COVID-19: Sweden extends temporary entry ban

To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19, a temporary ban on entry to the EU via Sweden is in force. The Swedish Government today decided to extend the entry ban until 22 December 2020. The COVID-19 virus is a matter of international concern that requires cross-border cooperation and coordinated measures. Today’s decision is […]

More investment needed to end rural hunger, poverty

Ten African Heads of State have issued a strong call to other world leaders to increase their funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) or risk jeopardizing Sustainable Development Goal targets for eradicating poverty and hunger, particularly in Africa. “We share IFAD’s vision of vibrant rural communities where people live free from poverty […]

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today, 17 October 2020 – On the International day for the eradication of poverty the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) expresses solidarity with hundreds of millions of people suffering under the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that 500 million more people will further slide into poverty due to the economic lockdowns imposed to contain the spread of […]

A shaky Liberia is a sign of renewed hope

By Alexander Redd God brings radical change to a nation of people when He allows them to experience rocky and painful situations. When God declared through Prophet Haggai that He would involve Himself in a graphic and visible way to shake things up by disrupting the normalcy of life, the Israelites were on the cusp […]

Bold steps taken to make African trade easier

The African continent is about to become the world’s largest free trade area. If not addressed, non-tariff barriers (NTBs) may slow down this effort.  Although the negative impact of NTBs on intra-regional trade is recognized, so far there has been limited success in addressing them.  “The success of the AfCFTA depends in part on how well governments […]

Nordic contribution to Europe-Africa relationship

In a rapidly changing world, what is the role of the Nordic countries in relation to the African continent? This was the theme of two recent rounds of discussions with policymakers and scholars organised by the Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute (NAI). While the European Union (EU)–Africa Summit, originally planned for October 2020, has been postponed […]

Swedish PM speaks at global meeting on women

Gender equality is a concern for us all: women, men, girls and boys. Not only is it a moral or legal obligation to promote equality and rights for women and girls, it is also a question of common sense – and smart economics. No society will fully prosper if half of its population is denied […]

Norway’s statement at the UN General Assembly

The United Nations was founded on hope – the hope for a better tomorrow in the aftermath of war. As we meet today, 75 years later, COVID-19 is putting us all to the test: Will we tackle the largest global challenge since the UN was established? Building on the lessons from other crises and infectious […]

Covid-19: Vulnerable small states need financial support

Representatives of Commonwealth member countries met in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the urgent need for improved access to financial resources and debt relief to secure small states’ economic resilience. They also called to maintain progress on their sustainable development goals (SDGs) and Nationally Determined Commitments (NDC) for tackling climate […]

Voters’ roll update: Liberia opposition goes to court

Liberia’s main opposition group, the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) says it will on Friday file a writ of “prohibition or cancellation” with the country’s supreme court against an ongoing Voters Roll Update (VRU) process. The CPP, together with another opposition block, the Rainbow Alliance, made this known in a press conference on Wednesday in Monrovia, […]