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Africa Renewal: September 2021

Climate Change

Rondrotiana Barimalala

“Extreme weather events will be the new normal if global warming increases at current speed”

— Rondrotiana Barimalala, climate change researcher and contributing author to IPCC Report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis, on what it means for Africa.

Peace and Security

Mr. Ajao at a local ceremony with some Ekpoma residents. Right is Dr. Okhilua.

Effective community policing in Nigerian town could be a model for other places

Police commander Olubayo Ajao is a folk hero to residents in Ekpoma, mid-west Nigeria
Light Weapons Destroyed at Ceremony in Abidjan

We must tackle illicit weapons, ammunition in parts of Africa, globally

— Ambassador Martin Kimani, the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN and Chair of the Seventh Biennial Meeting of States.


Now is the time to sprint if we want to end hunger, achieve other SDGs

— Dr. Jemimah Njuki, the Custodian for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and a Food Systems Champion.

Economic Development

 Shipment containers at Tunisia port

Africa can become a maritime hub for global trade

— Guy Platten, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Shipping.
L'entrepreneure équato-guinéenne Melissa Mbile Sánchez.

Youth Profile: Equatorial Guinean entrepreneur Melissa Mbile Sánchez

27-year-old founder of clothing line La Capacidad also offers internships to other youths.
 Terrence Maphosa with his poultry. Photo credit: Terrence Maphosa

Zimbabwean young farmers lead the charge in agriculture

New financing and land policies help to spark interest and innovation.

Women’s empowerment


Benedict Okey Oramah, President of Afreximbank and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the African Union

Africa needs more funds to fight COVID-19

—Benedict Okey Oramah, President of Afreximbank and Chairman, Board of Trustees of the African Union COVID-19 Response Fund.

Culture and Education

A group of youth laughing.

'Together, let us commit to do our part and advance the promise of equality, justice and dignity for all'

The Secretary-General’s message on the observation of the International Day for People of African Descent.

Refugees & Migrants

Migrants play a board game at IOM Transit Center in Agadez, Niger (2016).

First continental review of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration concludes in Africa

Among the recommendations are protection of migrant rights, empowerment of local communities, strengthened information systems and implementation of existing policies.
Health Campaign