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  1. Beyond Ending Conflict in Africa, We Must Tackle its Root Causes

    Jul 03 (IPS) - Hanna Tetteh is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union.

    As head of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU), she spoke with Africa Renewal's Kingsley Ighobor on, among other issues, the current state of the UN-AU partnership and how women and young people can help resolve conflict.

  2. Global Economic Recovery must Prioritise Restructuring of Debt for Developing Countries

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - Unless there is a restructuring of debt for developing countries, the servicing for this debt will take away valuable resources from these nations that are needed to prevent the further suffering of people during the coronavirus pandemic -- particularly with regards to safeguarding the health systems, and protecting the "integrity and resilience of economies". 

  3. Rethink Food Security and Nutrition Following Covid-19 Pandemic

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 02 (IPS) - The Covid-19 crisis has had several unexpected effects, including renewed attention to food security concerns. Earlier understandings of food security in terms of production self-sufficiency have given way to importing supplies since late 20th century promotion of trade liberalization.

  4. Why Accelerating Implementation of AfCFTA Must Remain a Top Priority

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - 1 July 2020 was supposed to be the official date to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It was a much-anticipated follow up to the 2019 African Union Summit, that launched the operational phase of the AfCFTA in a colorful ceremony in Niamey – Niger.

  5. Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 (IPS) - Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty.

  6. Put Climate at the Heart of COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plans

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 29 (IPS) - Cast your mind back. Six months ago—it seems like a lifetime—the world's attention was on Madrid. The United Nations was meeting to take stock of international progress in fighting climate change. Headlines were dominated by young people pointing out—rightly—that governments were still not doing enough. They demanded urgent and ambitious action to cut emissions and help the most vulnerable.

  7. Africa’s Post-pandemic Future Needs to Embrace Youth in Agriculture

    Jun 29 (IPS) - Warnings at the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic that Africa could be hit by a wave of up to 10 million cases within six months thankfully now seem unfounded, although it is still far too early to be over-confident.

  8. COVID-19 Pandemic Could Widen Existing Inequalities for Kenya's Women in Business

    NAIROBI, Jun 29 (IPS) - Pauline Akwacha's popular chain of eateries, famously known as Kakwacha Hangover Hotels and situated at the heart of Kisumu City's lakeside in Kenya, is facing its most daunting challenge yet. As Akwacha and other women in business across this East African nation brace themselves for the post-COVID-19 economy. 

  9. Indigenous Farmers Harvest Water with Small Dams in Peru's Andes Highlands

    AYACUCHO, Peru, Jun 29 (IPS) - A communally built small dam at almost 3,500 meters above sea level supplies water to small-scale farmer Cristina Azpur and her two young daughters in Peru's Andes highlands, where they face water shortages exacerbated by climate change.

  10. Sudan's Partners Pledge almost $2Bn but Is it Enough?

    KHARTOUM, Jun 26 (IPS) - This week, when Sudan's Minister of Energy and Mining Adil Ibrahim addressed the country, stating that households will face power-cuts for up to seven hours a day, people had already been sitting on plastic chairs outside their homes, scouring the internet to purchase battery-operated fans. This Northeast African nation has seen temperature highs of up to 41 degrees Celsius recently.

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