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Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”

Humanity destroys its forests – and calls it a “loss”The destruction of the world’s forests is progressing at a rapid rate. In the run-up to the International Day of Forests on March 21, 2021 and the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems 2021-2030, panelists from international organizations and civil society highlighted the threats linked to the problems of global deforestation. , the lack of effective regulation and the benefits of green urban infrastructure at an online press conference on March 18, convened by Cities4Forests and organized by the REVOLVE communications group (www.REVOLVE.media). Forests cover about 30% of the world’s land area; they provide people and nature with essential ecosystem goods and services, but they continue to be reduced at alarming rates globally, in large part to fuel our consumption patterns. A 2015 study in the journal Nature found that 46% of trees have been felled (https://go.nature.com/2NupUyN) since humans started cutting down forests. Between 1990 and 2016, the […]

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UN Sierra Leone and Ministry of Health recommit to a more dynamic partnership

UN Sierra Leone and Ministry of Health recommit to a more dynamic partnershipThe United Nations Resident Coordinator (RC) in Sierra Leone, Mr. Babatunde Ahonsi and the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Austin Demby underlined that the breadth and depth of the partnership between the United Nations system in Sierra Leone and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) reflects the centrality of health promotion to human capital development and sustainable development more broadly. The RC mentioned that UN agencies such as WHO, UNICEF, UNAIDS and UNFPA in the country have a significant programming footprint with the Ministry. “This is because the resources devoted to health problems are not consumption expenditure but [rather] an investment with enormous social and economic returns. This clarification is important for development, ”he said. Taking the example of the COVID pandemic, Mr Ahonsi said the disease had revealed the importance of the health sector. He also indicated that the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2020-2023 […]

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UK PM defends AstraZeneca shot over blood clot fears

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday defended the safety of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, after several European countries halted its rollout over blood clot fears. Germany, Italy and France on Monday joined others in suspending the vaccine, dealing a potential blow to the global immunisation campaign against a disease that has killed more than
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Coronavirus – Somalia: Historic moment for Somalia with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX center

Coronavirus – Somalia: Historic moment for Somalia with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX centerOn the morning of March 15, 2021, a hot sun shone on a plane landing at Adden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu. One year after the official confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Somalia, on March 16, 2020, the country received part of the 300,000 doses of Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility, which will be deployed in the capital. This shipment is the first in a long series and will be used to protect frontline workers in all states of Somalia, including frontline health workers, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions. Somali Federal Minister of Health and Social Services HE Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur and his team received the vaccines. The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia James Swan, the Special Representative of the Under-Secretary-General for Somalia Adam Abdelmoula, and representatives and technical teams from the World Health Organization (WHO), the […]

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The energy industry will be the cornerstone of the road to recovery in Africa (by NJ Ayuk)

Coronavirus – Somalia: Historic moment for Somalia with the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX centerBy NJ Ayuk African energy producers and governments are facing an unprecedented economic crisis due to the coronavirus, unemployment, recession, energy poverty and energy transition issues. The African Energy Chamber’s Road to Recovery: How the African Energy Industry Can Reshape itself for a Post-COVID Comeback offers a common sense strategy for the public and private sector by leading industry experts. He calls on all of us to take bold action in creating jobs and opportunities that put people back to work, build infrastructure, capitalize on AFCTA and diversify our economies. We understand that we have an obligation, as an energy sector, to build and support African economies that attract investment and position our continent, its people and its investors for prosperity. It is a plan for today that gives hope for the future. Sign up for the virtual book launch here: https://bit.ly/38FfWlo After spending a week in Mozambique, I came […]

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Dutch vote in Covid-dominated election

The Netherlands began three days of socially-distanced voting Monday in one of the first major tests of a European government’s coronavirus policies, with Prime Minister Mark Rutte expected to win another term in office. Bike-through voting centres and polling booths in railway stations and even a miniature theme park opened to the public, with the
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Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidents

Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidentsThe official presentation ceremony of the end of mandate report of the outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Mr. Kwesi Quartey to the new Vice-President, HE Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, took place today, March 12, 2021, at Headquarters of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony took place in the presence of HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the AU Commission, and the commissioners. President Moussa Faki Mahamat, in his remarks, thanked outgoing Vice-President Amb. Kwesi Quartey for the commendable work accomplished during his tenure. He underlined his commitment to serve the AU Commission with loyalty as Vice-President and concluded by urging everyone to do their best to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development enshrined in Agenda 2063. . The outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Amb. Kwesi Quartey expressed her gratitude to the distinguished ladies, who continue to break the […]

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Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidents

Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidentsThe official presentation ceremony of the end of mandate report of the outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Mr. Kwesi Quartey to the new Vice-President, HE Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, took place today, March 12, 2021, at Headquarters of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony took place in the presence of HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the AU Commission, and the commissioners. President Moussa Faki Mahamat, in his remarks, thanked outgoing Vice-President Amb. Kwesi Quartey for the commendable work accomplished during his tenure. He underlined his commitment to serve the AU Commission with loyalty as Vice-President and concluded by urging everyone to do their best to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development enshrined in Agenda 2063. . The outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Amb. Kwesi Quartey expressed her gratitude to the distinguished ladies, who continue to break the […]

