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  •   Uganda 7s will get their bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games underway against Jamaica in their opening game of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco in June The games will take place at the Stade Louis II stadium starting on Friday 18 June with Zimbabwe vs Mexico followed by Uganda vs Jamaica With just three weeks to go World Rugby today confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 Women s and 10 Men s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two Women s and one Men s team places for Olympic Rugby Sevens in Tokyo which will take place on 26 31 July The Uganda 7 s side will kick off their campaign against Jamaica 18 22 pm local time 7 22pm Uganda time at Stade Louis II on Friday 18 June before facing HongKong 10 06am 11 00 am Uganda time and France 18 23pm 7 23 pm Uganda time in further Pool B games on Saturday Uganda will conclude the Pool stages on Sunday 20 June against Chile 1 39pm 2 39om Uganda time The tournament organizers have confirmed that 5 000 fans will watch the second and third days subject to maintenance of the current Covid environment in Monaco View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule https bit ly 3uvMCpu World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special Sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness camaraderie and optimism that characterizes these remarkable Olympic Games The schedule for the tournament is out and our mission still stays the same There s been plenty of growth in the team and I have faith that they will do the country proud Coach Tolbert Onyango The Uganda 7s team continues its training campaign that ends on 11th June 2021 before they leave for Monaco on 12th June 2021 World Rugby Sevens Repechage Uganda Schedule Friday 18 June Uganda v Jamaica 6 22pm local time 7 22pm Uganda time Saturday 19 June HongKong v Uganda 10 06am 11 06 am Uganda time France v Uganda 6 23pm 7 23pm Uganda time Sunday 20 June Chile v Uganda 1 39pm 2 39pm Uganda time
    Match schedule confirmed for World Rugby Sevens Repechage
      Uganda 7s will get their bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games underway against Jamaica in their opening game of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco in June The games will take place at the Stade Louis II stadium starting on Friday 18 June with Zimbabwe vs Mexico followed by Uganda vs Jamaica With just three weeks to go World Rugby today confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 Women s and 10 Men s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two Women s and one Men s team places for Olympic Rugby Sevens in Tokyo which will take place on 26 31 July The Uganda 7 s side will kick off their campaign against Jamaica 18 22 pm local time 7 22pm Uganda time at Stade Louis II on Friday 18 June before facing HongKong 10 06am 11 00 am Uganda time and France 18 23pm 7 23 pm Uganda time in further Pool B games on Saturday Uganda will conclude the Pool stages on Sunday 20 June against Chile 1 39pm 2 39om Uganda time The tournament organizers have confirmed that 5 000 fans will watch the second and third days subject to maintenance of the current Covid environment in Monaco View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule https bit ly 3uvMCpu World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special Sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness camaraderie and optimism that characterizes these remarkable Olympic Games The schedule for the tournament is out and our mission still stays the same There s been plenty of growth in the team and I have faith that they will do the country proud Coach Tolbert Onyango The Uganda 7s team continues its training campaign that ends on 11th June 2021 before they leave for Monaco on 12th June 2021 World Rugby Sevens Repechage Uganda Schedule Friday 18 June Uganda v Jamaica 6 22pm local time 7 22pm Uganda time Saturday 19 June HongKong v Uganda 10 06am 11 06 am Uganda time France v Uganda 6 23pm 7 23pm Uganda time Sunday 20 June Chile v Uganda 1 39pm 2 39pm Uganda time
    Match schedule confirmed for World Rugby Sevens Repechage
    Africa1 year ago

    Match schedule confirmed for World Rugby Sevens Repechage

    Uganda 7s will get their bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games underway against Jamaica in their opening game of the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in Monaco in June.

    The games will take place at the Stade Louis II stadium starting on Friday, 18 June with Zimbabwe vs Mexico followed by Uganda vs Jamaica.

    With just three weeks to go, World Rugby today confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 Women’s and 10 Men’s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two Women’s and one Men’s team places for Olympic Rugby Sevens in Tokyo, which will take place on 26-31 July.

    The Uganda 7 s side will kick off their campaign against Jamaica (18:22 pm local time/7:22pm Uganda time) at Stade Louis II on Friday, 18 June, before facing HongKong (10.06am/11:00 am Uganda time) and France (18:23pm/7:23 pm Uganda time) in further Pool B games on Saturday.Uganda will conclude the Pool stages on Sunday, 20 June against Chile (1:39pm,2:39om Uganda time)

    The tournament organizers have confirmed that 5,000 fans will watch the second and third days, subject to maintenance of the current Covid environment in Monaco.

