Source: International Criminal Court (ICC) |

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, on the occasion of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) serves as an important legal instrument in the fight against impunity for atrocity crimes

On the occasion of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I join the calls for a world free of violence against women and children. Women and girls around the world continue to be the victims of unspeakable crimes, from sexual and gender-based violence to harassment, human…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus - Africa: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and European Investment Bank (EIB) expand partnership to support governments in tackling global crisis

The immediate focus will be to address setbacks, mainly caused by the COVID-19 crisis, in Eastern and Southern neighborhood, Central Asia and Africa

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a new partnership agreement to scale up their support to countries facing situations of emergency caused by epidemics, natural disasters, conflict and other types of fragility.  This agreement will enable both institutions to reinforce the resilience…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

World leaders, celebrities to join WHO’s Big Event for Mental Health on 10 October

Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide

On 10 October, World Mental Health Day, world leaders and internationally-recognized celebrities and mental health advocates will come together for the World Health Organization’s Big Event for Mental Health. WHO’s first-ever online advocacy event for mental health will focus on the urgent need to address the world’s chronic under-investment in mental health  ̶  a problem…

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

Coronavirus: UNHCR welcomes Pope Francis’ support for internally displaced

The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded their vulnerability, precariousness and suffering

News Comment by Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency “On the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, UNHCR appreciates the message of Pope Francis highlighting the plight of people who have been displaced within their own country. Today there are 45.7 million internally…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

Coronavirus - Africa: Education for all - pandemic threatens to increase inequalities

40% of low and lower-middle income countries have not supported disadvantaged learners during the COVID‑19 crisis

Presentation in Germany of UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and Education Joint press release of the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Commission for UNESCO On 22 September 2020, the Federal Foreign Office, the…

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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Source: SES |

SES launches Free-To-Air Satellite Channel to Fight Spread of COVID-19

SES uses reliable content from trusted organisations such as UNICEF and AFP to bring critical, informative COVID-19 messages to rural communities

Millions of households across Africa, Europe, and Asia-Pacific will be able to access a free-to-air TV channel via SES satellites (www.SES.com) dedicated to delivering reliable, informative content about COVID-19. The channel – Fight COVID-19 – broadcasts content that is aimed at providing underserved and rural communities with critical information about…

Source: Paxful |

Paxful announces strategic partnership with global cryptocurrency exchange OKEx

The partnership offers more bitcoin payment options for users in developing regions as P2P trade surges in South Africa and Nigeria

Paxful, a leading peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace (https://Paxful.com) that aims to bring financial inclusion and access to the underbanked and unbanked in developing countries, has joined forces with OKEx (https://www.OKEx.com/), one of the world’s largest and most diverse cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchanges. The strategic partnership will offer several payment methods…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: Continuing essential medical services during COVID-19

Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) has launched targeted COVID-19 projects in many of the countries hit hardest by the pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt in every one of MSF’s approximately 450 projects in more than 70 countries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had two main priorities: first, to keep existing essential medical services up and running for the hundreds of thousands of…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Coronavirus - Tunisia: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

EU assistance will help these jurisdictions cover their immediate financing needs which have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak

The Council today adopted a decision to provide up to 3 billion euros of macro-financial assistance to ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners to help them cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial assistance will be provided in the form of loans on highly favourable terms and allocated…