Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Five African nations among world’s fastest-growing populations

Population trends continue to put a number of African nations at the top of countries seeing the biggest increases by 2050, according to “The World Population Prospects 2019: Highlights” report released Monday by the United Nations. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt all are among the…

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

U.S. presidential candidate puts African affairs at forefront

President Donald Trump of the United States has never been known for his attention to the African continent, with the exception of unfortunate negative remarks that reverberate around the world. With the 2020 U.S. presidential race taking off, though, other candidates are starting to address the importance of Africa in…

African officials to attend follow-up FOCAC meeting in Beijing

African officials to attend follow-up FOCAC meeting in Beijing

China will host the next step in achieving the goals of last September’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, with a coordinators’ meeting planned for June 24 and 25 in Beijing. The meeting, announced Monday by spokesman Geng Shuang of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will see ministerial officials from…

Amnesty honors Fridays for Future youth activists with top award

Young climate change activists from across the globe have received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, for their work in the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Greta Thunberg of Sweden. “We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging…

WHO focuses on food safety to reduce preventable deaths

The World Health Organization is promoting the first-ever World Food Safety Day, a United Nations initiative rooted in the theme that “food safety is everyone’s business.” Every year, an estimated 600 million people become ill after eating food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances. Unsafe food also hinders…

Africa’s air pollution is a deadly and growing problem

As the United Nations marks World Environment Day, this year’s theme focuses on air pollution – and that’s a significant challenge on the African continent. A recent study from NASA in the United States found some 780,000 premature African deaths per year were linked to air pollution from different causes….

Finalists named for Tusk Award for Conservation

Three people have been named as short-list finalists for the 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa. The award, administered by the Tusk Trust in the UK, seeks to support wildlife and habitat protection. This year’s finalists include nominees from Uganda, Kenya and Senegal. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka was the first…

Facebook bans 265 accounts used to manipulate African politics

Facebook says that 265 accounts that created pages and posts originating in Israel but targeting African nations and politicians have been removed – and so has a company that’s behind much of the activity. “Although the individuals behind this network attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that some…

UN’s Guterres presses for climate funding in Africa

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says the African continent needs a “quantum leap” in climate change and development funding – especially so because we are not, Guterres said, winning the battle against climate change impacts. “The African continent practically does not contribute to climate change, but the African continent…

UN, EU push back on Trump decision to leave arms trade treaty

The European Union says that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will fail to “contribute to the ongoing efforts to encourage transparency in the international arms trade, to prevent illicit trafficking and to combat the diversion of conventional arms.” The statement from EU…

Study: Climate change is dragging down African economic growth

Sudan and Nigeria are among countries in the world where economic growth already has been most damaged by global warming, according to new research from Stanford University in the United States. The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), also listed Brazil, India…