    View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule (https://bit.ly/3uvMCpu)

    World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said: “With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away, the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special Sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness, camaraderie and optimism that characterizes these remarkable Olympic Games.

    ”The schedule for the tournament is out and our mission still stays the same. There’s been plenty of growth in the team and I have faith that they will do the country proud.”- Coach Tolbert Onyango

    The Uganda 7s team continues its training campaign that ends on 11th June 2021 before they leave for Monaco on 12th June 2021.

    World Rugby Sevens Repechage – Uganda Schedule:

    Friday, 18 June:

    • Uganda v Jamaica (6:22pm local time, 7:22pm Uganda time).

    Saturday, 19 June:

    • HongKong v Uganda (10:06am, 11:06 am Uganda time)
    • France  v Uganda  (6:23pm,7:23pm Uganda time)

    Sunday, 20 June:

    • Chile v Uganda (1:39pm,2:39pm Uganda time)

  •   Teams competing in Monaco for the final places available at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be boosted by confirmation that fans will be able to attend the event on 19 20 June Match schedule announced for final Olympic qualification event towards Tokyo 2020 Stade Louis II in Monaco to host up to 5 000 rugby fans on 19 20 June 2021 Tickets start at 10 euros per day and go on sale today at Monaco rugby com The revised format for the men s competition will see two games played on Friday 18 June to maintain player welfare guidelines for World Rugby sevens tournaments Media and photographers interested in covering the event can request an accreditation by emailing mbergesi gouv mc Organisers have confirmed that 5 000 fans will be able to watch all the action from the second and third days of competition inside the iconic Stade Louis II subject to maintenance of the current covid environment Fans will be required to wear face masks and respect social distancing The boost comes on the day that World Rugby confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 women s and 10 men s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two women s and one men s team places for Olympic rugby sevens in Tokyo which will take place on 26 31 July 2021 at Tokyo Stadium The women s competition will feature Argentina Colombia France Hong Kong Jamaica Kazakhstan Madagascar Mexico Papua New Guinea Russia Samoa and Tunisia The men s tournament will involve Chile France Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Mexico Samoa Tonga Uganda and Zimbabwe View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule gt gt https bit ly 2QYS1b0 While the action kicks off on Friday 18 June at 18 00 local time with Zimbabwe versus Mexico being the first of two men s matches that evening fans are invited to join the festivities in stadium for a packed programme of men s and women s matches on day two and three culminating in the two women s finals and the one men s final on Sunday evening The match schedule has been developed with player welfare at heart No team will have more than three games in each day resulting in the two games being organised on Friday evening accommodating the reduction to 10 teams in the men s competition Due to late kick off times the two Friday games will be played behind closed doors World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness camaraderie and optimism that characterises these remarkable Olympic Games The Monaco repechage is also symbolic in its own way a reflection and celebration of sevens international re emergence from the unprecedented challenges that society and sports people have faced I know that these players are excited to be representing their nations with the opportunity of qualification for the pinnacle of sevens the Olympic Games It will be extra special that they get to showcase their skills in front of fans I would like to thank their Serene Highnesses and the Monegasque Rugby Union for embracing our event and providing the players with the perfect platform to challenge for Tokyo 2020 qualification TICKETING Online ticketing for the World Rugby Sevens Repechage will open this Friday 28 May at www Monaco rugby com From 8 June Rugby fans will also be able to buy tickets directly in Monaco at the ticket offices located at the Stade Louis II s entrance see opening times below Tuesday to Friday 10 00 14 00 and 16 00 19 00 Saturday 12 June 10 00 13 00 Saturday 19 June 08 30 16 00 Sunday 20 June 10 00 16 00 Tickets will start at 10 fan day with a discounted price of 5 available for Monaco students and FFR licence holders Fan travelling to Monaco to watch the action will need to present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old upon their entrance in the Monaco Principality except for French residents living in the 06 and 83 departments Fans can find all the measures put in place in the Monaco Principality on the following link www covid19 mc For any ticketing related enquiries please contact billetterie monaco rugby com MEDIA INFORMATION Media and photographers interested in covering the event in Monaco can request an accreditation by emailing Margot Bergesi at mbergesi gouv mc No contact with players will be allowed during the Tournament except for certain approved media who will be allowed access to the mixed zone second stand A with confirmation of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the event
