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Improving climate resilience in the Caribbean, and other news (17 January 2020)

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Key commitments from the first Global Refugee Forum and new investments into the renewable energy sector across the Caribbean islands

Each week we highlight some of the international development stories from across the globe that have caught our attention:

  • The United Arab Emirates announced new renewable energy projects across the Caribbean islands, aiming to scale up climate resilience of cities and populations in the region. Among other projects, the investments, hybrid battery and solar desalination projects are planned for Haiti, Guyana, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Read more at Zawya.

  • A pre-harvest assessment report suggests that, due to erratic rainfall and pest infestation, Gambia’s rice production has declined for the 2019/20 cropping season, with crop production in all regions falling by 15% compared to 2018. As such there is an estimated deficit of over 375 thousand tons of rice for 2020. Read more in All Africa.

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shares key commitments from the first-ever Global Refugee Forum. The event drew over 3,000 participants from across the world, to discuss how to improve the lives of almost 26 million refugees, and their host countries, most of whom are in developing nations. Read more at UNHCR.

  • Zimbabwe is exploring options to accelerate policy and legal reform for economic recovery and inclusive growth. To assess the scope of challenges and needs, the Government has asked the African Development Bank, United Nations and World Bank to conduct a Joint Needs Assessment Report. Read more at Modern Diplomacy.

  • Funding for the second phase of the Chennai Metro Rail project in India has been provided by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The $320 million project aims to link core areas of Chennai not currently well served by public transport. Read more in Urban Transport News (India).