UN promotes effort to harvest treasure from e-waste trash

UN promotes effort to harvest treasure from e-waste trash

The roughly 1.2 billion people who live on the African continent contribute the least to the world’s e-waste problem, but in countries like Liberia and Ghana they deal with the trash left behind from the world’s digital and technological advances. All told, an estimated 48.5 million tons of e-waste was…

Africa’s front and center at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Africa’s front and center at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

The Zayed Sustainability Prize awards ceremony was held in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, with Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed attending the honors as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The week-long conference on renewable energy, sustainable finance and other climate-focused topics is attended by a number of world leaders….

Research: What Africans in five nations think about climate change

From flooding to drought, countries across the African continent experience climate change in environmentally and economically diverse settings – but what do its citizens really think about it? The Ghana-based Afrobarometer research organization checked in with five different countries for their 2018 reports, from West Africa to the south, and…

After Jammeh, Gambians hope for justice as TRRC hearings begin

President Adama Barrow of The Gambia welcomed on Monday the start of hearings by the country’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC), formed to explore human rights violations that occurred during the 22-year rule of former dictator Yahya Jammeh. “As a key pillar of the transitional justice program of the…

COP24: Africa, LDCs press for urgency on climate

Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, according to a new report from the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) released at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director of UNDP’s Africa Bureau, said that while many African nations…

Sall opens Senegal’s Musée des Civilisations noires

Senegal opened its long-awaited Musée des Civilisations noires (MCN) on Thursday, with President Macky Sall on hand to deliver the keynote address at inaugural ceremonies in Dakar. The museum realizes a pan-African vision that dates to the era of the country’s first president and was completed with more than USD$34…

COP24: This time, Africa wants action on climate

No more beating around the bush. That’s the message from Namibia, and from African climate activists and negotiators more broadly, as they head to Katowice, Poland, for the COP24 meeting. Formally known as the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the annual…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Uganda’s Museveni promises action on ‘blue economy’

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was among the top African leaders to deliver an address Monday during the opening session of the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Museveni said he was at first skeptical about the summit on oceans and water resources, but came to the conclusion that marine…

Russia and Africa’s Islamic nations discuss youth, extremism

Representatives from Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia are attending the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group in Dagestan, a four-day session through Tuesday that included a working meeting on Monday. They were among 25 Islamic nations on hand for the event in the Caspian Sea city of Makhachkala, the Dagestan capital, and…

Ibrahim report sees concern for youth, economic opportunity

Despite strong GDP growth over the last ten years, Africa has failed to generate economic opportunities for its young population – and that spells trouble for a sustainable future. It’s a key finding of the 2018 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), released Monday by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The…

Africa’s micro firms are key to sustainable wood trade

Thousands of African businesses that rely on forests, whether to sell timber, make furniture or produce charcoal, need more support to ensure that woods are sustainably sourced and their work leads to better market access. That’s according to a new report from the Global Timber Forum (GTF) released in London…