Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria |

Second Session of the Algerian-Venezuelan Political Consultations / Joint Communiqué

This session was an opportunity to review the state of bilateral cooperation and ways and means of promoting it in various areas

Mr. Amar Belani, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, co-chaired, this Wednesday, February 1, 2023, in Algiers, with Mr. Yuri Alexandre Pimentel Moura, Vice-Minister for Africa at the Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs of the…

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) |

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) global report on trafficking in persons: Crises shift trafficking patterns and hinder victim identification

Breaking down trafficking in persons statistics by region, the report shows higher levels of impunity in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Fewer victims of trafficking in persons are being identified even as the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises are increasing vulnerabilities to exploitation, according to the latest Global Report on Trafficking in Persons launched today by UNODC. The number of victims detected globally fell by 11 per cent in 2020 from the previous year,…

Source: The Presidency: Republic of South Africa |

POSTPONEMENT: President Ramaphosa to host President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on a State Visit

The State Visit will take place on a date to be mutually agreed by both counties through diplomatic channels

Members of the media are informed of the postponement of the State Visit by President Nicolas Maduro Moros of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which was scheduled for Tuesday, 06 December 2022 in Pretoria.  The State Visit will take place on a date to be mutually agreed by both counties…

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) |

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Green Finance Institute partner on podcast series for nature ahead of COP27

Ahead of COP27 in Egypt, Financing Nature: COP27 Special will showcase examples of where this is already happening

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Green Finance Institute (GFI) are partnering to host a special podcast series to highlight the role of finance and natural climate solutions in the run up to COP27. This five-episode series - Financing Nature: COP27 Special - will build awareness of the need for…

Source: MainOne |

Equinix Enters Africa, Closing the US$320 Million Acquisition of MainOne

Acquisition signals the first step in Equinix’s long-term strategy to become a leading African carrier-neutral digital infrastructure company, enabling organizations to accelerate digital transformation throughout the continent

Equinix, Inc. ( (Nasdaq: EQIX), the world's digital infrastructure company™, today announced it has completed its deal to acquire West African data center and connectivity solutions provider MainOne ( for an enterprise value of US$320M, marking the beginning of its expansion into the African continent. The completion of this acquisition…

Source: World Rugby |

World Rugby launches new global competition and aligned calendar to supercharge the women’s 15s game

World Rugby has launched WXV, a three-tiered annual competition model that will start in 2023

Sixteen-team, three-tier WXV global competition set to begin in 2023; World Rugby to invest £6.4 million in its first two years; unified international 15s calendar to comprise of two playing windows on an annual basis, optimising player welfare and performance; ground-breaking global international 15s calendar set to accelerate development of women’s…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus: Updated influenza vaccine advice targets protection of elderly and health workers

Although the influenza jab would not protect people from coronavirus - a new disease for which there is so far no cure - “it keeps you out of hospital”

Amid a potential global shortage in influenza vaccines and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the UN health agency has advised countries to protect the elderly and health workers first. The updated recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), come as the northern hemisphere braces for the seasonal bug, which claims hundreds of thousands…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Impact of COVID-19 on Livelihoods, Food Security & Nutrition in East Africa - Urban Focus

At 53,000 confirmed cases and 821 deaths as of 1 August, the region is at a relatively modest level compared to other regions in the world

HIGHLIGHTS Urban populations in East Africa are highly vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly 35 million people, or 58% of the urban populations living in informal settlements who are at high risk from its impact. Livelihoods and incomes of these urban populations are seriously affected, particularly the urban poor who…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 impacts observing system

Surface-based weather observations are in decline, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are manual rather than automatic

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is concerned about the increasing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the quantity and quality of weather observations and forecasts, as well as atmospheric and climate monitoring. Meteorological measurements taken from aircraft have plummeted by an average 75-80% compared to normal, but with very large…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

Coronavirus - Africa: The United States is leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

U.S. government agencies are working together to prioritize foreign assistance based on coordination and the potential for impact

The U.S. government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad. As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of…