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Africa Renewal: December 2021

Climate Change

5 ways Africa can prepare for COP27

— Jean-Paul Adam, Director of Technology, Climate Change and Natural Resources Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

COP26: Landmark $500 million agreement launched to protect the DR Congo’s forest

Forest loss in the DRC is exacerbated by extreme poverty, mainly due to a growing population lacking livelihoods.

Economic Development

Africa’s Free Trade Area to boost the creative industry, generate jobs for the youth

These include visual and performing arts, crafts, cultural festivals, photography, music, dance, film, fashion, video games, digital animation, publishing, architecture, and more.


Botswana: First high-burden country to reach key milestone in elimination of mother-to-child HIV transmission

Country demonstrates that an AIDS-free generation is possible, says Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

COVID-19 vaccines: AU, Africa CDC and COVAX call on donors and manufacturers to accelerate access

Joint statement on actions needed from 1 January 2022 on dose donations to African countries.

16 Days of Activism

Women’s empowerment

Innovative tools helping grassroots women access land in Africa

Women groups, cooperatives, lobbying and mapping help navigate land issues.

Culture and Education

Africa’s creative industries on the move, breaking barriers

First ever Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) Summit showcases Africans leveraging and generating new opportunities in ‘CreaTech’ – where creativity meets technology.

Swahili gaining popularity globally

Africa welcomes UNESCO’s designation of 7 July as Kiswahili Language Day