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Closing UN’s ‘Africa Week,’ Assembly President says continent’s vision getting close to reality

20 October 2017 Addressing the final event of this year’s Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Friday highlighted the continent’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency.

Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day – UN report

19 October 2017 More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.

Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

19 October 2017 A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.

With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

18 October 2017 African countries individually represent relatively small markets, but collectively, they represent enormous market potential, the United Nations deputy chief told an Africa Week event in New York on Wednesday.

Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

16 October 2017 Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.

UN and partners launch plan to stop transmission of bovine tuberculosis to humans

12 October 2017 Stressing the damaging impact on poor rural communities in Africa and South-East Asia of animal tuberculosis’ (bovine TB) transmission to humans, United Nations health experts launched the first-ever roadmap to combat the so-called zoonotic TB.

Some 25 million unsafe abortions occur each year, UN health agency warns

28 September 2017 About 25 million unsafe abortions, accounting for 45 per cent of all abortions, occurred every year from 2010 to 2014 worldwide, with 97 per cent of those unsafe procedures occurring in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, a new United Nations study has found.

North Africa set to adopt five-year plan to boost youth employment – UN labour agency

27 September 2017 With a youth unemployment rate at 28.8 per cent – twice the global average – countries in North Africa need to adopt a broader, more concerted response to tackle the crisis, the United Nations labour agency warned today.

Talk of African renaissance ‘misplaced and premature,’ Eritrea tells UN Assembly

23 September 2017 Africa remains the most marginalized of all continents, and therefore talk of an ‘African Renaissance’ and of ‘fastest growing economies’ is misplaced and premature, Eritrea’s top foreign affairs official told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Technology vital for small nations to meet development goals, Lesotho’s Prime Minister tells UN

22 September 2017 Small countries, especially those in Africa, should be empowered with technologies to deal with and adapt to climate change challenges, as well as meet their development goals, the Prime Minister of Lesotho told the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate today.

Greece, at UN, spotlights ‘soft power’ to forge regional, international cooperation

22 September 2017 Situated close to what continues to be an extremely turbulent region such as the Middle East and parts of North Africa, Greece is a pillar of stability, its Foreign Minister stressed today at the United Nations General Assembly, also noting that the country remains committed to the protection of human rights of migrants.

At UN Assembly, African leaders call for more support to fight terrorism in sub-Saharan Sahel

21 September 2017 Highlighting the dangers posed by terrorism in Africa’s sub-Saharan Sahel region, African leaders mounted the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to appeal for the resources needed to make the multinational force set up to counter the scourge fully operational

Industrialization can drive growth, sustainable development in Africa, stress UN officials

21 September 2017 While much of Africa has achieved impressive economic growth, United Nations officials today encouraged countries on the continent to take further action to advance inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

Africa must be allowed to play rightful role in international affairs, Moroccan Minister tells UN

20 September 2017 With the world at a crossroads – battered by climate change, threatened by terrorism and extremism, and struggling with deepening inequality – it is not only time to bolster multilateral cooperation, but to make use of the vital capacities that can be provided by the dynamism of the African continent, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Morocco told the United Nations General Assembly today.

Southern African leaders, at General Assembly, call for levelling the economic playing field

20 September 2017 Warning that Africa is beset by the double scourge of the disparity of the global economy and illicit financial outflows, South African President Jacob Zuma today called on the United Nations to play a central role in tackling both issues, which are major obstacle to full development