Climate change and violence in Africa: no time to lose

The AU is the first international body to tackle the problem head-on, and it needs global support. BY AIMÉE-NOËL MBIYOZO AND OTTILIA ANNA MAUNGANIDZE Climate change poses serious security threats in Africa. Global organisations, regional communities and countries are increasingly recognising this fact, but that isn’t enough – urgent action is needed. In March 2021, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) issued an unprecedented communiqué dedicated to the effects of climate change on peace, security and stability in Africa. It was the first to specifically address the…

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WHO Cautions COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not Over

The World Health Organization warned Monday that while global infection and death rates are declining, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, contrary to the behavior in some nations where high numbers of people have been vaccinated. At the agency’s Monday briefing at its headquarters in Geneva, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that infections and deaths have declined globally for the second straight week. But he also said that while wealthier nations with the highest vaccination rates appear to have the mindset that the pandemic is over, the situation in…

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France Announces Support to Sudan during Africa Financing Talks

PARIS – France said it will cancel $5 billion in debt Sudan owes it, and Germany also offered assistance, during back-to-back Paris financing summits targeting Khartoum’s democratic transition and Africa’s economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. The two days of high-level talks near the Eiffel Tower in Paris gather more than a dozen African leaders, along with top representatives of multilateral institutions, the European Union and China. Sudan was on Monday’s agenda. Two years after overthrowing longtime leader Omar al-Bashir, the country faces a raft of challenges — as Sudanese…

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WFP provides immediate support to families caught up in Gaza emergency

JERUSALEM – WFP has started providing emergency assistance for more than 51,000 people in north Gaza in response to rising humanitarian needs among families affected by the recent escalation of conflict in the impoverished strip. Working alongside its partners, WFP is providing cash support which will benefit both people who now need assistance for the first time and people who were already receiving WFP assistance but have had to leave their belongings behind and go and stay with friends or family elsewhere. “For people who have lost or fled their…

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