Nigeria’s national under-17 women team were on Friday drawn in Group B of this year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup finals in India.The Flamingos were drawn alongside women’s football powerhouse Germany, Chile and New Zealand.
The draw ceremony was held at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland.
Hosts India are in Group A with powerhouses U.S. and Brazil, as well as African representatives Morocco.
Cup holders Spain, Colombia, Mexico and China make up Group C, while Group D has Japan, Tanzania, Canada and France.
India and the U.S. will kick off the tournament officially inside the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar at 8 p.m. India time on Oct. 11.
The Flamingos, who missed the last tournament in Uruguay in 2018, will have a great re-integration party as they confront Germany at 8 p.m. India time on Oct. 11.
The match which will be held at the same time as the opening match will hold at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadiun in Goa.
Nigeria’s other matches are against New Zealand on Oct. 14 (4.30 p.m.), also at the Nehru Stadium in Goa.
They will be up against Chile at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Oct. 17 (4.30 p.m).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament will have the top two teams from the four groups going through to the quarter-finals.The Flamingoes, who qualified for the tournament without conceding a goal in six matches, are making their sixth appearance at the event.They will seek to navigate the group if they are to win the competition for the first time.NAN reports that 16 teams, including hosts India, are participating in the event.The 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will begin on Oct.11 and end on .ng)(
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, held talks on June 20, 2022 in Rabat, with the Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, Mrs. Claudia Nathalie Mix Jiménez.
During these talks, which are part of a working visit by Natalie Jiménez to the Kingdom at the head of a large parliamentary delegation, the two parties discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between the two countries.
In statements to the press after this meeting, the Vice President of the Chilean Chamber of Deputies highlighted the importance of the exchanges she had with the MFA Bourita, during which she expressed her country's support and the will to continue cooperation between the two parts.
Praising the strong ties between Morocco and Chile, Ms. Natalie Jiménez highlighted the efforts made by both parties to promote their rapprochement.
US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday announced another $1.9 billion in private-sector funding to boost jobs in hopes of reducing migration from Central America, at a Latin American summit in Los Angeles that was rejected by leaders of the United States. Mexico and other affected countries.
Harris has been tasked with the unenviable task of addressing the root causes of rising migration to the United States, an issue that has been taken up by the rival GOP and has become a top priority for President Joe Biden. at a week-long Summit of the Americas.
A day before Biden's arrival, the White House said Harris would reveal another $1.9 billion in commitments — on top of the $1.2 billion announced last year — from companies aiming to create economic opportunity in El Salvador's impoverished Northern Triangle. , Guatemala and Honduras.
Harris will also give details about the "Central American Service Corps" financed through US aid to provide opportunities for young people.
The investments are intended to "provide hope for people in the region to build secure and prosperous lives at home," a White House statement said.
Creating jobs at home While visiting her home state, Harris hosted a dinner Monday with regional business leaders and was scheduled to meet with civil society leaders Tuesday to promote the empowerment of women in Central America.
But none of the Northern Triangle leaders will attend the summit, nor will President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, the United States' crucial partner on immigration policy because of their shared 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.
The White House said 23 heads of state would come to Los Angeles, including the leaders of key players such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. Mexico and the Northern Triangle nations will still participate at a lower level.
The new financing announced by Harris included a commitment from credit card giant Visa to invest more than $270 million over five years with the goal of bringing a million more businesses and 6.5 million people into a formal financial system in a corruption-ridden region.
The North American branch of Yazaki, the Japanese auto parts maker, will invest $110 million, hiring more than 14,000 new employees in Guatemala and El Salvador, the White House said.
Other companies that have pledged include clothing maker Gap and Millicon, a telecommunications company that plans to invest $700 million to expand mobile and broadband networks in the three countries.
'Disrespectful' López Obrador, a left-wing populist who had developed a surprisingly close relationship with Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, followed through on Monday with threats to boycott the summit over Biden's refusal to invite Cuba's leaders. , Nicaragua and Venezuela to the summit. he argues that the summit is only for democracies.
"You can't have a Summit of the Americas if you don't have all the countries of the Americas attending," López Obrador said, complaining of US "hegemony" and "lack of respect for nations."
