The World Food Programme (WFP) issued a warning this month that it may have to suspend aid flights and transport before the end of July due to funding shortages. WFP operates a network of global aid hubs near supply manufacturers and transports personnel and materiel through its regional hubs around the world. WFP’s $965 million common services budget—required to maintain transport services through year-end—has received only $178 million in funding and pledges.
No country is on course to meet all 10 of WHO’s 2025 global nutrition targets and just eight of 194 countries are on track to meet four targets, according to the 2020 Global Nutrition Report (GNR). Published this month, the GNR reported that one in every nine people in the world is hungry, and one in every three is overweight or obese.
COVID-19 cases in Africa passed 100,000 in late May—a relatively low figure in a region with just 1.5 percent of the confirmed cases worldwide. A slower transmission rate and younger population left some observers optimistic, even as WHO warned of overwhelmed hospitals, UNICEF of missed vaccinations, and the World Food Programme (WFP) of desperate shortages.
The multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic gained traction this month with progress on medical interventions, logistics, and UNGA operations.
March saw the multilateral community organize on several fronts against a Covid-19 outbreak that was not yet a WHO-recognized pandemic when the month began. On March 1, there were barely 87,000 confirmed cases, 92 percent of them in China. WHO declared a pandemic on March 11.
The 146th session of the WHO Executive Board met February 3–8 in Geneva. Notable topics of discussion included access to medicines and the need to implement the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPA), reducing the harmful use of alcohol, and modifications to civil society and non-State actors’ participation under FENSA (the Framework of Engagement of non-State Actors).
The WFP Global Hotspots 2020 report identified 15 critical emergencies at risk of descending further into crises, with Zimbabwe, South Sudan, the DRC, and the Central Sahel region all needing immediate life-saving food assistance.
Findings from a survey of more than 8,000 World Food Programme (WFP) staffers revealed that members of senior leadership have abused their authority, committed or enabled harassment, discriminated against women and ethnic minorities, and retaliated against those who spoke up in protest. According to Foreign Policy, the survey found that:
On September 24, 12 multilateral agencies launched the Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, a joint plan to help countries accelerat
FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO jointly released their annual flagship report, the 2019 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, on July 14. The report provides updated estimates on the number of hungry people in the world, including regional and national breakdowns, and the latest data on child stunting and wasting, as well as on adult and child obesity. For the third consecutive year, the number of people without enough to eat increased—from 811.6 million in 2017 to 821.6 million in 2018.