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EU on COP27 deal: ‘We have treated some of the symptoms’

EU on COP27 deal: ‘We have treated some of the symptoms’

The now-completed COP27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh have resulted in a deal on loss and damages to help the world’s most vulnerable nations cope with climate change impacts they already experience. The outcome of the talks, which extended past the deadline as negotiators hammered out details, were welcomed by…

COP27 talks extended as hope remains for loss and damage deal

COP27 talks extended as hope remains for loss and damage deal

Climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, scheduled to wrap up on Friday, will continue through at least Saturday, according to Egyptian media outlets citing Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Shoukry said he remains concerned about many outstanding issues at the COP27 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Shoukry met with United Nations…

Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the Top 10 nations to contribute troops to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but the government has announced it’s pulling out of the mission in a letter sent to the UN. The letter, according to Radio France International (RFI), confirms Abidjan’s decision…

Biden commits $100m to climate adaptation, $150m for Africa

President Joe Biden of the United States announced a new US$100 million commitment to the climate Adaptation Fund and an additional $150 million in new support for  the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE) efforts across Africa. The announcement, made during Biden’s speech to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt,…

At COP27, Kenya’s Ruto makes Africa’s case on climate

President William Ruto of Kenya made the African case for climate action at COP27 on Monday, focusing on loss and damage funding and delays he called “cruel and unjust” as Africans already experience catastrophic impacts. “Loss and damage is not an abstract topic of endless dialogue: it is our daily…

African leaders focus on climate links to global health crises

With the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) set to begin in Egypt, global public health experts are focusing on the climate impacts to human health, especially on the African continent. Flooding in South Sudan, food insecurity across the Sahel, and spikes in Ebola and other disease outbreaks are…

Calls for diplomacy as Rwanda, DR Congo fighting escalates

The Democratic Republic of Congo has expelled Rwandan ambassador Vincent Karenga, the latest move in escalating tensions between the neighboring Central African nations. Karenga was told to leave by Tuesday following the capture of Kiwanja and Rutshuru, towns in the volatile eastern DR Congo, by March 23 (M23) rebels over…

African leaders congratulate Brazil’s Lula on election win

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique was among the first global leaders to congratulate Brazil’s Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who won a close presidential election Sunday against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. “It was a victory won by perseverance, humility, faith in justice and, above all, it was a victory for the…

IMF eyes worrisome trends for sub-Saharan economies

The latest International Monetary Fund forecast for sub-Saharan Africa calls for continued slow economic growth through 2022, with similar conditions next year —an outlook that remains highly uncertain, the IMF said. “Late last year, sub-Saharan Africa appeared to be on a strong recovery path out of a long pandemic,” said…