    Monaco set to welcome fans for Olympic Games Sevens Repechage
      Teams competing in Monaco for the final places available at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be boosted by confirmation that fans will be able to attend the event on 19 20 June Match schedule announced for final Olympic qualification event towards Tokyo 2020 Stade Louis II in Monaco to host up to 5 000 rugby fans on 19 20 June 2021 Tickets start at 10 euros per day and go on sale today at Monaco rugby com The revised format for the men s competition will see two games played on Friday 18 June to maintain player welfare guidelines for World Rugby sevens tournaments Media and photographers interested in covering the event can request an accreditation by emailing mbergesi gouv mc Organisers have confirmed that 5 000 fans will be able to watch all the action from the second and third days of competition inside the iconic Stade Louis II subject to maintenance of the current covid environment Fans will be required to wear face masks and respect social distancing The boost comes on the day that World Rugby confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 women s and 10 men s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two women s and one men s team places for Olympic rugby sevens in Tokyo which will take place on 26 31 July 2021 at Tokyo Stadium The women s competition will feature Argentina Colombia France Hong Kong Jamaica Kazakhstan Madagascar Mexico Papua New Guinea Russia Samoa and Tunisia The men s tournament will involve Chile France Hong Kong Ireland Jamaica Mexico Samoa Tonga Uganda and Zimbabwe View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule gt gt https bit ly 2QYS1b0 While the action kicks off on Friday 18 June at 18 00 local time with Zimbabwe versus Mexico being the first of two men s matches that evening fans are invited to join the festivities in stadium for a packed programme of men s and women s matches on day two and three culminating in the two women s finals and the one men s final on Sunday evening The match schedule has been developed with player welfare at heart No team will have more than three games in each day resulting in the two games being organised on Friday evening accommodating the reduction to 10 teams in the men s competition Due to late kick off times the two Friday games will be played behind closed doors World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness camaraderie and optimism that characterises these remarkable Olympic Games The Monaco repechage is also symbolic in its own way a reflection and celebration of sevens international re emergence from the unprecedented challenges that society and sports people have faced I know that these players are excited to be representing their nations with the opportunity of qualification for the pinnacle of sevens the Olympic Games It will be extra special that they get to showcase their skills in front of fans I would like to thank their Serene Highnesses and the Monegasque Rugby Union for embracing our event and providing the players with the perfect platform to challenge for Tokyo 2020 qualification TICKETING Online ticketing for the World Rugby Sevens Repechage will open this Friday 28 May at www Monaco rugby com From 8 June Rugby fans will also be able to buy tickets directly in Monaco at the ticket offices located at the Stade Louis II s entrance see opening times below Tuesday to Friday 10 00 14 00 and 16 00 19 00 Saturday 12 June 10 00 13 00 Saturday 19 June 08 30 16 00 Sunday 20 June 10 00 16 00 Tickets will start at 10 fan day with a discounted price of 5 available for Monaco students and FFR licence holders Fan travelling to Monaco to watch the action will need to present a negative PCR test less than 72 hours old upon their entrance in the Monaco Principality except for French residents living in the 06 and 83 departments Fans can find all the measures put in place in the Monaco Principality on the following link www covid19 mc For any ticketing related enquiries please contact billetterie monaco rugby com MEDIA INFORMATION Media and photographers interested in covering the event in Monaco can request an accreditation by emailing Margot Bergesi at mbergesi gouv mc No contact with players will be allowed during the Tournament except for certain approved media who will be allowed access to the mixed zone second stand A with confirmation of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the event
    Monaco set to welcome fans for Olympic Games Sevens Repechage
    Africa1 year ago

