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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

Africa calls for action as COP25 kicks off in Madrid

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has kicked off this week in Madrid. The 197 Parties that make up the treaty – 196 nations plus the European Union – will seek to move towards the implementation of the agreements that have […]

UN mission in DR Congo appeals for calm as violent protests continue

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has met with national authorities in the wake of an attack against its headquarters in Beni on Monday, which left the building badly damaged. An angry crowd set fire to the UN office and the town hall in the eastern […]

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Support ‘winds of change’ in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief

Winds of change are blowing on DR Congo, said Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), listing some of these developments which have occurred since the installation of new President Félix Tshisekedi this past January, and urging the entire DRC political class to support these winds of change. “Regional diplomatic […]

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Guterres: Security Council’s African alliances ‘needed and appreciated more than ever’

The Security Council’s strong engagement with its Member States, partner organizations and institutions in conflict prevention efforts on the African continent is needed “more than ever”, the Secretary-General told the 15-member peace and security body on Monday. Seeing the eradication of conflict across Africa, “depends on the engagement of the parties involved”, and prevention and […]

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Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic reform, urges UN-appointed independent expert

Zimbabwe should do more to embrace and safeguard democracy, the UN-appointed independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said on Friday, at the end of his first visit there. In a statement, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule expressed his support for the Government’s stated commitment to democratization. But two years since Emmerson […]

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UNIDO and Japan to power African innovation |

On the sidelines of the seventh Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7) held in Yokohama Aug.28-30, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) explored opportunities to further promote African innovations. The event, which was attended by representatives of the public and private sector, international […]

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For Africa, ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger,’ Guterres says

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres who attended the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII) in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday August 28, said that African nations have made ‘significant progress’ in developmental efforts in the last few years and that technology can be a catalyst in the continent’s developmental efforts. […]

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TICAD VII: Egypt strikes deal with Japan’s leading bank to boost mutual investments

Egypt’s General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) has penned a Memorandum of Understanding with Japan’s top banking group in a move that will enable both sides to increase mutual investments, Zawya news reports. Egypt’s minister of investment Sahar Nasr according to the media made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday. The MoU […]

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School closures triple in Central & Western Africa as education comes under fire

The UNICEF has warned in a new report that a generation of children in Central and Western Africa risks being denied the right to learn because of threats of violence against schools across the region. “Nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict, so it is not an easy number,” UNICEF Goodwill […]

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S&P upgrades Rwanda’s rating to B+ on strong economic prospects

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term sovereign credit rating on Rwanda to ‘B+’ from ‘B’. The outlook is stable. At the same time, it affirmed its short-term sovereign credit rating at ‘B’. We also revised the transfer and convertibility (T&C) assessment to ‘B+’ from ‘B’, the rating agency said in a […]

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