Daily Archives: July 2, 2020

Soka Gakkai Joins with ITTO to Support Forest Restoration in Togo, West Africa

TOKYO, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On July 1, 2020, Minoru Harada, President of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization, met with Dr. Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), for the signing of a memorandum to launch a reforestation project providing income opportunities for women’s groups in two rural areas of

WHO Urges African Countries Resuming Air Travel to Take Safety Measures

The World Health Organization called on African countries Thursday to take comprehensive safety measures to “mitigate a surge” in COVID-19 cases, as nations resume air travel. The African economy, which is heavily reliant on travel and tourism, has been struck hard by the global pandemic. “Air travel is vital to the economic health of countries,”

Global food commodity prices rebound in June

FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up 2 July 2020, Rome – In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals

The African Union needs to broaden its role in Somalia

Somalia’s historic one-person-one vote election, scheduled for late 2020, looks set to be postponed. Electoral commission chair Halima Ismail told the country’s federal Parliament on 29 June that the much-anticipated polls could not be carried out in less than 13 months. Somalia faces multiple threats from continued terrorist attacks, increased political polarisation, incomplete electoral laws,

Classifying Acute Food Insecurity Using the Household Hunger Scale: Evidence from Three Countries

The currently accepted means of categorizing household food insecurity and identifying famine or famine risk is the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) tool. IPC has been instituted in one form or another in nearly forty countries, including its adaptation as Cadre Harmonisé in West Africa. While it has helped the humanitarian community make great

WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures as African countries start to resume air travel

Brazzaville, 2 July 2020 – As African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations. Many African governments acted swiftly, implementing confinement and travel restrictions in the early

Human Rights Council concludes interactive dialogue on the Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, hears presentations on Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine

Begins Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children The Human Rights Council this morning heard presentations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of an oral update on Nicaragua, and of two reports on Venezuela and on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of

West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23 – 29 June 2020)

REGIONAL G5 SAHEL SUMMIT TO ADDRESS ESCALATING VIOLENCE Leaders from the G5 Sahel bloc of countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – and French President Emmanuel Macron met in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, on 30 June, to discuss how to reduce attacks in a region beset by escalating violence and a worsening humanitarian

‘COVID-19 is a wake-up call’: Ghana to develop national plan for climate adaptation

Accra, 02 July 2020 – The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts. The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080.