Spain awards 15 schools for their work on development cooperation

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Sports, presented the “Vicente Ferrer National Award on Education for Development” to 15 education centers in Spain. Awarded schools, range from primary schools to adult education centers. The objective of the award is to foster innovative pedagogic projects and educative experiences, creating awareness of global development issues among Spanish students. In addition to a diploma, representatives from the awarded schools will attend a training workshop on education for development in Senegal in October 2017.

Press release - AECID

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Spain approves a new action plan on women, peace and security

In line with the Spanish government’s engagement on women and security issues, Spain’s Council of Ministers approved the Second Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2023. The objective of the plan is to advance the United Nations agenda on Women, Peace and Security, fostering protection of women’s human rights, and strengthening a gender approach in conflicts prevention and peacekeeping operations.

Website - La Moncloa (in Spanish)

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)


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Sida may phase out support to organizations that sign US' Mexico City Policy

The new Director General of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Carin Jämtin, announced that Sida may phase out or terminate support to partner organizations who accept the US' Mexico City Policy. As such, the agency is beginning to review all ongoing SRHR contracts. Sida will try to reallocate phased-out the funds to other organizations. 

Press release – Sida

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Japan to host G20 Summit in 2019

G20 countries have decided that Japan will host the group's Summit in 2019. This will be Japan's first time to hold the G20 Presidency, which rotates across the G20's five regional groups each year. The announcement was included in the G20 leaders' declaration, released at the conclusion of this year's Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Publication - G20

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Highlights from G20 Summit in Hamburg

Germany hosted this year’s G20 leaders’ Summit in Hamburg from July 7 to July 8, 2017. The heads of the 19 G20 nations, along with the leaders of the EU, discussed topics covering trade, climate, terrorism, security, immigration, health, Africa, and education. A declaration released on July 10, 2017, details the consensus reached. It also reveals how agreement in some areas, such as terrorism and health, was far-reaching, while in others, such as climate change and international trade, it was more limited. 

Highlights across topics include:


  • focused on the coordinating role of the WHO
  • emphasized the importance of investments in health-systems strengthening
  • recognized the need to eradicate polio and fight antimicrobial resistance
  • underlined the necessity of sufficient funding for health emergencies and preparedness
  • declared willingness to invest more in global health R&D.

Focus on Africa: 

  • launched the G20 Africa Partnership, which seeks to fight poverty and promote economic development through support of infrastructure, education, capacity-building, and investment frameworks
  • adopted Germany’s Compacts with Africa as a tool to foster private investments in African countries that show willingness to reform governance.

Youth employment:

  • launched G20 Initiative for Rural Youth Employment, which has a particular focus on Africa and commits to helping creating up to 1.1 million new jobs benefitting young people by 2022, including through strengthening support to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP)
  • committed to increase support for innovative, employment-oriented skills development programs for at least 5 million young people over the next five years, with particular attention to rural areas.


  • emphasized the importance of vocational training and e-skills, especially for women
  • introduced a new ‘International Finance Facility’ for education.

Climate change:

  • no agreement met on a joint position due to the US’ decision to leave the Paris Agreement
  • the other 19 members, excluding the US, committed to implement the nationally-set climate goals, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, as soon as possible
  • they also recognized, in an annex on energy and climate finance, the need to significantly increase funding to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Declaration - G20

News article - Deutsche Welle

G20 leaders pledge support to We-Fi initiative

A declaration released on July 10, 2017, by the G20 leaders shows clear support for the launch of the World Bank's Women Entrepreneurs Financing Initiative (We-Fi), a public-private loan program designed to unlock more than US$1 billion in financing for women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses. We-Fi, which was first announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Women-20 summit in Berlin, strives to reduce barriers to financial inclusion and increase women's access to capital, markets, and technical assistance.

Initial funding of US$325 million for We-Fi includes significant contributions from Canada, Germany, the US, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Press release - CBC News 


World leaders announce US$706 million in new commitments at Global Citizen Festival

More than 11,000 'Global Citizens' attended this year's Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, during the 2017 G20 Summit. Participants included world and business leaders, non-profit organizations, and socially-conscious artists, among others. The festival achieved US$706 million in commitments from world leaders for a range of issues such as education, global health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, and forced displacement. 

Highlights for women's health include: 

  • Norway's US$85 million towards women’s and girls’ health
  • The Netherlands' €15 million towards organizations affected by 'global gag rule'
  • Belgium's €64 million over four years in core funding toward UNFPA (€36 million), UNAIDS (€12 million), and UN WOMEN (€16 million)
  • The Brook Foundation's €50,000 to She Decides
  • The Ribbink van den Hoek Family Foundation's €25,000 for She Decides

Highlights for women's economic empowerment include:

  • Intel, IBM, and Pfizer each committing to source US$100 million from women-owned businesses in their supply chains, especially in developing countries, over the next three years

Website - Global Citizen


Report estimates US$30 trillion needed for infrastructure in the tropics

A report from James Cook University in Australia, 'Sustainable Infrastructure in the Tropics', estimates that US$30 trillion needs to be spent in tropical nations to achieve the UN's targets for sustainable development and ending poverty by 2030. The report also concluded that the needs for basic infrastructure investment are relatively modest compared to other sectors and significantly lower than the costs of addressing the negative outcomes of poor water, sanitation, and waste management.

Globally, it is estimated that at least US$3.5 trillion needs to be spent every year to meet the requirements of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Website – James Cook University 

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Overseas Development Institute publishes paper on value-driven attitudes toward refugees and migrants

Think tanks Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Chatham House have published a working paper outlining current global polling data on public attitudes towards refugees and migrants. The paper concludes that effective engagement requires understanding of the real-world concerns, emotions, and values that inform public attitudes toward refugees and migrants. Using an evidence-based approach continues to be important in influencing policy and strategy; however, it is unlikely to engage those who are not already supportive of these issues. The paper suggests that successful strategies might use a shared-values approach while highlighting the manageability of the refugee/ migration situation.

 Journal/publication – ODI

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Lancet Journal and LSHTM launch new series on health in humanitarian crises

The Lancet and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have released a series of four papers that highlight gaps in the understanding of the health impacts of humanitarian crises.

The papers call for aligning humanitarian interventions with development programs, for more timely and robust health-information distribution, and for improvement in leadership and coordination to ensure that interventions are more efficient, effective, and sustainable. In addition, the papers call for action to ensure the protection of humanitarian workers. The series brings together lessons learned from "recent failures in humanitarian crises" and "to provide recommendations to improve a broken system".

Website – The Lancet