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought until the last minute to woo López Obrador, even seeking lower-level involvement from Cuba and easing some restrictions, including on US flights to the communist island. .
But US officials said they saw no reciprocity from Cuban authorities, who recently went ahead with the trial of two dissident artists, making the invitation politically unpalatable in Washington, where anti-communist Cuban-Americans dominate.
"The challenges posed by these three regimes," State Department spokesman Ned Price said, "were simply insurmountable when you talk about bringing together a summit where democratic governance, democratic values, are on the agenda."
Cuba, an archenemy of Washington since the aftermath of its 1959 communist revolution despite tentative thawing attempts by former President Barack Obama, denounced its exclusion from the summit as "undemocratic."
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, considered illegitimate by Washington due to a 2018 election in which extensive irregularities were denounced, accused the United States of “discrimination”.
But Bob Menendez, a Cuban-American Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the administration for standing firm.
"I join those who are increasingly concerned about President López Obrador's decision to support dictators and despots for representing the interests of the Mexican people at a summit with their partners from across the hemisphere," Menéndez said.
Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure on Sunday defeated Nassarawa United 2-1 on match day 32 encounter of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The match played at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure, had Chilekwu Chigozie putting Sunshine Stars ahead three minutes into the encounter after he capitalised on the visitor’s defensive error to put the home team up.
As the match progressed, Forward Leonard Ugochuckwu made it 2-0 in the 11th minute after receiving a sublime pass from Midfielder Ebonam Nwogbada to end the half 2-0.
All efforts by the visitors to come back into the game were rebuffed by the home team’s goalkeeper Japhet Opubo untill the 73rd minute by Striker Chinedu Ohanachom to make it 2-1.
Nassarawa United tried all it could to ensure they pick at least a point from the encounter, but the home team stood its ground to ensure they pick the maximum three points.
Sunshine Stars Head Coach, Emmanuel Deutcsh said he was happy that his team won the encounter, but was saddened that his team could not keep a clean sheet.
Deutcsh said the result showed that his team was making progress and would try and ensure they win the next home match to ensure they move up the log more.
“We will try and win against Niger Tornadoes in our next home match to ensure our standing improved on the log and we are playing on Tuesday in the Challenge cup, so we have to go and prepare,” he said.
Nassarawa United Head Coach, Bala Nikyu said the game was a good one, but unfortunately his team did not get the first half right.
Sunshine Stars now have 45 points from 32 matches and 7th on the log, while Nassarawa United are 11th with 41 points.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that one minute silence was held at the stadium in honour of those that died in the attack at Francis Catholic Church in Owo.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has intercepted large drug consignments and arrested some suspects in connection to several seizures made in Lagos and Abuja airports.The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.Babafemi said that several attempts by agents of drug cartels to break through the security at Nigeria’s main airports in Lagos and Abuja with large consignments of assorted illicit substances were thwarted by NDLEA operatives.According to him, first on the list of those arrested in connection to seizures at the two airports is Ofor Chileobi.“Chileobi had on Friday May 20, attempted to export to Dubai, UAE, 200 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 30.20kg concealed in 40 sacks of bitter leaf.“This was through the Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO) export shed, a cargo wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, (MMIA) Ikeja, Lagos,” he said.Babafemi said that on the same day, 10 cartons of khat with a gross weight of 354.600kg were also seized at the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) import shed of the airport.He said ” the following day, Saturday May 21, a freight agent, Roland Orinami was arrested by NDLEA operatives attached to the local wing of the Lagos airport.“He was arrested with1.90kg Loud, a variant of cannabis, factory packed in some bottles while trying to send same via flight to Abuja.“A follow-up operation in Abuja led to the arrest of a taxi driver, Nsikak Evans sent to collect the consignment. His confession also led to the arrest of the actual owner, Adesanya Olakunle Isaac at his house in Life Camp area of Abuja.“Adesanya who claims to be into Information Technology, accepted ownership of the seized drug, which he said was meant for an upcoming birthday party of one of his friends, “he said.Babafemi said that another freight agent, Moshood Olaide, was arrested at NAHCO export shed of the MMIA when he presented a cargo containing psychotropic substances heading to Dubai on May 24.He said that the illegal consignment was packed into other items such as can drinks, liquid bitters and other non-controlled drugs.He also said that the seized drugs included Tramadol 225mg, Rohypnol and MDMA adding that a follow up operation led to the arrest of another suspect linked to the crime, Olagboye Selim on May 27.“Also on the same day, operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) at NAHCO import shed transferred 15 cartons of khat leaf.