Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

Madagascar: Slow storm Enawo tracks south with heavy rains

Powerful tropical cyclone Enawo, which made landfall near Antalaha Tuesday as an intense and destructive storm, continued Wednesday to affect the island nation of Madagascar. At 7 a.m. local time, the slow-moving storm – which is tracking farther inland than originally forecast – continued to make its way south in…

Madagascar: Undersea Internet cable break impacts connectivity

Connectivity woes continue on the island nation of Madagascar, following the breakdown of an undersea cable that serves as a primary optic fiber network. The Telma Madagascar communications company was first alerted last Wednesday that the underwater EASSy cable that supports Internet access to the island nation was out of service….

Trudeau details African aid programs during summit in Madagascar

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted his nation’s continued investment in African development during the XVI Summit of La Francophonie, held this past weekend in Madagascar. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar first welcomed the delegations to Antananarivo, where he stressed the importance of cooperation among member states in meeting the…