Short News – Global

Fewer tax havens

Following political pressure, the number of countries on the EU’s ‘black list’ of tax havens outside of the Union has dropped from 17 to now only five.

Growth with less climate impact

While still not enough, 19 countries - including the UK, France, and the US - have all cut emissions over the last decade, despite growing their economies.

The ozone layer is recovering

A UN report shows that the ozone layer is healing the holes caused by using harmful chemicals. The holes in the ozone layer are expected to fully heal by 2060.

Bulk discounts on HIV-medicine

A new procurement deal under The Global Fund is to provide four million HIV patients with lifesaving medicine, at a discount of 324 million dollars.

Stronger laws against violence

Since 2014, a total of 52 countries have strengthened their legislation to better protect women and girls against violence.

Tiny submarine had a big impact

Four areas of the Antarctic sea have been protected after Greenpeace sent a small red submarine to document how the ocean floor is teeming with life.

A safer start in life

Today, skilled health workers are present at nearly 80% of live births worldwide, up from 62% in 2005. This means more women survive giving birth.

Slums smaller part of world cities

Since 2000, the share of urban residents living in slums dropped from nearly 30% to 23%. However, the absolute number of people living in slums increased.

New roads to opportunities

The World Food Programme built and repaired 17.000 km. of roads and mountain trails in 2017. This helps bring nutritious food to remote communities.

Measles on the way out

After 20 years of fighting the measles with vaccinations worldwide, there are now fewer than 100,000 yearly cases of this dangerous children’s disease.

World focus on toxic fat

The WHO now recommends that all countries in the world follow Denmark’s example and ban trans-fatty acids in food. This could save half a million lives a year.

Young people want to contribute

Two out of every three young people believe that it’s important to do something for the greater good of society, according to a survey of youth in 20 countries.