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Artists representing 12 languages join celebration of “International Mother Language Day” at the Bangladesh High Commission in Nigeria

A documentary on the “International Mother Language Day” was screened

Bangladesh High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria observed “Martyrs’ Day” and “International Mother Language Day” in a befitting manner. A discussion cum colourful multi-lingual cultural event was organized at the auditorium at 7 pm on 21 February 2020 at the auditorium of the High Commission. At the outset of the discussion meeting, one minute…

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Global Growth: Modest Pickup to 2.5% in 2020 amid Mounting Debt and Slowing Productivity Growth

In the West African Economic and Monetary Union, growth is expected to hold steady at 6.4%

Global economic growth is forecast to edge up to 2.5% in 2020 as investment and trade gradually recover from last year’s significant weakness but downward risks persist, the World Bank says in its January 2020 Global Economic Prospects. Growth among advanced economies as a group is anticipated to slip to…

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‘Revitalized Africa Policy’ to Guide Sri Lanka’s Engagement with Africa

The policy document aims to optimize the strategic linkages through proximity to the Indian Ocean, centrality of Sri Lanka’s location, and cooperation through the 54 member-African Union (AU)

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the operationalization of the recently developed ‘RevitalizedAfrica Policy’, seeks to enhance Sri Lanka’s cooperation in the political, economic and cultural spheres across Africa. Among the envisaged measures for closer engagement are the expansion of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic presence in Africa, stronger and mutually productive economic…

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Merck Foundation marks “World Diabetes Day 2019” in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health to increase the Diabetes experts nationwide

Merck Foundation to provide One and two Year on-line Post-graduate Diabetes Diploma and Masters from South Wales University for more than 180 doctors from 34 countries in Africa and Asia

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marked ‘World Diabetes Day 2019’ by building diabetes care capacity in Africa and Asia. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation explained, “We strongly believe that starting the “Merck Nationwide Diabetes Blue Points Project” is the right strategy to ensure…

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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…

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Award-Winning Actress Julia Ormond, Egyptian Actor Asser Yassin join Global Migration Film Festival 2019 Jury

This year over 600 films have been submitted for acceptance by the festival

Emmy-award winning British actress and activist against human trafficking, Julia Ormond, and Egyptian actor, writer and film producer Asser Yassin have added their marquee names and expertise in migration, film-making and visual storytelling to IOM’s 2019 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF). There’s a saying often attributed to the great Russian writer…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Liberia and Former First Lady of Mauritania.
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Merck Foundation to conduct 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” October 2019 in Ghana

African First Ladies and Ministers of Health, Gender, Information and Education from 20 African countries will attend the conference

The 6th edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary will be co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation  (Merck-Foundation.com); The President of Ghana, H.E. MR. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO will officially inaugurate the “Merck Africa Asia Luminary”; 2nd Anniversary…

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UN Child Rights Committee publishes findings on Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from May 13 to 31: Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing…

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019, UN-Habitat Assembly

Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development

On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its considerations of draft resolutions.  Two special events…

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Sri Lankan peacekeepers share time, meals and other gifts with patients at Bor hospital (Gideon Sackitey)

The Sri Lankan initiative was prompted by Vesak Day, a religious and cultural festival

When you are hospitalized, your immediate concern is to get prompt and adequate care to recover as quickly as possible. It can be a dull experience, at the best of times, but bed-ridden patients at the main hospital in Bor have recently been in for a surprise treat. “It’s a…