World News Summary: Rural climate change, polio in Yemen drive success, development and peace

The The climate is unfair The report highlights the fact that every year in low- and middle-income countries, female heads of rural households suffer disproportionately. Financial losses are significantly greater than for men.

On average, female-headed households lost 8% more income due to heat waves and 3% more due to floods than male-headed households.

This means a significant per capita level $83 income reduction due to heat and 35 USD due to flooding, totaling 37 billion USD and 16 billion USD respectively in the poorest countries.

If average temperatures increase by just 1°C, these women will face a 34% larger drop in total income than men. Research shows that if left unaddressed, climate change will dramatically widen these gaps in the years to come.

Strong impact

“Social differences based on location, wealth, gender and age are influential strong but poorly understood impact on the vulnerability of rural people before the impacts of the climate crisis,” he said FAO General Director QU Dongyu.

“These findings highlight the urgent need to devote significantly more financial resources and policy attention to issues of inclusivity and resilience in global and international climate actions. family”.

To learn more about this story, Go here to read an interview with Lauren Phillips, Deputy Director of FAO’s Department of Rural Transformation and Gender Equality.

Nearly 1.3 million Yemeni children are protected from polio

A mass polio vaccination campaign in Yemen has reached more than 1.29 million children under the age of 5 in just four days, the United Nations announced Tuesday.

A staggering 89 to 100% of the target children were reached thanks to a joint campaign involving the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

This is an important step to protect children from dangerous childhood diseases”, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Yemen.

“With polio cases confirmed in Yemeni children, the imminent threat persists. This is a constant risk to the life of every unvaccinated child. Health authorities and donors must continue to work together to ensure universal vaccination coverage for all children across Yemen.”

WHO Representative Arturo Pesigan described the vaccination effort as a major achievement in improving the health and well-being outcomes of children in Yemen.

Invest for the future

“Polio virus and other childhood diseases can cause permanent disability and in many cases death. But a small amount of vaccine can provide the necessary protection,” he said.

“There is no reason why children should die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Children are the future and Every investment in their health is an investment in the country’s development”.

The campaign is made possible with support from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Yemen has joined more than 35 countries in using the new oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2), which has been prequalified by the WHO.

‘Sustainable development is not possible without peace’: UN Deputy Secretary General

Sustainable development in line with the 2030 Global Goals is not possible without peace, the UN Deputy Secretary-General told a summit of Arab nations in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday. .

Amina Mohammed said at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development that the world is facing complex challenges, especially in the Middle East, which is roiled by conflict and instability.

“Persistent and recurring conflicts and fragility are directly affecting 182 million people in nine countries in this region and are exacerbating the refugee crisis,” she said.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development in Beirut, Lebanon.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed spoke at the opening ceremony of the 2024 Arab Forum for Sustainable Development in Beirut, Lebanon.

The war in Gaza and other crises “remind us that there can be no sustainable development without peace. And truly sustainable development – ​​in the Arab world and globally – is still a very long way off,” she added.

More than half of the deadline has arrived Agenda 2030The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are seriously off track globally and in the Arab region.

The Deputy Secretary-General said extreme poverty in the region has more than doubled since 2015 and is now above 20% while unemployment is at 10.7%.

The gap is increasingly widening

The Arab region is also facing a growing financing gap while droughts, floods, sand and dust storms, and other climate and environmental challenges are limiting economic development and society, with carbon emissions increasing 68% between 2000 and 2020, twice as fast as the global trend.

But in that context, “There are signs of hope” she said, noting the $500 billion per year commitment made during the SDG Summit last September and reforming the global financial architecture to make it more equitable, resilient more responsive, more accessible to everyone.

We need to step up action around policies and investments that can drive transformational change,” she told delegates, adding that many Arab countries are accelerating efforts around transformations from clean energy, food systems, digitalization, social protection reform and economic diversification.


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