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    • Grace Poni, a South Sudanese refugee working on a construction site in Arua, northern Uganda. Thanks to UN Women and partner Refugee Law Project, Grace and other refugees in the area got technical skills that they're using to improve their lives. (Photo: UN Women/James Ochweri)
    • Annet Luka, a South Sudanese refugee, shares a light moment with her mother outside their home in Terego, northern Uganda. Annet has already helped her family by making the wooden bench that she is sitting on. (Photo: UN Women/James Ochweri)
    • Veronica Konga, a host community member at Nyumanzi settlement, with one of the products she welded as part of her training. . (Photo: UN Women/James Ochweri)
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Source: UN Women - Africa |

Breaking barriers, building futures – a second chance for women refugees and the communities that host them in Uganda

UN Women’s Leadership Empowerment Access and Protection (LEAP) programme funded mainly by the Government of Norway and Japan, is running in refugee settlements

Uganda hosts 1,644,870 refugees today, and nearly 56 per cent of them have come from South Sudan, fleeing conflict and hunger. Globally, nearly half of all people forced to flee are women and girls, carrying untold stories of resilience and unseen potential. Often, the communities they escape to are also poor. Yet,…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Libya: Six months since deadly storm, affected families have been supported to recover

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), supported by Germany’s KfW Development Bank, has completed a number of activities addressing immediate needs in the eastern Libyan city of Derna following a deadly storm late last year

The organisation has provided relief efforts to families affected by the devastating Storm Daniel, which killed over 4,400 people and displaced 8,540 people. The activities aimed at promoting early recovery and supporting the transition towards more sustainable solutions for families. “More than six months on from the storm, the families…

Source: World Trade Organization (WTO) |

Director-General Okonjo-Iweala cites members’ desire to complete unfinished business from MC13

WTO members are eager to complete the unfinished business pending from the organization’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi earlier this year

Speaking in her role as Chair of the WTO's Trade Negotiations Committee, DG Okonjo-Iweala said consultations she has held with members and groups of members since the last General Council meeting in March to hear their thoughts on moving forward post-MC13 demonstrated a “constructive spirit”, with everyone “eager to complete…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Liberia |

Liberia: President Boakai Applauds the Kingdom of Norway on Constitution Day Observance

He expressed his earnest desire that under his administration, these relations will further evolve to encompass collaborative ventures for the benefits between our respective peoples

The President of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr., has on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Liberia and in his own name extended warmest felicitations to His Majesty King Harald V, the Government, and people of the of Kingdom of Norway on the…

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    • (L-R) Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio; United Republic of Tanzania President Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan; Togolese Republic President Faure Gnassingbé; Norway Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre; Executive Vice President of European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maroš Šefčovič; African Development Bank Group President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina
    • French President Emmanuel Macron gathered heads of state and international organizations at the Elysee to discuss the outcomes of the Summit on Clean Cooking in Africa
    • In a vibrant speech, Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group, said it was time to end the spectacle of African women and girls hunched over carrying heavy loads, walking for miles every day, often in unsafe conditions, simply to be able to cook the family's daily meals
    • “To secure resources for clean cooking, this summit must call for an upcoming generous replenishment of the African Development Fund, which includes $12 billion for clean cooking,” urged Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania
    • Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre pledges $50 million for clean cooking in Africa
    • “This summit provided a firm commitment on an issue that has been ignored by too many people for too long,” said Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency
    • Dan Jannik Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, welcomed the African Development Bank's initiative to create a dedicated clean cooking sub-programme under the Sustainable Energy Fund in Africa
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African Development Bank commits $2 billion as it leads the way at landmark summit for access to clean cooking in Africa

The Bank’s pledge of $200 million per year represents an important contribution to the $4 billion per year needed to allow African families to have access to clean cooking by 2030

President Macron praises the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) for its catalytical role; Access to clean cooking is about more than cooking, it is about dignity, says Adesina; Tanzania’s President Suluhu calls for generous replenishment of African Development Fund to guarantee resources for clean cooking for Africa’s low-income countries. The African…

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    • Representatives of the African Development Bank, African Fertilizer Financing Mechanism, the Government of Norway and Apollo Agriculture at the Nairobi launch of the Financing for Sustainable Agriculture Management Project
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Kenyan Farmers Get Fertilizer Boost with $2 million Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism Credit Guarantee

The Mechanism will provide a $2 million partial trade credit guarantee and a grant of $219,000 to Apollo Agriculture Limited, a Kenyan corporation, to facilitate the company’s fertilizer sales

In a significant step to advance food security in Kenya, the Africa Fertilizer Financing Mechanism (https://apo-opa.co/3W642uA) has launched a project that will help deliver nearly 8,000 tons of fertilizers to 100,000 smallholder farmers, boosting harvests and incomes. Through its Fertilizer Financing for Sustainable Agriculture Management Project (https://apo-opa.co/3QfyVsr), the Mechanism will provide a…

Source: The Government of Norway |

Norway to establish embassy in Senegal

The new Embassy will be responsible for Norway’s diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, where Norway does not have any foreign service missions

Norway will open an embassy in Dakar in the autumn of 2024. The mission will also be responsible for several other countries in West Africa. This is the first time Norway has established an embassy in Senegal. In addition to Senegal the new Embassy will be responsible for Norway’s diplomatic…

Source: The Republic of Uganda - Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda Holds Diplomatic Discussions with Norwegian Ambassador

Ambassador Hermansen highlighted Uganda’s role as the current chair of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G77), noting Uganda’s contributions in this capacity

The Honorable Jeje Odong Abubakhar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has, this morning engaged in a productive meeting with Her Excellency Anne Kristin Hermansen, Ambassador of Norway to Uganda, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, Minister Odongo warmly welcomed Ambassador Hermansen and conveyed his intention to travel to…

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Juba |

South Sudan: Statement on the visit of Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to Juba from 4th to 5th March

During his visit, Mr. Kravik met South Sudanese civil society representatives, who underscored the need for an opening of political and civic space as South Sudan prepares for elections

Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Kravik just concluded a two-day visit to Juba. During his visit, the minister engaged with a range of government officials, representatives of the international community, and civil society. “I confirmed Norway’s strong support for the people of South Sudan which is based on fundamental values…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Fighting puts Goma at risk of lockdown, threatening humanitarian support for millions

Increased violence has directly affected civilians with heavy artillery and mortar fire hitting settlements and densely populated areas, including Goma's outskirts

Immediate action to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must be taken before the situation deteriorates further, urges the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The recent advance of armed groups towards the key town of Sake, a crucial link connecting the city of Goma to…