African artists, youth unite in pledge for peace

A pledge to end all forms of violence and set in motion a grassroots civil society campaign to promote peace was launched today by a coalition of community activists, artists, victims of war, academics, business leaders and African youth. Emmanuel Jal, a spokesperson for the coalition and a prominent peace campaigner, said: “We are losing […]

Liberia: Vote for candidates who put country first

The Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) has urged eligible Liberian voters to vote for legacy-driven candidates who put country first and have the interests of the Liberian people at heart. Liberians are slated to vote in special senatorial elections and a referendum on Tuesday. In a press release issued by its executive director Jarwinken Wiah […]

Norway increases support for Ethiopian refugees

“I am very concerned about the grave humanitarian consequences of the conflict in the Tigray region in Ethiopia. The civilian population has been severely affected, and thousands of people are being forced to flee every day,” says Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. She adds, “Norway will provide approximately NOK 27 million (about […]

European Council meets on COVID-19 pandemic

Coordinated crisis responses and deployment of vaccines were two of the issues that Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven discussed when he met other European Union (EU) leaders via a video conference of the European Council on Thursday afternoon. The heads of state and government also considered the negotiations on the EU’s long-term budget. The EU […]

Index highlights decline in African governance

The 2020 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched today by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, highlights a decline in African governance performance for the first time since 2010. The 2019 African average score for Overall Governance falls by -0.2 points below that of 2018, registering the first year-on-year score deterioration since 2010. This recent decline […]

COVID-19: Sweden extends measures for businesses

The Swedish government has announced that several measures taken to support Swedish jobs and businesses through the COVID-19 crisis will be extended. These include short-term lay-offs, deferral of tax payments, reorientation support and turnover-based support to sole traders. The proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal […]

Sweden reintroduces border controls

The Swedish government has decided to reintroduce controls at Sweden’s internal borders. Border controls will be imposed between November 12 until May 11 next year. Border controls will contribute to national security and help detect threats from potential perpetrators and prevent terrorist attacks. The government assesses that other measures are insufficient against the background of, among other […]

Banding together is only way Africa will beat COVID-19

By Dr. John Nkengasong and African Union Commissioner Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil) Everyone knows by now that due to a combination of leadership, environment, social ecology, demographics and as yet unknown biological and other factors, Africa has been spared the worst of the havoc that COVID-19 has wreaked on other parts of the globe and […]

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 […]