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Africa: UN Issues Worldwide Call to Action on Human Rights

Tue 25 Feb 2020 06:10:20 GMT
[VOA] Geneva -UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warns human rights are under assault from a multitude of threats including the climate crisis, the misuse of digital technology and power-hungry leaders. Guterres launched a Call to Action to advance and protect the human rights of all peoples at the opening of the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Africa: Climate Change Could Pose 'Catastrophic' Security Threat, Experts Warn

Tue 25 Feb 2020 05:21:05 GMT
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -Climate change could become a "catastrophic" threat to global security, as people lose their livelihoods, fall ill and battle over scarce water and food, a host of U.S. security, military and intelligence experts warned on Monday.

Africa: Which Countries Are Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus?

Tue 25 Feb 2020 05:00:06 GMT
[The New Humanitarian] Nairobi -'We are constantly expecting something to happen.'

Africa: Youth is Africa's Largest Untapped Resource, President Kenyatta Says

Tue 25 Feb 2020 12:25:23 GMT
[Capital FM] Nairobi -President Uhuru Kenyatta has said young people are Africa's biggest untapped resource that countries seeking to invest on the continent ought to prioritize.

Africa: Global Off-Grid Solar Market Surge, What Next for Africa?

Tue 25 Feb 2020 12:07:23 GMT
[The Exchange] The 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report that has been released this month reveals how Africa could reap high benefits in the near future.

Africa: Localising Security, Safety in Africa

Tue 25 Feb 2020 10:25:40 GMT
[This Day] Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed by Security Watch Africa Initiatives and Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, is geared towards localising security and safety in Africa through home-based trainings tailored to meet the peculiarities of each country

Africa: Geingob Congratulates Ramaphosa

Tue 25 Feb 2020 08:13:13 GMT
[New Era] President Hage Geingob has extended hearty congratulations to the South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa on his emergence as the new chairperson of the African Union.

Africa: Pompeo Warns of China Promises, Turns On the Charm in African Tour

Tue 25 Feb 2020 08:09:57 GMT
[East African] US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's five-day trip to sub-Saharan Africa was a subtle campaign to woo the continent "away from China" in Washington's latest move against Beijing's growing world influence.

Africa: Mastercard Appoints New Director Area Marketing for Sub-Saharan Africa

Tue 25 Feb 2020 06:07:49 GMT
[Capital FM] Mastercard has announced the appointment of Ifeoma Dozie as its Director Area Marketing for Sub-Saharan Africa. With more than 17 years' experience driving marketing strategy internationally, she brings a wealth of expertise to the role and will be based in Mastercard's regional head office in Lagos, Nigeria.

Africa: UK Aid Helps Scots Tackle Climate Change Ahead of Glasgow Climate Summit

Tue 25 Feb 2020 12:06:13 GMT
[PR Newswire] London -UK aid-funded platform Energise Africa makes it easier for people to invest in clean energy projects in Africa

Africa: International Energy Agency Appoints Max Jarrett As Its First Africa Programme Manager

Tue 25 Feb 2020 11:35:14 GMT
[Observer] Agency seeks to expand its analysis and partnerships with African countries, as the continent's role in global energy affairs expands

Africa: Online Hate Speech Laws Raise Alarm For Press Freedom

Mon 24 Feb 2020 06:00:49 GMT
[DW] More and more African countries have laws against online hate speech. In practice, however, these laws often lead to censorship. And a German law may have served as a model.

Africa: Cooperation Models for Transforming the Agricultural Sector

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:20:16 GMT
[Africa Renewal] South-South and triangular cooperation can foster smarter agriculture, FAO Director-General tells UN panel

Africa: Legislating Africa's Digital Economy - Rwanda Commits to Protect Personal Data and Uganda to License Digital Platform Drivers

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:08:37 GMT
[Balancing Act] London -African countries have some tough choices to make about legislating the new digital economy. Africa's "big men" have often seemed to want to choke off social media with taxes, leaving the suspicion that they don't like too many people getting to express themselves. Russell Southwood looks at two recent pieces of proposed legislation (in Rwanda and Uganda) and sees how they measure up.

Africa: A Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Aims At Reinforcing Efforts to Save World's Ecosystem

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:29:05 GMT
[IPS] United Nations -The UN's highly-touted socio-economic agenda, which lays out an ambitious global plan for "people, planet and prosperity", has been dominated by "goals, targets and deadlines."

