Sweden’s Foreign Policy Statement for 2021

Mr Speaker, I want to begin this year’s Statement of Foreign Policy by saying something that is obvious to us all. Politics matters. This year marks 100 years since women were first able to exercise their right to vote in a parliamentary election. This was the milestone that made Sweden a democracy. Democracy is something […]

FIFA, AU launch African schools football competition

FIFA and the African Union have agreed to launch a schools football competition following a meeting in Kinshasa between FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, who is also the current Chairperson of the African Union (AU). The two presidents, who had initiated discussions last week […]

A call for more support to the less fortunate

A United Kingdom-based Liberian is calling on her compatriots to identify with the Antoinette Cheshire Home in Liberia. Kutu Kamara said “our society needs to be more involved with them, more people need to come up and support them.” Ms. Kamara recently donated a consignment of relief items to the home, which houses the disabled, in celebration […]

Ghana hosts workshop on reporting science in Africa

Effective science communication requires more collaboration between researchers, communication officers and journalists was one of the key messages at a two-day science reporting workshop held recently in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. The workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resource in Africa (UNU-INRA), the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and […]

FIFA President on African tour

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the first stop on an itinerary that will see him visit FIFA member associations in several African countries along with heads of state and African Union (AU) Chairperson Félix Tshisekedi over the coming days. Upon arrival, the FIFA President was welcomed by the […]

Liberian lawyer says senator will face war crimes charges

A high profile Liberian lawyer says a former rebel leader turned senator must be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes. Counselor Taiwon Gongloe said there is nothing one can or will do to get Senator Prince Johnson off the hook for killing people and showing no remorse during the Liberian civil […]

Sweden to give more money for global COVID-19 vaccines

The Swedish Government intends to provide an additional SEK 100 million (about $12 million) in grants to COVAX to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible in low and middle income countries. This means that Sweden is doubling its support to the COVAX global vaccine access initiative. The government is now planning to allocate an additional SEK 100 […]

Switzerland: Liberian war crimes trial continues

The trial of a former Liberian rebel commander arrested in Switzerland for alleged war crimes during Liberia’s first civil war will on Monday start its second important phase, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. On December 3, 2020, the Swiss Federal Criminal Court, in the city of Bellinzona, began the trial of Alieu Kosiah, a former commander of […]

West African nations get help to meet climate targets

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has extended financial support to a project that will strengthen the efforts of West African countries to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets under the Paris climate accord. The bank will underwrite the preparation of concept notes exploring the use of internationally transferable mitigation outcomes (ITMOs) in selected West […]

African free trade area impact report launched

The long-awaited African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is finally operational, wherein trading commenced on the 1st of January. This marks a celebrated milestone for intra-Africa trade. The AfCFTA eliminates tariffs on 90 per cent of goods produced on the continent, tackles non-tariff barriers to trade and guarantees the free movement of persons. It consolidates a […]