Geneva, Switzerland, 27 September 2021
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
Geneva — Scientists are observing changes in the earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, released on Monday, says.
July 27 2021: The draft Programme of Action begins with a call to “realize our collective ambitions of building back better from COVID-19”, (Para 3). However, as Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh has described it: “We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. … The LDCs are bearing their heaviest brunt. They have weak infrastructures, and a serious lack of capacity to cope with internal and external shocks”.
London, 26 July (LDC News) — “We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. The severity of its impact is felt globally, the LDCs are bearing its heaviest brunt”. This is how Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh, and Co-chair of LDCV Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) described the challenges facing LDCs.
The upcoming UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCV) next January is a crucial moment to take stock of progress and challenges for LDCs. So how does the balance sheet look? Not good. Sadly, most of the progress made since LDCIV in 2011 has been eradicated by Covid-19, with UNCTAD estimating it will take more than five years for the poorest LDCs like Benin, Sudan and Timor-Leste to recover. Continue reading
Bhagirath Yogi, London — A new study by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has found an overall lack of legal preparedness or strong legislation for public health emergencies. Continue reading
London – Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesushas said that vaccine equity is the best way to control the Covid 19 pandemic and get economies open and moving again. Continue reading
GENEVA,VOAnews— African health officials are urgently appealing for vaccines to combat a third wave of COVID-19 surging across the continent.
The World Health Organization reports the number of African COVID-19 cases has exceeded 5 million and the disease has killed 136,000 people. Continue reading
Although the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita have been lower in least developed countries (LDCs) than expected, the socio-economic fallout for their populations has been dire, pushing an estimated 32 million more people into extreme poverty in 2020. Continue reading