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Redirect finance, cooperate globally, redefine the system: three key economic ideas

ODI - 31. Juli 2020 - 0:00
The Global Reset Dialogue highlighted three main ideas on how to collaborate and build a stronger, more equitable global economy.
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Motivate. Mobilise. Manage. Repeat: how to deliver climate action for a global reset

ODI - 31. Juli 2020 - 0:00
Global leaders' ideas for tackling the climate crisis in a Covid-19 era can be summarised by a four-point roadmap.
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Reimagining multilateralism: seizing the opportunity for change

ODI - 31. Juli 2020 - 0:00
The Covid-19 crisis offers a critical moment to push for new forms of coalition-based multilateralism that we must seize.
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Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe: WFP

UN ECOSOC - 30. Juli 2020 - 17:43
The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.
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Crisis in Mali

UN Dispatch - 30. Juli 2020 - 16:08

Mali is in the midst of its most serious political crisis in years. Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent days, demanding the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The situation is so volatile that the Presidents of six countries in Africa flew to the capitol of Mali to try and mediate a solution to this crisis, though their intervention did not quell the protest movement.

Why is Mali in a deep crisis?

In 2012, Ethnic Tuareg separatists in northern Mali declared independence and launched an offensive to take control of territory they claimed as part of their new country. For a time, they joined forces with hard-core Jihadi groups and succeeded in evicting government forces from large swaths of northern Mali, including the city of Timbuktu. Soon, though, the partnership between the Islamists and the ethnic separatists frayed, with Islamist groups wresting control of captured territory from the Tuareg separatists, imposing harsh Islamist rule in areas under their control.

Soon, the Jihadist forces renewed their offensive against the government of Mali. It was at this point that the Malian government asked for international assistance. The French military intervened directly on their behalf, beating back the Jihadist insurgency. Meanwhile, a UN Peacekeeping force, now known as MINUSMA, deployed to stabilize areas that were formerly controlled by insurgents.

In 2015, a peace agreement negotiated between President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and key armed groups affiliated with the Tuareg separatists ushered in a new constitutional order. Since then, the country has nevertheless been beset by instability. It is, for example, the deadliest UN peacekeeping mission–by far.

 

The June 2020 Protest Movement in Mali

This recent history provides useful context and background for this Global Dispatches podcast conversation with Amadou Bocoum. He is the Mali Director for the NGO Search for Common Ground and I caught up with him from Bamako, the capital city which is in the south of the country.

Since June, there have been a number of major protests in Bamako against president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. These protests are united under an umbrella group called the June 5 Movement, which was the day of the first protest. But on June 11th, these protests escalated quickly–and became deadly. Several protesters were killed in what has become the worst political crisis in Mali since that 2015 peace accord.

In our conversation, Amadou Bocoum describes how these protests were sparked by a court decision to annul the results of parliamentary elections of 31 opposition candidates. But as he explains the discontent that is driving these protests runs much deeper.

This is a very useful conversation about a crisis that is very much unfolding at the present time — and is one that is of profound regional and international significance.

 

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Integrations, amalgamations and mergers: Lessons from institutional reforms in development co-operation

OECD - 30. Juli 2020 - 15:00
By Jorge Moreira Da Silva, Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, and Mags Gaynor, Senior Policy Analyst, OECD Where OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries have been through a process of integration, amalgamation or merger, they have shared with us their lessons both in real time and with hindsight. As a result, we have been able … Continue reading Integrations, amalgamations and mergers: Lessons from institutional reforms in development co-operation
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Multiple adversities

D+C - 30. Juli 2020 - 11:54
Pakistan’s mango sector is hurt by environmental changes and slow exports

Mahmood Nawaz Shah is a mango grower and exporter from Tando Allah Yar district in Sindh province of Pakistan. Over the past few years, he has been seeing delayed ripening of mangoes due to changes in weather patterns. “The Sindhri mango, a popular variety, used to ripen by the end of May, but this year it was ready for harvest by the end of the first week of June in lower Sindh,” Shah says.

