2020 was challenging on every front. COVID-19 left many more vulnerable than ever while other social and environmental issues are exacerbating, to the point that the World Economic Forum opening this week called for a “great reset”. Are we up to the task?
At the 51st World Economic Forum, the Great Reset is the star topic. This initiative seeks to respond to the current crises by revamping all aspects of our societies and economies. Will decision-makers rise to the challenge?
“ Davos 2021: to achieve a “great reset”, we can’t count on the same old globalists to lead the way ” , The Conversation, January 22, 2021
Teenage pregnancies have risen in parts of Kenya due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Without the basic hygiene requirements formerly provided by schools, thousands of teenage girls exchanged sex for money to buy sanitary pads or to take a shower. Experts are calling it a “shadow pandemic.”
“ “Sex for sanitary pads”: how Kenya's lockdown led to a rise in teenage pregnancy ” , The Guardian, December 24, 2020
Democrats assume full Senate control with two Georgia victories. What does this mean for US foreign aid? For Erin Collinson, the Director of policy outreach at the Center for Global Development, this power shift will provide “greater leverage in negotiations on spending bills.”
“ What Democratic control of the Senate could mean for US foreign aid ” , Devex, January 7, 2021
The European Union announced new rules for plastic waste shipments, including a ban on unsorted plastic waste to non-OECD countries. This decision illustrates the EU’s resolution to respond to environmental threats. On their end, environmental pressure groups fear unsaid consequences.
“ Recyclers fret as EU plastic waste export ban comes into force ” , Euractiv, January 6, 2021
A new study from the Nature Energy Journal has found that although 2,500 power plants are to be developed in Africa, less than 10% of them will produce green energy. The continent could be stuck with fossil fuels for decades to come.
“ Africa Is Unlikely to Switch to Green Energy by 2030: Study ” , Global Citizen, January 15, 2021