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Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidents

Official handover between outgoing and incoming AUC vice-presidentsThe official presentation ceremony of the end of mandate report of the outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Mr. Kwesi Quartey to the new Vice-President, HE Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, took place today, March 12, 2021, at Headquarters of the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ceremony took place in the presence of HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, President of the AU Commission, and the commissioners. President Moussa Faki Mahamat, in his remarks, thanked outgoing Vice-President Amb. Kwesi Quartey for the commendable work accomplished during his tenure. He underlined his commitment to serve the AU Commission with loyalty as Vice-President and concluded by urging everyone to do their best to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth and development enshrined in Agenda 2063. . The outgoing Vice-President of the African Union Commission, HE Amb. Kwesi Quartey expressed her gratitude to the distinguished ladies, who continue to break the […]

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Netanyahu Eyes Vaccine Win As Israel Heads For Fourth Vote

  When Israel this month holds its fourth election in less than two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hope goodwill from a world-beating Covid vaccination campaign can finally secure him an elusive majority government. The last time Israelis went to the polls just a year ago, they delivered a result that had already become … Continue reading Netanyahu Eyes Vaccine Win As Israel Heads For Fourth Vote Read Full Story

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Guyanese President Irfaan Ali takes COVID-19 vaccine

Guyanese President Irfaan Ali takes COVID-19 vaccineBy Ismail Abdulaziz President Irfaan Ali of Guyana has received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine with a call for citizens to follow suit. A statement from the Guyanese president’s office revealed that Ali made the call shortly after his inoculation on Friday in Georgetown, Guyana. “Dear Guyanese, I am very happy to inform you that I have taken the COVID-19 vaccine. And I want to take this opportunity to encourage all Guyanese to get vaccinated. “Although it is not mandatory, I want to urge you, if possible, to consider taking the vaccine,” he said. Ali said the vaccine was important in protecting citizens and helping the country get ahead of the pandemic. He explained that all resources would be deployed to ensure that every Guyanese is vaccinated before the end of the year. “It was only today that I had contact with the Organization of the Islamic Conference. […]

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China to cooperate with IOC on COVID-19 vaccines provision for Athletes

China to cooperate with IOC on COVID-19 vaccines provision for AthletesChina is willing to cooperate with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to provide vaccines to athletes preparing to participate in the Olympic Games, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday. Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said this at a press briefing in response to a question on the Chinese COVID-19 vaccines and international cooperation on vaccines. According to media reports, Thomas Bach, the IOC president, said that the IOC has received a kind offer from the Chinese Olympic Committee to make vaccine doses available for participants in this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Preliminary data from a study in Brazil shows that Chinese vaccines could effectively fight the P1 variant of the coronavirus first discovered in Brazil. The Mongolian Deputy Prime Minister Sainbuyan Amarsaikhan spoke highly of the efficacy of Chinese vaccine on social media after receiving his first shots of a COVID-19 vaccine donated by China. “From […]

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Coronavirus: Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio Engages Development Partners and Diplomatic Community on COVID-19 Vaccination Deployment Strategies

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio Engages Development Partners and Diplomatic Community on COVID-19 Vaccination Deployment StrategiesHis Excellency the President, Dr Julius Maada Bio, engaged development partners and the diplomatic community on Sierra Leone’s successes in the fight against COVID-19 and the plan to roll out vaccination across the country. The meeting brought together the Department of Health and Sanitation, NaCOVERC, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, European Union, the Deputy Head of the United States Embassy, ​​the British High Commission, the Embassy of Ireland, Chinese Embassy, ​​German Embassy, ​​World Bank Country Director, UNICEF Representative and WHO Country Representative. In his welcoming statement, Chief Minister Professor David Francis said the second interface and strategic meeting between the Presidential Working Group on the Government’s Response to COVID-19 and development partners under DEPAC , was timely, adding that they would highlight the successes, challenges, a transition from the emergency response against COVID-19 to post-emergency recovery and the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination program. His Excellency the President, Dr Julius […]

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Coronavirus: Rwanda vaccinates refugees and asylum seekers against COVID-19

Coronavirus: Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio Engages Development Partners and Diplomatic Community on COVID-19 Vaccination Deployment StrategiesAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives and rights of refugees, UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, welcomes the Rwandan government’s vaccination this week against 416 refugees – one of first countries in Africa to do so. Almost a year since the first case of COVID-19 recorded in the country and as part of Rwanda’s national vaccination campaign, the Rwandan Ministry of Health has vaccinated 224 refugees residing in the center of the transit mechanism of Emergency (ETM) in Gashora and 192 refugees in six refugee camps working on the front lines of the pandemic as community health workers and cleaners or security guards in refugee camp clinics. Some 230,000 people in Rwanda have been vaccinated against COVID-19, a week after the start of a nationwide campaign. “We welcome the inclusion of refugees by Rwanda in its response to the pandemic,” said Clementine Nkweta-Salami, director of UNHCR’s regional […]

