Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

Coronavirus: Celebrity Advocates Connie Britton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Yemi Alade call for green and gender-equal COVID-19 recovery during the United Nations General Assembly week

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of the people and the planet but has also provided an opportunity for the world to come out stronger

The three UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors joined the SDG Action Zone during the 75th UN General Assembly to share personal experiences during the pandemic and talk climate, inequality, and the challenges of being a working mom UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors American actor Connie Britton, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Nigerian musician Yemi…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Guinea-Bissau Independence Day

As our countries continue to combat COVID-19, we are encouraged by our shared commitment to peace and security

By Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the United States Government and the American people, I congratulate the citizens of Guinea-Bissau as you celebrate your Independence Day. As our countries continue to combat COVID-19, we are encouraged by our shared commitment to peace and security, economic growth,…

Source: United States Embassy in Angola |

SelectUSA and AIPEX Sign Cooperative Arrangement to Promote Bilateral Investment

The two organizations intend to cooperate to provide support to U.S. and Angolan investors and economic development organizations

SelectUSA, Global Markets, the International Trade Administration, and the United States Department of Commerce and the Angolan Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (AIPEX) signed a cooperative arrangement to promote bilateral investment during a physical and virtual signing ceremony and export promotion seminar. As part of the cooperative arrangement SelectUSA and…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Coronavirus: At least 51.6 million people doubly hit by climate-related disasters and COVID-19, new analysis by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reveals

The pandemic is increasing the needs of people suffering from climate-related disasters, compounding the vulnerabilities they face and hampering their recovery

New analysis published today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre reveals that at least 51.6 million people worldwide have been affected by floods, droughts or storms and COVID-19. The pandemic is increasing the needs of people…

Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo, Egypt |

U.S. funding to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supports Cancer Treatment in Egypt

Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is allocating $1 million in funding to IAEA to help Egypt enhance radiation therapy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is allocating $1 million in funding to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help Egypt enhance radiation therapy for cancer patients through the provision of a medical linear accelerator, or “LINAC.” This $1 million in funding is part of a…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

USAID/Power Africa Announces $2.6 Million in Healthcare Electrification Grants to Solar Energy Companies in Nine Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa

Power Africa, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announces grants totaling $2,620,650 to solar energy companies to provide reliable, affordable off-grid electricity to nearly 300 healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 60 percent of all healthcare facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity, and of…

Source: U.S. Embassy - Cairo, Egypt |

U.S. Ambassador Visits Esna and Luxor to Highlight U.S.-Egypt Partnership

Ambassador Cohen also visited historic Esna where the U.S. is working with local organizations to improve the town's potential for tourism

U.S. Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen visited Luxor and Esna on Saturday, September 19 to reaffirm the strong U.S.-Egypt partnership in wastewater management, agribusiness strengthening, and cultural heritage preservation with Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, and Secretary General of Luxor Governorate General Emad Abou El Azayem.     In Luxor, Ambassador Cohen joined Minister…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

USTDA expands support for Internet Connectivity in Nigeria

Funding two projects that will help deliver fast and reliable internet to thousands of Nigerian households using U.S. technological solutions

the U.S. Trade and Development Agency continued its 20 years of support for Nigeria’s telecommunications sector by funding two projects that will help deliver fast and reliable internet to thousands of Nigerian households using U.S. technological solutions. “USTDA is committed to establishing a new era of inclusive, secure and sustainable…

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Issues in ensuring COVID-19 vaccine compliance (By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World)

We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness to use a COVID-19 vaccine and adopt other preventive healthcare measures was associated with trust

By Derek Yach, MBChB, MPH An effective COVID-19 vaccine could help us emerge from isolation and end the social distancing required during this pandemic; but it will only work if people are willing to be vaccinated [1]. We conducted a survey in June of 2020 that addressed whether people’s willingness…

Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Photoville exhibit shines a light on the far-reaching consequences of COVID-19

Eight photographers poignantly show the true human cost of the pandemic, and how it must force us into a radical re-think

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has gathered an exciting and thought-provoking selection of prize-winning international photojournalists for the 2020 edition of the international photography exhibition Photoville. Their work on the theme, The far-reaching fallout from COVID-19, how a once-in-a-century crisis is re-shaping the world will be on display from…