Source: UN Watch |

Tyrants celebrate as U.N. elects Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya, Sudan to top rights body

The council already counts China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Qatar, Somalia, Cameroon and Pakistan among its members

The U.N.'s election today of serial abusers of human rights —Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya and Sudan — to its highest human rights body drew sharp criticism from the non-governmental human rights group UN Watch, which is based in Geneva at the seat of the 47-nation Human Rights Council. "Electing the oppressive Venezuelan regime of Nicolás…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

UN High Commissioner for refugees and SA government discuss refugees and asylum

The High Commissioner held a range of discussions with refugees and asylum seekers in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and had a videoconference with some in Cape Town

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to South Africa. He met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Home Affairs Minister Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, and other senior Government representatives, with whom he discussed the situation of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country. Grandi commended South…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

UNHCR High Commissioner starts two-day visit to South Africa

According to government statistics, South Africa is home to 268,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly from Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The UN Refugee Agency High Commissioner Filippo Grandi arrived in South Africa on Monday 14 October for a two-day visit. Grandi will be in the country until Wednesday morning, and will have a series of meetings with state authorities, business leaders, UN and NGO partners and others. At his request,…

DOC Research Institute
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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…

Africa Oil & Power Conference
Source: Africa Oil & Power Conference |

Energy is “the Economic Engine of the African Continent”; Africa Oil & Power Conference Opens Today

The AOP conference and exhibition continues until October 11 at the CTICC 1, in Cape Town, South Africa

The fourth annual Africa Oil & Power (AOP) ( conference commenced in Cape Town, South Africa today: Industry elites gathered to discuss the future of Africa’s energy sector and engage in a dialogue that will see the sector empower greater economic growth: Guillaume Doane, CEO of Africa Oil & Power,…

WHO Regional Office for Africa
Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

The Future of Public Health Response is here: World Health Organization (WHO) Summit explains the lives it will save

The experience of Uganda and other countries is part of a four-day WHO summit this week in Brazzaville, Congo

It was the tenth outbreak for its neighbour, but it was the closest that Ebola virus disease had come to Uganda since 2012. When the first cases were reported in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in August 2018, only 200 km from their shared border, Uganda health authorities…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO Director-General reconvenes International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17 July

WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has reconvened an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 on Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 17…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

The Unrealized Oil Promise of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the era of “Billions At Play”

Standing in the 12th position amongst African oil producers, the DRC’s petroleum industry is miniscule at best, producing an average of 25 thousand barrels of crude oil per day

By NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group and Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber It is no secret that the DRC’s mining industry is of vital importance in answering the country’s and the world’s mineral needs. Today, copper, cobalt and other byproducts represent the backbone of the DRC’s economic structure…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR urges more support to boost refugee access to tertiary education

Top five refugee host countries of study for Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI) students were Turkey, Ethiopia, Jordan, Uganda and Kenya

Only three per cent of refugees have access to higher education, according to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. In its “Refugee Student Voices: Refugee Students In Higher Education” report released this week, UNHCR is calling for critical support to scale up existing programs and to help secure futures.  “In recent…

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…