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PARIS : 480,000 KILLED BY EXTREME WEATHER this century. Haiti - the Philippines and Proud Pakistan are hit constantly by devastating extreme weather events.

The mortality burden of climate-related catastrophes : Such as storms, flooding and heatwaves is overwhelmingly borne by developing countries.

At the start of the Climate adaptation summit, held virtually this year due to the pandemic, the think-tank Germanwatch calculated that these disasters have cost the global economy a staggering $2.56 trillion this century.

MADRID : DISCRIMINATION worsens in Spain. North-African, Indo Pakistani communities are hardest hit by religion-related discrimination.

90 MILLION PEOPLE ARE LIKELY TO FALL below the extreme poverty threshold during the 2020 - 2021, with the pandemic wiping out progress made in reducing poverty over the past few decades.

Large numbers of people remained unemployed and underemployed in many countries, including the United States.

THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND on Tuesday raised its forecast for global economic growth in 2021 and said the coronavirus-triggered downturn last year would be nearly a full percentage point less severe than expected.

It said multiple vaccine approvals and the launch of vaccinations in some countries in December had boosted hopes of an eventual end to the pandemic that has now infected nearly 100 million people and claimed the lives of more than 2.1 million globally.

But the global lender warned that the world economy continued to face ''exceptional uncertainty'' and new waves of Covid-19 infections and variants posed risks, and global activity would remain well below Covid-19 projections made one year ago.

IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said a decision by new US President Joe Biden to provide funding for the World Health Organization's COVAX vaccine initiative was ''a very big step'' to containing the pandemic.

''Much more will be needed, because we can see, given the mutating virus, that this is not a problem that's going away anytime soon,'' Gopinath told a news conference.

''We are living in highly uncertain times,'' she said.

''A lot depends on this race between a mutating virus and vaccines, and how much policy support can hold up.''

Gopinath said advanced economies were recovering more quickly and it was important for countries with fewer resources to receive aid from the international community, including potential debt restructuring :

''There's is still much, much to be done, but we're certainly at least in positive growth territory this year, as opposed to last year,'' she added.

Vaccine-powered uptick

In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF forecast a 2020 global contraction of 3.5%, an improvement of 0.9% percentage points from the 4.4% slump predicted in October, reflecting stronger-than-expected momentum in the second half of last year.

It predicted global growth of 5.5% in 2021, an increase of 0.3 percentage points from the October forecast, citing expectations of a vaccine powered uptick later in the year and added policy support in the United States, Japan and a few other large economies.

It said the US economy, the largest in the world, was expected to grow by 5.1% in 2021, an upward revision of 2 percentage points attributed to carryover from strong momentum in the second half of 2020 and the benefit accruing from about $900 billion in additional fiscal support approved in December.

The Fund further said that countries should continue to support their economies until activity normalized to limit persistent damage from the deep recession of the past year.

Low-income countries would need continued support through the grants, low-interest loans and debt relief, and some countries may require debt restructuring, the IMF said.

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