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Africa: Why We Need Those Weather Forecasters

[ODI] A new report from global think-tank ODI sheds light on the need to strengthen sustainable climate services across Africa if ambitions for effective climate adaptation are to be realised. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Cyclone Eloise Makes Landfall in Disaster-Impacted Sofala Province

[UNFPA] Sofala -- In the early hours of 23 January, Cyclone Eloise - a category two storm bringing winds of up to 160 kilometres per hour - made landfall in Sofala Province in central Mozambique, an area still recovering from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai nearly two years ago. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: TBL, WFP Project to Benefit Over 4,000 Farmers

[Daily News] TANZANIA Breweries Limited (TBL Plc) has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) for the 2021 sorghum season and over 4,000 farmers are set to benefit from the project. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: UNDP Donates Robots to Help Kenya's Covid-19 Fight

[Nation] Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe on Friday received three pilot smart "anti-epidemic" robots from the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) Kenya to support the government's mitigation measures against the Covid-19 pandemic. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: EU Pledges to Attract More Investors to Dar es Salaam

[Daily News] Dodoma -- THE European Union (EU) has pledged to continue supporting Tanzania in its efforts to improve the business and investment climate in Tanzania, including attracting more investors from EU countries to invest in the country. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa Cheers After U.S. Returns to World Health Organization

[Nation] African countries say the US' return to the World Health Organization will be crucial to the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and other future infections. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Covid-19 'Vaccine Hoarding' Putting Africa At Risk - WHO

[UN News] Africa is in danger of being left behind in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, thus driving up prices, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Former U.S. Officials Call on Biden to Back WTO Selection for Okonjo-Iweala

[allAfrica] A cross-section of former senior U.S. government officials, including a Nobel Laureate, along with academicians and civil society leaders, have written to President Biden in support of the election of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Opposition from the Trump administration has stalled her selection which requires consensus according to WTO procedures. Here is the text of the letter that was delivered after Biden took office on January 20. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Seven Things to Know About Covid-19 Variants in Africa

[WHO] Brazzaville -- New COVID-19 variants have emerged in Africa as the continent records a new peak in infections. While virus mutations are not unusual, those that are more infectious are worrisome. Professor Francisca Mutapi, Professor in Global Health Infection and Immunity, University of Edinburgh, explains the implications of SARS-CoV-2 variants and what African countries can do to respond. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Readout of Vice President Harris's Call with World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus JAN

[White House] Washington, DC -- Vice President Kamala Harris spoke by phone today with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to discuss the decision by the United States to reverse its withdrawal from the WHO in one of the first acts following inauguration, fulfill its financial obligations, and work as a constructive partner to strengthen and reform the WHO. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kenya Remains Non-Committal On Co-Operating With ICC

[Nation] Kenya is demanding to know, beforehand, the conditions that might be placed on lawyer Paul Gicheru upon his interim release from the International Criminal Court custody before it commits to co-operate with The Hague court in the matter. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa Needs Timely Access to Safe and Effective Covid-19 Vaccines

[WHO] Brazzaville -- While the development and approval of safe and effective vaccines less than a year after the emergence of COVID-19 is a stunning achievement, Africa is in danger of being left behind as countries in other regions strike bilateral deals, driving up prices. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Women in Asal Areas to Benefit From Sh500 Million UN Empowerment Project

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- Kenyan Women in Kitui, West Pokot, and Laikipia Counties are set to benefit from an Sh500 million project which seeks to economically empower women through Climate-Smart Agriculture in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). (AllAfrica)

Central African Republic: UN Mission Chief Appeals for More Peacekeepers

[UN News] The top UN official in the Central African Republic (CAR) appealed to the Security Council on Thursday for more peacekeepers and equipment amid escalating violence surrounding elections last month. (AllAfrica)

Africa: WHO Head Tedros Praises Resumed U.S. Commitment to Global Health Cooperation

[WHO] Geneva -- On Thursday 21 January, the day following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, officially participated for the first time in this week's meeting of the WHO Executive Board. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed him - and praised the United States renewed engagement as a member sta (AllAfrica)