“This is with a gross weight of 256.70kg, which came into the country on Royal Air Moroc to NDLEA command at the airport.“The previous day, Monday, May 23 another freight agent, Lasebikan Gbega was arrested with 200 bottles of pentazocine injection, with a brand name “Drutapent” weighing 1.05kg.“The consignment was heading to the United States of America, ” he said.In the same vein, Babafemi said that another agent, Akuta Lucy was on May 26 arrested at the SAHCO export shed while attempting to export 14.75kg of khat.He said that the drugs were concealed inside other vegetable leaves and food condiments such as bitter leaf, scent leaf, pepper, all packed in bags for shipment to the United Kingdom.“At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, a 45-year-old Ezika Nicholas from Ichida, Anocha area of Anambra state, was arrested on Thursday May 26 for ingesting 60 pellets of cocaine.“This was weighing 1.037kg on arrival from Addis Ababa on board Ethiopian airline.“Ezika who claims he’s into shoe business before his arrest, travelled to Ethiopia on May 23.“This was on the invitation of the person who gave him the drug, which he ingested before returning into the waiting arms of NDLEA officers at the Abuja airport, ” he said.Babafemi reported the Chairman, NDLEA, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, as commending the officers and men of MMIA and NAIA Commands of the agency for sustaining the heat on drug cartels. .
AstraZeneca's (www.AstraZeneca.com) COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the European Union (EU) by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as a third booster dose in adults.
Healthcare professionals can now use the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a third booster dose in patients who previously received an AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine primary vaccination schedule or an EU-approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.
The authorization is based on a review by the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the substantial body of evidence demonstrating an increased immune response after a third booster dose with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following a program of primary vaccination of AstraZeneca COVID -19 vaccine or a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine. [1-5]
Although more than 65% of the world's population has received at least one dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 A significant challenge remains in ensuring that people receive both their primary vaccination schedule and their third booster dose, and healthcare professionals now have greater flexibility in vaccine choice.
Mene Pangalos, Executive Vice President, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca said: "Today's marketing authorization for AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a third dose booster is an important step towards our goal of providing continued protection against COVID-19 for all people. the populations. Ensuring a longer duration of immune protection is essential for the long-term management of COVID-19 globally, and boosters can address the decline in protection over time that has been seen with all primary vaccine schedules to date. the date".
There is a substantial amount of evidence supporting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a third dose booster after all primary vaccination schedules tested to date, including the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA vaccines, and CoronaVac [1,7-12].
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is already licensed as a homologous booster (patients who previously received a primary vaccination schedule of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine) in the UK and several countries in Asia and Latin America. It has also been licensed as a heterologous booster (patients who previously received a primary vaccination schedule of a viral vector vaccine other than AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or an inactivated vaccine or COVID-19 mRNA vaccine) in several non-EU countries. the European Union. .
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is estimated to have helped prevent 50 million cases of COVID-19, five million hospitalizations and saved more than one million lives worldwide, according to model results assessing COVID-19 worldwide. the world. .
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (ChAdOx1-S [Recombinant]formerly AZD1222)
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was invented by the University of Oxford. It uses a replication-deficient chimpanzee viral vector based on a weakened version of a common cold virus (adenovirus) that causes infections in chimpanzees and contains the genetic material for the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. After vaccination, the surface spike protein is produced, which primes the immune system to attack the SARS-CoV-2 virus if it later infects the body.
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is a 'viral vector' vaccine, meaning that a version of a virus that cannot cause disease is used as part of the vaccine, letting the body know how to fight it off if exposed to the real virus. later. Scientists have used this vaccine technology for the past 40 years to fight other infectious diseases such as the flu, Ebola, and HIV. .
The vaccine has been granted conditional marketing authorization or emergency use in more than 125 countries. It also has the World Health Organization Emergency Use List, which speeds up the path to access in up to 144 countries through the COVAX Facility.
Under a sublicense agreement with AstraZeneca, the vaccine is manufactured and supplied by the Serum Institute of India under the name COVISHIELD.
