Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

Mozambique elected to UN Security Council

The nation of Mozambique will join the United Nations Security Council in January 2023, following a UN General Assembly election on Thursday. Also elected to the council are Ecuador, Japan, Malta and Switzerland, all as nonpermanent members of the 15-nation body. Ten of those nations are determined by the UN…

Mozambique joins Malawi in new polio case reports

Mozambique joins Malawi in new polio case reports

Officials in Mozambique are reporting a polio outbreak, the first in the country since 1992. The case was found in Tete province in the country’s northeast. It was found in a child who experienced paralysis that began in late March, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tests taken from…

Madagascar braces for intense cyclone Batsirai

For the second time in as many weeks, people in Madagascar are bracing for a tropical storm that’s set to make landfall on Saturday. That landfall is expected between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. along the coast between Mahanoro and Mananjar. The 3 p.m. bulletin issued by Météo Madagascar said…

Madagascar, Mozambique see impacts of Indian Ocean storm

Authorities in Madagascar have posted red warnings for much of the country’s north, as heavy rains and wind from a tropical weather system crossed the island late Saturday. “There is a lot of rain on the east side of the island,” said Météo Madagascar. “This case could result in flooding…

SADC agrees to keep troops in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has agreed to extend its security mission in Mozambique, where defense forces have sought to restore order in troubled Cabo Delgado province. The decision was announced in a communiqué following Tuesday’s summit in Lilongwe, Malawi. The extraordinary summit, hosted by President Lazarus Chakwera, was…

New flood mapping tool geared toward Global South

A new tool to map floods around the world, especially those that occur in the Global South, has been launched through a partnership between Google, MapBox, and other players working with a UN University group based in Canada. The World Flood Mapping Tool uses the Google Earth engine combined with…

UN counterterrorism chief calls for renewed focus on Africa

All eyes have been on Afghanistan as the Taliban takes control, but the United Nations Security Council was focused Thursday on the threat of Islamic extremism on the African continent. UN counterterrorism chief Vladimir Voronkov, presenting his report on Islamic State and related groups to the council, called for a…

Total declares force majeure on Mozambique LNG project

French oil major Total says it has backed out of its US$20 billion LNG project in Mozambique, just days ahead of an expected decision on military intervention in the southern African nation. “Considering the evolution of the security situation in the north of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, Total…

UK court to review Mozambique fossil fuel investment

The British government’s investment in developing liquified natural gas (LNG) projects in Mozambique – projects contributing to the conflict and instability in the country’s north – is headed for judicial review following a successful legal filing from the Friends of the Earth. The London-based NGO says the decision to approve…

SADC puts Mozambique security assistance plan in motion

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe signaled that regional military support for Mozambique may be on the way in its fight against Islamic State-aligned extremists in the Cabo Delgado region. Mnangagwa made the comment while talking with reporters following Thursday’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) meeting, called to elevate the urgency…

Report: Child deaths underscore scope of Cabo Delgado crisis

The UK-based charity Save the Children reports children as young as 11 and 12 are beheaded by Islamic insurgents operating in the Cabo Delgado province of north Mozambique. The agency said Tuesday that it’s hearing accounts of the deaths from families who are among nearly 670,000 people now displaced because…

Storm Eloise hits Beira – again – with high winds, rain

Tropical Cyclone Eloise has made landfall in Mozambique, after strengthening upon its approach into the equivalent of a borderline Category 2 hurricane just before arriving near the port city of Beira. Images shared by South African Weather Service and local media outlets showed vehicles swamped and trapped by the widespread…