Pandemics and security – Security Council Open Debate (2 July 2020)

High-level open debate of the Security Council on the theme “Pandemics and security”. Global health risks, such as pandemics and epidemics, can become a threat to international peace and security. Striking examples of epidemics turning into global health risks include the epidemics of severe acute respiratory syndrome, HIV/AIDS and Ebola virus disease. In the case … Read more Pandemics and security – Security Council Open Debate (2 July 2020)

Protest Against Africa’s First Covid-19 Virus Vaccine Trial in South Africa

(AP) Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks on Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent. Anti-vaccine sentiment in Africa is “the worst I’ve ever seen,” the CEO of the GAVI vaccine alliance, Seth Berkley, told an African Union vaccine conference last … Read more Protest Against Africa’s First Covid-19 Virus Vaccine Trial in South Africa

What’s behind the dispute over Africa’s largest dam project? | Inside Story

For thousands of years, the Nile has been the backbone of civilisations and a source of conflict. The latest dispute is over the the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam project in Africa. Ethiopia’s government says its $4 billion project on the Blue Nile will provide power to its more than 100 million … Read more What’s behind the dispute over Africa’s largest dam project? | Inside Story

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

His Excellency President of South Africa and current Chairperson of the African Union, President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa address during the High Level Welcome to the 73rd World Health Assembly. “Africa affirms its full support for WHO which has been key in guiding the international response to the pandemic. WHO has been instrumental in providing guidance … Read more Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

UN chief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa

Statement by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the launch of United Nations Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa. As COVID-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared. Even so, much hangs in the balance. In recent years … Read more UN chief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa

Debt & other topics – Daily Briefing (17 April 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: – COVID-19/Debt – COVID-19/Secretary-General – COVID-19/Food Security – COVID-19/FAO/Africa – COVID-19/UNICEF – COVID-19/LGTBI People – Libya – COVID-19/Drc – COVID-19/Indonesia – Locust – COVID-19/Nepal – COVID-19/Panama – Ukraine – Damien Corrigan COVID-19/DEBT Today we released the Secretary-General’s policy brief on debt … Read more Debt & other topics – Daily Briefing (17 April 2020)

China sends first COVID-19 medical teams to Africa

China has sent its first two medical teams to Africa to help Burkina Faso and Ethiopia fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Both teams departed on April 16. The experts will provide guidance on prevention and control, as well as training and consulting services. The Chinese foreign ministry says the country has provided medical supplies to the … Read more China sends first COVID-19 medical teams to Africa

AU holds talks with China over alleged mistreatment of African nationals

The African Union (AU) said it has held positive talks with Chinese officials to address the alleged mistreatment of African nationals in Guangzhou. A top official from the AU said officials in China are taking the situation seriously. Subscribe to us on YouTube: https://goo.gl/lP12gA Download our APP on Apple Store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cctvnews-app/id922456579?l=zh&ls=1&mt=8 Download our APP … Read more AU holds talks with China over alleged mistreatment of African nationals

Secretary-General Message on Misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 April 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: – Secretary-General Message on Misinformation – Solidarity Flights – Colombia – Syria – Afghanistan – Bangladesh – Chile – Mexico – Children and Armed Conflict – Refugee Health Professionals – Measles – Cyclone Harold SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON MISINFORMATION The Secretary-General today … Read more Secretary-General Message on Misinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (14 April 2020)

Why are Africans in China being targeted? I Inside Story

They are China’s key trading partners, but some African leaders have been angered over Beijing’s reported discrimination against their citizens. They want answers from the Chinese government over reports Africans are being targetted because of fears they could spread coronavirus. A recent rise in covid-19 infections in China has been linked to people from abroad. … Read more Why are Africans in China being targeted? I Inside Story

COVID-19: Africans ‘evicted’ from homes in China

City leaders in southern China are denying allegations of racism amid the coronavirus pandemic, insisting foreigners have not been discriminated against. Africans living in Guangzhou say they are being kicked out of their homes and face harassment, as healthcare workers step up testing efforts for new imported infections. The African Union, Nigeria, and Ghana are … Read more COVID-19: Africans ‘evicted’ from homes in China

Coronavirus: African Union calls for ‘$100 to 150 billion’ to help continent

In an interview with FRANCE 24, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, discussed the Covid-19 pandemic, which is gaining ground on the continent. He expressed hope that the international community would help Africa cope with the unprecedented health crisis and appealed to multilateralism, saying “it is an international challenge which requires an … Read more Coronavirus: African Union calls for ‘$100 to 150 billion’ to help continent

Transformative Year for Somalia- Security Council Briefing (24 Feb 2020)

Briefing by James Swan, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, during the 8731st Security Council Meeting. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and the Head of the Mission in the county (UNSOM) James Swan said, “for Somalia to navigate the remaining challenges and … Read more Transformative Year for Somalia- Security Council Briefing (24 Feb 2020)

African Union holds Silencing the Guns summit

As African leaders hold a summit aimed at ending conflicts across the continent, fear continues to grip people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Allied Democratic Forces rebel group has been blamed for months of attacks on people in the DRC’s east, despite a Congolese military offensive. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi reports. – Subscribe … Read more African Union holds Silencing the Guns summit