Africa

News in Brief 20 May 2020

  • Guterres: health of Africa ‘hangs in the balance’ from COVID, $200 billion stimulus needed urgently
  • Child food insecurity set to rise by 20 per cent because of COVID
  • Bees, the unsung heroes of sustainable development
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Behind the scenes at the humanitarian air hub dispatching COVID-19 aid to African nations

Facemasks – a million of them - are just some of the precious cargo being dispatched to all corners of Africa by the UN, as the continent braces for the spread of COVID-19. Managing this huge task is Amer Daoudi, Senior Director of Operations for the World Food Programme.

In an online interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Jordanian national, Mr. Daoudi, takes us behind the scenes at the agency’s humanitarian hub in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where a UN-wide supply chain operation is now in full swing.

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News in Brief 16 April 2020

  • UN chief expresses solidarity for Africa as continent ‘braces’ for pandemic
  • Europeans remain in midst of storm, warns region’s UN health chief
  • ‘No evidence’ polio vaccine prevents COVID-19
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Africa mobilizing to minimize losses as COVID-19 pandemic continues worldwide advance

From procuring test kits to promoting debt relief, the UN will stand in solidarity with Africa as it braces against the unprecedented economic, social and health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres pledged on Wednesday.  

News in Brief 8 April 2020

  • COVID-19: impact could see 195 million job losses, warns UN labour agency chief
  • More than 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Africa
  • Rights experts warn over South Sudan COVID-19 spread
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News in Brief 23 December 2019

  • Quality immunization, surveillance help stop polio in three African countries: WHO
  • UN concerned for over three million in Idleb
  • Much work needed to target racism in Ecuador: UN experts
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Empowering people living with HIV ‘will end the epidemic’, says AIDS agency chief

When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease.

News in Brief 18 November 2019

  • Negotiating a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East
  • Aid-dependent countries must direct national development priorities
  • UN, African Union make significant joint commitment to global health
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Thursday’s Daily Brief: The power of mediation, Southern Africa food crisis, urban deaths, climate meeting update and Iraq protest latest

A recap of Thursday’s top stories: Guterres in Turkey underscores successes of mediation; 45 million lack food across Southern Africa; rights experts push to release Palestinian hunger striker; new UN health report targets causes of urban deaths; Climate change conference finds a new home; Iraq protests put country at ‘a crossroads’

More than 90 per cent of Africa migrants would make perilous Europe journey again, despite the risks

A landmark UN migration study published on Monday shows that 93 per cent of Africans making the journey to European countries along irregular routes, would do it again, despite facing often life-threatening danger.