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Africa: Great Lakes envoy urges international support amid rising hostilities

The UN Special Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes region, appealed to the international community on Tuesday for increased support in resolving the escalating hostilities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the mounting tension in the wider Great Lakes region.

At critical moment for peacekeeping in Africa, Ghana steps up to host key summit

The UN and Ghana jointly announced on Friday that December’s UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting will be hosted in Accra, at a time when some African nations are questioning the value of having ‘blue helmets’ on their soil.

Central African Republic leader slams West for looting Africa’s wealth, sparking today’s migrant crisis

New York: The President of the Central African Republic on Thursday accused Western countries of triggering a migration crisis by pillaging Africa’s natural resources and impoverishing the continent through slavery and colonization.

People of African descent facing ‘immense challenges’ in public square

New York: Members of the African diaspora continue to face immense challenges participating in public life in many countries, the UN human rights office (OHCHR) said in a new report on Tuesday.

African children bearing the brunt of climate change impacts

Children in Africa are among the most at risk from climate change impacts but are being woefully deprived of the financing necessary to help them adapt, survive and respond to the crisis, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report on Friday.

Africa’s food ‘transformation’ impossible without game changing solutions: FAO

New York: A full-scale Africa-led agrifood systems transformation will not be possible without game changing solutions, greater investments in smallholder farmers, embracing new technology and new partnerships at all levels.

Top UN official for Africa calls for added action to stop piracy’s spread

New York: International cooperation is making waves in combatting piracy in West Africa, but addressing its root causes and ensuring sustainable funding must fully eliminate threat, which is spreading to other regions, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday.

African free trade area could spur sustainable growth: UN chief

New York: The robust growth that many African countries experienced before COVID-19 was lost to the pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, highlighting the need to scale up efforts towards a single trade market on the continent.

Road Safety Week: African nations steer towards reducing deaths

New York: Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among African youth, so governments across the continent have resolved to drive in a new unified direction, ahead of Road Safety Week, observed 15 to 21 May.

Background to a crisis: In Sudan, the stakes are high for the whole of Africa

New York: A turbulent transition to civilian rule has been underway in Sudan since the ouster of former President Omar Hassan El-Bashir in April 2019. The civilian-led transitional Government put in place later that year, through a power-sharing agreement between military and civilian leaders, was toppled by a military coup in October 2021.

Japan strengthens diplomacy to avoid 'losing' Global South to China

Tokyo: With the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima just a month away, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is all set to embark on a multi-country trip in a bid to compete against China and Russia for influence in Africa, reported Nikkei Asia.

China's corruption, poor human rights practices spread to Africa, says Washington Post column

The Chinese government's exploitative intentions and the "China model" involving serious human rights abuses and corruption will undermine the dignity and freedom of Africans as the Asian giant led by Xi Jinping helmed Communist Party of China makes deep inroads in the African continent, according to an opinion piece in The Washington Post.

UN underlines support for Africa’s fight against terrorism

New York: Although no region is immune to terrorism, the situation in Africa is especially concerning, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Tuesday, underlining UN support to countries striving to “end this scourge.”

Guterres in Africa: End political stalemate in Libya now, UN chief urges leaders

New York: Overcoming the current political impasse in Libya can unleash much-needed progress in tackling myriad crises there, the UN chief said on Friday at a high-level meeting of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital.

Pope Francis in DR Congo: WFP highlights Africa’s biggest hunger crisis

New York: As crowds in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) thronged on Thursday to hear Pope Francis’s message of hope and solidarity on day three of his official visit to Central Africa, UN humanitarians warned that aid agencies face growing demands and shrinking funds in DRC - Africa’s biggest hunger crisis.