Africa

FAO aims for sustainable mechanization of farming, ‘the backbone of the African economy’

“Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy”, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and combined with the challenges of a growing population, the organization is now joining forces with the African Union to develop a way of mechanizing farming throughout the continent in a sustainable way.

FAO’s Charlotta Lomas sat down to talk modernization and sustainability, with Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, and Joseph Mpagalile, an agriculture engineer and expert at FAO.

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First World War exhibition highlights conflict’s mixed international legacy

It’s a little-known fact that soldiers from every African country took part in the First World War, which ended exactly 100 years ago last month.

To remember them – and those from even further afield who also made a major contribution – an exhibition at the UN in Geneva hosted by the Mission of Belgium has provided a fascinating insight into their experiences on the front line in Northern Europe from 1914-18.

Dr Dominiek Dendooven from In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium, sat down with UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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Global Compact enables ‘safe, regular, orderly migration from Africa’: former Liberia President

The adoption of the UN global migration pact in Marrakech means that the world will see migration through “a completely different narrative”, and countries that have chosen not to sign up will eventually “change their minds.” That’s the hope expressed by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Tuesday, Former President of Liberia, who took part in the conference in Morocco. 

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UN chief advocates for a strengthening of peacekeeping in Africa

Citing the “encouraging progress” achieved by United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa – which hosts half of all ongoing missions – UN chief António Guterres on Tuesday called the international community to strengthen cooperation and commitment to peacekeeping, during an open debate held at the Security Council.

In Beijing, UN chief urges win-win collaboration between China and Africa for ‘the future we want’

Highlighting the economic and development progress made in China and Africa, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres urged them to unite their combined potential for peaceful, sustainable and equitable progress to the benefit of all humankind.

Impressive African health gains at risk from changing trends: WHO report

Life expectancy across Africa has improved significantly, says a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Thursday, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most.

News In Brief 10 August 2018

  • Venezuela exodus ‘one of largest population movements in history’: UNHCR.
  • Yemen bus attack condemned as just the latest outrage against civilians
  • Birth registration initiative promises to boost vital services to children
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Sahel not ‘land of misery but land of opportunities’

The Sahel region of Africa should not be considered a ‘land of misery’ but rather a ‘land of opportunities,’ according to the United Nations Special Adviser for the Sahel.   For this special edition of our UN and Africa podcast, Daniel Dickinson reports from the Sahel and talks to the UN's Ibrahim Thiaw, the man with the daunting task of turning ideas, into action.

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‘Listen to girls and women’ in countries on brink of ‘hope and despair’: Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister

The views of women and girls are crucial to the future of countries like Niger, which has been described as being on the cusp of “hope and despair”, according to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council, Margot Wallström. Daniel Dickinson asked her about the importance of seeing conditions in the field for themselves.

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News in Brief 09 July 2018

  • UN ‘cannot afford to fail in Africa’: Guterres
  • UN Mission in Haiti calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ following violent protests
  • New world fishing report highlights its value in fight against hunger
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