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Spain highlights sustainable development at EU-CLACS forum

July 13, 2023 | Spain, EUI, Education, Gender Equality, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On July 13, 2023, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation José Manuel Albares and the director of AECID Antón Leis participated at the EU - CLACS Society Forum organized in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting took place in the framework of the 3rd EU- CLACS Summit, held from July 17-18, 2023. The summit prioritized innovative solutions for sustainable and inclusive development in the LAC region.

Albares highlighted that Spain, the EU, and the LAC region share a common approach in the areas of sustainable development, democratic values, human rights, peace, and the environment.

The EU - CLACS Civil Society Forum gathered government officials, development NGOs, youth collectives and other civil society groups. The civil society forum provided the EU - CLACS Summit with ten specific recommendations on gender equality, global health, the caring economy, democratic participation, digitalization, climate change, and education.

Press release - MAEC (in Spanish)

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Norway commits additional US$9 million to support UNRWA

June 17, 2024 | Norway | Share this update

On June 17, 2024, Norwegian Minister of International Development Anne Beathe Tvinnereim announced that Norway will increase its support to UNRWA by NOK100 million (US$9 million) amid the organization's financial difficulties due to the ongoing war in Gaza.

The support is in addition to the NOK275 million (US$26 million) contributed earlier in 2024.

Tvinnereim emphasized the importance of Norway’s increased support, highlighting UNRWA as the backbone of the humanitarian response in Gaza. Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Espen Barthe Eide stressed UNRWA's role in delivering essential humanitarian assistance, including health care and education, as crucial for maintaining a world order based on international law and represents the international community's commitment to Palestine refugees.

Press release - Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lowy Institute’s latest 'Aid Map' shows reduction in total ODA flows to Southeast Asia

June 17, 2024 | Australia, Climate, Global Health | Share this update

On June 17, 2024, the second edition of the Australian Lowy Institute's 'aid map' documents showed overall ODA flows to Southeast Asia from all sources declined to US$26 billion in 2022, following a reduction in COVID-19 related support.

Some traditional donors, including Australia, showed a small decline in ODA transfers. Substantial reductions appeared in flows from China and the ADB.

Southeast Asia also saw a significant decline in climate-oriented development finance. Lowy indicated that climate finance had declined by 15% over the previous year.

The map covered financial flows by 107 development partners to 120,000 projects.

Report - Lowy Institute

Canada announces over US$3.6 billion for Ukraine recovery

June 16, 2024 | Canada, Climate, Gender Equality | Share this update

On June 13 and 16 2024, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced CAD5 billion (US$3.6 billion) and CAD52 million (US$38 million) at the G7 Summit and the Summit on Peace in Ukraine, respectively, in support of Ukraine.

The CAD5 billion (US$3.6 billion) contribution will contribute to the G7 Extraordinary Revenue Acceleration Loans for Ukraine. Through the initiative, G7 countries intend to bring forward the revenues from frozen Russian sovereign assets, providing Ukraine with approximately CAD69 billion (US$50 billion).

The CAD52 million (US$38 million) contribution was allocated in support of Ukraine’s recovery and rebuilding efforts. This included:

  • CAD20 million (US$15 million) to support Ukraine’s urgent efforts to replace damaged energy equipment and infrastructure; and
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) for civilian services, including:
    • Supporting vulnerable children and youth, and the reintegration of displaced children returning to Ukraine through children protective services;
    • Improving access to justice for survivors of war crimes;
    • Increasing families’ and civil society’s awareness about the missing persons process; and
    • Supporting male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, including prisoners of war.
  • CAD15 million (US$11 million) to help Ukraine's recovery, including:
    • Supporting the IMF to help Ukraine acquire the technical assistance and training needed for economic reforms and eventual accession to the EU;
    • Improving Ukraine’s capacity to safely clear mines and other remnants of war; and
    • Providing Ukraine’s government with technical assistance from Government of Canada experts in the justice and energy sectors.
Press release - Prime Minister of CanadaPress release - Prime Minister of Canada

US announces US$1.5 billion to strengthen Ukraine's energy, humanitarian needs, civil society

June 15, 2024 | US, Agriculture, Global Health, WASH & Sanitation | Share this update

On June 15, 2024, during a peace summit in Ukraine with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, US Vice President Kamala Harris announced a new US$1.5 billion package of support to the people of Ukraine through energy, humanitarian assistance, and civil society.

The assistance will come through both USAID and the State Department and includes US$500 million in new assistance for the energy sector. US$324 million in previously announced energy funding will be used to address emergency assistance aimed to repair damaged infrastructure, as well as to expand and protect other infrastructure.

US$379 million in humanitarian assistance will provide food, health, shelter, and WASH services to the people of Ukraine. The final part of the package will assist with civilian security assistance to help law enforcement and border guards operate on the front lines.

Press release - USAID

Canada announces US$501 million for global agriculture, climate, gender equality at G7 Summit

June 14, 2024 | Canada, UK, Agriculture, Nutritious Food Systems, Climate, Gender Equality | Share this update

On June 14, 2024, the second day of the G7 Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced nearly CAD687 million (US$501 million) to strengthen sustainable agricultural, climate resiliency, and foster gender equality in low- and middle-income countries.

Within the funding was CAD200 million (US$146 million) to IFAD, including:

  • CAD100 million (US$73 million) to reduce poverty and food insecurity while strengthening climate resilience, with a focus on poor, vulnerable, and rural communities; and
  • CAD100 million (US$73 million) as a repayable contribution to IFAD’s Private Sector Financing Programme to support investments in the agricultural sector in low- and middle-income countries, especially in the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Canada also announced new funding for the Indo-Pacific region, which is home to the largest number of climate-vulnerable people in the world. Funding included:

  • CAD360 million (US$262 million) in repayable contributions to the ADB to establish the Canadian Climate and Nature Fund for the Private Sector in Asia to mobilize private capital toward inclusive climate change mitigation and adaptation projects; and
  • CAD7 million (US$5 million) through the IDRC to build on Canada’s existing partnership with the UK to expand the IDRC’s AI for Development program for responsible AI innovation and capacity building in the Indo-Pacific.