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The World Health Organization on Thursday authorized the use of the single-shot Covid-19 vaccine from Chinese manufacturer CanSinoBIO, the ninth shot to get the WHO green light.
The WHO has granted emergency use list (EUL) status to the Tianjin-based company's Convidencia vaccine as China battles a resurgence of the virus caused by the Omicron variant.
It is the third Chinese-made vaccine approved by the WHO, after Sinovac and Sinopharm.
Convidecia was found to be 64 percent effective against symptomatic disease and 92 percent effective against severe Covid-19, the WHO said.
"The vaccine meets WHO standards for protection against covid-19 and... the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks," the UN health agency said in a statement.
WHO vaccine experts recommended it for people over 18 years of age.
The puncture has already been implemented in China, Argentina, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico and Pakistan.
The WHO has now granted EUL status to nine Covid-19 vaccines and variations thereof: Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Moderna, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Bharat Biotech, Novavax, and now CanSinoBIO.
The UN health agency began reviewing ongoing data on the CanSinoBIO vaccine in August.
The WHO says EUL approval gives countries, funders, procurement agencies and communities assurance that the vaccine has met international standards.
Inclusion on the WHO list paves the way for countries to approve and import a vaccine for rapid distribution, especially those that do not have their own international standard regulator.
It also opens the door for shots to enter the Covax global vaccine clearinghouse, which aims to provide equitable access to doses around the world, especially in poorer countries.
China, the last major world economy to stick to a rigid zero-Covid policy, is battling an economic downturn due to prolonged virus lockdowns that have restricted supply chains, stifled demand and stalled manufacturing.
The UN-Energy Action Plan Towards 2025 delivers on commitments made at a high-level meeting in September that established a global roadmap for energy access and transition by the end of the decade, while contributing to net zero emissions by 2050.
The UN-Energy partnership brings together some 30 organizations working on all aspects of energy and sustainable development.
An Energy Compact Action Network was also launched to unite governments seeking support for their clean energy goals with governments and companies that have already pledged more than $600 billion in assistance.
Coalitions were also announced to support energy access and transition in Nigeria and in Santiago de Chile, thus showing the potential of the Network.
keeping up the momentum
The commitments will drive the achievement of a fair and inclusive energy transition, with the aim of ensuring that all people have access to clean and affordable energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
His announcement comes as the world grapples with what the UN has described as the interlinked triple crisis of energy, food and finance stemming from the war in Ukraine.
Liu Zhenmin, head of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and secretary general of the 2021 High-level Dialogue on Energy, welcomed the launch.
“This will help us keep the momentum going by generating concrete actions towards affordable clean energy and net zero emissions,” he said.
Extension of the action
The UN-Energy Action Plan sets out a framework for collective action that includes doubling annual investment in clean energy globally and providing access to electricity for 500 million people, as well as clean cooking solutions for one billion.
It identifies seven areas of work, ranging from increasing efforts to close the energy access gap to harnessing the power of data, digitization and visualization to strengthen monitoring, tracking, accountability and communication of results.
The plan could not have come at a more critical time, according to Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and co-chair of UN-Energy.
“The current context has led to a broader understanding of how energy underpins the entire 2030 Agenda. It is essential that the commitments made at the 2021 High-Level Dialogue on Energy and COP26 translate into action on the ground, especially in support of the most vulnerable,” he said.
Collaborating for transformation
UN-Energy will support the Energy Pact Action Network, which brings together nearly 200 governments, businesses and other civil society partners, to mobilize voluntary commitments made at the high-level dialogue.
Damilola Ogunbiyi, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) and Co-Chair of UN-Energy, highlighted the important role of the platform.
“By creating opportunities for collaboration, the Network will transform the billions of dollars in financing and investment committed in the Energy Compacts into actions on the ground towards the sustainable energy future that we urgently need,” he said.
Powering the future
The launch also featured announcements of several new or expanded coalitions, demonstrating how countries, cities, businesses, foundations and other partners can join forces through the Network.
For example, SEforALL, UNDP and Husk Power Systems are among the partners that will support Nigeria's commitment to provide electricity to 25 million people by 2023, using solar home systems and mini-grids to power five million homes, schools , hospitals and other public places. utilities. The measure will also generate some 250,000 new jobs.
