Africa: African Union Nutrition Champion Calls On Leaders to Embed Nutrition Within the Covid-19 Response and Recovery

[African Union] His Majesty King Letsie III Head of State of the Kingdom of Lesotho, African Union Nutrition Champion and also a champion of African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN), has issued a position paper titled, "Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery ". The position paper which has been sent to all the African Union Member States calls on
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Africa: The Culture of Peace - Change Our World for the Better in the Age of Covid-19

[IPS] United Nations -- Last year, we paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Declaration of the Program of Action on a Culture of Peace. Today, we need to ask ourselves if we had genuinely carried out our moral responsibilities to transition from a culture of hatred and violence to a culture of tolerance and peace.
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Nigeria: World Patient Safety Day - Covid-19 Pandemic Amplifies Importance of Health Workers' Safety

[WHO] Abuja -- When Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case in February, Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim, the officer- in- charge at the Primary Healthcare centre in Byazhin, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory held a meeting with all the staff and stressed the need to always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), perform the necessary hand hygiene to
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The Culture of Peace: Change our World for the Better in the Age of COVID 19

Last year, we paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Declaration of the Program of Action on a Culture of Peace. Today, we need to ask ourselves if we had genuinely carried out our moral responsibilities to transition from a culture of hatred and violence to a culture of tolerance and peace. 1. As per the mandate received by
| Active Citizens, Armed Conflicts, Civil Society |

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Photo: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, Wednesday, September 16, 2020. A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers
| Middle East, coronavirus, Israel |

Asia Today: India’s gov’t criticized for handling of virus

A man reacts as health workers help collect a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, September 17, 2020. As India’s coronavirus confirmed cases jump by a record 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faced a scathing opposition criticism in Parliament for its handling of the pandemic and a contracting
| World, Asia, coronavirus |

Welcome to the world of public diplomacy

Hany Mhana is a media researcher and TV director, who studied broadcasting media at Cairo University, and media policy at the American University in Cairo. Hany is serving now as a TV director of the main live talk show of DMC Network ( DMC Evening), and the main live morning show of the Egyptian TV ( Good Morning Egypt).
| Opinion, broadcasting, Diplomacy |

Supporting Migrants and Remittances as COVID-19 Rages On

Pakistani migrant workers on a construction site in Dubai. Credit: S. Irfan Ahmed/IPS Host countries could ensure all migrants have access to health care, and basic goods and services. There have been some positive steps in this area: all migrants and asylum-seekers were temporarily granted citizenship rights in Portugal . Italy announced plans for temporary work permits for more than
| Economy & Trade, Global, Headlines |

Africa: At 75, Is the UN Still Fit for Purpose?

[IPS] New York -- This September, New Yorkers will be a lot less annoyed. They've been spared the annual disruptions from road closures, sirens and movement of security forces accompanying world leaders who attend the UN General Assembly. By largely moving online due to COVID-19, the world's most significant gathering will be missing some of its excitement even as the
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Interview with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

Education Cannot Wait : As the UN agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide international protection and seek solutions for refugees, could you please elaborate on the overall importance of education for refugee children as a component of protection and solutions? Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Stronger Together: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises Education Cannot Wait Interviews EU
| Education, Featured, Migration & Refugees |

Storm Clouds Gather Over F-35B Lightning As United Kingdom Prepares Defense Review

CROWN COPYRIGHT One of four No 617 Squadron F-35Bs on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first Carrier Sea Training by an operational UK squadron in June 2020.  The F-35B “numbers game” CROWN COPYRIGHT F-35Bs from the Royal Air Force (top) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) over the east coast during the first visit by the type to England
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Leveraging Research for Solution-driven Policymaking in the Era of COVID-19

The United Nations has tasked the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health ( CIHR-IPPH ) to lead the research roadmap to identify priorities that will support an equitable global socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 within the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, identifying
| Asia-Pacific, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade |

At 75, is the UN Still Fit for Purpose?

