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Security Council examines capacity building for sustaining peace in Africa

New York: Greater investment in State institutions is critical to counter peace and security challenges in Africa, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday.

Africa: COVID has ‘pushed back’ democracy, Ukraine war further raises risks

New York: Already reeling from COVID-19, the fighting in Ukraine has introduced significant and worrying new risks likely to heavily impact Africa, UN development experts warned on Friday.

Eastern Africa: Millions displaced, amid growing hunger, ‘unprecedented needs’

New York: Millions of displaced families across eastern Africa will fall deeper into hunger as food rations dwindle due to humanitarian resources being stretched to the limit as the world grapples with a toxic cocktail of conflict, climate shocks, and COVID-19, UN humanitarians warned on Wednesday.

West Africa: Extreme poverty rises nearly 3 per cent due to COVID-19

New York: Extreme poverty in West Africa rose by nearly three per cent in 2020, another fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN-backed report launched on Thursday that looks at the socio-impact of the crisis has revealed.

Africa Free Trade Area, likely spur for growth and development

New York: With productivity-boosting measures, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement could reduce poverty and inequality while spurring sustainable and inclusive growth, according to a report launched on Wednesday by the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD.

EU concerned over Ethiopia's possible further fragmentation, aggravation of armed conflict

Brussels/Sputnik: EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell expressed concerns over the recent escalation of fighting in Ethiopia, pointing to risks of further fragmentation of the country and spreading of the armed conflict, and also reiterated calls for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops.

Ethiopian Parliament approves state of emergency as Tigrayan Rebels advance: Reports

Addis Ababa/UNI/Sputnik: The lower house of the Ethiopian parliament has approved imposing a state of emergency in the country in the last ditch effort to protect the population from the advancing rebels of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (PNLF), Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday.

Greater global solidarity needed to achieve peace and security for Africa

New York: The deputy UN chief on Thursday emphasized the “vital importance” of peace and security in Africa, thanking ambassadors in the Security Council for helping the UN shine a spotlight on the issue, and how all Member States can work with the African Union and other regional and sub-regional groups, to make lives more secure across the continent.

New FAO report highlights urgent need to restore Africa’s degraded landscape

New York:: The first-ever stocktake of Africa’s forests and landscapes, which was released on Wednesday finds slow progress in repairing Africa’s degraded lands and urges ramped up efforts for climate action.

Islamic State threat moves online, expands across Africa: Senior counter-terrorism expert

New York: Two decades after the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York, terror networks Al-Qaida and Islamic State – also known as Da’esh – continue to pose a grave threat to peace and security, adapting to new technologies and moving into some of the world’s most fragile regions, the top UN counter-terrorism official told the Security Council on Thursday.

Congo: Pressure mounts between Chinese cobalt mine workers and their Chinese bosses

Beijing: Chinese companies are slowly entering the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in search of  cobalt recently, triggering a new conflict in the region.

Nine in 10 African nations set to miss urgent COVID vaccination goal

New York: Nine in 10 African nations look set to miss the September target of vaccinating 10 per cent of their populations against COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Thursday.

Thousands flee fresh clashes in Central African Republic: UN agency

New York: Recent fighting between government forces and rebels in northern Central African Republic (CAR) has forced more than 2,000 refugees into neighboring Chad over the past week, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

UN agencies appeal for $266 million to feed refugees in eastern Africa

New York: A funding shortfall is putting the lives of some three million refugees in eastern Africa at risk, two UN agencies warned on Tuesday.

Secretary-General underscores need for peace and stability in Africa’s Sahel region

New York: The UN Secretary-General has underlined his concern for Africa’s Sahel region, where deteriorating security and violence are aggravating an already difficult humanitarian situation that is unfolding amid the COVID-19 pandemic and climate emergency.