In Chile, the government of the Santiago Metropolitan Region will work with the multinational energy company Enel and the Universidad de Desarrollo to increase the final use of electricity for transportation and heating, including to increase the share of electric buses in the city to 100 percent by 2030.
The Network will also promote or expand coalitions that support green hydrogen and a stronger role for women in leading and benefiting from the energy transition.
In this regard, a work plan was launched to strengthen the role of women in the energy transition by partners including the governments of Canada and Kenya, as well as the global youth-led organization Student Energy, coordinated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Green hydrogen will be one of the biggest economic opportunities in the next 30 years. Driven by international actions to combat climate change, it has the potential to revolutionize numerous value chains in the energy industry and in the mobility and manufacturing sectors. With fuel cell technology improving rapidly and costs falling, green hydrogen is becoming a more attractive fuel alternative in Africa.At the core of green hydrogen production is the availability of renewable energy that is not used for its primary role as electricity supply. For Europe, the lack of additional renewable energy capacity will be a hindrance to the hydrogen economy, so the search for viable locations for production continues. Pilot projects have started in Chile and the Middle East, but the biggest opportunities are in Africa with many European-backed schemes at various stages of the planning process.Backed by Africa's extensive renewable energy resources, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that renewable energy capacity in Africa could reach 310 GW by 2030. The hope is that the development of green hydrogen projects will not only address energy demand across the continent, increase energy security and contribute to domestic energy independence, but will provide an environmentally sustainable fuel alternative for years to come. The big question, however, is whether that hydrogen production will benefit the African energy transition or whether it will be shipped back to Europe.South Africa's Hydrogen ValleyIn South Africa, the government is trying to match the synergies between platinum mining, renewable energy and hydrogen production to form a hydrogen hub. Platinum is a key component in polymer electrolytic membrane (PEM) electrolysis used to produce hydrogen at scale and in fuel cells themselves. The hydrogen valley will serve as an industry cluster, bringing together various hydrogen applications in the country to form an integrated hydrogen ecosystem.The initiative is part of the work being done to support the implementation of the National Hydrogen Society Roadmap, which was recently approved by the Cabinet, as well as phase 3 of the country's Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan.Speaking at the launch, South African Department of Science and Innovation Director General Dr Phil Mjwara said the establishment of a hydrogen valley was a major national initiative. "Implementation of phase 3 of the Reconstruction and Economic Recovery Plan is driven by the core elements of 'reconstruction' and 'transformation,' and this involves building a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economy," he said. "Establishing a South African Hydrogen Valley is therefore seen as an opportunity that has great potential to unlock growth, revitalize the industrial sector and position South Africa to be a profitable exporter of green hydrogen to the world. Therefore, hydrogen remains an integral part of our economic reconstruction and Recovery Plan.”South Africa's proposed hydrogen valley will start near Mokopane in Limpopo, where platinum group metals (PGM) are mined, extend through the industrial and trade corridor to Johannesburg and finally lead to Durban. Hydrogen Valley will be used to establish, accelerate and incorporate niche innovations through scaling and replication. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer an alternative source of clean electricity, while hydrogen allows energy to be stored and delivered in a usable form.The feasibility study, carried out by Engie, identifies nine projects related to hydrogen in the mobility, industry and construction sectors that could be used as a springboard for the establishment of the hydrogen valley. One project will focus on converting diesel-powered heavy trucks to fuel cell trucks, supporting increased hydrogen consumption in the transport sector. The projects will also facilitate the commercialization of publicly funded intellectual property, while contributing to the benefit of PGMs in selected geographic areas. