Covid-19 Solidarity & other topics – Daily Briefing (22 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Highlights: – Secretary-General/Eid Message – Programme Budget 2021 – Vaccination – Bangladesh – Senior Personnel Appointment – Mali – South America Appeal – Forests – Financing for Development SECRETARY-GENERAL/EID MESSAGE Today, the Secretary-General will give a virtual Eid Message at an interactive discussion with Member States representing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. … Read more Covid-19 Solidarity & other topics – Daily Briefing (22 May 2020)

They’re 8,000 miles away and share the same passion – BBC News

Erin Rae, in Nashville, and Mali, in Mumbai, share their experiences as musicians in lockdown. Both singer-songwriters talk about the impact of the pandemic on their work and what they think the future of music will look like. Here’s what they had to say…and sing. Video by Hannah Long-Higgins and Aakriti Thapar. Please subscribe HERE … Read more They’re 8,000 miles away and share the same passion – BBC News

Role of Religious Leaders & other topics – Daily Briefing (12 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. – Afghanistan – COVID-19: Telecommuting at UNHQ – Role of Religious Leaders – Iraq – UNICEF – UN Environment Programme – UN Women – ECLAC – Yemen – Venezuela – Ukraine – Moldova – Mozambique – South Sudan – Malawi – Cyprus – Mali – ECOSOC … Read more Role of Religious Leaders & other topics – Daily Briefing (12 May 2020)

Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response & other topics – Daily Briefing (11 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: ECOSOC SG/religious leaders CEB Mali Libya oPt Sahel Myanmar Jordan Locusts COVID-19/ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL This morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, spoke at Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) informal briefing entitled “Joining Forces: Effective Policy Solutions for Covid-19 Response.” In … Read more Effective Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response & other topics – Daily Briefing (11 May 2020)

Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (4 May 2020)

Noon briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Highlights: SG/COVID pledging COVID/Africa children Cameroon Ghana Lebanon Central Sahel Somalia Abyei Mali/Burkina Faso Press freedom SECRETARY-GENERAL/PRESS FREEDOM Today, the Secretary-General took part in the online High-Level Dialogue on Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation in the COVID-19 pandemic Context. That was hosted … Read more Press Freedom and Tackling Disinformation & other topics – Daily Briefing (4 May 2020)

Are US forces essential to war on terror in Africa’s Sahel region?

In the fight against terrorist groups in Africa, US forces provide crucial support to the G5 Sahel group (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) with intelligence, logistics and supplies. But as the terror threat continues to spread in the region, Africa is no longer a priority for the Pentagon, which could well withdraw its troops, … Read more Are US forces essential to war on terror in Africa’s Sahel region?

Threat of Covid-19 looms large in Mali’s IDP camps

In the outskirts of the Malian capital Bamako, several camps for IDPs (internally displaced persons) shelter families who have fled violence in their home regions. But with a severe lack of food, water, medical care and hygiene, the threat of Covid-19 means they are even more vulnerable than they were before the pandemic. With international aid becoming scarce, … Read more Threat of Covid-19 looms large in Mali’s IDP camps

Mali elections: Constitutional Court confirms results

Mali’s Constitutional Court has confirmed the results of the legislative election, the second round of which was held in April. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s party has won the most seats in parliament but not an outright majority. The coronavirus pandemic and a threat from armed groups led to a record low turnout. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas … Read more Mali elections: Constitutional Court confirms results

Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence

Turnout has been very low in Mali’s election with voters put off by the twin threat of the coronavirus and continuing violence from ISIL (ISIS) and al-Qaeda affiliates, who have called for a boycott of the vote. And those who took part in the second-round ballot say their country needs a functioning government in order … Read more Polls close in Mali election held despite threats of violence

Mali to hold second-round elections

Voters in Mali are being called to the polls on Sunday for the second round of legislative elections. The government decided to go ahead with the vote despite the kidnapping of an opposition leader and an upsurge in violence in the north and centre of the country. Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports. – Subscribe to … Read more Mali to hold second-round elections

While local authorities dither, Mali faithful continue to gather at mosques

Local and religious authorities in Mali are yet to agree whether gatherings at mosques should be restricted as part of efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The country is 94% Muslim. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to … Read more While local authorities dither, Mali faithful continue to gather at mosques

Mali’s mosques still exempted from social distancing restrictions

Mali is yet to ask mosques to restrict gatherings of more than 50 people. The country is 94% Muslim. Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: … Read more Mali’s mosques still exempted from social distancing restrictions

UN urges coordinated efforts to contain coronavirus in Mali

The United Nations Security Council has been briefed by the head of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali, whose job it is to stem growing insecurity there. In a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council, 15 ambassadors took part remotely to discuss the situation in Mali, where 15,000 peacekeepers are based amid continuing violence. … Read more UN urges coordinated efforts to contain coronavirus in Mali