Thursday’s Daily Brief: Poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’, measles compounds DRC Ebola woes, Guterres visits Mozambique, Bangladesh update, freedom of expression online

World Bank/Jamie Martin Children line up for a daily meal in a poor area of Ecuador. The 2019 Multidimensional Poverty Index shows vast inequalities within countries.

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations.


This Thursday, we cover: New poverty report cites ‘vast inequalities’; measles campaign in Ebola-hit DR Congo; World Population Day; UN chief visits cyclone-ravaged Mozambique; monsoon rains cause ‘misery’ for refugees; and why the internet’s ‘essential’ for free expression.

New UN poverty report reveals ‘vast inequalities’ between countries

There are vast inequalities across countries, and among the poorer segments of societies, says a new UN report published on Thursday.

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), shows that, in the 101 countries studied – 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income – 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”(which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence).

“Action against poverty is needed in all developing regions”, the report states, noting that Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are home to the largest proportion of poor people, some 84.5 per cent.

Within these regions, the level of inequality is described as “massive”.

Read more here.

Mass measles vaccination campaign begins in Ebola-hit DR Congo province

Health workers have started a massive measles vaccination campaign in north-east Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a region that’s in the grip of the second deadliest Ebola virus outbreak on record.

UN Children’s Fund UNICEF said on Thursday that it aims to inoculate 67,000 children in Ituri province.

They’re just a small fraction of the 400,000 people displaced by an upsurge in communal violence and clashes between Government forces and non-State armed groups in the resource-rich area.

Here’s the full story.

‘Unlock opportunities’, UN chief urges on World Population Day

As the number of people on the planet continues to rise, UN Secretary-General António Guterres marked World Population Day by highlighting the close link between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and demographic trends – urging everyone to “unlock opportunities for those left behind and help pave the way for sustainable, equitable and inclusive development for all”.

“For many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability to climate change”, he said in a statement on Thursday. “Other countries are facing the challenge of aging populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide adequate social protection”.

More on World Population Day here.

In Mozambique, it’s ‘a matter of the heart’ says Guterres, lauding the cyclone-struck nation’s ‘undeniable moral authority’

Arriving in Mozambique to express solidarity and see for himself the damage wrought by two back-to-back cyclones earlier this year, UN chief António Guterres on Thursday said “undeniable moral authority” lay with its people, who had borne the brunt of a disaster linked inexorably to climate change, and a warming world.

“For me, visiting Mozambique is a matter of the heart”, he said to reporters after meeting President Filipe Nyusi, recalling previous trips as Portugal’s Prime Minister, as High Commissioner for Refugees, and now as Secretary-General, where he “always felt at home” among friends, “I would even say, among brothers.”

Read about it here.

And if you missed our special report from Mozambique on Wednesday ahead of the UN chief’s visit, read it here.

UN migration agency describes refugees’ ‘misery’ in Bangladesh

Heavy monsoon rains continue to batter refugees in southern Bangladesh where UN aid teams on Thursday reported six landslides in just 24 hours and more people forced to leave their damaged shelters.

Seven days after lashing camps in Cox’s Bazar, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that about 1,000 people had been affected by severe weather in the past 24 hours, causing “misery” for already vulnerable communities.

Teams are working day and night to provide emergency services to those affected, IOM reported, while also warning about worsening damage to paths, bridges and drainage systems.

According to the agency, more than 45,000 people have been affected by monsoon damage so far this year, compared to 55,000 impacted during the whole of last year’s rainy season.

A role for all in protecting freedom of expression, says UN rights expert

Amid ongoing threats and violence against journalists, UN-appointed rights expert David Kaye has led calls for all countries “to create enabling environments” for freedom of expression, in both digital and traditional media.

In a joint declaration issued by global rights experts, Mr. Kaye, who is the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged States to recognize people’s right to use the Internet as “an essential condition” for them to express their views.

At the same time, the experts’ joint declaration also urges private firms to respect these rights, while also calling for independent oversight, transparency and accountability.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries

Canada leading the way on women’s inclusion and empowerment, says OECD

Global Citizen-Volunteer Internships

Suicide Prevention: Using Graduation as a Transformative Tool

Joint press release: Republic of Korea – EU Leaders’ video conference meeting

This is Germany’s $45 billion, 18-year plan to move away from coal

COVID-19 underlines the importance of fintech in emerging markets

Virus Coronavirus: No time to die

Greece @ MWC14: Greek-born mobile champions at MWC 2014

The age of influence: why digital platforms must come clean about political ads

Continue ‘their mission’ urges UN chief, as the victims of the Baghdad bombing are remembered, 15 years on

Gaza: deadly violence continues to escalate, top UN officials work to restore calm

Finnish Prime Minister calls for a more united EU of concrete actions

Mental health: fighting the hidden pandemic

MEPs back plans to promote water reuse for agricultural irrigation

I’m not feeling lucky: The “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling puts Google inside a box

Quality of Europe’s bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

Guterres calls for ‘maximum restraint’ following drone assault on key Saudi oil facility

These are the world’s safest cities

Building social good – lessons from an Asian giant

Coronavirus: Commission welcomes Parliament’s quick green light for proposed new resources to protect lives and livelihoods

Post the pandemic: keeping our worlds turning

The megatrend that will shape our working future

Robots aren’t stealing all our jobs, says the World Bank’s chief economist

5 lessons for the future of universities

New El Salvador law, a victory for forced displacement victims: UN refugee agency

Coronavirus: The truth against the myths

YOUTH WILL BE A KEY FOCUS IN THE NEXT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

‘Urgent need’ to stop Mali violence with ‘effective’ military response: UN expert

FROM THE FIELD: Faces and Voices of Conflict

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum to open its door on 14th January, in association with The European Sting

The ethics of the Medical Technology Civilisation era

Here are five ways we can make mental healthcare better

Educational disadvantage starts from age 10

8 amazing facts to help you understand China today

12 ways the tech sector can help save the climate in 12 years

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts

State aid: Commission approves Luxembourg guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Prosegur Alarmas by Telefónica and Prosegur

We lack a global framework for saving our environment. Here’s how we change that

Aidex: the Global Humanitarian and Development Aid Event

Why the UN is investigating poverty in the United Kingdom

UN expresses concern following wave of street protests in Iraq and elsewhere

Is co-living an answer to the affordable housing crisis?

Here are three key ways that data analytics can improve the workplace

Don’t understand the US-China trade war? This metaphor could help

OECD’s Gurría calls for overhaul of economic thinking to address global challenges

UN’s AIDS agency ‘greatly encouraged’ by latest scientific breakthrough showing cure is possible

US prosecutors now target Volkswagen’s top management, upsetting Germany

UN should be ‘exemplary’ in defending judicial independence, top Judge tells Security Council

Climate change is a security threat. We must act now

Future of our planet hinges on action by today’s youth – UN deputy chief

UN agency warns conditions around Yemen’s key port city of Hudaydah still ‘very bad’, as staff rush to deliver aid

China’s impact as a global investor; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures

MEPs want to fund crucial areas to stimulate European growth

It’s time for global businesses to accept local responsibility

Turkey remains numb while its economy is expected to shrink further due to a cocktail of EU and US sanctions

This afternoon Britain will be once more isolated from mainland Europe

EU and India re-open talks over strategic partnership while prepare for a Free Trade Agreement

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s