Development leaders gather in Brussels for European Development Days, June 18-19

The 2019 European Development Days, Europe’s leading forum on development cooperation, focused on addressing inequalities and inclusive progress. The event, held in Brussels from June 18-19, 2019 brought together 144 world leaders and nearly 67,000 participants. 

High level speakers and participants at the event included World Health Organization (WHO) director general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Her Majesty Mathilde, Queen of the Belgians, Rwandan president Paul Kagame, Senegalese president Macky Sall, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani, commissioners Neven Mimica, Christos Stylianides, Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici and Mariya Gabriel, Britain's Tony Blair, and David Miliband of the International Rescue Committee.

Website - European Development Days

EU and WHO to co-invest €102 million in health systems in more than 80 countries

The EU and the World Health Organisation (WHO) signed a €102 million (USD $115 million) contribution agreement to invest in building health care systems to provide quality services in more than 80 African, Caribbean, Pacific, and Asian countries. 

The EU’s contribution to the 'Health Systems Strengthening for Universal Health Coverage Partnership Program' was announced on June 18, 2019 at the European Development Days. The funding will help WHO strengthen health system capacity in receiving countries at national and regional levels, facilitate access to medicines and health products, and improve the health workforce, health financing, health information and education, and service delivery. 

Press release - European Commission

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Health professional meeting reemphasizes on UHC

The World Medical Association (WMA) and the Japan Medical Association (JMA) jointly adopted the Tokyo Declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The Tokyo Declaration reemphasizes Japan's commitment to the promotion of universal coverage and dramatically improved public health and medical standards.

WMA and JMA welcomed health and finance ministers to the meeting. They are expected to lobby again for UHC promotion during the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit.

News article - MIX Online (in Japanese)

News article - (in Japanese)

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New study finds the impact of US "global gag rule" cuts access to crucial health care services

A new report from the International Women's Health Coalition on the Trump administration's "global gag rule" shows that the impact of the policy is affecting access to crucial health services, primarily for marginalized women and girls. The global gag rule, otherwise known as the Mexico City policy, prohibits any foreign NGO that receives US global health assistance from providing abortion-related services, including education and counseling services.

The report, released June 5, 2019 at the Women Deliver conference, found that the imposition of the rule two years ago had an immediate chilling effect on foreign health organizations, which have had to choose between providing services or receiving US global health funding. The study confirms that the global gag rule has had highly damaging ramifications, hindering access not only to abortion services, but also to health services that address crucial issues such as malnutrition, maternal health, and gender-based violence. 

News report - Devex

Coalition of pharmaceutical organizations give joint statement to Japan's Abe supporting universal health coverage

Japanese, American, and European pharmaceutical organizations, together with the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Organizations, announced that the pharmaceutical industry will support the realization of universal health coverage in a joint statement to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

Abe will host the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019: a chance for Japan to cement its status as a standard-bearer in the fields of health, medical care, prevention and preemptive medicine. There is a particular focus on in the field of universal health coverage, innovation, and health data.

Press release – Statement to the prime minister

News article- MIX online (in Japanese)

2019 U20 Tokyo communique focuses on climate action, social inclusion, and sustainable growth

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hosted the Urban 20 (U20) Tokyo Meyers Summit. The communique from the summit focuses on three policy areas:

  1. Climate Action
  2. Social Inclusion and Integration
  3. Sustainable Economic Growth

The U20 group meets in the sidelines of the group of 20 (G20) events to discuss common problems and solutions relating to cities and the goal of achieving a sustainable and inclusive world. U20 participating cities are: Berlin, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Durban, Hamburg, Houston, Jakarta, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, Montreal, New York City, Osaka City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo City, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Tshwane.

Communiqué - 2019 Urban 20 Tokyo Mayors Summit

Website - U20 The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (in Japanese)  

Action Against Hunger urges UN Security Council to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war

Action Against Hunger, a French NGO, called upon the United Nations (UN) to implement Resolution 2417,  condemning the use of hunger as a weapon of war and decrying the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilians in need of assistance.

The UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed the landmark resolution one year ago, but conflict remains the leading cause of acute hunger worldwide.

In remarks delivered at the UN on May 23, 2019, Action Against Hunger reiterated the critical role of the UNSC in the fight against hunger. Advocates specifically highlighted the importance of the UNSC's ability to pressure member states to uphold international humanitarian law and to prevent all impediments to humanitarian access in conflict zones. Accountability for governments who do not act swiftly to relieve starvation in conflict zones was also highlighted as a priority, along with the importance of weighing collateral damage of sanctions and counter-terrorism measures on civillians when considering punitive engagement.

Website - Action against Hunger (in French)

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T20 advocates to focus on Agenda 2030 at Tokyo Summit, among other areas

The Think 20 (T20) published its policy briefs to advocate on the agenda of the Group of 20 (G20) Osaka Summit and will hold a T20 Summit 2019, from May 26 to 27, 2019, in Tokyo, Japan.

The policy briefs focus on ten policy areas:

  1. Task Force 1: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. Task Force 2: International financial architecture for stability and development, crypto-assets and fintech
  3. Task Force 3: Climate change and the environment
  4. Task Force 4: Economic effects of infrastructure investment and its financing
  5. Task Force 5: Cooperation with Africa
  6. Task Force 6: Social cohesion, global governance, and the future of politics
  7. Task Force 7: The future of work and education for the digital age
  8. Task Force 8: Trade, investment, and globalization
  9. Task Force 9: Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and the impact of development of financial technology
  10. Task Force 10: Aging population and its impact on the economy and immigration policy

Policy Briefs - T20 JAPAN 2019

Official website - T20 JAPAN 2019

Japanese foreign minister proposes international solidarity tax at Nikkei SDGs Forum

During a speech at the Nikkei Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Forum in Tokyo on May 8, 2019, Foreign Minister Taro Kono promoted the idea of introducing an 'international solidarity tax'. His proposal is that a tax on cross-border financial transactions would generate additional support for the most vulnerable people in the world suffering from poverty, conflict, and poor health. 

News article - Nikkei Newspaper (in Japanese)

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USAID releases new multi-donor foreign assistance data tool

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled a new tool as part of its Foreign Aid Explorer dashboard that allows for comparisons across donors in a variety of ways. 

The new "beyond USG" portal uses a country-based lens to look at a range of donors and implementers in a particular country by amounts expended and planned. It features a map with subnational location information, a sector visualization tool and a listing of International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)  activities that can be sorted in several ways. There is also a data download function and a PDF function, which allows for easy printing of the information.  The portal uses data as reported to IATI.

FAE portal - USAID

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