Hundreds of millions more Africans are predicted to live in cities over the next three decades as the continent rapidly urbanises. Many of these new urban Africans, however, are likely to end up in informal settlements. Already an estimated 200 million Africans live in informal settlements - often without access to energy and sanitation.
3 hours ago
If Africa is to achieve the sustainable development goals, it needs to prioritise women's access to finance, said Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) deputy executive secretary Giovanie Bih, speaking at an African Women Leadership Fund (AWLF) event in Marrakesh, Morocco, ahead of the fifth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD).
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The recently concluded 10th World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum emphasised the importance of the WSIS Action Lines as a key United Nations framework for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. Round table participants also highlighted the need for sharing of scarce resources, as well as strengthening collaboration to build confidence and security in the use of technology for good and digital skills so more people can benefit.
1 day ago
Seventy years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), we do not only have cause to complain, far from it. We must take stock of the distance we have already travelled. Before 1945 and the United Nations Charter, human rights simply did not exist in international law. An individual was only an "object" of international law and states, except in a few specific cases, did not need to justify the way they treated their nationals: their sovereignty effectively granted them power of life or death over their citizens.
Olivier de Frouville 2 days ago
The World Bank has launched its Africa Human Capital Plan, a new plan to help African countries strengthen their human capital by enabling the continent's young people to grow up with optimal health and equipped with the right skills to compete in the digitising global economy.
12 Apr 2019
Every year, the world's most "liveable" cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban liveability indexes produced worldwide, and more than 500 measures and benchmarks comparing cities.
Jenny McArthur and Tim Moonen 12 Apr 2019