Source: U.S. Embassy in Benin |

Statement by the Ambassadors of Canada, the United States of America (USA), Japan, Switzerland, and the European Union on Behalf of Member States Represented in Benin

The addition of the opposition and a significant number of women parliamentarians in the National Assembly strengthens Beninese democracy

We welcome the peaceful, secure, and inclusive conduct of legislative elections throughout the country on January 8. The addition of the opposition and a significant number of women parliamentarians in the National Assembly strengthens Beninese democracy. We also welcome the use of the legal process to resolve any remaining disputes…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

The Rockefeller Foundation and World Food Programme (WFP) launch initiative to strengthen school meals for millions of children

School feeding programmes are the most extensive social safety net in the world, directly benefitting 388 million children globally

The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes a US$ 10.7 million grant from The Rockefeller Foundation to help vulnerable children get better access to nutritious food through school feeding programmes in Benin, Ghana, Honduras, and India. The two-and-a-half-year initiative focuses on including fortified foods in school meals as well as…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Universal Periodic Review Working Group to examine human rights records of 13 States at its forty-second session from 23 January to 3 February 2023

The group of States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during this session are: Czechia, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Benin, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan and Sri Lanka

The forty-second session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 23 January to 3 February 2023, during which 13 States will have their human rights records examined.  The holding of this session marks the second to take place within the…

Source: Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland |

Beninese President Patrice Talon Meets with Qin Gang

Benin looks forward to learning from China's experience, deepening and expanding practical cooperation with China

On January 13, 2023 local time, Beninese President Patrice Talon met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Cotonou. Talon asked Qin Gang to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping, saying the visit of the new Chinese Foreign Minister to Benin during his first…

Source: Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland |

Qin Gang to Visit Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin, Egypt, the African Union Headquarters and the League of Arab States Headquarters

This is the 33rd consecutive year that Africa has been the destination of Chinese foreign ministers’ annual first overseas visit

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin announces: To deepen the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership and boost friendly cooperation between China and Africa, Foreign Minister Qin Gang will visit Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin, Egypt, the African Union Headquarters and the League of Arab States Headquarters upon invitation from January 9…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mission Observes the Legislative Elections in Benin

ECOWAS deployed forty (40) Election Observers to all the capitals of the twelve (12) Administrative Departments in Benin to monitor the electoral process

The Election Observation Mission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS–EOM) to the Legislative Elections in the Republic of Benin, led by H.E. Raimundo Pereira, former President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, observed the Legislative Elections in Benin, today January 8, 2023.  ECOWAS deployed forty (40) Election…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland |

Non-resident Ambassador to Benin

The President of the Republic appointed Ambassador Leena Pylvänäinen, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Abuja, to serve as a non-resident Ambassador to Benin

At the presidential session on 5 January, the President of the Republic appointed a new non-resident Ambassador. The President of the Republic appointed Ambassador Leena Pylvänäinen, Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland in Abuja, to serve as a non-resident Ambassador to Benin.

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) |

Benin Develops New National Cancer Control Plan with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and World Health Organization (WHO) Support

The delivery of critical equipment to the hospital will also be supported through Rays of Hope

Benin has approximately 7 000 new cancer cases each year, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Global Cancer Observatory, and close to 5 000 cancer deaths annually. To help address these relatively low survival rates, sufficiently equipped facilities, trained staff and modern technology, as well as…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China |

Xi Jinping Exchanges Congratulatory Messages with President of Benin Patrice Talon on the 50th Anniversary of the Resumption of China-Benin Diplomatic Relations

The two countries have always treated each other in a sincere and friendly fashion, and firmly supported each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns

President Xi Jinping exchanged congratulatory messages with President of Benin Patrice Talon on the 50th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Xi Jinping noted that in the past half a century since the resumption of China-Benin diplomatic relations, the two countries have always treated each…

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Source: United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) |

Ecotaxes on polluting goods channelled to eco-friendly community adaptation in Benin

In Benin, imports of items deemed to have a high negative impact on the environment are subject to an ecotax

Moussoula Gado, 47, couldn’t afford a small petrol generator so she used to struggle carrying heavy buckets of water on her head from a nearby reservoir battling, usually unsuccessfully, to keep her crops alive through the increasingly long dry season in Komdè village, Ouaké Commune in north-western Benin. A new…