Tag Archives: Africa

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency Push 1 Million Children from School

New York, N.Y. Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbouring countries have forced “a staggering” one million children out of school in a conflict that has dealt “a huge blow for education in the region,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Girls use their new school supplies during a […]

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UNDP Africa Launches Initiative to Respond to Violent Extremism

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa today launched an initiative to support African countries to prevent and respond to the growth of violent extremism through a development lens. Boko Haram. Image Courtesy: A.K. Rockefeller. “We must confront the issues that drive many African youths away from productive lives and […]

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Angelique Kidjo, Peter Buffett Release Song to Support African Girls

New York, N.Y.  I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years.  I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo following the U.N. Day Concert back in October of last year (here).  Both musicians have been on my radar because I cover Thought Leaders and Global Citizens – and they represent everything […]

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Nigerian Novelist in Exile Reflects on Anti-Gay Law

Malmö, Sweden. One day in January 2014, award-winning Nigerian writer and rights activist Jude Dibia woke up gasping for air.  Nigeria had just passed a law criminalizing homosexuality.  This prompted Dibia to make the decision to leave his home country. Dibia now lives in Sweden, where he is a guest writer of the Malmö City […]

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Cecil’s Shadow Haunts Africa’s Captive Lions

Johannesburg, South African. The slaying of Cecil, a protected Zimbabwean lion, sparked outrage and debate around the world. But on the annual celebration of World Lion Day, held August 10, animal rights campaigners are using Cecil’s story to illustrate what they say is a tragic truth: Cecil was one of the lucky ones. During his […]

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U.S. Takes New Steps to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, D.C. The loss of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion has dominated recent news coverage. What has received less attention is that five elephants were killed in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya as well last week. These incidents raise the question of how to best protect treasured wildlife. Poaching is a global problem and a […]

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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Washington, D.C.  Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to […]

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Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama is in East Africa for his fourth trip to the continent.  This week-end, he’ll meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, and will address the African Union. Kenyans holding U.S. flag celebrate in the streets after hearing President Barack Obama has arrived in Nairobi, July 24, 2015. Photo: Aru Pande / […]

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Jeffrey Sachs: Hillary is the Candidate of the War Machine

U.N.: WikiLeaks Founder Arbitrarily Detained by Sweden, U.K.

Luce Leader Nominee – Essay on Global Citizenship

New Stamps Promoting LGBT Equality Worldwide Unveiled at U.N.

Obama Reaffirms Religious Liberty in First Visit to U.S. Mosque

Architect Gina Pollara Named President of Municipal Art Society