WORLD

Gates Foundation optimistic about SDGs despite setbacks

Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates call on leaders to keep commitments to world’s poorest and invest in innovation, ingenuity to continue saving millions of lives. Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Report Says Progress Still Possible Despite Setbacks to Global Goals The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Tuesday released its sixth annual Goalkeepers Report, noting that nearly every indicator of the …

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“Africa has high Fever” — former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, September 7, 2022/ — Two months to the 27th global climate summit (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, African and other global leaders have rallied in Rotterdam, to highlight the urgency of climate adaptation funding for the continent. The meetings — co-convened by the President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, CEO of the Global Center …

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Buhari praises Nigerians living abroad, pledges support

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the 17 million Nigerians in the diaspora for being worthy representatives of their home country and for their contributions to its development. Buhari made the commendation while declaring open the 2022 National Diaspora Day celebrations in Abuja on Monday. Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, described the event, organised …

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Turkey changes official name

The United Nations has confirmed Turkey’s name change: The country will now be called Türkiye in all languages. The English name Turkey will no longer be used at the request of the government in Ankara, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric announced on Thursday. Turkey had previously submitted a request to this effect. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu had tweeted a photo …

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Nigerian Diaspora Worldwide condemns mob killing of Deborah Samuel

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation-Worldwide (NIDO-WW) has condemned the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, over alleged blasphemy. “We condemn in the strongest terms the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah for alleged blasphemy,” Gary Unamadu, the Co-ordinating Chairman of NIDO-WW, said in his official reaction to the incident which took place on 12 …

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World’s most powerful passports in 2022

The 2022 Q2 Henley index of most powerful passports in the world is out. The Henley Passport Index ranks 199 passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without a prior visa. Leading the global ranking are Japan and Singapore’s passports, which have once again ranked first as the most powerful passports in the world, allowing their …

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Ukraine: Why WHO chief criticises unequal attention to world conflicts

The director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has criticised the unequal attention paid to crises in the world. While the focus of international media is beamed on Ukraine other conflicts continue to rage without attention being paid to them, he says. In the opinion of the Ethiopian diplomat, the world does not give equal attention …

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Dr Herzberger-Fofana on International Women’s Day 2022

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament representing Germany on the platform of the Greens, on the International Women’s Day 2022 and the unfinished work of redressing gender Imbalance —— The International Women’s Day is marked this year by the dramatic events we are experiencing: the military aggression in Ukraine. In addition to the Covid crisis and climate change, …

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What every African can do for Women’s Rights

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day – whose theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, Valerie Traore, Founder and Executive Director of Advocacy group, Niyel, explains what every African can do to remove barriers to women’s rights in the continent —– Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to the World Economic …

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Email Compromise Scam: How to protect yourself against it

A typical example of a “Business Email Compromise” was widely reported last June. In the report, a 38-year-old Nigerian, Raymond Abbas aka Hushpuppi was arrested and 11 others by the Dubai Police. They were accused of being involved in a “Business Email Compromise” and other forms of internet fraud in which 1,926,400 victims were said to have been targeted by …

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Dubai Expo showcases African cuisine, unites world through food

With more than 250 restaurants representing 191 countries all gathered in a place, the Expo 2020 Dubai has rightly been described as the largest gathering of the global culinary community. Beyond showcasing delicacies from various parts of the world, a cardinal aim of the food hall at the Expo, according to Simon Wright, Founder and Chairman of TGP International, the …

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Climate, Social Crisis top Global Risks in 2022, say Experts

In collaboration with Marsh McLennan, SK Group and Zurich Insurance UK, the World Economic Forum has analysed the most pressing issues facing the world right now. Climate action failure, extreme weather events and biodiversity loss emerged as the top three global threats. — Geneva, Switzerland, 11 January 2022 – Climate risks dominate global concerns as the world enters the third year …

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Germany takes over G7 presidency

During its presidency of the group Germany plans to focus on major issues, with climate policy as the top priority. Dealing with the COVID pandemic and with Russia and China will definitely also end up on the G7 agenda. Sabine Kinkartz reports —- Just before Christmas, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit unveiled the new G7 2022 logo: a white G …

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Germany-based Nigerian wins Facebook accelerator program

A Facebook-based support group for women in Nigeria has been selected to participate in the 2021 Facebook Community Accelerator, a program for people who run groups/communities on Facebook. Germany-based Osamakue Izevbokun Iroha, who also runs Africans in Deutschland, created the Mothers, Kids and More (MKM) on Facebook in 2017 to provide a non-prejudiced platform for women and mothers to communicate, …

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Obama pays moving tribute to Colin Powell, describing how he saved his campaign in 2008

Colin Powell, the first Black US Secretary of State, died on Monday (18 October) of Covid-19 complications even though he was fully vaccinated, his family announced. He was 84. The retired four-star general and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served four presidents made his reputation as a trailblazer, as he was the first occupant of African …

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Russia Conference on Empowering Women in the Changing World

Our Moscow correspondent Kester Kenn Klomegah reports on a global women conference held last week in St. Petersburg and at which leading African female leaders took part Women play an increasingly important role in resolving issues that society and the state encounter and in the modern world, they should not face the choice between family and self-fulfillment, Russian President Vladimir …

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