By Halima Sheji, the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) on Monday stressed the need to address the brutality and violence of conflicts against women and girls on the continent. Dr Mairo Al-Makura, Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria for the African First Ladies Peace Mission, highlighted the need to do so during a press conference in Abuja to mark International Women’s Day. Al-Makura said that although women have always played a key role in the peaceful resolution of conflicts on the continent, they have always been victims of violence in society. “The African First Ladies Peace Mission celebrates African women and will continue to play a crucial role in promoting peace on the continent. “We must not lose sight of the fact that gender equality and women’s rights are fundamental to the continent’s progress in terms of peace, security and rights. “We recommit ourselves to upholding the right […]
The African Trade Policy Center (ATPC), a unit of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), will host a conference on leveraging the Free Trade Area Continental Africa (AfCFTA) to stimulate women. economic empowerment on Tuesday 23 February. The virtual event aims to create a better understanding of the contribution of the private sector to policies that will advance the economic empowerment of women within the framework of the trade bloc which began its activities on January 1 of this year. It will also discuss how to ensure decent and productive employment for women in services trade, as well as how to create a gender-responsive trade facilitation program, and examine the gender dimension of investment. , competition policy and intellectual property rights within the framework of the AfCFTA. The results of the conference will be used to support the design of gender-responsive measures […]
In a recently released report sharing the decisions of the 34th meeting of the Assembly of the Union, the African Union (AU) expressed support for the proposed intellectual property (IP) waiver being discussed at the World Trade Organization (WTO). Médecins Sans Frontières / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) welcomes this approval by the AU to support this historic proposal at the WTO which would allow countries to choose not to apply or apply certain types of IP on COVID-medical tools. 19 during the pandemic. In recent months, several international organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS), Unitaid and drugs for neglected diseases initiative (MDNI) have issued statements in support of this critical waiver. The proposal launched by India and South Africa is now officially co-sponsored by Eswatini, Kenya, Mozambique, Pakistan, Mongolia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Egypt. However, a small group of WTO members, […]
FIFA President (www.FIFA.com) Gianni Infantino underlined the importance of unity between member associations, regional organizations and continental confederations in his speech to the Annual General Meeting of the Council of Associations African Football Association (COSAFA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, before attending a meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in Cape Town. “COSAFA is very important in this part of the world and as part of the FIFA Forward program, in which we have provided strong support to zonal organizations.” said the FIFA president. “Nevertheless, we can and want to do more, so we must be united and work together in a true spirit of cooperation.” The FIFA president stressed that African football should seek to prepare at optimal levels for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will see the number of African teams participating in the competition increase from five to nine or ten. “Doubling the number of teams […]
FIFA (www.FIFA.com) and the African Union have agreed to launch a school football competition following a meeting in Kinshasa between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi, who is also the current president of the African Union (AU). The two presidents, who had started discussions last week by videoconference, met at the Palais de la Nation in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to promote their productive conversations of the previous days, and a central aspect of their exchange was the need to use the power of football to improve. lives and take advantage of the possibilities it offers to instill positive values in young people. On this issue, both the FIFA President and the AU President agreed to use the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) existing between the African Union, FIFA and CAF, to organize […]
Two years to the day of signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, African Union (AU) Chairperson Félix Tshisekedi and FIFA President Gianni Infantino (www.FIFA.com) have discussed an action plan that will accelerate several aspects of the agreement aimed at contributing for the benefit of African society, and, in particular, younger generations. “I was delighted to speak with AU Chairperson who is a passionate football fan, and as FIFA and the AU have been working together for some time now, I am sure that under Félix Tshisekedi’s leadership our organisations will find ways to reinforce our joint efforts in many areas such as our ‘Football for Schools’ education project, the fight against match manipulation and any form of corruption, as well as safety and security at football matches across the continent,” the FIFA President said. “We are encouraged by FIFA’s willingness to engage with Africa, and to use […]
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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called for a comprehensive reform of the structures and operations of the African Union, to make it more functional in meeting its targets.
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President Joe Biden on Friday promised partnership with Africa and said he hoped to attend the next African Union summit, an about-face in US interest in a continent largely ignored by his predecessor. In a video message to this weekend’s African Union summit, being held virtually due to Covid, the new US leader promised to work […] Read Full Story
Thursday, during a call that preceded the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), AU Chairperson H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa and FIFA (www.FIFA.com) President Gianni Infantino spoke of the positive momentum generated between both organisations in the past two years as well as the strong institutional bonds forged between the AU and FIFA for the benefit of the African people. Reviewing the progress made since both organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding in February 2019, the two leaders discussed various topics, including plans to boost African Football with a particular focus on infrastructure (stadia, football pitches), football academies and competitions, but also on the fight against match manipulation, as well as safety and security at football matches across Africa. The joint #SafeHome campaign from August 2020 between the AU and FIFA, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO) […]
Liberia said Wednesday it had finally paid up its late annual membership fee to the African Union, months after being downgraded to observer status. After five months of suspension, Monrovia “has fulfilled its financial obligations to the pan-African body” and “is ready to participate” in an online summit this weekend, Foreign Minister Dee-Maxwel Kemayah said
African leaders are expected to focus on Covid-19 response at a virtual summit this weekend, as well as pressing security crises that have gone overlooked during the pandemic. The two-day African Union summit comes almost exactly one year after Egypt recorded the first case of Covid-19 in Africa, prompting widespread fears that member states’ weak
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