COVID-19 vaccine: An unequal race

COVID-19 vaccine: An unequal race

NDO – Ahead of the forthcoming second meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine, WHO has warned that Africa is in the face of a serious vaccine shortage. (Jul 21, 2021 10:04:51)


EBRD raises growth forecast for regional economies

  Jul 01, 2021 14:12:07
NDO – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) raised its growth forecast for its 38 economies, stating the economic recovery has beengathering steam. However, “dark clouds” will still cover the economic outlook in many countries as the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first detected in India continues to spread rapidly. 

Transatlantic terrorist threats

  Jun 30, 2021 11:02:29
NDO – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently arrived in Italy as part of his trip to Europe and co-chaired a meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Rome. Pursuing a policy of strengthening the transatlantic relationship, the administration of US President Joe Biden is promoting cooperation with European allies to address the growing terrorist threats. 

Climate change: A worrying reality

  Jun 27, 2021 09:28:14
NDO – The World Bank (WB) recently agreed to boost its spending on climate change to 35% from 28%, while introducing a roadmap to help developing nations meet their Paris climate accord targets. 

Opening the door to dialogue between the EU and Russia

  Jun 21, 2021 09:29:00
NDO – Heads of the European Union (EU) member states are to meet in Brussels, Belgium, on June 24 to discuss hot issues including the future of the bloc’s relations with Russia. It is said that the Russia-US summit last week has opened the door to dialogue that the EU should also carry out with Moscow. 

Ambiguous prospects for peace in Middle East

  Jun 19, 2021 14:42:32
NDO – The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has been broken following the latest air strikes carried out by the Israeli military in retaliation for what Tel Aviv claimed as “hostile acts” against the Jewish State. The resumed violence not only hinders the Gaza reconstruction after conflict, but also makes the restoration of Middle East peace talks more obscure. 

Additional challenges in EU-US relations

  Jun 17, 2021 09:36:09
NDO – The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given the green light to EU member states to take legal action against tech corporations. This decision is said to have dealt a blow to leading US technology giants, now threatening to trigger a legal battle between the two sides of the Atlantic. 

Russia-US Summit: A worthwhile opportunity

  Jun 15, 2021 15:55:59
NDO – The first-ever in-person meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is to take place in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, attracting special attention from world public opinion and offering an opportunity for a stable Russia-US relationship after a period of “rock bottom” for many years. 

Positive prospects for global economic recovery

  Jun 10, 2021 15:45:17
NDO – In its latest Global Economic Prospects (GEP), the World Bank (WB) raised its forecast for global economic growth to the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years. Despite the uneven growth, some areas suffering heavily due to the COVID-19 pandemic are still recording stronger recovery rates than expected. 

Bringing transatlantic relations back to cooperation trajectory

  Jun 09, 2021 09:05:28
NDO – In an article published by the Washington Post on June 6, ahead of his visit to Europe, US President Joe Biden clearly stated that the goal of his first foreign presidential trip is to materialise the US’ new commitment to its traditional allies and partners, whilst affirming the ability of the “alliance of democracies” to cope with challenges in the new context. 

“Resetting” Russia-US relations

  Jun 07, 2021 15:09:56
NDO – Russia and the United States are making efforts to “reset” bilateral ties with active preparation for the upcoming summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden. 

Security threat in Mali

  Jun 03, 2021 09:03:06
NDO – The second coup in Mali in the past nine months has plunged the West African nation into serious crisis. The international community, especially the western powers, is concerned that the uncertainty in Mali will hinder the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region. 

Positive signals for recovery of Europe’s tourism industry

  May 31, 2021 08:54:37
NDO – The European tourism industry, which has been stagnant for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is showing signs of recovery as the immunisation campaign has been widely rolled out, and many countries in the region have begun to ease restriction measures on tourists. 

“Reimagining” the US economy

  May 30, 2021 09:40:27
NDO – Along with the large-scale COVID-19 immunisation campaign, the US economy is reviving strongly. In an effort to bring the world’s number one economy back to its golden age, the administration of President Joe Biden is planning huge stimulus packages aiming to “reimagine” the US economy. 

Missed targets

  May 29, 2021 09:17:20
NDO – In 2020, the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility was launched with the aim to grant all countries the opportunity for quick, fair and equitable access to coronavirus vaccines. However, the targets of the aforementioned initiative are being “missed” due to a lack of capital and the selfishness of some developed countries.