Norway to fund the promotion of cleaner oceans

Norway will provide more than NOK 3 billion($328.1m) to a number of initiatives to promote sustainable ocean management in the period 2020-2024. The initiatives will be announced at the Our Ocean conference in Oslo, which began on Wednesday, October 23. The conference will bring together 500 world leaders and 100 youth representatives from a total […]

Liberian President Weah signs several bills into law

Liberian President Dr. George Manneh Weah has signed into law several bills geared towards enhancing the government’s national development efforts encapsulated in its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.    President Weah’s signing of the bills into law followed their passage by the 54th National Legislature. The 15 bills include the Act to Grant Chapter […]

Governments must fulfill global commitments

Last month three hundred people from 80 countries and 203 civil society organisations participated in the People’s Assembly 2019 in the UN Church Center in New York.   There were many representatives from social movements fighting for justice at the local level. They analyzed the people’s perspectives and challenged heads of state attending the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) […]

Sweden: Anti-racist Liberty Parade held in Malmo

The Afro-Swedes Forum for Justice on Wednesday October 9 held its 3rd annual Liberty Parade in the Swedish city of Malmo to honor and remember all those who were enslaved during the transatlantic slave trade and who lived under racial suppression throughout history.    Hundreds participated in the parade carrying placards, flags, etc and they were […]

Speech: Norway’s foreign minister opens NABA summit

The Nordic-African Business Association Summit has become important annual event. I would like to thank Managing Director Eivind Fjeldstad and Naba for arranging this conference for the ninth consecutive time. The Norwegian Government works systematically to ensure that our businesses have an array of good opportunities – in Norway and abroad. Much of our trade […]

Sweden observes Day of the Girl Child

Within the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is taking part in the global #GirlsTakeover campaign. Through this campaign – an initiative of Plan International – girls all over the world will step into a leadership role on 11 October in connection with International Day of the Girl Child. In […]

African-Americans make case for resettlement to Liberia

An African-American group, the New African Development Trust (NADT), is reportedly lobbying the US Congress, among other actions, for the resettlement of African-Americans, mostly prisoners, to Liberia.    Below is the group’s position statement:    Introduction House Resolution 1242 commemorates the 400th anniversary  of the arrival  of 20 African indenture servants in the United States of […]

The unrealized oil promise of DR Congo

It is no secret that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mining industry is of vital importance in answering the country’s and the world’s mineral needs. Today, copper, cobalt and other byproducts represent the backbone of the DRC’s economic structure at about 85% of its exports. That has been the case for many years, through […]

Norway provides more funds to support human rights

Human rights are under considerable pressure. In response to this, we are increasing our support for human rights efforts by NOK 77 million ($8.4m) in 2020,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. In 2020, the Government will give priority to promotion of women’s rights, respect for human rights defenders, freedom of expression and […]

A conference to remember Swedish slave trade

The Afro-Swedes Forum for Justice on Saturday held the first of its programs marking the 172nd anniversary of the end of Sweden’s participation in the transatlantic slave trade.    A memorial conference, held in Malmo, Sweden’s 3rd biggest city, focused on human rights.    Held under the theme, The legacy of Slave Trade – Voices of today’s […]