Source: Kingdom of Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation |

Didier Reynders confirms Belgium’s commitment to the Children and Armed Conflict agenda

The event welcomes accomplished mediators and child protection experts with experience in all four corners of the world

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders invited a group of high-level experts at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to discuss the importance of including child protection issues in peace negotiations. Belgium has played a leading role in this field for years and remains…

The Government of Norway
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    • From left: Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Mr Frank Arnauts, Ambassador of Croatia, H.E. Ms Andrea Gustović-Ercegovac, Ambassador of Colombia, H.E. Ms Angela Montoya Holguín and Ambassador of Uganda, H.E. Ms Nimisha Jayant Madhvani. Credit: Tonje Røed. MFA
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Source: The Government of Norway |

New ambassadors from Belgium, Croatia, Colombia and Uganda

Four new ambassadors to Norway presented their letters of credence to His Majesty King Harald V on 17 October 2019. The ambassadors are: Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, H.E. Mr Frank Arnauts Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, H.E. Ms Andrea Gustović-Ercegovac Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia, H.E.…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Mamadou Diallo of Guinea Deputy special representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau

Mr. Diallo will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as his new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).  Mr. Diallo will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Diallo succeeds David McLachlan-Karr of Australia,…

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Source: DOC Research Institute |

President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, brings African vision to the 17th Rhodes Forum of the Dialogue of Civilizations

President Mahamadou Issoufou took the floor as a Special Guest to conclude the debates of a panel dedicated to partnership between Africa and the rest of the world

The President of Niger, His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou , took part in the 17th Rhodes Forum on the 11th and 12th of October 2019, organised by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (, to discuss several national and regional issues and offer Africa's vision on major international issues. During the…

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    • Bill Gates and European Investment Bank President Hoyer agree to accelerate support for human development and climate action
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Bill Gates and European Investment Bank President Hoyer agree to accelerate support for human development and climate action

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Investment Bank are joint partners in the African Health Diagnostics Platform

Cooperation across Africa improving health diagnostics to transform healthcare; partnership to tackle investment barriers holding back research to prevent and treat malaria; EUR 100m Breakthrough Energy Ventures-Europe fund  backing clean energy technology. Meeting in Brussels earlier today Bill Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chairman of…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Minister Skinnari to a seminar on Europe and Africa in Brussels

During the visit, Minister Skinnari will also have bilateral discussions with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari will visit Brussels on 9 October. The Minister will speak at a seminar entitled Europe and Africa: Neighbours with a shared future – Investing in people, which is organised by Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union together with…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

New Permanent Representative of Liberia presents credentials

Ms. Telewoda is a member of the Board of Directors of the Angie Brooks International Centre for Women Empowerment and Leadership

The new Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nations (Vienna), Youngor Sevelee Telewoda, presented her credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov. During her career, Ms. Telewoda, who is also Ambassador to Germany, has served in various capacities, among them: Ambassador…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

Committee on Enforced Disappearances meets with States and with the United Nations Refugee Agency

Morocco reiterated the importance of the Convention’s universal ratification and urged all States which had not yet ratified it to do so

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances this morning met with States, and separately heard a statement by the United Nations Refugee Agency. Opening the meetings, Mohammed Ayat, Acting Committee Chairperson, stressed the importance of regular meetings with United Nations Member States and of supporting States parties to the Convention in the…

Source: African Energy Chamber |

How infrastructure and energy are key to a new economic journey in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (By Koketso Lediga, Managing Director, Infra-Afrika Advisory)

The country has made strides in achieving political stability and improve its governance to pave way for economic growth and energy and infrastructure development

By Koketso Lediga, Managing Director, Infra-Afrika Advisory The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country, is known for being a tough place to do business but also one of unexploited economic potential. Although the country has had a dark cloud looming over it for years, it recently held…

Source: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction |

Africa and Europe share Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) experiences

The study tour included visits to civil protection facilities in Brussels, Rome and Genoa

Disaster risk managers from Africa have been participating in a five-day study tour in Europe this week organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and CIMA Research Foundation, a non-profit research organization founded by the Italian Civil Protection Department. Participants come from the disaster management agencies…