This September, New Yorkers will be a lot less annoyed. They’ve been spared the annual disruptions from road closures, sirens and movement of security forces accompanying world leaders who attend the UN General Assembly. By largely moving online due to COVID-19, the world’s most significant gathering will be missing some of its excitement even as the UN celebrates an important
| Featured, Global, Global Geopolitics |

Protecting Nature is Entirely Within Humanity’s Reach: The Work Must Start Now

We have known for a long time that biodiversity, and the services it provides, have been in decline. It is on this background that ten years ago, the international community adopted the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global Ecosystems COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must
| Biodiversity, Climate Change, Editors' Choice |

Egyptian real estate firms’ profit hit by coronavirus crisis

Talaat Mostafa, Palm Hills Developments, Sixth Of October Development and Investment (SODIC), Emaar Misr for Development, and Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development fell to a combined profit of 1.018 billion Egyptian pounds (US$65 million) in the second quarter from 1.47 billion pounds a year earlier, company results showed. “Sales in Egypt declined by 30-40 percent in the first half
| Business, Economy, coronavirus crisis |

COVID-19 Worsens Mozambique’s Hunger – Part 1

The subsistence farmers of Chokwe, hardened by years of poverty, are already replanting what they can, using cuttings from the uprooted cassava plants that now litter the village. Matavele watched as her tractor tilled the land in preparation for the next season. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Preserving Food Security in Africa’s Urban Areas How Women-led Agribusinesses are Boosting Nutrition in Africa
| Africa, Aid, Development & Aid |

COVID-19 Worsens Mozambique’s Hunger

The subsistence farmers of Chokwe, hardened by years of poverty, are already replanting what they can, using cuttings from the uprooted cassava plants that now litter the village. Matavele watched as her tractor tilled the land in preparation for the next season. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Preserving Food Security in Africa’s Urban Areas How Women-led Agribusinesses are Boosting Nutrition in Africa
| Africa, Aid, Development & Aid |

‘Russia is our elder brother’. Putin and Lukashenko’s Sochi meeting, in brief

Vladimir Putin: We are in favor of the Belarusians sorting out the situation themselves, without any external help. I think that starting work on changing the Belarusian constitution is timely and appropriate. Russia remains committed to all agreements within the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Union State, we will fulfill all of our obligations. We will
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Chad: A $75 Million Grant From the World Bank to Scale Up Support for Refugees and Host Communities

[World Bank] Washington -- The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a $75 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* to help Chad scale up support for refugees and host communities through improved access to basic social services and livelihoods. This additional financing under the Refugees and Host Communities Support Project (PARCA) is being funded by the
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How the coronavirus turned me into a lawn dad

During the pandemic, so much of his daily life was tied to the computer — but coming outside, spending an hour on his hands and knees pulling weeds, made him feel like he was adding value to the world, like his body was. I get it: I’m haunted by the invasive wild rose in my backyard. But battling feels like
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Mapping Nature to Create a Global Biodiversity Framework

The year 2020 was considered a “ Super Year ” for biodiversity. A string of interconnected events offered a unique opportunity to build a global coalition and international policy framework that recognized the central role of nature to all life on Earth. Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Unite Behind Environmental Science: Transforming Values and Behaviour is as Important as Restoring Global
| Biodiversity, Climate Change, Development & Aid |

Nigeria: Combatting Health Worker Infections in Nigeria

[WHO] Kaduna -- When Dr Mark Anthony makes his weekly rounds in Kaduna state, from public hospitals to private facilities, he is encouraged to see health workers protecting themselves, attending to patients with the right protective gear and performing the necessary hand hygiene. It gives him hope that the battle against COVID-19 will be won in his country.
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South Africa: Former DG of Health Precious Matsoso Appointed to WHO Covid-19 Review Panel

[Daily Maverick] The worldwide response to the Covid-19 pandemic is the subject of review by a high-level World Health Organisation panel co-chaired by Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The goal of the panel is to assess the Covid-19 response and to see what can be learnt for future global pandemic prevention and responses. Former Health DG Precious Matsoso has
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The Government Scrimped on School Safety. Now Students and Staff Are Paying the Price

This summer saw a major confrontation between the government and education workers. In early May, reports emerged that the government was planning to open primary schools to half of their pupils on 1 June, to the rest a few weeks later, with secondary schools following shortly afterwards. This June face-off set a precedent for September. The government braced itself for
| Articles, Opinion, boris johnson |

Preserving Food Security in Africa’s Urban Areas

Africa’s rapidly-growing cities and food markets with a turnover of up to $250 billion per year offer the largest and fastest growing market opportunity to the continent’s 60 million farms. But getting the food to market from rural areas remains a challenge. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS Related Articles How Women-led Agribusinesses are Boosting Nutrition in Africa Q&A: Understanding COVID-19’s Impact on
| Africa, Development & Aid, Editors' Choice |

Palestine and COVID-19: Lessons for Leadership During Times of Crisis

Overview A Strong Initial Response You might also like: Beyond Failed Frameworks: A Re-Imagined Collective Future In Palestine, COVID-19 Meets the Israeli Occupation The Conditional Right to Health in Palestine Upending the Palestinian Leadership: The Role of Youth Leadership under crisis requires making decisions with speed and precision, and here the PA initially proved capable Click To Tweet Past Policies
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Sierra Leone: WHO Donates Lifesaving Equipment and Medical Supplies to Help Fight Covid-19 in Sierra Leone

[WHO] The World Health Organization continues to expend its strategic technical expertise support to include logistical and operational support to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to respond to COCID-19 pandemic. This was demonstrated with the recent donation of COVID-19 response supplies and equipment worth more than 600,000 US Dollars. The consignment, which were
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What does the rise in Covid-19 cases mean for the UK?

