Issue LIII | June 2022
Global Development Update is a monthly bulletin that informs readers about the events, ideas, and people that are shaping an emerging world community. It is produced by The Global Citizens' Initiative- a non-profit working to help develop a sustainable world community for all. Click below to sign up for a free Global Development Update subscription.
These countries spend more than $156,000 per minute on nuclear weapons

A new report finds: In 2021, the year before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, nine nuclear-armed states spent $82.4 billion on their nuclear weapons, more than $156,000 per minute, an inflation-adjusted increase of $6.5 billion from 2020. Read on.
Human rights dimensions of COVID-19 response

Careful attention to human rights and human rights principles can foster an effective response to COVID-19 and limit the harms that can come from the imposition of overly broad measures. A new Human Rights Watch analysis provides recommendations on how governments can respect human rights in their response. Read on.
How to get from girls' education to women's equality

Despite the many benefits that girls' education offers and the progress made, the impact of girls' education on economic equality is still falling short. Why is that so, and what can education systems, partners, and societies do about it? A new CGD report looks into the matter. Read on.
Racing at top speed toward global catastrophe

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there is more carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere than at any time in the past four million years, as the world's continued dependence on fossil fuels keeps humanity hurtling toward a global catastrophe. "What's it going to take for us to wake up?" asks Pieter Tans, senior scientist at NOAA. Read on.
A $100 billion pledge to battle climate change fails to materialize

At the Stockholm+50 international conference in early June, the UN Secretary-General expressed deep disappointment over the failure of rich nations to provide financing to mitigate the devastating consequences of climate change. The shortfall in funding has also derailed the implementation of the UN's Global Goals, including poverty and hunger eradication. Read on.
UN "deeply troubled" by impending cuts on development aid by rich nations

The UN Secretary-General expressed concern over the fall in Overseas Development Assistance: These cuts "mean scaling back support at a time when demand for support to meet the deepening development needs has reached an all-time high." Read on.
Call to invest "serious resources" in education to stem the tide of child labor

Education is the most powerful to eliminate child labor. Malawi's Education Minister, Agnes NyaLonje, called on the "global education community to mobilize serious resources" as developing countries, with a large population of school-going children, struggled to pay for infrastructure and provide free quality education. Read on.
Health leaders stress the need for a coordinated global response to tackle pandemics

According to leading health experts, improved global coordination and regional capacity building will help ensure the world is better prepared for the next pandemic: "We must not lose this moment of potential transformative change in building preparedness. Unfortunately, political resolve to solve COVID is beginning to fade." Read on.
Has the UN transformed itself into a vast humanitarian relief organization?

The UN's declining role in geopolitics has been compensated for by its increasingly significant performance as a massive humanitarian relief organization. "The UN's increasing role in humanitarian relief work could perhaps earn the world body a new designation: United Nations Without Borders," writes Thalif Deen on Inter Press Service Read on.
Open letter from former UN Assistant Secretary-General on the war in Ukraine 

"Europe has twice missed a chance for peace, first by proving impotent in finding a diplomatic solution that could prevent the war and later by not supporting the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian peace negotiations. For its own good, Europe must find its own voice, not only to save Ukraine, but also to save itself," writes Michael von der Schulenburg. Read on.
World threatened with more nuclear arms as modernization of arsenals continues

The growing modernization of the world's nuclear arsenal is threatening an increase of deadly weapons in the future. "Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats after invading Ukraine show us the existential dangers for humanity of allowing any government to possess nuclear weapons," says Dr. Rebecca Johnson, ED of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy. Read on.
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