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies offer an alternative source of clean electricity, while hydrogen allows energy to be stored and delivered in a usable form. Using hydrogen as a power carrier could potentially reduce South Africa's reliance on global warming fossil fuels, while also reducing the country's reliance on imported oil.Namibia to develop hydrogen centerIn West Africa, an ambitious project to produce 300,000 tons of green hydrogen each year is taking shape. The Namibian government has appointed Hyphen Hydrogen Energy to develop the country's first large-scale vertically integrated green hydrogen project in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park. The project, worth an estimated $9.4 billion, will produce pure green hydrogen or in a derivative form, such as green ammonia."The first phase, expected to go into production in 2026, will see the creation of 2 GW of renewable electricity generation capacity to produce green hydrogen for conversion to green ammonia, at an estimated capital cost of $4.4 billion," Marco Raffinetti, Hyphen CEO, says: "Further expansion phases in the late 2020s will expand the combined renewable generation capacity to 5 GW and 3 GW of electrolyser capacity, increasing the combined total investment to $9.4 billion." .Once fully developed, the project will provide a huge boost to Namibia in terms of foreign direct investment and job creation. The investment of $9.4 billion is equivalent to the same order of magnitude of the current GDP of the country and will generate 15,000 direct jobs during the four years of construction of both phases, with another 3,000 jobs created permanently during the operational phase. More than 90 percent of all these jobs created are expected to be filled by Namibians. In addition to taxes, Hyphen will pay concession fees, royalties, a sovereign wealth fund contribution and an environmental tax to the government.“Tsau//Khaeb National Park is among the top five places in the world for low-cost hydrogen production, benefiting from a combination of co-located onshore wind and solar resources near the sea and transport routes. land exports to the market”, adds Raffinetti. . "Namibia's world-class natural resources, combined with a progressive, pro-investment and visionary government under the leadership of President Hage Geingob, have enabled the country to move with incredible speed to position itself as the forefront of Africa's ambitions." to enter the green hydrogen production space."This collective deep technical expertise across the green hydrogen value chain, combined with our financial strength and experience in developing, fundraising and implementing infrastructure projects in Africa, will be crucial to successfully delivering a green hydrogen project. this magnitude and complexity".Africa Green Energy SummitFor more information on how you can get involved, whether it's to exhibit, sponsor or attend as a delegate, click here (www.GreenEnergyAfricaSummit.com) Inquire now (https://bit.ly/38PUbT6) to secure early 2022 booking savings.
The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to the UNU Council. The new appointees, who will serve six-year terms (2022-2028), will officially take office on May 4 and will participate in the upcoming 77th session of the UNU Council from May 30-31.
The new members of the UNU Council were jointly appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, in accordance with the UNU Charter. Appointed members of the Council serve in their individual capacity, not as representatives of their country's government, and are selected with a view to achieving gender and geographic balance, with due regard to major academic, scientific, educational, and cultural trends and insights.
The six new members of the UNU Council are:Ms. Yamini Aiyar (India), President and CEO, Center for Policy Research Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles (Barbados), Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies Dr. Enrique Forero (Colombia), President, Colombian Academy of Exact Sciences, Physics and Professor of Natural Sciences Catherine Kyobutungi (Uganda), Executive Director of the African Center for Population and Health Research Amb. Kuni Sato (Japan), Advisor, East Japan Railway Trading Co., Ltd Dr. Vanessa Scherrer (France), Vice President of International Affairs, Sciences Po
They join six Council members whose terms will end in 2025:Dr. Denisa Čiderová (Slovakia), Associate Professor in the Department of International Trade and Liaison for Idea Puzzle, Bratislava University of Economics Dr. Comfort Ero (UK), President and CEO, International Crisis Group Dr. Xin Fang ( China), Professor, Academy of Sciences, University of China Prof. Adam Habib (South Africa), Director, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London Prof. 'Funmi Olonisakin (UK and Nigeria), Vice President and Deputy Director International and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development, King's College London Prof. Brenda Yeoh (Singapore), Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
In addition to these 12 appointed members, the 16-member UNU Council includes the Rector of UNU and three ex officio members: the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational Organization, the Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The main functions of the Council are to formulate the principles and policies of UNU, to govern the operations of the University, and to consider and approve the biennial program of work and budget of UNU.
For more information about the UNU Council, or to view the profiles of the full appointed members, see http://unu.edu/about/unu-council.
The UNU would like to take this opportunity to also thank the six Council members who served between 2016 and 2022 for their outstanding contributions to the continued success of the UNU: outgoing Council President, Dr. Angela Kane (Germany); the Vice Presidents of the outgoing Council Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz (Brazil) and Prof. Tsuneo Nishida (Japan); and the outgoing members of the Council, Ms. Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Dr. Segenet Kelemu (Ethiopia), and Dr. Radha Kumar (India).