Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus - Africa: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 16.6 billion for COVID-19 health response and economic resilience, climate, clean transport, energy and housing

Companies in North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Neighbourhood and southern Caucasus to access financing under a dedicated regional COVID-19 financing programme

€ 10.2 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 5.2 billion for new private sector financing schemes; € 2 billon for energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; Millions of commuters to benefit from € 1.9 billion urban transport funding in Europe, Asia and Africa The European…

Source: Commonwealth Secretariat |

Coronavirus - World Ocean Day: Post-COVID recovery should lock in ocean sustainability, says Commonwealth Secretary-General

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland calls on countries to reform development strategies in a way that supports vibrant and sustainable blue and green economies

The Commonwealth Secretary-General is urging governments to ensure their countries’ post-COVID economic recoveries are environmentally sustainable and safe for the ocean. Forty-seven of the Commonwealth’s 54 member countries have a coastline while 25 are either small island developing states or ‘big ocean states’ relying heavily on the ocean for food and income. On World…

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)
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    • Hiroko Hirahara, civilian peacekeeper and Head of Field Office, UNMISS Bentiu, believes that more women in peacekeeping is the solution to sustainable peace in conflict zones © UNMISS
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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Women peacekeepers in Bentiu continue efforts to protect civilians

The number of female peacekeepers—military, police and civilian—being deployed to UNMISS and peacekeeping missions worldwide is gradually increasing

“In all the years that I have spent working across conflict zones with United Nations Peacekeeping, I’ve discovered that women, genuinely, hold the key to sustainable peace. We constitute 50 per cent of any society and only by involving women in key decisions that impact their day-to-day life will societies…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Statement on Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-Responsiveness in the COVID-19 Crisis

Around the world, the pandemic is having a devastating impact on health systems, economies and the lives, livelihood and wellbeing of all, particularly older people

We, the Ministers of South Africa, Sweden, Argentina, Australia, Albania, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, are…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

Coronavirus - Africa: UN Peacekeepers Must Stay the Course

From the Central African Republic to Lebanon, from Somalia to Mali, our personnel continue to deliver

By Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Operational Support and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Peace Operations United Nations peace operations promote stability and security in some of the world’s most dangerous and fragile places. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, overstretched UN peacekeepers—civilian, military,  and police—were a thin blue line…

Source: Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) |

Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI) 2019 witnesses shifting dynamics in Islamic finance

Developed markets continue to revise Islamic finance regulations and frameworks

Islamic finance assets grow 3 percent in 2018 to US$ 2.5 trillion; the Sukuk asset class continues strong growth, rising 10 percent in 2018 to US$ 470 billion; developed markets continue to revise Islamic finance regulations and frameworks; Islamic FinTech gained pace with the issuance of blockchain-based micro-Sukuk and a…

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Announcing the Arrival to Cairo of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Arab Republic of Egypt on November 14, 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the arrival in Cairo of the new U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Jonathan Cohen. Ambassador Cohen presented his credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 17, 2019.  Jonathan Cohen was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary…