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World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over…

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Women Migrants in Niger Use Slam Poetry to Voice Their Experiences

The workshop will conclude with a slam poetry show on December 5 at the Centre Culturel Franco-Nigérien (CCFN) in Niamey

“This training has been both a challenge and a relief,” said Adaora, a Nigerian woman staying at IOM’s transit centre in Niamey. “It’s inspiring to see women who have been through worse things than I have, opening up and talking about their experiences. Abuse makes you feel very alone, but if we…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) under spotlight as Nigeria hosts national forum on historic agreement

The AfCFTA will become a key engine of economic growth, industrialization and sustainable development in Africa in line with the African Union’s Agenda 2063

Nigeria, which signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade Agreement in July, is this week hosting its national AfCFTA Forum on the "Effective Implementation of the AfCFTA for Industrialization and Inclusive Economic Development". The Forum, which runs from 5-6 December 2019 in Lagos, is being co-organized with the United Nations…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) preparing for major expansion of sports programs for people with disabilities

One country where the ICRC works with disabled athletes is South Sudan

With the goal of increasing sports opportunities and societal acceptance for people with disabilities, the International Committee of the Red Cross is in the midst of a major expansion of its sports programs for people with disabilities. Next year the ICRC will expand its programs into nine new countries*, bringing…

Africa Oil & Power Conference
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Equatorial Guinea Announces Winners of EG Ronda 2019 Bidding Round

The announcement took place during the Gas Exporting Countries Forum 5th Heads of State Summit currently being held in Malabo (November 26-29)

The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons announced the winners of Equatorial Guinea’s oil, gas and mining concessions on Tuesday; Block E G-27 was awarded to Lukoil and GEPetrol and Block EG-09 was awarded to Noble Energy and Gepetrol; The announcement took place during the Gas Exporting Countries Forum 5th Heads…

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Third group of refugees evacuated to Rwanda from Libya with UNHCR support

The group of 116 landed at Kigali International Airport at 2245 last night (Sunday 24 November)

More than 100 vulnerable refugees, including several babies born in detention centres in Libya, have arrived in Rwanda on a humanitarian evacuation flight organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The group of 116 landed at Kigali International Airport at 2245 last night (Sunday 24 November). They have been taken…

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Global Gender Summit 2019: African Leaders Take on the Responsibility to Urgently Close the Gender Gap

The 2019 Global Gender Summit, the first to be held on the continent, kicked off on Monday with a strong call to surge ahead on gender issues and move from commitment to action

‘There is no template to follow…we (women) can deliver but we can deliver differently” - President Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia; ‘We are making sure that narrowing this gender gap is everyone’s responsibility,’ President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; “This discrimination is political, economic and social; it is politically incorrect, unjustifiable…

L’Oréal Foundation
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Young Talent Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 Awards L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program: 20 women researchers awarded

Coming from 15 countries, these computer scientists, engineers or biologists, prove the diversity and crucial role of women's scientific research on the continent

Yesterday in Dakar, as part of the 10th edition of its regional program For Women in Science, the L'Oréal Foundation (http://bit.ly/37vVPE0), alongside UNESCO held a ceremony honoring 20 female researchers who received the 2019 Young Talent Award for Sub-Saharan Africa. Document Link: http://bit.ly/2KKPzyp “The number of women in Science is not…

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Serious concerns over Sahel, require ‘urgent action’: Senior UN Africa official

The situation in Africa’s Sahel region continues to be “of serious concern and urgent action is needed”, a high-level United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, attributing a rising number of attacks to terrorist armed groups

Over the past six months, security in many parts of the vast area that runs west to east across the continent from Senegal to Sudan, “has continued to deteriorate”, said Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, noting a surge in militancy against security forces and civilians and of “violent incidents…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

G5 efforts to combat instability in the Sahel

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on the Joint Force of the Group of Five for the Sahel

We share the concerns set out today by our briefers - and I’m grateful to the Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso for his briefing - and set out in the Secretary-General’s report about the continued deterioration of the security situation across the Sahel, and the fact that violence appears to…