China dismisses Amnesty report on Mozambique mining damage

China dismisses Amnesty report on Mozambique mining damage

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday disputed the charge that a Chinese mining company operating in Mozambique has violated environmental laws and harmed the lives of villagers in Nagonha, a coastal town east of Nampula City near the Haiyu corporation’s operations. “I want to point out that this organization…

Driving Socioeconomic Transformational Change for Africa through Climate Action

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” “Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” Across Africa and the globe, these and countless similar proverbs are used to mean the same thing: Hidden in adversity is opportunity. First, Africa’s challenge in adversity When we talk of…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

South Africa’s Tutu resigns from role with scandal-hit Oxfam

In South Africa, the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has resigned from his position as global ambassador for Oxfam International, the UK-based development and humanitarian aid organization at the center of allegations of sexual misconduct among its relief workers in Chad and Haiti. “The Archbishop is deeply disappointed by allegations…

Liberia’s Sirleaf awarded Ibrahim leadership prize

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been named recipient of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, the Ibrahim Foundation announced Monday. The prize is a USD$5 million award paid over 10 years with $200,000 annually for life thereafter, with an optional and additional $200,000 per…

Applications open for SDG innovation lab at Singapore UNLEASH

UNLEASH is a global innovation lab, bringing together 1,000 young talents from across the world to collaborate on solutions to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Those interested in applying for the program have until February 15 to get their paperwork in. This year’s UNLEASH will be held…

Namibia’s Gawanas named UNSG Special Adviser on Africa

Bience Gawanas of Namibia has been named by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres as Special Adviser on Africa, a decision welcomed by the African Union (AU) on Tuesday. “Africa will be well served and we look forward to working with Ms Gawanas and the rest of the United Nations…

Global migration leaders react with sadness to death of Sutherland

The world’s financial and diplomatic leaders have reacted with sadness to news of the death of Peter Sutherland, the 71-year-old Irish statesman and former European Union commissioner. Among the many tributes to his influence as a United Nations diplomat, or his leadership as a World Trade Organization negotiator, were those…