London — New evidence compiled by the World Health Organization and the World Bank shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to halt two decades Continue reading
Principal Medical Scientis and Head of Laboratory for Antimalarial Resistance Monitoring and Malaria Operational Research, National Institute for Communicable Diseases
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on international malaria control and elimination efforts. According to the latest World Malaria Report, there were an estimated 14 million more cases of malaria in 2020 compared to 2019.
Even more concerning was the marked increase in malaria-related deaths. These were mainly in children under the age of five living in sub-Saharan Africa. This is a sombre finding. Malaria is a preventable disease. Effective point-of-care diagnostic tools (rapid diagnostic tests) and treatments (artemisinin-based combination therapies) are widely available. Continue reading
London – The 40th plenary meeting of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Wednesday has unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing the graduation of Nepal, Bangladesh and Laos from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category with the preparatory period of five years. Continue reading
London – The LDC Group, representing 46 of the poorest countries of the world, has said that they are disappointed that the proposed Glasgow Loss and Damage Facility is not included in the final decision.
“Our people are already experiencing a mounting onslaught of loss and damage caused by climate change. We heard widespread recognition of this injustice, yet there was a failure to address it. Ensuring our communities are supported in addressing the loss and damage that the climate crisis inflicts on them remains a top priority,” the Group said in a statement after the conclusion of COP26.
DR POSHENDRA SATYAL worked as a research fellow at the Warwick University’s Department of Politics and International Studies (2018-2019) and Crichton Carbon Centre and ClimateXChange – Scotland’s Centre of Expertise on Climate Change (2012-2014). Poshendra has a PhD in Environmental Policy from the The Open University, UK, MPhil in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge, UK, BSc (Honours) in Agriculture from Haryana Agricultural University, India, and a BSc from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He currently works with the Policy Team of BirdLife International’s Global Secretariat in Cambridge, UK. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Nepal) and an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (Nepal). Dr Satyal spoke with BHAGIRATH YOGI and DR JAGAN KARKI on COP26 and related issues. Excerpts of the interview: Continue reading
Glasgow, Scotland – Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, the LDC Group – consisting of the 46 least developed countries (LDCs)– has called for real progress that will see emissions halved by 2030 and climate finance scaled up to support climate action in developing countries. Continue reading
London– New and updated climate commitments fall far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leaving the world on track for a global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this Continue reading
By Bhagirath Yogi
London (28 September) – The development of productive capacities in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) is necessary for boosting their ability to respond to and recover from crises such as COVID-19, and to advance towards sustainable development, the UNCTAD’s latest report has said.
London – A new United Nations report has called for open cross-border transport networks for goods and services, expedited passage of medical supplies and coordinated safety measures at border crossings so that the world’s Landlocked Developing Countries can better face future crises. Continue reading