Source: International Rescue Committee |

25 Years Following the Beijing Platform for Action Finds Widening Gaps in Gender Equality for Women and Girls in Conflict Settings

Despite global gains, rates of school enrollment, literacy, access to birth certificates, and more are deteriorating among women and girls in conflict settings

A new analysis from the International Rescue Committee finds that women and girls living in large refugee-hosting countries have not experienced global rates of progress over the past 25 years; despite global gains, rates of school enrollment, literacy, access to birth certificates, and more are deteriorating among women and girls…

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Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Offers Asian Business an Abundance of Investment Opportunities, Webinar Participants Learn

The two-hour virtual event, held in English, Korean, and Chinese, offered participants an opportunity to learn more about the Bank and its operations

The African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) today held a workshop to convey the continent’s immense investment and partnership opportunities to Asian business leaders, particularly as the continent seems poised to return to economic growth in 2021 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-hour virtual event, held in English, Korean,…

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Source: Foundation for a Smoke-Free World |

Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

Source: UNICEF Sierra Leone |

Govt. of Sierra Leone, Govt. of China & UNICEF unveil newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kailahun

Established under the program “China-Africa collaboration to accelerate maternal, newborn and child health in Sierra Leone”

A newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) has been unveiled at Kailahun District Hospital in Sierra Leone today.  This state-of-the-art unit, which was set up by the Government of Sierra Leone through the financial contributions of the Government of China with technical support of the United Nations Children’s Fund,…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Global and African Leaders welcome Launch of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa as “Historic Moment to Accelerate Adaptation” on the Continent

GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA.org) today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

COVID-19: World leaders to stay at home, in first ‘virtual’ UN General Assembly

The same procedure will apply for a series of special high-level sessions scheduled to take place

The 75th UN General Assembly (UNGA) session, begins on 15 September and this year, due to the ongoing global pandemic, it will be unlike any other in the organization’s three quarters of a century of existence This year each Member State, Observer State, and the European Union, was invited to…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …

Source: International Rescue Committee |

New research finds lack of access to adequate child care as one of the top barriers to Economic Empowerment for Refugee Women

Refugee women are consistently under or unemployed in greater numbers than other populations, which has only been further exacerbated by COVID-19

A new study from the International Rescue Committee uncovers what economic empowerment means to refugee women in Germany, Kenya, and Niger; lack of childcare, harassment and gender-based violence, prioritizing men’s workforce integration, social stigma, and limited autonomy in decision-making cited as top constraints to economic participation; as the Beijing Platform…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

Coronavirus - Africa: World manufacturing set for biggest collapse in decades but impacts uneven – UN Industrial Development Organization report

The dramatic drop reflects the economic impact of measures imposed to halt the spread of COVID-19

During the second quarter of 2020, manufacturing production fell sharply in most countries around the world, with the notable exception of China where output had already returned to moderate growth. On current estimates, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) expects a decline in global manufacturing value added of 8.4…

Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Coronavirus - Africa: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations from China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) to support Ebola surveillance operations in Northeastern DRC

PPE donations from cidca official to support Ebola surveillance operations in Northeastern DRC since the end of the outbreak in June 2020. The supplies will also reinforce the COVID19 response in the area & Ebola responders in Mbandaka.