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Ministry for Foreign Affairs strengthens the network of Finland’s missions abroad and invests in measures promoting the availability of skilled labour

Ministry for Foreign Affairs strengthens the network of Finland’s missions abroad and invests in measures promoting the availability of skilled labour

Business, Economy
The Government proposes EUR 1.3 billion in appropriations for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The promotion of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, peace, freedom, tolerance and equality in all international activities forms the central element of the value base on which Finland’s foreign and security policy rests. The budget proposal lays special emphasis on measures that strengthen the network of Finland’s missions abroad and support the availability of labour, participation in international crisis management, conflict prevention and mediation, and development cooperation. Operating expenses of the Foreign Service The proposed operating expenses total EUR 263 million, of which EUR 6.1 million will be generated from the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). ...
Climate action now! Activists hold widespread actions in Africa, in solidarity with Global Climate Strikes

Climate action now! Activists hold widespread actions in Africa, in solidarity with Global Climate Strikes

Business, Economy
On Friday, environmental activists and citizens across the continent took part in a host of events, in solidarity with the Global climate strikes, highlighting the need for urgent climate action. The events took place in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. While the events addressed varying issues in the host countries, the underlying message was clear - African countries need to take urgent climate action to bring fossil fuel exploration to an end and accelerate plans for a just transition to renewable energy. Landry Ninteretse of 350Africa.org said, It is great to see people coming together to agitate for climate action “Years of empty promises and lack of real action have pushed once again young people around the world to the...
Niger to Improve Women and Girl’s Access to Nutrition and Health Services

Niger to Improve Women and Girl’s Access to Nutrition and Health Services

Health, Innovation
The Nigerien government will be able to provide its population with better health coverage with financing approved today by the World Bank. This 15-year multiphase program will use innovative and comprehensive nutrition and health interventions to improve health system efficiency, equity, and sustainability, as well as boost girls’ and women’s empowerment. The project aligns with Niger’s investment case, supported by the GFF, to accelerate health and nutrition outcomes for women, children and adolescents Niger's health system faces immense challenges. Despite progress in recent years, the country has a high under-five mortality rate of 77 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2020 and stunting continues to have devastating effects on the long-term development of Niger's human capital. Lac...
Canon to Harness the Power of Imagery to Inspire a World of Change at Expo 2020 Dubai

Canon to Harness the Power of Imagery to Inspire a World of Change at Expo 2020 Dubai

Business, Corporate Stories
Canon is the first official single provider (https://bit.ly/2XTZawP) of printing and imaging solutions at the most digitally connected World Expo ever; Miraisha program empowers young storytellers across Africa by promoting job opportunities and future livelihoods. Canon is an Official Provider of Expo 2020 Dubai and the first company ever to be the single provider of printing and imaging solutions for a World Expo. Canon will use its heritage and expertise in imagery and technology to help create a safe, secure, digitally connected environment and deliver on the promise of Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.’ As the official printing and imaging solutions provider, Canon will bring to the exhibition highly advanced secure technology to protect the...
UN General Assembly 2021: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauds African Development Bank’s global leadership on climate adaptation

UN General Assembly 2021: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauds African Development Bank’s global leadership on climate adaptation

Business, Corporate Stories, Finance
Six weeks ahead of this year’s global climate summit (COP26), African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina on Thursday spoke out on the urgent need to finance climate adaptation. He called on the developed world to deliver on its promise of $100 billion per year for climate change. The African Development Bank chief was commenting a day after United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made his keynote address to the United Nations General Assembly – a speech in which the UN chief spoke of a planet “sleepwalking to disaster.” Guterres sounded alarm bells for a world buffeted by climate change, conflicts, and the global pandemic of Covid-19. He called for “coalitions of solidarity” to address inequality, instability, climate change and what he said ...
Tanzania: African Development Fund approves $116 million loan to upgrade southern road corridor

Tanzania: African Development Fund approves $116 million loan to upgrade southern road corridor

Business, Economy
The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund on Wednesday approved a loan of around $116 million to the Tanzanian government to upgrade a 160-km Mnivata-Newala-Masasi road corridor in the southern part of the country. The Bank’s loan represents 98.71% of the project cost; the government of Tanzania will provide the remaining 1.29% in funding. The project will upgrade the roadway, including the 84-meter Mwiti bridge, to bituminous standard. The works also have social components, including the provision of potable water, education and medical infrastructure, the establishment of cashew nut processing units, and extension of entrepreneurial training to women and youth. The project will advance Tanzania’s current five-year Development Plan (2021-2026) and aligns with the Ba...
Grant: New match calendar must give coaches the chance to build

Grant: New match calendar must give coaches the chance to build

Economy, Sports
International match calendar under review, with nothing decided from 2024 onwards; Avram Grant calls for an end to stop-start calendar; Former Israel coach says reform proposals a ‘win-win’ for clubs and national teams. Avram Grant has called for changes to the international match calendar, saying that the status quo is “a nightmare” for coaches and that proposals for reform would be beneficial for clubs, national teams and players at any level. Grant asserts that coaches need time to work with their players in order to build teams and the former Israel and Ghana national team coach added that removing meaningless matches from the schedules of high-class athletes can benefit all concerned in football. To receive players three or four days before the game, like it is now – and...
“90 minutes with Merck Foundation CEO”, launched as new reporting and engagement tool for their programs

“90 minutes with Merck Foundation CEO”, launched as new reporting and engagement tool for their programs

Business, Corporate Stories
Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, introduces 90 Minutes with Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, Merck Foundation CEO as a new reporting and engagement interactive tool with the aim to update and discuss their programs and its impact with media and stakeholders on their Social Media channels. The first live stream will be held on 13th October 2021, through a Videoconference. Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation expressed, “Many of our stakeholders, alumni and media members asked me to start regular live streams on social media so they can ask me questions about our programs and its huge impacts and about myself as an African woman who became one of most Influential in the world. Therefore I decided to start this reporting tool ...
Canon partners with the United Nations for the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, to educate and inspire the next generation to become active changemakers

Canon partners with the United Nations for the Global Week to #Act4SDGs, to educate and inspire the next generation to become active changemakers

Business, Corporate Stories, Innovation
Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com), a global provider of imaging technologies and services, is partnering with the United Nations to take part in the Global Week to #Act4SDGs from the 17th – 28th September. Canon will showcase its commitments to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as featuring in the UN’s ‘Turning Point Dialogue’ interview series to discuss the importance of storytelling to educate and inspire action. The Global Week to #Act4SDGs, which launched in 2017, is designed to flip the script on prevailing global narratives of apathy and fatalism to instead focus on positive messages that can drive actionable change. The week aims to drive inspiration in others through a series of activities including workshops and panel discussions, raising awareness of the work...
U.S. Travel Restrictions Lifted; Move Welcomed by Energy Industry

U.S. Travel Restrictions Lifted; Move Welcomed by Energy Industry

Aviation, Business, Economy, Travel
Milky Way with Wing of an airplane. Photo applied to tourism operators. Landscape with passenger airplane is flying in the starry sky at night. Space background. Traveling concept. The United States will lift restrictions on air travelers from 33 countries from November, the White House announced on Monday. Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com), organizer of the U.S.-Africa Energy Forum (USAEF), and the African Energy Chamber, host of the African Energy Week in Cape Town, welcome the news. Current bans on travel from South Africa, the UK, Ireland, the EU Schengen zone, Iran, China, Brazil and India for non-US citizens will be replaced with a new policy requiring vaccination for non-citizens. Testing requirements for unvaccinated Americans will also be introdu...