Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force

The Minamata Convention on Mercury enters into force today, following a 90-day period since the necessary threshold of 51 ratifications was achieved in May. The Minamata Convention enters into force with 128 signatory nations and 74 ratifying countries, including the most recent addition of Brazil last week. Among the countries…

The Gambia: Police, environmental activists clash over trash

In The Gambia, police and protesters have clashed over trash this weekend, as the government reopened a waste dump activists had shut down because residents don’t want it in the community. The protests occurred at Bakoteh, where riot police were sent in after residents barricaded a dump site closed down…

Modi to open AfDB annual meeting in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will participate Tuesday alongside Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), at the bank’s annual meeting in Ahmedabad in India’s western Gujarat state. The meeting, which runs through Friday, will focus on India’s partnership with African nations in key development areas, with…

Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter force

The European Union and seven member states whose governments ratified on Thursday the Minamata Convention on Mercury have lifted to 51 the total number of ratifications – and in doing so, reached the threshold that will now put the Minamata provisions into force. The new ratifications by Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary,…

Algeria: Ailing President Bouteflika marks 80th birthday

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in Singapore – both reportedly seeking health care in the high-profile spotlight – it’s little wonder that less attention has been focused on Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president of Algeria. Bouteflika celebrates his 80th birthday on Thursday, amid…

Clinton Foundation annual report reaffirms African commitments

The Clinton Foundation will continue many of its programs serving African countries, according to the 2016 annual report issued online this week and an accompanying letter from former United States President Bill Clinton. The foundation came under heavy fire during America’s bitter 2016 presidential contest, in which former U.S. Secretary…

The most powerful weapon in the malaria fight

It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership. Malaria progress has been unprecedented in the past 15 years, and nowhere is the progress…

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.