    Monaco set to welcome fans for Olympic Games Sevens Repechage

    Teams competing in Monaco for the final places available at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be boosted by confirmation that fans will be able to attend the event on 19-20 June.

    • Match schedule announced for final Olympic qualification event towards Tokyo 2020
    • Stade Louis II in Monaco to host up to 5,000 rugby fans on 19-20 June, 2021
    • Tickets start at 10 euros per day and go on sale today at Monaco-rugby.com
    • The revised format for the men’s competition will see two games played on Friday 18 June to maintain player welfare guidelines for World Rugby sevens tournaments
    • Media and photographers interested in covering the event can request an accreditation by emailing mbergesi@gouv.mc

    Organisers have confirmed that 5,000 fans will be able to watch all the action from the second and third days of competition inside the iconic Stade Louis II, subject to maintenance of the current covid environment. Fans will be required to wear face masks and respect social distancing.

    The boost comes on the day that World Rugby confirmed the match schedule for the competition which will feature 12 women’s and 10 men’s teams all vying to achieve the ultimate prize of securing the remaining two women’s and one men’s team places for Olympic rugby sevens in Tokyo, which will take place on 26-31 July, 2021 at Tokyo Stadium.

    The women’s competition will feature Argentina, Colombia, France, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Samoa and Tunisia. The men’s tournament will involve Chile, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Samoa, Tonga, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

    View World Rugby Sevens Repechage pools and match schedule >> https://bit.ly/2QYS1b0

    While the action kicks off on Friday 18 June at 18:00 local time with Zimbabwe versus Mexico being the first of two men's matches that evening, fans are invited to join the festivities in stadium for a packed programme of men's and women's matches on day two and three culminating in the two women's finals and the one men's final on Sunday evening.

    The match schedule has been developed with player welfare at heart. No team will have more than three games in each day, resulting in the two games being organised on Friday evening, accommodating the reduction to 10 teams in the men’s competition. Due to late kick-off times, the two Friday games will be played behind closed doors.

    World Rugby Chief Executive Alan Gilpin said: “With Tokyo 2020 less than three months away, the rugby family is looking forward to what promises to be a special sevens tournament that personifies the togetherness, camaraderie and optimism that characterises these remarkable Olympic Games.

    “The Monaco repechage is also symbolic in its own way – a reflection and celebration of sevens international re-emergence from the unprecedented challenges that society and sports people have faced. I know that these players are excited to be representing their nations with the opportunity of qualification for the pinnacle of sevens – the Olympic Games.

    “It will be extra special that they get to showcase their skills in front of fans. I would like to thank their Serene Highnesses and the Monegasque Rugby Union for embracing our event and providing the players with the perfect platform to challenge for Tokyo 2020 qualification.”

    TICKETING

    Online ticketing for the World Rugby Sevens Repechage will open this Friday 28 May at www.Monaco-rugby.com. From 8 June, Rugby fans will also be able to buy tickets directly in Monaco at the ticket offices located at the Stade Louis II’s entrance. (see opening times below)

    • Tuesday to Friday 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 19:00
    • Saturday 12 June: 10:00 – 13:00
    • Saturday 19 June: 08.30 – 16:00
    • Sunday 20 June: 10:00 – 16:00

    Tickets will start at 10€ / fan / day with a discounted price of 5€ available for Monaco students and FFR licence holders. Fan travelling to Monaco to watch the action will need to present a negative PCR test, less than 72 hours old, upon their entrance in the Monaco Principality (except for French residents living in the 06 and 83 departments). Fans can find all the measures put in place in the Monaco Principality on the following link: www.covid19.mc

    For any ticketing related enquiries, please contact billetterie@monaco-rugby.com

    MEDIA INFORMATION

    Media and photographers interested in covering the event in Monaco can request an accreditation by emailing Margot Bergesi at mbergesi@gouv.mc.

    No contact with players will be allowed during the Tournament, except for certain approved media who will be allowed access to the mixed zone (second stand A) with confirmation of a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 72 hours prior to the event.

