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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, we’re hearing how the overlapping crises of the past two years have dealt a staggering blow to global development. We’re also getting an insight into the crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong, and covering criticism of the WHO’s treatment of the conflict in Tigray.

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Pip Cook


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Climate-related disasters, such as the recent devastating floods in Pakistan, are one of a number of crises setting back human development. (Credit: Keystone/EPA/Waqar Hussein)

Overlapping crises set back development in 9 out of 10 countries. Back-to-back crises have set back human development for two consecutive years for the first time on record, a new report from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released this morning has revealed. Overlapping catastrophes during the past two years including the Covid-19 pandemic, a rise in armed conflict and natural disasters fuelled by climate change have reversed human development around the world, erasing progress made since 2016.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Here’s what else is happening

🇨🇳Jimmy Lai: the thorn on China’s side. The media tycoon’s lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa warns of crackdown in Hong Kong.


❗Ethiopian ambassador slams WHO director general over Tigray conflict.

Health Policy Watch (EN)

🇦🇫We must stand with Afghans inside and outside of Afghanistan, says ICAN CEO.

Newsweek (EN)

🩺Myanmar’s refugee doctors battling growing needs on a remote Indian border.

The New Humanitarian (EN)

☢️Shelling resumes near Ukraine nuclear plant, despite UN warning.

Washington Post (EN)

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