Tag: Global development

UK must ‘walk the talk’ on climate action, say official advisers

As Cop26 president, UK must act on meat, fossil fuels and overseas aid, says Climate Change Committee The UK must “walk the talk” on climate action over the next 12 months, which will be critical in tackling the climate emergency, according to an assessment of the Cop26 summit by the Climate Change Committee. The UK […]

Young people more optimistic about the world than older generations – Unicef

Despite mental health and climate concerns, youth believe they can improve the world, survey for World Children’s Day finds Young people are often seen as having a bleak worldview, plugged uncritically into social media and anxious about the climate crisis, among other pressing issues. But a global study commissioned by the UN’s children’s agency, Unicef, […]

Give us action on climate not just words, say developing nations ahead of Cop26

Demand for G20 to ‘step up’ with tougher emissions reduction targets and financial aid for poorest Developing countries are calling on the G20 group of advanced economies to come forward urgently with stiffer targets on greenhouse gas emissions, and financial aid, to make this month’s UN Cop26 climate summit a success. Simon Stiell, climate and […]

Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups

Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said. The Global […]

Drought puts 2.1 million Kenyans at risk of starvation

National disaster declared as crops fail after poor rains and locusts, while ethnic conflicts add to crisis An estimated 2.1 million Kenyans face starvation due to a drought in half the country, which is affecting harvests. The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) said people living in 23 counties across the arid north, northeastern and coastal […]

Cop26 will be ‘rich nations stitch-up’ if poorer countries kept away by Covid

Environmental activists demand delay to Glasgow climate talks if costs and travel restrictions block attendance of those worst-hit The Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow should be postponed until the government can ensure that the talks won’t be a “rich nations stitch-up”, a diverse coalition of international organisations has said. With less than two months to […]

‘Lost generation’: education in quarter of countries at risk of collapse, study warns

Covid, climate breakdown, poverty and war threaten return to school after pandemic kept 1.5bn children out of classes ‘Their future could be destroyed’: the global struggle for schooling after Covid closures The education of hundreds of millions of children is hanging by a thread as a result of an unprecedented intensity of threats including Covid […]

‘Bangladesh has come a long way’: people of Dhaka on half a century of independence

A rickshaw rider, a domestic worker, a student and a photographer on how their lives have changed The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh Habibur Rahman, 48, rickshaw rider Related: The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh Continue reading…

Over 30 million people ‘one step away from starvation’, UN warns

The pandemic, climate crisis and conflict combining to drive ‘alarming’ levels of global hunger, says report Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Acute hunger is likely to soar in more than 20 countries in the next few months, the UN has warned. Families in pockets of Yemen and South Sudan are already […]

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity says world’s fast-shrinking carbon budget should be used to improve lot of poorest The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research. Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% […]