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Africa Renewal: March 2022

Economic Development

Ambassador Mathu Joyini

Women must be at the centre of Africa’s transformative free trade area

As we celebrate Women’s Day this March, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN Ambassador Mathu Joyini says Africa needs to be deliberate in creating opportunities for women.
A group photo of leaders at the summit.

EU-AU Summit 2022: The EU wants to be Africa’s friend in need—and indeed

African and European leaders focus on actions to avoid previous pitfalls

Africa’s first AI research centre launched in Brazzaville, Congo

Funded by the UNECA and partners, ARCAI aims to provide technology education and skills to promote job creation, bridge the digital divide, enhance inclusive economic growth, and ensure Africa’s ownership of modern digital tools.

Health and Well-being

Mr. Koffi Kouame with a group of people in Madagascar.

Madagascar: Glimpse of hope amidst severe droughts

UNFPA giving health services to women and girls in arid Grand Sud.

Free Trade Area

Women in field in Senegal.

New project to help operationalize AFCFTA in eight countries

It will support the implementation of more than 30 activities in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo, and Tunisia


In Morocco, fisherwomen adopt new climate-resilient practices

About 10,000 women collect shellfish and other seafood along the coastline to make a living.
Vanessa Nakate

‘You can’t have climate justice without gender equality’

— Vanessa Nakate, Ugandan climate activist.

Sustainable development

Woman working in irrigated field

Kigali forum marks a new development era for Africa

The 8th African Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (ARFSD) will champion the continent as a destination of opportunity in line with the targets of SDGs.


Portrait of Ms. Ingers Andersen

Seeking an ambitious global action to curb plastic pollution

An interview with Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

UNEP celebrates 50 years of solving the world's environmental challenges

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) turns 50 this year, calling for more action on conservation.
UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen on podium speaking to UN Environment Assembly.

Beating plastic pollution

Historic day as countries commit to develop a legally binding agreement.


A health worker prepares to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

Africa’s COVID-19 vaccine uptake increases by 15%

Around 62 million doses were administered across the continent in February up from 54 million in January.


Secretary-General António Guterres meeting with Greta Thunberg

“A Sustainable Feminist Recovery”

On this International Women’s Day, the clock on women’s rights is moving backwards.
Hawa Games Dahab Gabjenda

African women identified as the core of the AfCFTA agenda

This was said at the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) being held in Kigali, Rwanda

Sustainable Development Goals

Amina J. Mohammed

UN deputy chief urges Resident Coordinators in Africa to help accelerate SDGs

She said each of the challenges faced can be turned into huge opportunities on the continent.

Humanitarian Aid

Lourena Gboeah in front of her home

Being a Black woman in the US

Reflections of a refugee and advocate

Climate Change

Woman gathering water in Somalia.

IPCC Report: Human-induced climate change causing widespread losses

‘We must take action now and adapt,’ says scientist Christopher Trisos, one of the authors of the latest IPCC report Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.


Apply to be the next SDG champion

Searching for 17 young people between the ages of 15 and 29 driving change in their communities.
Health Campaign