Development Health Advice 

Guterres urges more countries to step up and fund global COVID-19 vaccine effort

The Access to COVID-19 Tools – the ACT-Accelerator – along with its COVAX Facility, is a groundbreaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines.  Launched at the end of April 2020, the ACT-Accelerator has secured $3 billion, critical for its start up, but it needs a further $35 billion – including an “immediate infusion” of $15 billion – Secretary-General António Guterres said at a high-level event to mobilize support for the initiative.  “These resources are crucial now to avoid losing the window…

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Human Rights 

Listen to older people’s ‘suggestions and ideas’ for more inclusive societies, urges UN chief

“Older people must be a priority in our efforts to overcome COVID 19”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, celebrated annually on 1 October. He shone a light on the need to examine how the pandemic might change how we address age and ageing in our societies, stressing that more opportunities and increased access to health, pensions and social protection for older persons were “crucial”. In releasing his policy guidance on making the lives of older persons better,…

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Africa Business Mozambique World 

Mozambique President is Africa Oil & Power’s “Person of the Year”

– Advertisement – Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique has been selected as Africa Oil & Power’s “Person of the Year” for 2020 by Africa Oil & Power. This prestigious award is presented to exceptional individuals who display true leadership and innovative thinking in steering their countries or organizations to the forefront of the global energy sector. President Nyusi has been at the helm of Mozambique’s energy sector during its many recent successes, including several multibillion gas projects which are now in development in this Southern African country. These natural gas…

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Africa Investments 

Côte d’Ivoire : dans l’est du pays, l’économie locale relancée par la hausse de la production agricole avec le soutien de la Banque africaine de…

La production agricole a décuplé ces dernières années dans l’est de la Côte d’Ivoire revitalisant l’économie locale, suite à la mise en œuvre du Projet d’appui aux infrastructures agricoles dans la région de l’Indénié-Djuablin (PAIA-ID), entre 2012 et 2019, indique un rapport de la Banque africaine de développement du 18 septembre dernier. Financé à hauteur de 30,2 millions de dollars américains par la Banque, ce projet a surtout permis de restaurer les conditions de production et d’écoulement des produits agricoles de cette région à fort potentiel. L’objectif de départ du…

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Africa Investments 

Finding the words for a world in crisis

In December 2019, we heard vague murmurings about it and began to wonder: “What’s going on?” In January 2020, it started spreading and the situation became increasingly more disturbing! By March 2020, the whole planet was affected. All of a sudden, we were staring at the stark reality. Our buzz words became: “Covid-19”, “coronavirus”, “social distancing”, “lockdown”, “barrier measures”, “hand sanitizers”, “mandatory face masks”, “confirmed cases”, “deaths”, “cured cases”, “chloroquine”, “azithromycin”, “Artemisia” and so on. The outbreak soon morphed into a tragedy, a veritable disaster, a hecatomb. Overnight, our daily…

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Human Rights 

Redouble efforts against ‘global scourge’ of gender-based violence, intensified by pandemic: Guterres 

“Millions of women are living in fear, with long-term consequences for families and communities, and for all our efforts for peace and security, human rights and sustainable development”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message to a virtual high-level GBV event in the context of COVID-19.  Against the backdrop of his global call for a ceasefire and an end to all violence – from war zones to people’s homes – he acknowledged that some 146 Member States had increased resources and acted to protect women and girls but flagged that those measures were not enough.  “We urgently need new thinking and momentum on this critical issue”, Mr. Guterres upheld, underscoring the need to increase…

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Development Health Advice 

COVID-19: ‘Legitimate concerns’ must be heard, and fears addressed over misinformation

On the margins of the General debate of the UN General Assembly, UN News spoke to UN Under-Secretary General for Global Communications, Melissa Fleming, and from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director of Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases.   In a joint interview, they discussed how important it is for the UN to engage with the public, and highlight international collaborative efforts to develop effective and affordable vaccines for all.  Misinformation is not new … We’ve had misinformation as far back as you look in history. The difference here…

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Development Health Advice 

One millionth death from COVID-19 ‘an agonizing milestone’: UN Secretary-General

“They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues,” he said in a statement on Monday.  Our world has reached an agonizing milestone: the loss of 1 million lives to #COVID19. We must never lose sight of each & every life. As the hunt for a vaccine — affordable and available to all — continues, let’s honour their memory by working together to defeat this virus. pic.twitter.com/iZ1UnN8d4i — António Guterres (@antonioguterres) September 29, 2020 The pain has been multiplied by the “savageness” of the disease,…

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Africa Investments 

Webinaire sur le Mécanisme indépendant d’inspection (MII) : sensibiliser le personnel de la Banque sur les processus de résolution des plaintes

Quoi? Webinaire sur le Mécanisme indépendant d’inspection (MII) Qui? L’Unité de vérification de la conformité et de la médiation (BCRM) Quand? Jeudi 15 octobre de 9h à 13h GMT L’Unité de vérification de la conformité et de la médiation (BCRM), qui administre le Mécanisme indépendant d’inspection (MII) au sein de la Banque, organise un webinaire de sensibilisation à l’intention de tout le personnel, le jeudi 15 octobre 2020 de 9h à 13h GMT. Ce webinaire a pour thème : « Comprendre le mandat du MII et le rôle du personnel de la Banque dans les processus de résolution des plaintes ». Organisé en collaboration avec le Département de la sauvegarde et de la conformité (SNSC) et la Division de la société civile et de l’engagement communautaire (AHGC.2), le webinaire se déroulera sous…

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Human Rights 

Most countries failing to protect women from COVID-19 economic and social fallout

And women have often become victims of domestic violence “locked down with their abusers, as unpaid caregivers in families and communities, and as workers in jobs that lack social protection”, adds the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. New data released by gender agency and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) taken from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker, reveal that most countries are not doing enough to protect women and girls from the economic and social fallout being caused by the virus. Lacking support The analysis signals that one-fifth…

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