Africa: A Rapidly Changing Landscape of Ever Increasing Threats

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:25:15 GMT
[Africa In Fact] Cyber crime cost Africa an estimated $3.5 billion in 2017 alone, according to pan-African IT business advisory company Serianu, but most countries don't have the right legislation to defend themselves from - let alone prosecute - this new form of crime. The brutal war in Yemen provides a timely example of how what might appear to be a traditional regional conflict of the type far too common in Africa and the Middle East is also one being fought in a uniquely modern way using cyber warfare and drone attacks

Africa: How Governments Are 'Weaponising' Surveillance

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:24:20 GMT
[Africa In Fact] On 20 August, 2016, a group of mostly young social media activists gathered at a property in the Burundi capital, Bujumbura, to discuss national political affairs. The political climate was tense in the central African country following brief, intense protests against the continued rule of long-time strongman Pierre Nkurunziza, politically motivated killings, repression of the media and an attempted coup the year before, in May 2015.

Africa: BP Praised for Ambition to Destroy Africa but Potentially a Bit Slower

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:22:27 GMT
[African Arguments] From the Wit-hole countries is African Arguments' satirical section. It's the news, but absurd. It's sometimes better than the real thing, sometimes not quite real, and sometimes much more real.

Africa: Biodiversity & Agriculture - Nature's Matrix & Future of Conservation

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:13:31 GMT
[IPS] Oakland, California -When we were children, a long auto trip would require a stop every hour or so to clean the windshield of the insects that had been intercepted.

Africa: National and Global Inequalities Are Intertwined

Mon 24 Feb 2020 02:00:40 GMT
[AfricaFocus] The recession that began in 2008 brought new life to the public debate on class and racial inequality in the United States. The #OccupyWallStreet demonstrations in 2011 may have left no institutional legacy, but they shined a spotlight on a yawning wealth gap and the role of the "one percent." #BlackLivesMatter and related movements challenged complacency on entrenched racism ... Public awareness of inequality, like awareness of climate change, was rising even before President Trump took office. But h

Africa: Sudan Participates in African Land Forces Summit

Mon 24 Feb 2020 10:56:57 GMT
[SNA] Khartoum -Chief of the Land Forces General Esam Mohamed Hassan Karar is chairing Sudan's delegation taking part in the 4-day African Land Forces Chiefs Summit which kicked off in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa Tuesday.

Africa: 'China Will Recover Stronger and More Prosperous'

Mon 24 Feb 2020 10:44:44 GMT
[Concord] -Assures Ambassador Hu Zhanglia

Africa: Spoken-Word Poets As Griots of Africa's Cultural Heritage

Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:52:20 GMT
[Vanguard] The tradition of rendering what is today known as the spoken word poetry to a live audience is an age-long feature of Africa's traditional poems. Verbalization of poems in the form of songs, chants, praises, incantations, et cetera is characteristic of African traditional poetry. However, the emergence of the print media and subsequent preference for written literature had relegated this to an obscure background until recent developments in literature, technology and communication triggered its phenomenal

Africa: Africa Ebola Must Help China Corona!!!!!!!

Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:52:17 GMT
[Ghanaian Times] The years 2014 and 2015 were those busy moments for Africa (mostly) and the rest of the world when an enemy virus called Ebola hit us heavily. I remember how the whole world stood upright to fight this transmissible enemy. There were a lot of education via media, training institutions and public places towards avoiding getting infected and stopping transmission from one person to the other.

Africa: Cuba Hails Africa for Rejection of U.S. Blockade

Mon 24 Feb 2020 09:41:53 GMT
[Observer] Mercedes L. Martinez Herrera, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Cuba , with Kesselly Kanneh of the Cuba-Liberia Friendship Association.

Africa: WHO Worries Over Africa As COVID-19 Spreads

Mon 24 Feb 2020 07:49:22 GMT
[Vanguard] The World Health organisation has warned that African health systems would be ill-equipped to respond to the rapid COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak should cases start to proliferate on the continent, even as it pledged to support African countries on joint preparedness and response strategy.

Africa: African Countries Aren't Getting As Much As They Should From FDI

Sun 23 Feb 2020 11:56:49 GMT
[The Conversation Africa] Economic growth is driven by a number of factors. These include foreign direct investment, national savings, household spending, fiscal and monetary policies. Since the late 1980s African governments have fully embraced foreign direct investment as a major driver of growth.

Africa: SDGs Corporate Tracker to Monitor Progress of UN's Development Agenda

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:28:07 GMT
[IPS] Amsterdam, the Netherlands -This year marks just ten years ahead of the deadline for completing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Africa: Unequal Cities Bear the Brunt of Deadly Disease Outbreaks

Mon 24 Feb 2020 04:18:03 GMT
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Bangkok -City planners and physicians say densely packed hubs are particularly vulnerable to deadly disease outbreaks and may need a redesign

Africa: Rwanda Is Training Health Workers for an Interconnected World

Sun 23 Feb 2020 12:05:28 GMT
[The Conversation Africa] Growing scientific evidence shows that environmental transformations such as climate change and pollution are linked to people's health. The number of extreme events is increasing, often driven by human activities, and they often pose an immediate threat as well as having long-term health impacts. This is a future for which health professionals must be prepared.