'Adapt or die:' Africa presses for more climate support
Tshisekedi spoke Tuesday before an Africa-focused summit at the U.N. climate conference in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Tshisekedi noted that the global effort on climate change “can’t be won unless it is won in Africa," which is home to 1.3 billion people. He said he hoped the money would be raised before the next annual climate conference, to be held in Africa. In the meantime, some African leaders and campaigners are applying pressure, noting that a previous pledge to raise $100 billion for Africa was never honored. Eze Christiana, a Nigerian living in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, said she doesn't think it is important to gather and talk about climate change.wftv.com
The Latest: Africa seeks $12.5B from world to tackle climate
(AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant) (Adrienne Surprenant)The latest on U.N. climate summit COP26:KAMPALA, Uganda — The head of the African Union says the international community must support the continent’s efforts to adapt to climate change, including a program that requires $25 billion over five years. The continent of 1.3 billion people contributes least to climate change but will suffer most from its effects, according to experts. Putin made the comments in a video statement at the launch of a new initiative aimed at preventing deforestation, which was announced at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow on Tuesday. Biden is attending a U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, for a second and final day Tuesday. The plan was being announced as President Joe Biden wraps up a two-day appearance at a U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.wftv.com
The Latest: Gala dinner for world leaders at G-20 summit
The two-day Group of 20 summit is the first in-person gathering of leaders of the world's biggest economies since the COVID-19 pandemic started. (Erin Schaff/Pool Photo via AP) (Erin Schaff)The Latest on the Group of 20 summit taking place in Rome:ROME — World leaders are capping their day of Group of 20 summitry on Saturday with a gala dinner at the Quirinale Palace. The White House says the leaders met Saturday on the margins of the Group of 20 leader’s summit being held in Rome. “People can see what Britain has done,” Johnson said in Rome, where he is attending a G-20 summit. Johnson made the announcement as he arrived in Rome for a summit of Group of 20 leaders, which starts Saturday.wftv.com
The Latest: Biden, Congo leader discuss Africa vaccine deal
The two-day Group of 20 summit is the first in-person gathering of leaders of the world's biggest economies since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The White House says the leaders met Saturday on the margins of the Group of 20 leader’s summit being held in Rome. The stop came between events at the Group of 20 summit taking place this weekend in Rome. “People can see what Britain has done,” Johnson said in Rome, where he is attending a G-20 summit. Johnson made the announcement as he arrived in Rome for a summit of Group of 20 leaders, which starts Saturday.wftv.com
The Latest: Biden, Congo leader discuss Africa vaccine deal
Presidents Joe Biden and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo have discussed a U.S.-brokered deal between pharmaceutical maker Moderna and the African Union to make up to 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine available to the continent.
The Latest: Africa leaders to speak of shot inequity at UN
“In Africa, fewer than 1 in 20 people are fully vaccinated. But its new policy taking effect Oct. 4 means some people who got those vaccines are still not recognized as fully vaccinated. ___TIRANA, Albania — The Albanian Parliament decided Thursday to make the coronavirus vaccination mandatory for all lawmakers. As of Wednesday, 84% of the total population was fully vaccinated, the highest globally, according to Our World in Data. ___WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the U.S. is doubling its purchase of Pfizer’s COVID-19 shots to share with the world.wftv.com
Vaccine inequity comes into stark focus during UN gathering
UN General Assembly A seat is marked off for social distancing because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. The move comes as world leaders, aid groups and global health organizations have growing increasingly vocal about the slow pace of global vaccinations and the inequity of access to shots between residents of wealthier and poorer nations. The World Health Organization says only 15% of promised donations of vaccines — from rich countries that have access to large quantities of them — have been delivered. The disparity in vaccine availability around the world “clearly does not demonstrate equality between the countries and peoples of this world,” Tshisekedi said. Climate change has been a major focus during this week's General Assembly gathering.wftv.com
'Vaccine apartheid': Africans tell UN they need vaccines
The inequity of COVID-19 vaccine distribution came into sharp focus Thursday as many of the African countries whose populations have little to no access to the life-saving shots stepped to the podium to speak at the U.N.’s annual meeting of world leaders.
