Source: World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) |

Tourism Grows 4% in 2021 but Remains Far Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Africa saw a 12% increase in arrivals in 2021 compared to 2020, though this is still 74% below 2019

UNWTO reports 4% rise in international tourist arrivals in 2021; however, 2021 was another challenging year: arrivals still 72% down on pre-pandemic levels; recovery needs stronger coordination and increased vaccination rates. Global tourism experienced a 4% upturn in 2021, compared to 2020 (415 million versus 400 million). However, international tourist…

Source: FIFA |

Video interviews – The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021

The video interviews are submitted as reaction files from The Best FIFA Football Awards 2021

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ 2021 ceremony, held as a virtual TV show from the Home of FIFA in Zurich (www.FIFA.com), crowned two household names, Alexia Putellas and Robert Lewandowski, as the outstanding players in women’s and men’s football respectively. The video interviews below are submitted as reaction files from…

Source: Ambassade de France au Nigéria |

France supports Nigeria’s health sector

France is providing a €55 million loan to Nigeria to improve the health sector

Mrs. Emmanuelle Blatmann, Ambassador of France to Nigeria and Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Federal Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, signed on 13 January the first loan from the Treasury to Nigeria since 1990. This concessional loan of EUR 55 million aims at renovating public health infrastructures and equipment in Oyo…

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Finalists for The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper and The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper announced

These two awards are given to the outstanding goalkeeper in women’s and men’s football as voted for by an international jury respectively

The final nominees for The Best FIFA Women’s Goalkeeper and The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper have been revealed; tomorrow, FIFA will announce the finalists in the coaching categories; the virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 17 January. FIFA has announced the…

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President Infantino's New Year message: “Solidarity and dialogue crucial in 2022”

FIFA is the only governing body that looks after and cares about the entire world

Gianni Infantino addresses football family with hopes for 2022; FIFA (www.FIFA.com) President looks forward to “celebration of football and social inclusion” in Qatar;  Mr Infantino calls for solidarity to protect football’s future Wherever you are in the world and whatever your relationship with our beautiful game, I would like to…

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2021 Year in Review: Refugee, migrant numbers rise, despite travel curbs

By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data

Pandemic-related travel restrictions may have put a dent on international migration figures in 2021, but the number of people forced to leave their homes, due to conflict and persecution, rose to record highs. By November, more than 84 million people had been forced from their homes, according to UNHCR data. This…

Source: France Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères |

Democratic Republic of the Congo – France strongly condemns the attack in the city of Beni in North Kivu province (December 28, 2021)

It offers its condolences to the victims’ loved ones and to the Congolese authorities

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack carried out on December 25 in the city of Beni, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu province, which killed several people and left many casualties. It offers its condolences to the victims’ loved ones and to the Congolese…

Source: France Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères |

Burkina Faso – France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack in the vicinity of You (27 Dec. 2021)

It extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso

France condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack carried out in Northern Burkina Faso, in the vicinity of You, on December 23, which left several dozen civilians dead. It extends its condolences to the families of the victims and to the people of Burkina Faso. Together with all the…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN experts on people of African Descent conduct a working visit to France

The Working Group will share its preliminary observations with the French Government and propose to initiate a dialogue in the framework of an official country visit to the country

The Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent was in Paris, France, from 13 to 16 December on a working visit aimed at assessing and better understanding the situation of peoples of African descent, and providing advice to assist them and other relevant stakeholders to protect their human rights, and…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office |

Joint statement on elections in Libya – December 2021

The UK, US, France, Germany and Italy have issued a joint statement on elections in Libya

France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the United States of America welcome the statement of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser (SASG) on Libya, Stephanie Williams on 23 December and commend the work of the SASG to engage in broad consultations across Libya over the past ten days. We express our strong…