued the European Union (EU) on Wednesday (13 May) and asked it to halt €80 million in aid to the east African nation, saying the money funded a scheme built on forced labour.
Kategorien: english

The UN and the EU: together for a sustainable future beyond the crisis

8. Mai 2020 - 19:00
The coronavirus an unprecedented wake-up call on the need for global action. The EU and international agencies must work together to shape a better future, writes Barbara Pesce-Monteiro.
Kategorien: english

We need co-ordination to avoid a food security crisis, UN expert says

8. Mai 2020 - 17:19
Preventing the coronavirus pandemic from morphing into a food security crisis is increasingly the focus of policy-makers. “Co-ordination of trade policy is the order of the day,” says Arif Husain, chief economist of the UN's World Food Programme. “This is a global crisis which requires a global solution.”
Kategorien: english

Increase tax collection fairly: How poor countries can tackle the coronavirus crisis

30. April 2020 - 12:03
Governments need billions, if not trillions, of euros to tackle the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Many poor countries lack that money, and they need support in collecting more tax, and do so fairly, write Chiara Putaturo and Lis Cunha.
Kategorien: english

EU to discuss Africa debt relief

29. April 2020 - 8:29
EU countries will discuss a request for debt relief from five Sahel countries as part of efforts to help them cope with coronavirus, European Council chief Charles Michel said Tuesday (28 April).
Kategorien: english

Pandemic threatens ‘biblical famines’, warns UN food programme

22. April 2020 - 7:55
The COVID-19 pandemic could lead to 'biblical famines' and almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday (21 April) as it released a new report on food crises around the world.
Kategorien: english

Despite controversy, the Energy Charter Treaty is silently being pushed into Africa

20. April 2020 - 12:10
Joining the Energy Charter Treaty could cost developing countries money that is urgently needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis, argue Pia Eberhardt, Cecilia Olivet and Faith Lumonya.
Kategorien: english

G20 agree debt relief ahead of crucial IMF spring meetings

16. April 2020 - 8:57
The G20 group of leading economies agreed on Wednesday (15 April) to suspend debt payments owed to them by some of the world's poorest countries in a bid to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kategorien: english

Gates Foundation calls for global cooperation on vaccine for 7 billion people

16. April 2020 - 8:03
The wealthy Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Wednesday (15 April) for global cooperation to ready COVID-19 vaccines for seven billion people, while offering $150 million toward developing therapeutics and treatments for the virus.
Kategorien: english

EU announces €15 billion to fight virus in developing countries

8. April 2020 - 7:35
The European Union is to put up €15 billion to help poor countries fight the coronavirus epidemic, the bloc's chief announced on Tuesday (7 April).
Kategorien: english

UN to create global coronavirus fund to assist developing countries

23. März 2020 - 8:57
The United Nations will create a fund to support the treatment of coronavirus patients worldwide, Norway’s foreign ministry said on Monday (23 March).
Kategorien: english