Africa: Independent Panel Finds Critical Early Failings in Covid-19 Response

[UN News] The global system for pandemic alert and response is "not fit for purpose", highlighting the need for a new framework in the wake of COVID-19, experts appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an interim report presented on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Libya: UN Calls for Resumption of Mediterranean Rescues After 43 Die in Shipwreck

[UN News] Following another deadly shipwreck off the coast of Libya that claimed 43 lives on Monday, the UN migration and refugee agencies have called for countries to re-activate search and rescue operations. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: 'Complex' Emergency Unfolding in Cabo Delgado, UN Agencies Warn

[UN News] UN agencies voiced deep concern on Wednesday over the worsening humanitarian crisis in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, where attacks by armed groups have forced more than 565,000 to flee their homes. (AllAfrica)

Africa: AU Working to Secure Vaccines for Africa

[] South Africa's six key priorities of the African Union (AU) have had to take a backseat due to COVID-19, with President Cyril Ramaphosa leading the continent's response to the pandemic and ensuring collaboration in this important battle. (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: UN to Shine Urgent Spotlight On Cabo Delgado Crisis

[allAfrica] Geneva -- After developing under the radar for a number of years, what has been described as a humanitarian disaster in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado region is now grabbing the United Nations' attention. (AllAfrica)

Egypt: Open Letter to the European Union and Its Member States On Egypt

[HRW] Dear High Representative, (AllAfrica)

Africa: AMSP Opens Covid-19 Vaccines Pre-Orders for 55 African Union Member States

[African Union] Following the announcement by the African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, on 14 January 2021 that the African Union has secured a provisional 270 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa through its COVID-19 African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), the Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), on behalf of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), today commenced the COVID-19 vaccines pre-order programme for all African Union Member States. The African Export-I (AllAfrica)

Africa: Co-Chairs' Presentation of the Second Report of the Independent Panel

[The Independent Panel] The Co-Chairs of the Independent Panel, Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Right Honourable Helen Clark, made the following oral presentation of the Independent Panel's Second Report on Progress to the WHO 148th Executive Board on 19 January 2021. Read the Panel's Second Report on Progress, available in six languages, in the Core Documents section:á (AllAfrica)

Africa: Independent Panel Urges Countries to Take Proven Measures Now to Mitigate Covid-19 Pandemic

[The Independent Panel] Progress Report to Executive Board calls for stepped-up action to curb transmission, ensure equitable vaccine rollout, and support a reset of the international disease alert and response system to make it fit for purpose (AllAfrica)

East Africa: East African Countries Better Prepared, but Desert Locust Threat 'Not Over'

[UN News] Action to control unprecedented desert locust infestations in the Horn of Africa last year has protected crops and livelihoods, but funding is needed to sustain operations against new incursions, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: 'Swift Action' Needed in Tigray to Save Thousands At Risk, UNHCR Warns

[UN News] Two months after conflict forced humanitarian workers to withdraw from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), on Tuesday, stressed the need for "swift action" to restore safe access to "save thousands of lives at risk". (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: UN Agencies Call for End to Violence, Boost in Aid, Help for Displaced in Cabo Delgado

[UNFPA] Joint Statement on Mozambique by United Nations Regional Directors for East and Southern Africa: (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: WHO Secures a Billion Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines Under Its Covax Facility - DG

[Vanguard] Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, says the organisation had secured two billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, with a billion more in the pipeline and deliveries expected to begin next month. (AllAfrica)

Africa: We Need a Global Coordinated Effort to Secure Equal Access to Safe & Effective Vaccines

[IPS] Geneva -- Ilze Brands Kehrisáis Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights heading the UN Human Rights Office in New York (AllAfrica)

Mozambique: Providing Essential Support to Ensure the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls Fleeing Violent Conflict in Mozambique

[UNFPA] Pemba -- "I came with nothing. Nothing at all," said Amina Da˙de, 25, who travelled by boat to Pemba with her husband and three children to flee the escalating violence in northern Mozambique. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Call Out Perpetrators of GBV to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls

[UNFPA] "It is not true that men do not know who among their circle of friends is a rapist. Men sometimes sit in bars and discuss how they can have sex with a girl without her consent by way of altering her judgment using, for instance, alcohol and drugs," said Bafana Khumalo, Sonke Gender Justice Co-Executive Director. (AllAfrica)