Source: World Rugby |

Rugby’s greatest of the decade recognised at World Rugby Awards Special Edition

Special edition also featured rugby’s heroes of the pandemic

Richie McCaw and Jessy Trémoulière take home 15s Player of the Decade Awards; Portia Woodman and Jerry Tuwai win Sevens Player of the Decade categories; Jamie Heaslip and Portia Woodman tries voted as best of the decade; Two stellar 15s Teams of the Decade selected by the World Rugby Awards panel highlight the…

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Source: World Rugby |

Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw to be confirmed in Auckland next week

RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November)

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to join Melodie Robinson, Dr Farah Palmer and Dan Carter as RWC 2021 ball presenters; RWC 2021 Draw to be broadcast live on SPARK from 07:30 NZT / 18:30 GMT (19 November); Elma Smit and Ugo Monye to host exclusive online RWC 2021 Draw Show via…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Coronavirus: Members discuss intellectual property response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Discussion on a proposal submitted by India and South Africa for a temporary waiver of certain Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) obligations

At the meeting of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) on 15-16 October 2020, WTO members discussed how best to use the global intellectual property (IP) system to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Members also discussed the extension of the transitional period for least developed countries (LDCs)…

Source: World Rugby |

Date set for Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw

RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels

Rugby World Cup 2021 Draw confirmed for 20 November 2020; Draw event to be held at SkyCity Theatre in the heart of Auckland; RWC 2021 Draw to be live streamed to global audiences via World Rugby digital channels; World Rugby Women’s Rankings to be used for first time to determine…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Immediate action required to address needs, vulnerabilities of 2.75 Million stranded migrants

For the purposes of the report, stranded migrants are defined as individuals outside of their country of habitual residence

Effective international cooperation is urgently needed to address the circumstances of millions of migrants stranded worldwide due to mobility restrictions imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the International Organization for Migration said today. A three-month-long COVID-19 Impact on Migrants (read here) effort by IOM’s Returns Task Force reveals for the first…

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Source: Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) |

The High Commission of Canada in South Africa and Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum partner for eCommerce Capacity Development Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the activity will enhance market access for women entrepreneurs through building knowledge, capacity, and skills in digital channels

The High Commission of Canada in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (www.AWIEForum.org) to run an eCommerce Capacity Development Programme for Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa. Funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), the activity will enhance market access for women entrepreneurs through building…

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

Coronavirus: UN welcomes nearly $1 billion in recent pledges - to bolster access to lifesaving tests, treatments and vaccines to end COVID-19

A coalition of 16 pharmaceutical companies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed an agreement to cooperate on vaccine manufacturing and to scale up production

New commitments from governments, international organizations and the private sector support unified approach to end pandemic, backing a response of unprecedented scale, scope and speed­—through the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator­—as pandemic claims more than 1 million lives Recent Commitments at a Glance:   United Kingdom – £571m (US$ 732m)…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Championing economic opportunities for women in Africa – Development Partners International’s (DPI) latest fund to become the first 2X Flagship Fund

DPI is intentionally supporting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 (gender equality) and 10 (reduced inequalities) through its portfolio in Africa

DPI’s African Development Partners III Fund (“ADP III”) has been chosen as the first 2X Flagship Fund, committed to investing with a gender lens; DPI’s long-standing commitment to gender equity, along with its fund’s commercial performance, recognises the power of DFI collaboration working alongside proactive fund managers to effect real…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Minister Ng and G20 trade ministers meet to advance recovery of global trade and investment

Minister Ng welcomed the outcomes of the Riyadh Initiative, a G20 dialogue on priorities for World Trade Organization (WTO) reform

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, participated virtually today in the G20 Trade and Investment Ministerial Meeting. During the meeting, Minister Ng and her G20 counterparts endorsed a joint statement reinforcing their commitment to support their businesses, workers, and people. The G20 ministers committed to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility

156 economies, representing roughly 64% of the global population in total, are now either committed to or eligible for the COVAX Facility

64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days; these self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support…