WHO Director-General’s remark at the Committee on World Food Security High-Level Special Event on Strengthening Global Governance of Food Security and Nutrition

Honourable Chair, Ministers, Excellencies, dear colleagues and friends, I would like to start by thanking the Committee on World Food Security for convening this event, which comes at an auspicious moment. Last week, the World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its courageous and far-ranging work. The world’s attention has been drawn to the critical importance of global nutrition and fighting hunger. Today’s event brings us together to discuss the critical topic of building back better after the COVID-19 pandemic, including how we can strengthen preparedness for…

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African Union: Reflections on ICRC African Union Delegation activities

In an exclusive interview with 105.3 Afro FM, Head of ICRC Delegation to the African Union (ADO), Mr. Bruce Mokaya Orina reflected on the delegation’s activities. ARTICLE 14 OCTOBER 2020 Mr Mokaya conveyed his perception of the progress of ICRC and the evolving ADO’s engagement with the African Union Commission. He also presented his perspective on COVID-19 related challenges for ICRC and the humanitarian sector. Amid public health emergency, Mr. Bruce Mokaya reiterated ICRC’s effort to monitor, assist, and protect communities that are in need across Africa. He we went…

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No end to world hunger without an end to conflict — WFP warns

Make food a tool for peace instead, urges Executive Director By Simona Beltrami Marking International Day of Peace today, the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Executive Director David Beasley is adamant: “There’s no two ways about it — we can’t end hunger unless we put an end to conflict.” As the world stands on the brink of a hunger pandemic, with the impact of coronavirus threatening to almost double the number of acutely hungry people to 270 million, those living in conflict-affected areas are suffering the most. According to the Global…

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The Path toward Stabilization in the Central African Republic: Turn-Around Opportunity to Promote Peace and Economic Recovery

Since the 2013 coup in the Central African Republic (CAR), the World Bank has supported stabilization efforts to prevent the state from collapsing. Following the signature of an ambitious Peace Accord in 2019 that heralded a sharp decline in violence and ahead of a double electoral cycle, the CAR is now at a critical inflection point that demands steadfast commitment from development partners. Challenge As a landlocked country bordered by unstable neighbors, the CAR is one of the poorest and most fragile countries in the world. With a population of…

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Building Centers of Excellence in Africa to address regional development challenges

Since 2014, the Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE) Program has become synonymous with delivering quality and relevant post-graduate education that meets the demand for skills in priority fields. Between 2014 and 2020, it supported over 14,000 Masters and PhD students in agriculture, health, and other sciences. The program continues to expand across Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on improving teaching and learning, expanding access, and ensuring sustainability. Challenge Over half of the world’s poor live in Sub-Saharan Africa—389 million people, or 51 percent of the 767 million people worldwide living…

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Covid-19: Nearly a dozen southern African MPs died from Coronavirus

MAPUTO, Nearly a dozen MPs have died from Covid-19 in southern Africa, the head of the Southern African Development Community’s parliamentary forum, Esperanca Bias, has said. The MPs were from Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius and Zimbabwe, she added. She offered her condolences to their families as she ended a session of the parliamentary forum in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo. Source: NAM News Network

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Widespread Floods Devastate Large Sections of East Africa

JOHANNESBURG – In recent months, unpredictable, intense floods have washed across parts of Rwanda, Kenya, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti and Tanzania, ruining homes and livelihoods as people and governments try to battle a global pandemic. As the world battles a pandemic, large swaths of the African continent have been —literally — submerged by floods. Since March, this crisis has left more than 400 people dead in East Africa. A separate round of flooding has hit West Africa’s Sahel region. In Uganda, Catholic Relief services estimates…

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Mount Kilimanjaro Fire Started Accidentally,  Investigators Say

Hundreds of Tanzanian firefighters and citizens are trying to contain a fire on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain at 5,895 meters. The Citizen newspaper reports that National Park spokesman Pascal Shelutete said the initial investigation found the fire started Sunday by porters servicing climbers at the Whona rest area. Shelutete told reporters Tuesday the fire, used to warm up food, ignited dry grass and shrubs. The fire is confined to the Mandara and Horombo trails, Shelutete said, which are no higher than 2,700 meters above sea level. So far, there…

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