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

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,…

Calls for diplomacy as Rwanda, DR Congo fighting escalates

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

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…

Amnesty calls on Lesotho to end alleged human rights violations

Authorities in the small southern African kingdom of Lesotho have come under scrutiny from human rights advocates who say excessive force is part of a pattern when security forces arrest and detain suspects. Ahead of general elections planned for next week, the Amnesty International appeal calls on political candidates in…

U.S. urges Ethiopia, TPLF to engage in AU-led negotiations

The United States has again urged the Ethiopian government and Tigray leaders to negotiate a peace deal, while insisting that Eritrea needs to step away from fueling conflict in the northern Ethiopian region. Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said Tuesday that the U.S. does not favor…

UNGA: African leaders focus on food insecurity, climate change

African leaders speaking at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York laid out their case for how the destabilized global environment is impacting their nations, with food insecurity due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict a priority. The leaders of Ghana, Nigeria, and Rwanda were among those speaking at Wednesday’s…

Uganda, Tanzania decry EU resolution on oil and gas development

The governments of Uganda and Tanzania are pushing back against a resolution, passed by the European Union, that calls for environmental and human rights protections as the two nations develop the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). The European Parliament resolution warns that the project threatens wetlands and water resources,…

Ruto sworn in as new president of Kenya

President William Ruto has taken office in Kenya, following a swearing-in ceremony at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi. Ruto, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate declared winner over Raila Odinga following last month’s contentious election, promised to be the leader of all Kenyans and work toward their economic…

Angola’s UNITA files legal challenge over presidential election

In Angola, opposition presidential candidate Adalberto Costa Júnior has announced that his party does not accept the results of last week’s election, which returned President João Lourenço to office for another term. Júnior maintains that the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) party is the rightful winner…

At least 32 dead in renewed Tripoli fighting

At least 32 people have died in renewed fighting in Tripoli, ending the relative peace that has held for the last two years and signaling the breakdown of a political process that’s brought Libya no closer to long-delayed elections and a unified state. Libya’s health ministry, cited by Al Jazeera,…

Africa’s part in the global energy transition

In a bid to adapt to climate change and provide cheaper electricity to the general population, Zimbabwe is boosting solar power, and to a lesser extent hydropower, as part of a government programme to cut energy-related emissions by about a third before the end of the decade. Authorities have set…