Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo, Egypt |

U.S. Ambassador Visits Esna and Luxor to Highlight U.S.-Egypt Partnership

Ambassador Cohen also visited historic Esna where the U.S. is working with local organizations to improve the town's potential for tourism

U.S. Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen visited Luxor and Esna on Saturday, September 19 to reaffirm the strong U.S.-Egypt partnership in wastewater management, agribusiness strengthening, and cultural heritage preservation with Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, and Secretary General of Luxor Governorate General Emad Abou El Azayem.     In Luxor, Ambassador Cohen joined Minister…

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Coronavirus - Critical underfunding exacerbated by COVID-19 pushing displaced people to the edge

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

Source: National Basketball Association (NBA) |

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo wins 2019-20 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

Antetokounmpo is Third Player to win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season

Greek Forward Becomes Third Player to Win Multiple MVP Awards by Age 25; Antetokounmpo is Third Player to Win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in Same Season Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the 2019-20 Kia NBA (www.NBA.com) Most Valuable Player, the NBA announced today. This is…

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

Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, causing the loss of lives and livelihoods and deepening existing inequalities that will make progress on the Goals even more difficult

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Urgent action needed to avert the risk of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General tells UN Security Council

Conflict and COVID-19 are also worsening food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan

FAO Director-Genaral QU Dongyu, today warned the United Nations Security Council that Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen were at risk of a looming famine and appealed for an urgent and united humanitarian response to save lives and livelihoods. "Tragically, there are many more situations where conflict and instability, now…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 12.6 billion financing for transport, clean energy, urban development and COVID-19 resilience

Also backed investment in agriculture, water, housing, telecommunications and urban development across Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America

€ 3.1 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 3.5 billion for private sector investment and working capital schemes; € 3 billon for clean energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; € 2 billion for Naples-Bari high speed train link largest loan in EIB history The European…

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Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 17 September 2020, 6 pm

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,374,616), deaths (33,262), and recoveries (1,127,939) by region: Central (56,608 cases; 1,065 deaths; 48,996 recoveries): Burundi (472; 1; 448), Cameroon (20,303; 415; 18,837), CAR (4,782; 62; 1,830), Chad (1,090; 81; 960), Congo (4,934; 88; 3,887), DRC (10,442; 267; 9,840), Equatorial Guinea (5,000;…

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Coronavirus: Pandemic threatens Human Capital Gains of the Past Decade, New Report Says

The World Bank Group’s 2020 Human Capital Index includes health and education data for 174 countries – covering 98 percent of the world’s population – up to March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in health and education over the past decade, especially in the poorest countries, a new World Bank Group analysis finds. Investments in human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives—are key to unlocking a child’s potential and to improving economic…

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Madagascar: Heavy Rains, Floods and Landslides

Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action: This Operations Update 2 is issued to inform stakeholders of the need to extend the timeframe of this DREF operation by three (3) months (new end date 30 November 2020). The main reason for this extraordinary extension is to enable…

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Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 16 September 2020, 6 pm

African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (1,366,236) deaths (33,065), and recoveries (1,117,386) by region: Central (56,511 cases; 1,065 deaths; 48,923 recoveries): Burundi (472; 1; 448), Cameroon (20,271; 415; 18,837), CAR (4,772; 62; 1,828), Chad (1,087; 81; 944), Congo (4,934; 88; 3,887), DRC (10,414; 267; 9,827), Equatorial Guinea (5,000;…