Source: United Nations (UN) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, UN High-Level Forum aims to chart pathways toward a sustainable recovery

The virtual ten-day Forum convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) takes place as the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 500,000

Facing the devastating impacts of COVID-19, which is threatening decades of progress in improving people’s lives, countries are meeting at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development from 7 to 16 July to chart the best paths forward to a healthier, more equitable world. The virtual ten-day…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

“One” WASH program improves well-being of vulnerable communities in Ethiopia

The scheme combines the construction of infrastructure to extend access to water and sanitation to new areas and the revamping of disused equipment such as pumping stations and pipelines

Ethiopia’s ‘One’ model, under which the government runs its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) National Program, ( has steadily improved the well-being of the country’s rural and urban communities, top local officials say. “The ‘One’ here means we have one account, one budget and one report in one consolidated WASH…

Source: United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) |

Coronavirus: Somalia’s COVID-19 Response: More needed for persons with disabilities during pandemic

In Somalia, it is estimated that some 15-20 per cent of population – around 1.5 million people – are living with some form of disability

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had tremendous impact on all areas of Somali society, with no group left unaffected. But for one group in particular, the impact of the virus takes a higher toll: persons with disabilities. Some civil society groups are trying to change that. “You can understand…

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

Coronavirus - Africa/Middle East: UNHCR urges sustained support to protect world’s forcibly displaced from “devastating” impact of coronavirus

Across the Middle East and Africa, hundreds of thousands of refugees have asked for urgent financial assistance to cover their daily existential needs since lockdowns

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is seeking US$745 million as it races to prepare for and prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 among refugees and other displaced populations around the globe. This is UNHCR’s portion of the revised UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan appealing for US$6.7 billion, launched last Thursday. Based on…

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: British Embassy Mogadishu |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Joint statement on reconciliation processes in Jubaland

International partners signed a joint statement welcoming the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change

The below statement was signed by United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United States and the United Nations. "We, the undersigned international partners welcome the dialogue between the Jubaland administration and the leadership of the Jubaland Council for Change which…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Funzi Virtual Launch

Funzi has designed a course entitled ‘COVID-19: Adapt and thrive’, as a part of the country’s official coronavirus response initiative

The United Nations in South Africa has partnered with Funzi, a mobile learning service based in Finland, and the governments of the Finland and South Africa to expand an important and innovative education initiative. Funzi has designed a course entitled ‘COVID-19: Adapt and thrive’, as a part of the country’s official coronavirus response initiative.  This is a…

Source: EU Delegation to Kenya |

Coronavirus - Kenya: EU gives front line support to water and sanitation provision in COVID-19 hotspots

This response will target 119 000 people in COVID-19 hotspots and potential hotspots in 25 counties

The EU  together with Sweden, Finland and Denmark are mobilising a total of Ksh 211 million (EUR 1.8 million) of support to enhance access to water in public places, market centres, health institutions, police stations, military barracks and prisons. This response will target 119 000 people in COVID-19 hotspots and…

Source: Global Affairs Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Joint statement of the Alliance for multilateralism

We need strong global cooperation and solidarity to fight COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for multilateralism. Trying to cope with the immediate devastating effects of the virus, nations have turned toward imposing unprecedented executive measures, including closing borders. However, a virus knows no borders. All countries are affected. We must remain united in our shared humanity. The…

Source: African Union Mission in Somalia |

Coronavirus - Somalia: Joint Statement on COVID-19

The virus requires unity not only within countries but between neighbours and the region

Somalia’s international partners* express their solidarity with the Somali people and government at all levels in facing the global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19). They commend the Somali authorities for the measures they have taken to date to contain the spread of the virus, including awareness raising, quarantine measures, and…