According to the global climate risk index 2020, which is published by the German NGO Germanwatch, Pakistan is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change. Impacts of climate change strongly affect the agrarian economy.

Shah says: “Temperatures exceed 50 degrees Celsius. Coupled with unusual wind patterns, this affects the size and sweetness of mangoes.” Certain districts of Punjab province that used to produce bumper crops of mangoes were impacted by rains and storms, Shah adds. Therefore, this year’s mango production in these areas will be considerably lower than usual. Changing seasons and unusual rain patterns affect mango production too.

However, climate change is not the only problem mango growers face. Exports have severely declined due to the Coronavirus pandemic. “Covid-19 has resulted in demand contraction and disruptions in flights. Air fright on the few available flights costs two to three times more than previously. Supermarkets in the UK have delisted Pakistani mangoes due to very high prices,” says Shah.

According to the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association (PFVA), a trade association, Pakistan exported 130,000 tons of mangoes last year, which earned $ 90 million in foreign exchange. For this year, the target has been reduced to 80,000 tons. PFVA patron-in-chief Waheed Ahmed says: “COVID-19 had a two-pronged effect on mangoes. Peoples’ buying power has been affected, and air freight costs have skyrocketed thus limiting exports”.

Worsening the situation, the European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended the authorisation for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate in the bloc for six months, starting in July. The decision followed a statement by Pakistan‘s aviation minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan that 30 % of Pakistani pilots have fake licenses.

Even if these problems are solved, next year the situation could be even worse: Pakistan is witnessing dreadful attacks of locusts on mangoes. They do not eat the fruits but the leaves, thus harming the trees and possibly affecting future mango production. Ahmed points out that the arrival of locusts and their regeneration is an environmental phenomenon: “Without a favourable environment, locusts wouldn’t have been able to flourish the way they have.”

Syed Muhammad Abubakar is an environmental journalist based in Pakistan.
s.m.abubakar@hotmail.com
Twitter: @SyedMAbubakar

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Polycrisis as an opportunity for development cooperation? Building a better global architecture for international development cooperation after the COVID-19 pandemic

GDI Briefing - 30. Juli 2020 - 9:12

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple crises it unleashed around the world coincided with the beginning of the period that the world leaders dubbed the “Decade of Action” to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Launched at the beginning of 2020, it aims to instill a sense of urgency, thereby spurring action, unlocking development finance, and harnessing innovative approaches for the attainment of the SDGs and the promise of “leaving no one behind”. A strong call for action was based on the realization that the world was seriously off-track in its progress towards sustainable development. Delivering on the promises of financing and the commitments of partnership is key for progress across the goals.

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‘Looking for what makes the difference’

GIZ Germany - 30. Juli 2020 - 8:29
: Wed, 22 Jul 2020 HH:mm:ss
The GIZ Data Lab analyses statistical outliers in data sets to find innovative solutions – a model that promises to provide insight into the COVID-19 pandemic too.
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When taxi rides are a source of inspiration: working as a TVET expert in Mongolia

GIZ Germany - 30. Juli 2020 - 8:29
: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 HH:mm:ss
Beate Dippmar is already on her third foreign assignment for GIZ. Her mission: to improve young people’s career opportunities.
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Globetrotting master craftspeople: knowledge transfer, 3D printing and start-ups in Rwanda

GIZ Germany - 30. Juli 2020 - 8:29
: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 HH:mm:ss
After completing the International Master Craftsperson training course, German experts share their know-how with the rest of the world.
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Crime in the Western Balkans: cross-border policing and judiciary work

GIZ Germany - 30. Juli 2020 - 8:29
: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 HH:mm:ss
Investigations carried out by cross-border teams, good cooperation and an uncomplicated exchange of information are making it easier to fight organised crime.
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COVID-19: UN chief outlines path to sustainable, inclusive recovery in Southeast Asia