Lastly, Canada announced new funding to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, girls, and LGBTQI+ people, including:

  • CAD100 million (US$73 million) in the International Finance Corporation’s Facility for Gender Equality, Resilience, Opportunity, and Inclusion Worldwide, which is expected to mobilize an estimated CAD470 million (US$342 million) in private capital for investments that empower women and promote gender inclusion; and
  • CAD20 million (US$15 million) to TradeMark Africa and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation to help eliminate the gender-based barriers that prevent women from fully participating in opportunities afforded by the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Press release - Prime Minister of CanadaPress release - International Development Research Centre

US to provide additional US$315 million in humanitarian assistance to Sudan

June 14, 2024 | US, Agriculture, WASH & Sanitation, Global Health | Share this update

On June 14, 2024, USAID and the US State Department announced an additional US$315 million for emergency assistance to the people of Sudan in response to the ongoing regional crisis.

The war, having lasted for over a year, has caused extreme hunger for nearly 5 million people. Overall, about 25 million people in Sudan are in need of immediate assistance, which has internally displaced about 10 million people and has cause food insecurity in Sudan's border countries. The new funding is slated to help address acute malnutrition and hunger-related deaths.

The assistance will provide food, nutrition services, WASH services, and health care, especially focused on children. Other lifesaving assistance will be provided to refugees both in Sudan and in neighboring countries.

Press release - USAID

UK announces US$152 million for climate initiatives at G7 Summit

June 13, 2024 | UK, Climate | Share this update

On June 13, 2024, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, while attending the G7 Leaders’ Summit, announced a total of US$152 million in funding across a suite of climate initiatives.

GBP57 million (US$68 million) is slated for the UK’s Climate Compatible Growth Programme. The program helps to build climate-resilient infrastructure across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with expert UK support.

GBP35 million (US$42 million) was announced for the Alliance for Green Infrastructure in Africa, which aims to catalyze greater finance for sustainable infrastructure.

The UK is partnering with the World Bank and the EU to support African regional electricity, providing GBP15 million (US$18 million) to the Zambian side of a Zambia-Tanzania Interconnector that will link the Southern and East African Power Pools.

Finally, Sunak announced a GBP20 million (US$24 million) expansion for the Asia component of the joint donor AI for Development program.

Press release - UK government

Spain pledges US$1.5 million to UNCTAD

June 13, 2024 | Spain | Share this update

On June 13, 2024, at the Global Leaders Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the Spanish State Secretary for International Cooperation Eva Granados announced a special pledge of EUR1.5 million (US$1.6 million) to UNCTAD.

Spain’s development leadership participated in this high-level event, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of UNCTAD, together with other development ministries and world leaders.

Granados underlined the importance of strengthening the global governance for sustainable development. She also made the case for the critical role of the private sector, trade and innovative financial sources to advance towards the 2030 Agenda.

The Spanish new pledge will be channeled to UNCTAD’s Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy, and Finance.

Press release - Cooperación Española (in Spanish)

Norway commits five-year funding to CSOs for food security in Africa

June 13, 2024 | Norway, Agriculture, Nutritious Food Systems, Climate, Gender Equality | Share this update

On June 13, 2024, Norway announced a commitment of NOK1 billion (US$94 million) to support CSOs working to enhance food security in six African countries.

The funding aims to bolster local food production, preserve local seeds, and increase yields for smallholder farmers, particularly in regions vulnerable to food insecurity. Norway’s initiative emphasizes gender equality, aiming to reduce the food insecurity gap and enhance economic opportunities for women farmers.

Norad received 200 concept notes, from which 12 organizations were invited to submit full proposals. The proposals were assessed by experts and five were awarded support for five years. The selected organizations work in Niger, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. The projects were listed as:

  • The Royal Norwegian Society for Development in collaboration with NORCAP: Focus on rice production in Tanzania and cashew farming in Mozambique, received NOK200 million (US$19 million);
  • Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada: Integration of agriculture and aquaculture in Malawi, received NOK170 million (US$16 million);
  • PELUM Uganda: Development and conservation of local seed varieties in Uganda, Malawi, and Niger, received NOK175 million (US$17 million);
  • SNV: Increase production of various crops and enhance farmer income in Tanzania, received NOK200 million (US$19 million); and
  • Stichting IDH: Collaboration with the private sector to boost smallholder production and local food processing in Tanzania and Ethiopia, received NOK255 million (US$24 million).
Press release - Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UK announces up to US$290 million to Ukraine for humanitarian, energy, stabilization needs at G7

June 13, 2024 | UK | Share this update

On June 13, 2024, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, announced at the G7 Leaders’ Summit that the UK would provide Ukraine with up to GBP242 million (US$290 million) in bilateral assistance to support its humanitarian, energy, and stabilization needs.

The UK has provided a total of GBP12.7 billion (US$15.7 billion) in military, humanitarian, and economic support to Ukraine.

Sunak worked with partners to ensure a G7 agreement on using immobilized Russian assets to support Ukraine. The G7 ultimately agreed to provide a US$50 billion loan to Ukraine, which would use the interest earned on profits from Russia’s frozen central bank assets as collateral.

The UK was the first country to introduce legislation explicitly enabling us to keep sanctions in place until Russia pays damages.

Press release - UK government

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