December 14, 2017
Africa: Money Talks At One Planet Summit in Paris
As funding to combat climate change has lagged behind lofty words, the One Planet Summit in France this week invited governments and business leaders to put money on the table. Read more »
December 13, 2017
Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of 'Europe's Complicity'
"European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling… Read more »
December 12, 2017
Africa: Migrants in Italy - 'Shame Is Keeping Us Here'
Despite deplorable living conditions, loneliness and unemployment, many African migrants in Italy choose to stay - even when they have the means to return. Read more »
Africa: The Journey to Oslo
On December 10 in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ICAN started as a grassroots campaign in 2007. Its aim was… Read more »
December 09, 2017
Africa: 'Banging On the Door' - Women Fight for a Voice and Space in Civil Society
The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to… Read more »
December 08, 2017
Africa: No One Country Can Do It Alone - Towards a Migration Compact
International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting. Read more »
Africa: Should Foxes Rule the Chicken Coop? Reflections On Security Council Reform
Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has dramatically increased its activity and authority. Though the Council has exercised unprecedented global power, it has… Read more »
Africa: Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?
The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world's most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels… Read more »
December 04, 2017
Africa: When Medicines Don't Work Anymore
The growing crisis of antibiotic resistance is catching the attention of policy makers, but not at a rate enough to tackle it. Read more »
December 02, 2017
Africa: UN Makes Record Appeal for Humanitarian Aid in 2018
The UN has made its largest appeal to work towards reaching the more than 135 million people across the world in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. Read more »
November 29, 2017
Africa: Clicktivism And Real Life Activism Potent Instruments Against Sexual Violence
It's the fifth day of the 16 days campaign on violence against women but I feel like the campaign started months ago because of the powerful #MeToo campaign. While I applaud this… Read more »
November 28, 2017
Africa: We Have Never Lived in a World Without Migration
I want to thank Director-General Lacy Swing for inviting me to address you today. My thanks also go to Ambassador Mauras, as Chair of the International Organization for Migration… Read more »
Africa: Beware Public Private Partnerships
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are essentially long-term contracts, underwritten by government guarantees, with which the private sector builds (and sometimes runs) major… Read more »
Africa: One Third of Food Lost, Wasted - Enough to Feed All Hungry People
Believe it or not, the way to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth is as feasible as it is handy. In fact, the current loss and waste of one-third of all food produced for… Read more »
Africa: Migrant Promoters and Musicians Spread Message of "One Africa"
The crowd in the park gave out roars of approval as the next act was announced: Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu, one of Zimbabwe's most popular singers and actors, who took to the stage… Read more »
November 27, 2017
Africa: Uncertain Future for 'Diabolic' Free Trade Pacts Between EU and Africa
In the run-up to the fifth EU-Africa summit in Côte d'Ivoire, the future of the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between Europe and its former colonies looks bleaker… Read more »
November 26, 2017
Africa: Education, Not Condemnation, Say Women Leaders Who Survived Violence
Sally Mboumien remembers the day she pressed a steaming hot stone against her chest. In Bawock, the rural community of western Cameroon where she grew up, young girls often had… Read more »
November 24, 2017
Africa: Will DNA Data Base Deter Sexual Abuse At UN?
The United Nations is fighting a losing battle against the widespread - and continued - sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff resulting in… Read more »
Africa: Combating Climate Change? Combat Land Degradation, Says UNCCD Chief
Land restoration is not a "glamorous subject even when you give all the numbers," admits Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of United Nations Convention to Combat… Read more »
November 23, 2017
Africa: A Cop Out At Cop23?
Despite a few victories, the UN's annual climate change conference ended without achieving its goals or injecting a sense of much needed urgency. Read more »
Africa: Violence Against Women Is Fundamentally About Power
Every woman and every girl has the right to a life free of violence. Yet this rupture of human rights occurs in a variety of ways in every community. It particularly affects those… Read more »
November 21, 2017
Ethiopia: Violence Amid Shadowy Politics
Ethnic animosity unleashed in Ethiopia has displaced hundreds of thousands as well as rendering all manner of usually sacrosanct loyalties obsolete. Read more »
Zimbabwe: Goodbye Mugabe, Hello New Zimbabwe?
Robert Mugabe - the world's oldest head of state - is dead, politically at least. Read more »
Africa: For Africa to Root Out Modern Day Slave Trade, Youth Empowerment Is Crucial
If the thought of a man armed with a rifle and driving with whips a group of African men, women, and children to sell them at a slave market makes you marvel at what kind of greed… Read more »
Africa: Keeping the Spotlight On Violence Against Women and Girls
As cases of sexual harassment and assault continue to come to light every day, a different campaign to end such violence wants to keep the spotlight shining. Read more »
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