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World in no better place to fight pandemics than before COVID – review

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London, UK Reuters The world is no better prepared for a new pandemic than it was when coronavirus emerged in 2019 and may actually be in a worse place given the economic toll, according to a panel set up by the World Health Organization to evaluate the global response.  A lack of progress on reforms […]

Pandemic could be WHO’s Chernobyl moment for reform – review panel

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Geneva, Switzerland/London, UKReuters The COVID-19 pandemic could be the catalyst for much-needed reform of the World Health Organization just as the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 forced urgent changes at the UN nuclear agency, an independent review panel said on Tuesday. The panel, set up to investigate the global response to the coronavirus, said the […]

$US20 billion pledge to help women, children in pandemic

AP A global alliance of more than 1,000 organisations has announced $US20.6 billion in pledges to help women, newborns, young children and adolescents deal with the COVID-19 pandemic as well as longstanding issues. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which is hosted by the World Health Organization, says $US16.1 billion are new commitments […]

‘COVID generation’ risks child marriage, forced labour, ex-leaders warn

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London, UKThomson Reuters Foundation Former world leaders called on Tuesday for urgent global action to stop coronavirus creating a “COVID generation” with millions of children deprived of education and forced into marriage and work.  As lockdowns end, they urged governments to invest in catch-up programs to prevent irretrievable damage to children’s futures. An Afghan girl […]

Global leadership deficit leaves development goals in doldrums

Thomson Reuters Foundation The world has made far too little progress on the global goals governments agreed in 2015 to end poverty and hunger and tackle climate change, with a rising tide of nationalism acting as a wrecking ball, architects of the goals said on Thursday. Helen Clark, a former New Zealand Prime Minister who […]