Here are the world’s 10 most overlooked humanitarian crises of 2020

Global development and humanitarian aid are major priorities for the Canadian government, with $400 million in new funding aimed at improving COVID-19 vaccination in poor countries. However, the virus comes amid other major problems in the Global South. Hunger, climate change, and violence are still major issues in countries Canada routinely supports with aid.

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Humanitarian organizations rely on fossil fuels. Here’s how Médecins Sans Frontières is cutting its carbon footprint down

Humanitarian work has climate impacts. Nearly all of the transportation, logistical, and power generation required to keep a field hospital operational depends on fossil fuel use. Not addressing these issues — especially as more people suffer from the effects of climate change — is antithetical to the principles of international aid.

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Canadian leads new global Center for Sustainable Development

With less than a decade before the deadline to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, COVID-19 has set back progress. Poverty is increasing for the first time in decades. Gender inequity is at a high. Overcoming these crises will take extraordinary global and whole-of-society cooperation, which this new Center aims to catalyze.

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Trudeau’s $400 million international COVID-19 plan is feminist — but is it enough?

Women and girls are leading the charge on COVID-19 response efforts around the world. Yet many women around the world are seeing an alarming rise in domestic violence. Canada has earmarked $400 million towards humanitarian aid with a focus on women — a move INGO sector advocates say is hugely important.

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Canada needs a complete foreign policy overhaul. Here’s why — and how.

There’s been much talk in recent weeks about Canada’s Security Council seat loss, but humanitarian and international affairs expert Rahul Chandran says there’s a set of deeper questions to explore. How can Canada uproot the racist foundations its foreign policy is built on? Is its foreign policy truly compassionate? Is it future-proof for a post-pandemic world?

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Four social impact leaders on how COVID-19 has shifted their perspectives on the SDGs

Ten years out from the deadline for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the entire world was turned upside down by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the crisis may have taken some spotlight away from the SDGs, these social impact leaders say it’s also deepened their understanding of what needs to change in order to meet the Goals in an inclusive, meaningful way.

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