Archive for January 3rd, 2020


Reflections for a New Year

By Roberto Savio*

3 January 2020 (Other News)* — In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned and we are now entering – or have already entered – a new low point in the history of humankind..


Roberto Savio

Today, we face an unprecedented existential threat brought about by the climate crisis. According to scientists, we have until 2030 to stop climate change, after which human conditions will be under several threats.

Yet, we have just had a world conference in Madrid on climate change, which ended in nothing.

Not only that, but since the beginning of the last decade, there has been a singular change of the relations of politicians with climate.

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Global Wave of Debt Is Largest, Fastest in 50 Years

WASHINGTON (World Bank)* — Debt in emerging and developing economies (EMDEs) climbed to a record US$55 trillion in 2018, marking an eight-year surge that has been the largest, fastest, and most broad-based in nearly five decades, according to a new World Bank Group study that urges policymakers to act promptly to strengthen their economic policies and make them less vulnerable to financial shocks.


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2020: A Test Year for Europe’s Much-Vaunted Green Deal

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen (L) and President of the European Council Charles Michel (R) give a press conference at the end of an European Council summit in Brussels on 13 December 2019. [EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET]


Investing in Health Workers Yields ‘Triple Dividend’, World Health Organizaion Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

2 January 2020 (UN News)*At the start of the new year and new decade, the head of the United Nations health agency thanked “the brave health workers” around the globe and asked that the world do better in supporting them.

World Bank/Salahaldeen Nadir | Nurse training in Hamashkoreeb, Sudan. (file)

“They are doing life-saving work every day, including during holidays when the rest of us are with our loved ones at home”, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in his video message for the new year.

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