Development Partners Commit $30 Billion to Food Production in Africa

Development Partners Commit $30 Billion to Food Production in Africa

DAKAR (Reuters) – Development partners have committed $30 billion to boost food production in Africa over the next five years, said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, during closing remarks at a food security summit on Friday. The three-day summit in Senegal’s capital Dakar brought together African leaders, development banks and international partners … Read more

Gaza Fisherman Gets New Outboard Engine After a Decade’s Wait, as Israel Relaxes Curbs

Gaza Fisherman Gets New Outboard Engine After a Decade's Wait, as Israel Relaxes Curbs

GAZA (Reuters) – Marooned for a decade by engine failure, Palestinian fisherman Falah Abu Reyala will finally be able to return to sea with a new outboard motor for his boat after Israel eased curbs on the supply of parts to Gaza it feared could be used to make weapons. After the Islamist group Hamas … Read more

Davos 2023: UN Chief Urges ‘Credible’ Net-Zero Pledges or Risk Greenwashing

Davos 2023: UN Chief Urges 'Credible' Net-Zero Pledges or Risk Greenwashing

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on business leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos to follow the principles outlined by an expert group to make “credible”, accountable net-zero pledges. The United Nations and standard setter the International Organization for Standardization launched the guidelines in November to become … Read more

Davos 2023: Ukraine’s First Lady to Deliver Letter From Zelenskiy for China

Davos 2023: Ukraine's First Lady to Deliver Letter From Zelenskiy for China

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Ukraine’s first lady told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday she would deliver a letter to China’s delegation setting out President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s proposals for ending Russia’s war against his country. China, like Russia a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, is an important partner for Moscow and has … Read more

UN Envoy Encouraged by Yemen Truce Deal Efforts, Warns Against ‘Piecemeal Approach’

UN Envoy Encouraged by Yemen Truce Deal Efforts, Warns Against 'Piecemeal Approach'

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Nations envoy for Yemen said on Monday he was encouraged by intensified efforts for an expanded truce deal but stressed they should seek an inclusive process for a sustainable political settlement. Hans Grundberg, addressing a U.N. Security Council briefing more than three months after an initial truce pact expired, said … Read more

WHO Recommends That China Monitor Excess COVID-19 Mortality

WHO Recommends That China Monitor Excess COVID-19 Mortality

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it recommended that China monitor excess mortality from COVID-19 to gain a fuller picture of the impact of the surge in cases there. China said on Saturday that nearly 60,000 people with COVID-19 had died in hospital since it abandoned its zero-COVID policy last … Read more

U.S. Climate Envoy Kerry Outlines Carbon Offset Initiative for Developing Nations

U.S. Climate Envoy Kerry Outlines Carbon Offset Initiative for Developing Nations

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Sunday outlined core principles for a “high-integrity” carbon offset plan meant to help developing nations speed their energy transition, and next steps including establishing a consultative group. The Energy Transition Accelerator (ETA), first announced at last year’s COP27 climate conference, is being developed by the … Read more