As the global economy stares down the barrel of rising inequality and increased automation, more countries are toying with the idea of a universal basic income. But a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is less than enthusiastic, saying that without significant tax hikes, a basic income would do little to reduce poverty and even exacerbate it in some cases.
The world’s leading economies set to meet in Italy need to step up to avert famine in Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, and address the existing famine in South Sudan, Oxfam officials said.
Rights experts called on governments to better support survivors of human trafficking in Latin America, a region with one of the world’s highest rates of the illicit practice.
The White House is proposing a State Department budget that would make deep cuts in long-term development aid, humanitarian food assistance and peacekeeping missions around the world. The detailed budget unveiled Tuesday also proposes eliminating all funding for climate-change programs and for two prominent institutions in Washington. (WaPo)
Leading humanitarian groups warn that the cholera outbreak gripping Yemen threatens to spread across the country, which is already struggling with famine and conflict.
Health experts say the international community has turned a blind eye to widespread food insecurity in Haiti, where communities across nearly every region of the island are approaching risk of famine.
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) voted in a new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, in a contentious and unprecedented election. But yesterday, in her final speech to the World Health Assembly, outgoing Director-General Margaret Chan chose to address the political unrest beyond Geneva that has many questioning the relevance and future of the WHO.
The governing body of the WHO will make its final selection today on who will replace Margaret Chan as the director general. Today, the three candidates — David Nabarro of the U.K., Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, and Sania Nishtar of Pakistan — make their final pitch at the World Health Assembly, the U.N. organization’s major annual meeting.
The negative public health impact of expanding industrial animal farming warrants immediate action by the World Health Organization, according to an open letter signed by more than 200 scientists, global health experts and environmental activists.
Gender equality advocates are applauding a new bill in the U.S. Congress that aims to promote empowerment, economic security and educational opportunities for adolescent girls around the world.
More than 31 million people – one person every second – were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, and numbers will grow unless the underlying causes like climate change and political turmoil are tackled, an aid group said today.
A German aid worker and an Afghan guard were killed in and a Finnish national was abducted from a house in Kabul, an Afghan interior ministry spokesman has said. The three were working for a Swedish aid group called Operation Mercy, spokesman Najib Danish said. (Reuters)
Bill Gates once made the case for fossil fuels in low-income countries to tackle energy poverty – that is, until clean energy is cheap enough for everyone to afford it. Three years later, solar tariffs in India have hit a record low, falling below the average price of coal-based power last week.