Togo’s Gnassingbé talks energy at One Planet Summit

Togo’s Gnassingbé talks energy at One Planet Summit

President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo was the only African leader to participate Wednesday on a high-level panel during One Planet Summit, held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Gnassingbé and philanthropist Bill Gates, along with President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands, participated in a…

In Nairobi, it’s environment in focus at AMCEN

Environmental experts from 43 countries are gathered in Nairobi for the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), with the special session for ministers set for Wednesday. The meeting focuses on key issues ahead of Africa’s participation at COP24 in December in Poland, as well as an African Biodiversity Ministerial…

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation? That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Angola launches new wildlife protections to curb poaching

Angola’s Ministry of Environment is launching a new wildlife conservation initiative to assess the impact of poaching, and strengthen legal protections and enforcement. Aristófanes Fontes, the director of the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas, tells state news agency ANGOP that national training, a licensing program and a law…

Africans step up at RISE for Climate marches

Thousands of climate activists across Africa participated Saturday in the global RISE for Climate marches, as people from 95 countries on six continents took to the streets to demand action on a sustainable future for all. The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), one of Africa’s leading civil society environmental…

Botswana disputes account of 90 elephant poaching deaths

The Government of Botswana says that this week’s gripping news of 90 elephant poaching fatalities in the country is misleading and sensationalized. Thato Raphaka, the secretary for the Ministry of Lands, said Wednesday that Botswana’s findings are not consistent with data attributed to Elephants Without Borders (EWB), which has been…

Ramaphosa, Sall help to close out FOCAC summit

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegal’s President Macky Sall joined Chinese President Xi Jinping in declaring the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing a success as it ended Tuesday. The summit issued the Beijing Declaration (Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future) to advance their…

SA musicians welcome U.S. orchestra on 5-city Mandela tour

Traveling from the United States to South Africa this week is the Minnesota Orchestra, with its members completing a five-city performance tour – the first such visit by a professional U.S. orchestra. The American guests, led by music director Osmo Vänskä, are performing alongside their South African counterparts in a…

Project moves elephants from South Africa to Mozambique

There are some major moves afoot in South Africa and Mozambique, as conservationists and researchers try moving elephants to help protect them from ivory poaching and habitat loss. So far this summer, the “Moving Giants” project has relocated four dozen elephants from the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve (VLNR), a conservation…

Ethiopia’s Abiy courts diaspora on U.S. tour

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continues his outreach tour in the United States on Saturday with a gathering for the diaspora in Washington D.C., part of a concerted effort to encourage Ethiopians who have left the country to return home and build its future. Abiy’s meeting at the Walter E….

U.S. legislators advance Okavango River Basin wildlife protection

Legislation to protect wildlife from poaching in the Okavango River Basin of southern Africa was passed this week by the United States House of Representatives, where members who sponsored the bill raised the alarm over ties between wildlife trafficking and terrorist organization finance. “This ecosystem spans three countries,” said bill…

Nigeria’s Buhari says world needs ICC now more than ever

President Muhammadu Buhari praised the role of the International Criminal Court as a catalyst for a culture of justice around the world, while recommitting Nigeria to the court’s goals during a keynote speech delivered Tuesday at the ICC 20th anniversary commemoration in The Hague. “As we know, the International Criminal…