Africa

News in Brief 15 February 2021

  • Afghanistan: 65 media workers, rights defenders killed since 2018
  • Three die in Ebola outbreak in southern Guinea   
  • WTO appoints first female and first African leader
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‘Three major threats’ to inoculating the world – UN health agency

Amidst some positive news from the World Health Organization (WHO) that both COVID-19 deaths and new cases have recently been on the wane, there are “three major threats” to the UN-led international equitable vaccine initiative, COVAX, that require urgent attention. 

News in Brief 14 December 2020

  • Discrimination among reasons why migrants earn 13 per cent less than locals: ILO 
  • Alert for West and Central African migrant rescue as funding dries up: IOM
  • Glimmer of hope for recovering Mediterranean fish stocks: FAO 
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News in Brief 27 November 2020

  • Africa ‘not ready’ for huge vaccine drive against COVID: WHO 
  • First of four UN humanitarian airlifts for Ethiopia refugees lands in Khartoum 
  • Food emergency forces Malagasy to forage for food 
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Preserving African burial grounds, protecting history 

The Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping the world, has its origins in the transatlantic slave trade of the 16th century, and new impetus today, to honour and preserve the resting places of those who were enslaved, and their descendants.  

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African girls access ‘avenue to achieve aspirations and rights’: UN deputy chief 

Empowering girls in Africa can put them on the fast track to achieve their aspirations and basic rights to which they’re entitled, but too often denied.  

That’s according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, who is on a two-week solidarity visit to West Africa and the Sahel to underscore the United Nations’ support for the region, during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  

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Africa climate change report reveals heat rising north and south, Sahel getting wetter

Africa needs to prepare better for climate change by responding to a wide range of potential risks, a multi-agency report led by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, the first in a series of continent-by-continent assessments.

Strengthening global cooperation on counter-terrorism must remain a priority during and after pandemic

With Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) and other terrorist groups attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own ends, the international community must respond with stronger collective action and cooperation,  the top UN counter-terrorism official said on Monday. 

COVID-19: African countries urged to promote a safe return to school

School closures implemented to protect students from COVID-19, are hurting them in other ways, while the long-term impact of this disruption to education could create a “lost generation” in Africa, two UN agencies said on Thursday. 

News in Brief 9 July 2020

  • Climate pledges ‘in jeopardy’ amid global temperature rise forecasts
  • Refugees in Africa ‘more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID supply chain and funding disruption
  • Drone strikes ‘in self-defence’ risk destabilising world security: UN expert
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