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Africa Renewal: August 2020

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UN Affairs

H.E. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

As UN turns 75, outgoing PGA calls for a more inclusive world

Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, outgoing President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) reflects on his tenure and the UN's 75th anniversary.


Group picture of participants at the launched of the African Women Leaders Network

African Women Leaders Network: A movement for the transformation of Africa

Through its National Chapters, the African Women Leaders Network is mobilizing women towards a continental movement that will elevate the status of women's leadership in Africa.

Free Trade Area

Commissioning and handover of the AfCFTA secretariat headquarters

AfCFTA Secretariat commissioned in Accra as free trade is set to begin in January 2021

A flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, the African Continental Free Trade Area creates a market of 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $3 trillion.


COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins Univers

The scramble for the COVID-19 vaccine: Africa must act now

Amref Health Africa on how the continent can be ready for the vaccine from day one of its availability.


Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Genocide happens when democracy is absent

—Tali Nates, Founder and Executive Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Human Rights


Mabingue Ngom (middle) with youths at a forum in Dakar, Senegal

Put Young People First: Invest in youth to accelerate Africa’s development

— Mabingue Ngom, UNFPA’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa


HOM is a secure contactless solution used to aid and support users during an outbreak.

Sierra Leonean technologist’s app helps to fight COVID-19

Earlier version of locally developed app was used to help tackle the 2014 Ebola outbreak

Economic Development

Dr. K.Y. Amoako.

Africa needs strong institutions and smart policies

— K.Y. Amoako, President, African Center for Economic Transformation

Silencing the guns

Armed Turkana herdsmen guard their livestock at a watering hole at Oropoyi in Kenya

Africa Amnesty Month: A call to surrender illegal guns this September

— Mr. Ivor Richard Fung, Deputy Chief of the Conventional Arms Branch, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)


George Osewe, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mbagathi District Hospital in Kenya

“Keep safe, observe social distancing and frequent handwashing”

— George Osewe, Chair - Board of Directors, Mbagathi District Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

Humanitarian Aid

World Humanitarian Day 2020

World Humanitarian Day: Our Real-Life Heroes

They are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and helping people affected by it.
Health Campaign