Leaders hold talks in Paris to revive African economies
PARIS — (AP) — More than 20 heads of state and government from Africa held talks in Paris with the heads of international organizations Tuesday on how to revive the continent's economy, which the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted deeply. Some European leaders and high-level representatives from the U.K., Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also attended the summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The discussion is focused on finding ways to inject billions of dollars into African economies with the support of international organizations, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the African Union. “This is a great opportunity for Africa,” said Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi, the current head of the African Union, said. The International Monetary Fund has allocated a $23 billion package to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, whose economies shrank by 1.9% combined in 2020.wftv.com
Leaders agree in Paris on helping African economies revive
More than 20 African heads of state and top officials from European governments, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have agreed to seek an additional $100 billion for reviving Africa’s economies crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eyeing reelection bid, Macron looks to repair French economy
France Macron FILE - In this April 27, 2021 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech prior to a meeting with Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. With a year to go to the presidential vote, French President Emmanuel Macron is getting ready for a potential re-election bid by prioritizing reviving the economy and saving jobs. A year before the next presidential election, Macron is focusing on saving jobs and reviving the pandemic-battered French economy as his country inches out of its third partial lockdown. Macron, 43, a former economy minister under his predecessor, Socialist President Francois Hollande, has characterized his policies as transcending traditional left-right divides. He was elected on a promise to make the French economy more competitive while preserving the country's welfare system.wftv.com
5 die in stampede to view body of Tanzania's Magufuli
Members of the military carry the body of former president John Magufuli to lie in state at Uhuru stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Saturday, March 20, 2021. Tens of thousands of Tanzanians came out to view Magufuli's body at Uhuru Stadium in the country's largest city, Dar es Salaam, over the weekend. Suzan Mtua, 30, died with four school-age children from the same family when there was a stampede of people wanting to view the body Sunday, Heri Mtua, a family spokesman, said. “The children had demanded they also attend the funeral of President Magufuli,” he said. President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who was Magufuli's vice president and succeeded him, was joined by nine African heads of state on Monday for Magufuli's state funeral.
Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo
And this peace needs justice, truth and reconciliation.”The doctor has a groundswell of support in Bukavu where thousands marched Thursday to demand justice and action from Congo's government and the international community. The report detailed mass killings, sexual violence, attacks on children, and other abuses by rebel groups, foreign armies and Congolese armed forces. In August, Congo President Felix Tshisekedi said that he wants the government to combat the abuses and crimes through justice for past and present crimes. International justice coupled with national jurisdiction could be key “to be able to say simply to all criminals: ‘That’s not accepted. The award was shared with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was raped by Islamic State militants in Iraq and has become a global advocate for victims of sexual violence.
Women taken from African mothers by Belgium now want redress
Her friend Lea Tavares Mujinga was even younger the day her mother was forced to give her up: just a 2-year-old toddler. We have been destroyed, both morally and psychologically, Bitu Bingi told The Associated Press on Monday, the eve of the 60th anniversary of Congos independence on June 30, 1960. Excuses are not enough.Now in their 70s, Bitu Bingi and Tavares Mujinga want reparations. There, Tavares Mujinga was reunited with her older brother, who had been seized a few years earlier. Bitu Bingi recalls that food was scarce, and rare were the days when she could properly wash.We did not know how chicken tasted.
Congo marks 60th anniversary of independence from Belgium
FILE - In this June 30, 1961 file photo, Congo celebrates the first anniversary of independence from Belgium with a large military parade in Leopoldville, the capital before it was later renamed in 1966 to Kinshasa, in Congo. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Congo is marking the 60th anniversary of achieving independence from the colonial rule of Belgium. (AP Photo/Horst Faas, File)KINSHASA Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi vowed to root out the corruption and impunity that has hindered the country since its independence from Belgium as the nation marked its 60th anniversary amid a global reckoning over racial inequality. After independence in 1960, Congo soon fell under the repressive rule of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko who ruled for 32 years. Education, employment, health, infrastructure nothing works because of the poor management and mediocrity of the Congolese political class, Lutunu said.