*/ We are not – yet – back where we were in March Data reporting issues cannot fully explain the rise Case positivity is increasing Social distancing measures are still having an effect Hospitalisations aren’t yet showing an increase – but it might be a matter of time */ ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images. A pedestrian in Glasgow walks past
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Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response

Halt the export of N95 masks and ramp up U.S. production of masks. The memo states in this section, “The U.S. therefore faces the real prospect of a severe mask shortage! ” (emphasis in original) Secure all existing doses of Remdesivir and all bulk materials to make more and enter into a contract with Gilead to purchase all additional
| Coronavirus |

Oxford University pauses coronavirus vaccine trial after unexplained illness in volunteer

It’s a standard precaution in  vaccine trials  that is meant to ensure experimental vaccines don’t cause serious reactions among participants. “As part of the ongoing randomized, controlled global trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, our standard review process triggered a pause to vaccination to allow the review of safety data,” the company said in a statement sent to CNN. The
| Health & Fitness, AstraZeneca, coronavirus (COVID-19) |

Central African Republic: Challenges and Positive Prospects - the First Weeks of the EU Advisory Mission in Bangui

[EASS] Deploying a CSDP mission on the ground is exciting and challenging for the staff members who solve daily multiple challenges - rendered more complex by the global pandemic Covid-19. However, despite the delays in deployment and surprises created by the unforeseen pandemic, the EU Advisory Mission has met expectations on time.
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Uganda: WHO Works With the Army to Educate a Fishing Community About Covid-19 in Uganda

[WHO] Kampala, 7 September 2020:- At Rwenshama point of entry on the shores of Lake Edward in Rukungiri district, western Uganda, it's a warm windy day and the place is bustling with activity. At one end, many sailors in groups of over eight are standing by their boats and preparing their nets for the day's catch. On the other side,
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Nigeria: Nigeria Remains China's 3rd Largest Trading Partner in Africa - Envoy

[Leadership] The Charge d'Affaire of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Zhao Yong, in this interview with BUKOLA OGUNSINA, said Nigeria is China's third largest trading partner after South Africa and Angola. The envoy spoke on China, Nigeria relations in times of COVID-19, cooperation between both countries in terms of infrastructural projects, Hong Kong matters and some of China's visa policies
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Taiwan Times Puts Somaliland Ministers, Officials Making Unnecessary Local Travels Under the Microscope

How To Govern Inefficiently: Necessary Travel Or Tourist Ministers? MINISTERS  OF TOURISM? Date Destination 26-Aug Berbera 24-Aug Baki 24-Aug Borama 15-Aug Borama 3-Aug Burao 19-Jul Burao 18-Jul Eil Afweyn 16-Jul Erigavo 14-Jul Eil Afweyn 12-Jul Ainaba 12-Jul Laasanod 11-Jul Adhi Adeeye 12-Jul Laasanod 9-Jul Burao 8-Jul Borama MINISTERS OR  TRADITIONAL ELDERS ? THE  TRUE  COST
| Somaliland, Abdirahman Sh Hassan Ismail, Hargeisa |

Billions Worth of COVID-19 Funds Stolen in Africa

In an example of brazen profiteering, a South African pharmaceutical retailer, LevTrade International was found guilty of excessive pricing after inflating the price of a box of 20 respiratory masks from R139 on February 14 to R310 on March 23. Yet another, Dis-Chem Pharmacies Ltd, inflated the price for a box of 50-piece blue surgical face mask by 261 percent as
| Africa, Conflict/Crime, Health |

Another Pandemic Looms: Global Heating will put new Areas at Risk for Malaria

Beyond rainfall Egypt doesn’t get much rain, but the Nile still has mosquitoes. Nebojsa Markovic / shutterstock A more complex pattern Climatic-suitability for malaria in Africa today. Note this does not match up with the actual presence of malaria, as the disease has been eradicated in some places. Nature Communications , Author provided How malaria suitability will change by
| Climate Crisis, Epidemics, Extreme Heat |

UNESCO urges action to meet rampant $200 billion annual funding gap for education in poorest countries due to COVID-19

