Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Libya: “They were shot and killed as they fled arbitrary detention”

Legal pathways such as evacuation flights and resettlement schemes are currently suspended in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

Three people were shot dead and two were severely injured at the disembarkation site in Khoms on Tuesday night, 28 July, after being returned to Libya, the country they were trying to flee. The victims are aged between 15 and 18. This is yet another tragic development showing that migrants…

Source: International Rescue Committee |

Coronavirus - Libya: Over 200 children stopped at sea and sent to Libyan detention centres; International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for their release

Most have been sent to live in overcrowded, unsanitary detention centres where they are now at even greater risk not only of COVID-19, but also of violence and abuse

Of the 200 children trying to reach Europe who have been intercepted at sea and returned to Libya so far this year, almost all have been arbitrarily detained, the International Rescue Committee says. The majority of those seeking a better life in Europe were Somalian, Eritrean and Sudanese, and most…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Environment, Forestry and Fisheries and partners extend a helping hand to the Kogelberg fishing community

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and partners extend a helping hand to the Kogelberg fishing community

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of small-scale fishing communities. Since the lockdown began, these communities have faced many challenges, from the initial restrictions on being able to fish to the inability to access markets for their catch. For the past eight years, the WWF marine team has been…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Red Cross Red Crescent alarmed at increase in migrant drownings in Mediterranean

Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe

Red Crescent societies in Tunisia and Libya are seeing an increase in drownings on the shores of North Africa. Warmer weather and relaxed COVID-19 lockdowns are thought to be behind an increase in numbers of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe. Many are not surviving…

Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Coronavirus: International Labour Organization (ILO) - Release more than 150,000 seafarers trapped on board ships due to COVID-19

Seafarers should be treated as ‘key workers’ so they can safely return home, says the International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called for urgent and coordinated action to release the 150,000 to 200,000 seafarers trapped on board ships around the world because of measures to contain the COVID-19 virus. The ILO has urged governments, immigration, health and maritime authorities to work together to recognize seafarers as ‘key…

Source: Office of the Prime Minister - Canada |

Coronavirus - Africa: Joint Statement on the Role of a Sustainable Ocean Economy in a post-COVID-19 World

World leaders must value the ocean in recovery from the COVID-19 crisis

Today, the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy issued the following statement to mark World Oceans Day: “Today, we celebrate World Oceans Day under unprecedented circumstances, as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated health and economic challenges. We, the members of the High Level Panel…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: World Ocean’s Day keynote address delivered by Ambassador Barry Faure

Emphasized on how Seychelles has shown the world that it is possible to achieve a critical balance between marine conservation and development

Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Blue Economy, Ambassador Barry Faure,was today invited by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Vincent Degert, to deliver a keynote address on World Ocean’s Day. The address was delivered virtually during a Webinar themed ‘Innovative actions for the…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Coronavirus - Seychelles: Handing over ceremony of second consignment of medical supplies from India

The supply of these medicines has been arranged by Government of India at the request of the Government of Seychelles

The second consignment of essential medicine supplies from India arrived today (7 June 2020) in Port Victoria aboard INS Kesari. Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs & Blue Economy, Amb. Barry Faure & Secretary of State for Health, Amb. Marie Pierre Lloyd jointly received the consignment on behalf of Government…

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…

African Energy Chamber
Source: African Energy Chamber |

Covid-19: A historical opportunity for the transformation and diversification of CEMAC economies (By Leoncio Amada NZE, President for the CEMAC Region at the African Energy Chamber and CEO of APEX Industries)

The CEMAC region is made up of 6 countries with an approximate population of 54 million people, and an economy dominated mainly by the oil sector

By Leoncio Amada NZE, President for the CEMAC Region at the African Energy Chamber and CEO of APEX Industries. In Chinese, the word crisis is made up of two characters. One means danger and the other opportunity. Even though in the middle of a crisis one never sees opportunities, crises…