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European countries divided on COVID-19 vaccine

European countries divided on COVID-19 vaccineEuropean countries have been divided in their responses to concerns over the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19), with Germany and Poland continuing to use the vaccine while Bulgaria has joined the ranks of those who have stopped using the vaccine. use it temporarily. Jens Spahn, the German Minister of Health has criticized the suspension of the use of doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in some countries, saying: “the benefit is far greater than the risk”. Denmark and several other European countries had previously suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of severe cases of blood clots in people who received it. After consulting with experts from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Spahn said he could confidently say that there was no noticeable accumulation of thrombosis cases related to vaccination. “I regret that some countries in the European Union have suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca,” he said. The president of the German Robert […]

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Coronavirus – Gambia: His Excellency President Adama Barrow receives his first injection of the vaccine delivered by the COVAX facility, and says it is “safe and effective”

Coronavirus – Namibia: COVID-19 update March 11, 2021The President of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency (SE) Adama Barrow was the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine, launching the COVAX vaccination rollout at the Banjul Statehouse on March 10, 2021. This follows the arrival of 36,000 doses of Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccine as part of the COVAX facility, which aims to make vaccines available to low- and middle-income countries. Adama Barrow was broadcast live while being vaccinated. The government aims to inform its population that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in the fight against COVID-19. The President addressed the safety concerns of the COVID-19 vaccine. HE Adama Barrow said: “So it is a relief that suitable vaccines have been discovered, tested and approved by reliable experts. I’m sure we all wish vaccines were discovered earlier to save more lives, ” the president said. The President expressed his gratitude to the COVAX facility. “Fortunately, The Gambia received […]

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President of ECOWAS Parliament calls for dialogue and empowerment of young people to reduce terrorism in West Africa

President of ECOWAS Parliament calls for dialogue and empowerment of young people to reduce terrorism in West AfricaThe President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Sidie Tunis, called for dialogue and the empowerment of young people to stem the threat of terrorism and banditry in West Africa. Tunis told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that such commitments would keep the minds of young people busy. He said most of those involved in the violence were young people who would not have suffered such vices if they had paid employment. “We need to create wealth for our people; if you notice, most of the people who are involved in banditry are young people, they are people who don’t have a job and think they don’t have a future. “But if we are able to create wealth; if we succeed in creating jobs for people, we would not have security problems. “So I think that as a region our goal should be to create jobs and wealth […]

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African Energy Chamber’s New Book Highlights Importance of Structuring Agreements That Benefit Local Economies

African Energy Chamber’s New Book Highlights Importance of Structuring Agreements That Benefit Local EconomiesThe African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) to host a virtual launch for its very first advisory board publication African Energy Road to Recovery: How the African energy industry can reshape itself for a post-COVID comeback -19 (https: //bit.ly/3eAnbii); The public event will take place on March 16, 2021, 4:00 p.m. SAST; Register here to attend (https://bit.ly/3rGnFHf); The event will feature the participation of advisory board members Kola Karim, CEO of Shoreline Natural Resources; C. Derek Campbell, CEO of Energy & Natural Resource Security, Inc; Jovita Nsoh, senior program manager at Microsoft and Akinwole Omoboriowo II, president and CEO of Genesis Energy Group; Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo, Executive Chairman and Founder of Raise Africa Investments and Rémi Mouchel, Director of Operations and Chairman of the Management Board of IFP Training; Book a media interview by emailing news@energychamber.org. On March 16, 2021 at 4 p.m. SAST, the African Energy Chamber (Chamber) will be joined by […]

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President of ECOWAS Parliament urges citizens to take COVID-19 vaccine

President of ECOWAS Parliament urges citizens to take COVID-19 vaccineThe President of the ECOWAS Parliament has urged citizens and residents of West Africa to ensure that they take the COVID-19 vaccine whenever they have the opportunity. That’s even if he warned them to be patient and exercise restraint as community and member state leaders strive to make vaccines accessible to all. Tunis revealed this in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Friday in Abuja. He said all negative theories presented against the vaccine were unfounded and should not deter West Africans from getting the vaccine. “As the Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, representing over 300 million citizens in the community, my call to everyone is that you take the vaccine. “When you have a chance to take the vaccine, take it. “All of these theories about the vaccine killing people are not true. Take your vaccine, ”he says. He cautioned, however, that anyone who has received […]

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UN chief: global vaccine is greatest moral test of our time

UN chief: global vaccine is greatest moral test of our timeOn Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres denounced in a statement “vaccine nationalism and vaccine hoarding” by richer countries, a year after the declaration of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) . Guterres said the world had faced a “tsunami of suffering” over the past year, adding that while vaccine deployments shed some light at the end of the tunnel, he was deeply concerned about the gaps in access. to blows. “We see many examples of nationalism and vaccine build-up in richer countries, as well as ongoing side deals with manufacturers that compromise access for all,” said the UN chief. “The global immunization campaign represents the greatest moral test of our time. “Many low-income countries have yet to receive a single dose of the vaccine, while some richer countries are on the way to getting vaccinated against their entire population. ” The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic on Thursday. […]

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