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, […]

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 […]