New research by the Global Education Monitoring Report at UNESCO shows an increase in the annual funding gap for education in the poorest countries to as much as US$200 billion a year. These findings are published in the new paper, Act Now: Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Cost of Achieving SDG4. The paper calls for the immediate introduction
| Education, Health, Humanitarian Emergencies |

Iran strongly condemns French magazine’s insulting cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

A meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) took place in Vienna on 1st September, 2020. Under the terms of the JCPOA, the Joint Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the agreement. The Joint Commission was chaired, on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell, by EEAS Secretary General Helga-Maria Schmid and
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Greystone Nursing Homes, Whose Executives Gave $800,000 to Trump, Are Epicenters of Covid-19 Deaths

If Greystone’s tenant defaults on a $146 million mortgage, Greystone is still going to be paid because the mortgage is backed by HUD. Photo: Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA via AP The lack of resources at Greystone, while profits continued, meant that residents were put at risk and staffers felt unequipped to handle the coronavirus pandemic. Do you have a coronavirus story
| Politics |

Do we need ‘tech hubs’ anymore?

The move to remote work may end a ‘developer drought’ in parts of the US There could be a fundamental shift of businesses away from established tech hubs READ NEXT Does San Francisco rent dip show how remote working could impact cities? YOU MIGHT LIKE Remote working is working at Google, what about for you?
| Latest, CIO, COVID-19 |

Ethiopia: Education in Ethiopia Gets Boost From the Global Partnership for Education With $15 Million for Covid-19 Response

[World Bank] Washington -- Ethiopia has received a US $14.85 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to boost its response to disruptions in education caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The World Bank will be the grant agent for Ethiopia: COVID-19 Education Response Project, which aims to maintain student learning while schools are closed, support safe reopening
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Quantum computing as a weapon? The looming cryptographic cyber-threat

Quantum computing will bring revolutionary benefits to businesses, but in the wrong hands, it could present itself as a powerful ‘weapon’ READ NEXT There’s been an ‘extreme’ breakthrough for affordable quantum computing The quantum era A severe threat YOU MIGHT LIKE The quantum state of play — cloud-based QCaaS and Covid-19 Raising alarm bells
| Latest, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Transformation |

Get in line. Kids across Russia start the school day with temperature checks, but without social distancing

School is back in session for kids in Russia, but the coronavirus pandemic is still a concern. These days, school children begin their mornings waiting in long lines at entrances to schools, to have their temperatures checked before heading to class. And judging by the photos and videos popping up on social media, Russia’s students — and parents, and teachers
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Trinidad and Tobago – Protecting the iconic Three Sisters

Eric Lewis, hereditary prince of the First Peoples of Moruga, at La Retraite Beach in in Trinidad and Tobago, to the east of which lie Trinity Hills. Courtesy: Eric Lewis According to the GEF, some 60 percent of Trinidad and Tobago land is forest and woodland, and includes several distinct terrestrial ecosystems and a high species diversity to surface area ratio.
| Biodiversity, Editors' Choice, Environment |

Coffee-Drinking Trend in Uganda Could Boost Economy

Coffee Consumption is on the Rise in Uganda There’s a new trend brewing in Uganda amongst the younger generation that can be found in an aroma-filled cup of cappuccino or espresso. Indeed, despite being the second-largest coffee-producer on the African continent, Ugandans have been typically tea drinkers. However, Today's cultural times are seeing the rise of coffee bars in Kampala.
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2020: So Far, A Year of Diplomatic Victories for Taiwan

Foreign Minisgters Joseph Wu (Taiwan) left and Yasin Hagi Mohamoud (Somaliland), Taipei Guest House (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP) Taiwan and Somaliland sign an agreement for setting up representative offices. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP) Renewed Diplomatic Engagement U.S. Secretary of Health Alex Azar and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
| Politics/Diplomacy, Somaliland, Taiwan |

Afrofuturistic AKON CITY Underway in Senegal

Business Development in Africa Akon City, the futuristic pan-African city named after and envisioned by Senegalese-American Hip hop R&B recording artist Akon, is officially underway. Located in Mbodiene, Senegal some 100 kilometres from the capital, the grammy-nominated star intends for this project to provide much-needed jobs to the Senegalese and serve as home to people of African ancestry in the
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Is the US missing the Boat on a Green Recovery from Covid? Every new Gigawatt of Renewables is 1500 Jobs

“ U.S. Offshore Wind Power Economic Impact Assessment, which found that by developing 30,000 megawatt (MW) of offshore wind along the East Coast, the U.S. could support up to 83,000 jobs and deliver $25 billion in annual economic output by 2030. An August 2020 study from research group Wood Mackenzie finds offshore wind in the U.S.
| Featured, Green Energy, Solar Energy |