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Africa Renewal: August - November 2019

Cover Story

 South African climate activists. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Taking action on climate change

World leaders attending the Climate Action Summit at the UN in New York in September 2019 to bring concrete, realistic plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Culture

Musicians perform on the streets of Maputo, Mozambique, on International Jazz Day 2019. Photo: Mauro Vombe

Peace through jazz music

The trumpet is a ‘cool’ instrument to unite people

Climate Change

Bamboo bikes on display.

Young Africans create green businesses

The youth are the driving force for action on climate and the environment.
A student holding an SDG badge (top). Students holding vegetables from the school garden (left). Brian (WEYE Clean Energy) displays a  bag of briquettes (right).  Photo:  Solomon Musisi

Ugandan students turn waste to wealth

St. Kizito High School students earn money from recycling
Members of the Samburu tribe in Kenya. Samburu women pastoralists are affected by climate change.         Getty Images /Kitra Cahana

Women pastoralists feel the heat of climate change

Faced with the harsh effects of erratic weather patterns, some Kenyan women livestock farmers call for help
—Joyce Msuya, United Nations Environment Programme’s Deputy Executive Director

Pushing for a green economy & clean energy

—Joyce Msuya, United Nations Environment Programme’s Deputy Executive Director

Interview

Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Africa’s free trade area: the journey begins

— Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Christian Saunders, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Supply Chain Management

Africans can do business with the UN

— Christian Saunders, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Supply Chain Management

Health

Child with autism spectrum disorder.

Bringing hope to children with autism

Increased awareness and sharing of experiences help families to cope
Liberia’s Vice president, Jewel Howard Taylor, opens the country’s first school for autistic children. (bottom) A desk in the classroom.  Agnes Fallah Kamara

How I set up Liberia’s first school for autistic children

Community activist debunks cultural myths about autism

Peace and Security

In Torit, South Sudan, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) carries out mechanical and manual demining exercises.            UN Photo/Martine Perret

IEDs: tackling terrorists’ weapon of war

Improvised Explosive Devices are cheap and easy to manufacture
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Reshaping the forces

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Youth Profile

Mohamed Orman Bangura

A legacy of youth empowerment

Meet 33-year-old Sierra Leone’s youth affairs minister
Benedict Faustine Kikove

An ‘ambassador’ for people’s rights

31-year-old Tanzanian mobilizing for positive social change

Technology

Health Campaign