UN #SDG News - 30. Juli 2020 - 6:15
Tackling inequality, bridging the digital divide, greening the economy, and upholding human rights and good governance will be critical for Southeast Asia to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Secretary-General said on Thursday.
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COVID-19: an opportunity to shift power in research

ODI - 30. Juli 2020 - 0:00
Research practices have shifted in response to COVID-19. This disruption is an opportunity to change to a more mutual and equitable research process.
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ODI Bites: inclusive leadership responses for Covid-19

ODI - 30. Juli 2020 - 0:00
Exploring economic growth, poverty, public health and current insights from leadership in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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HLPF 2020 Interventions

Women - 29. Juli 2020 - 19:05

In this year’s virtual High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), feminists of Women’s Major Group came together to draft interventions, 12 of which we were able to deliver in official thematic and VNR sessions that can also be found on UN Web TV. Below you may find a compilation of our recorded interventions, including some we were unable to deliver.

Sadia Mir’s Intervention at the “Launching the decade of action at a time of crisis: Keeping the focus on the SDGs while combatting COVID-19” session on 7th July 2020.

Erin Helfert Moësse’s Intervention at the “Transformative pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda: a whole of society approach taking into account the impact of COVID19 (Stakeholder perspectives)” session on 7th July 2020

Grove Harris’ Intervention at the “Ending hunger and achieving food security” session on 7th July 2020.

Fusi Masina Tietie’s Intervention at the “Mobilizing international solidarity, accelerating action and embarking on new pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda and the Samoa Pathway: Small Island Developing States” session on 8th July 2020.

Daksha Vaja’s Intervention (could not be delivered due to time constraints) for the “Protecting the planet and building resilience” session on 8th July 2020.

Olga Djanaeva’s Intervention (could not be delivered due to time constraints) for the “Responding to the economic shocks, relaunching growth, sharing economic benefits and addressing developing countries’ financing challenges” session on 8th July 2020.

Sarah Zaman’s Intervention at the “Bolstering local action to control the pandemic and accelerate implementation” session on 9th July 2020

Ume Laila Azhar’s Intervention at the “Are we leaving no one behind in eradicating poverty and working towards the 2030 Agenda?” session on 9th July 2020.

Sarah Baird’s Intervention at the “Sustaining efforts to ensure access to sustainable energy” session on 8th July 2020.

Ratang Dijeng’s Intervention at the “Mobilizing international solidarity, accelerating action and embarking on new pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda and respond to COVID-19: African countries, Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries” session on July 9th, 2020.

Mabel Bianco’s Intervention, as a lead discussant, at the “Bolstering local action to control the pandemic and accelerate implementation” session on 9th July 2020.

ElsaMarie D’Silva’s Intervention at the “Means of implementation to match the scope of the crisis and the breadth of our ambition for 2030: Science, technology and innovation” session on 10th July 2020.

Cileito V. Perez’s Intervention (could not be delivered due to time constraints) for the “Means of implementation to match the scope of the crisis and the breadth of our ambition for 2030: Mobilizing well-directed financing ” session on 10th July 2020.

Naz Chowdhry’s Intervention at the “Messages from the Regions” session on 15th July 2020.

Svetlana Slesarionok’s Intervention at the VNR review of Ukraine on 16th July 2020. Constanza Pauchulo and Laura Viladevall’s Intervention (could not be delivered due to time constraints) for the ECOSOC High-Level Segment. You can also find all our HLPF 2020 interventions compiled in this YouTube playlist.

The post HLPF 2020 Interventions appeared first on Women's Major Group.

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Breaking down silos in community health

Devex - 29. Juli 2020 - 18:22
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Asia-Pacific: ‘Call to action’ highlights role of family farmers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

UN #SDG News - 29. Juli 2020 - 17:32
Although hundreds of millions of smallholder family farmers in Asia-Pacific produce a majority of the world’s food, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on their livelihoods, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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