International tourism down 65% in first half of 2020

International tourist arrivals plunged 93% in June when compared to 2019, with the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) showing the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the sector. According to the new issue of the World Tourism Barometer from the United Nations specialized agency, international tourist arrivals dropped by 65% during the […]

Covid-19: Global focus on aid for unsafe children, youth

World leaders on Thursday committed to expand education in emergency aid for children and youth impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The beneficiaries are girls and boys already suffering the brunt of armed conflict, forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters and protracted crises – with a focus on the most marginalized, including girls, refugees and children with […]

Commonwealth supports tackling climate change

A virtual gathering has galvanised political backing amongst Commonwealth countries to tackle the key challenge of land degradation linked to climate change and biodiversity loss, which is impacting ecosystems across the globe and over half of the global population. Alongside the United Nations General Assembly meetings, ministers, high commissioners, officials and experts from across the […]

On rights, democracy in global fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to accelerate the global trends of democratic backsliding and weakening respect for human rights. It is intensifying existing inequalities, hitting those who are already marginalised, subjected to discrimination and living in poverty the hardest. The Nordic governments advocate international cooperation, solidarity, human rights and democracy in fighting the pandemic. Disproportional response […]

Liberia: Women group holds anti-rape program

Women Empowerment Forum Liberia held an anti rape awareness fast and prayer program in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County last Saturday, September 12. The activity was a part of the group’s efforts to combat rapes which have been declared a national emergency in the West African country. Rape is not only fought physically, it is […]

Africa still prime investment destination despite Covid-19

Participants at a webinar to present the African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook Supplement to Asian audiences on Monday have endorsed the report as critical for post-COVID-19 Africa. The supplement revises the growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021 and highlights the impact of COVID–19 on Africa’s socio-economic landscape. It recommends policy […]

Liberian pastors flogged for spreading gospel

Liberian police have arrested and charged seven persons who allegedly flogged three pastors for promoting salvation and preaching against their community’s traditional practices. They were charged with felonious restraint, criminal conspiracy, terrorist threat, aggravated assault, harassment, among others and are awaiting court trial. Reports said the police confirmed the incident happened early August. Community youths reportedly held and brutalized […]

African private sector wants fair global trade

A survey commissioned by the Pan-African Private Sector Trade and Investment Committee (PAFRAC) to gauge the private sector view around trade has highlighted the private sector’s desire for considerable reforms to make the global trade rules system fairer and more transparent. Two hundred CEOs were surveyed around issues concerning the WTO and trade in general. […]

Liberian goalkeeper to begin professional career in Spain

In a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier last year, Liberian goalkeeper Ashley Williams, then 18, saved a last minute penalty against home side Sierra Leone to take his team to the next stage of the competition.  That feat won him the hearts of thousands of Liberian football fans and beyond. And it arguably played a part in his later signing for Spanish third division […]

Sweden pledges funds for farmers in poor countries

Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has pledged funds to help avert a potential food crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable rural communities in the wake of COVID-19, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced recently. 50 million Swedish Kronor (approximately US$5.7 million) will be committed to IFAD’s Rural Poor […]