  •  Opening Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record Tying 14 African Players Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players The National Basketball Association NBA http www NBA com today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening night rosters for the 2020 21 season including a record 17 Canadian players and a record tying 14 African players nbsp This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening night rosters feature at least 100 international players nbsp All 30 teams have at least one international player In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season For the seventh consecutive year Canada 17 players is the most represented country outside of the U S followed by France nine players Australia eight players Serbia and Germany six players each The Washington Wizards have an NBA high seven international players nbsp The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six while the New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five nbsp The 2020 21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip Off 2020 nbsp The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a m CAT nbsp In the second game the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a m CAT A record 34 players on opening night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB prior to starting their NBA careers surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019 20 nbsp Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon BWB Africa 2011 Jamal Murray Nuggets Canada BWB Global 2015 and Pascal Siakam Raptors Cameroon BWB Africa 2012 nbsp BWB is the NBA and FIBA rsquo s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001 In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season nbsp There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa nbsp Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz ties to the Philippines Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers ties to Nigeria Matisse Thybulle 76ers ties to Australia and Haiti and Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves ties to the Dominican Republic The records for international players 113 and countries and territories represented 42 were set at the start of the 2016 17 and 2017 18 seasons respectively Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season A record six international players were named to the 2019 20 All NBA Team Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Greece ties to Nigeria All NBA First Team Luka Don i Mavericks Slovenia All NBA First Team Nikola Joki Nuggets Serbia All NBA Second Team Siakam All NBA Second Team Rudy Gobert Jazz France All NBA Third Team and Ben Simmons 76ers Australia All NBA Third Team There are 14 international players on opening night rosters who have been NBA All Stars Antetokounmpo Don i Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Embiid Marc Gasol Lakers Spain Gobert Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Dominican Republic Kyrie Irving Nets Australia Joki Kristaps Porzingis Mavericks Latvia Domantas Sabonis Pacers Lithuania Siakam Simmons and Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic Montenegro As part of the NBA com 2020 2021 GM Survey http on nba com 3nKFFhY Antetokounmpo and Don i were voted the No 1 and No 2 players most likely to win 2020 21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player 32 and 21 of votes respectively and tied for the No 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise 43 of votes each nbsp For the second straight season Joki was voted the best center in the NBA 50 of votes Deni Avdija who became the highest drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm reg is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday Dec 23 at 7 p m ET on NBA League Pass Killian Hayes who became the highest drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec 23 at 8 p m ET on NBA League Pass Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020 including Precious Achiuwa Heat Nigeria and Udoka Azubuike Jazz Nigeria Below please find the full list of international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters active and inactive Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Angola Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks Argentina Facundo Campazzo Denver Nuggets Australia Aron Baynes Toronto Raptors Australia Matthew Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Dant eacute Exum Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Josh Green Dallas Mavericks Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz Australia Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Austria Jakob Poeltl San Antonio Spurs Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings Bahamas Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns Nigeria Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurki Portland Trail Blazers Brazil Bruno Caboclo Houston Rockets Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls Brazil Raul Neto Washington Wizards Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Canada Nickeil Alexander Walker New Orleans Pelicans Canada RJ Barrett New York Knicks Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic Canada Ignas Brazdeikis New York Knicks Lithuania Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies Canada Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies Canada Luguentz Dort Oklahoma City Thunder Canada Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings Trinidad and Tobago Canada Mfiondu Kabengele LA Clippers Democratic Republic of the Congo Canada Trey Lyles San Antonio Spurs Canada Mychal Mulder Golden State Warriors Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks Canada Tristan Thompson Boston Celtics Jamaica Canada Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors Canada Shai Gilgeous Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder Croatia Bojan Bogdanovi Utah Jazz Croatia Luka Scaron amani San Antonio Spurs Croatia Dario Scaron ari Phoenix Suns Croatia Ivica Zubac LA Clippers Czech Republic Tom aacute scaron Satoransk yacute Chicago Bulls Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets Dominican Republic Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Egypt Abdel Nader Phoenix Suns Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls France Nicolas Batum LA Clippers Cameroon France Sekou Doumbouya Detroit Pistons Guinea France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic Algeria France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz France Killian Hayes Detroit Pistons France Timoth eacute Luwawu Cabarrot Brooklyn Nets Democratic Republic of the Congo France Th eacute o Maledon Oklahoma City Thunder France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks France Vincent Poirier Philadelphia 76ers Gabon Chris Silva Miami Heat Georgia Goga Bitadze Indiana Pacers Germany Isaac Bonga Washington Wizards Germany Isaiah Hartenstein Denver Nuggets Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks Germany Dennis Schr ouml der Los Angeles Lakers The Gambia Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics Germany Moritz Wagner Washington Wizards Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Israel Deni Avdija Washington Wizards Italy Danilo Gallinari Atlanta Hawks Italy Nicol ograve Melli New Orleans Pelicans Jamaica Nick Richards Charlotte Hornets Japan Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards Benin Latvia Davis Bertans Washington Wizards Latvia An ejs Pase iks Washington Wizards Latvia Kristaps Porzi is Dallas Mavericks Latvia Rodions Kurucs Brooklyn Nets Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers Lithuania Deividas Sirvydis Detroit Pistons Lithuania Jonas Valan i nas Memphis Grizzlies Montenegro Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic New Zealand Steven Adams New Orleans Pelicans Nigeria Precious Achiuwa Miami Heat Nigeria Udoka Azubuike Utah Jazz Nigeria Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka LA Clippers Spain Senegal Gorgui Dieng Memphis Grizzlies Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Sacramento Kings Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovi Atlanta Hawks Serbia Nikola Joki Denver Nuggets Serbia Boban Marjanovi Dallas Mavericks Serbia Aleksej Poku scaron evski Oklahoma City Thunder Serbia Alen Smailagi Golden State Warriors Slovenia Vlatko an ar nbsp Denver Nuggets Slovenia Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Luka Don i Dallas Mavericks South Sudan Thon Maker Cleveland Cavaliers Australia and Uganda South Sudan Wenyen Gabriel New Orleans Pelicans Sudan Bol Bol Denver Nuggets Spain Marc Gasol Los Angeles Lakers Spain Juancho Hernang oacute mez Minnesota Timberwolves Spain Willy Hernang oacute mez New Orleans Pelicans Spain Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves St Lucia Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Canada Switzerland Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks Angola and Republic of the Congo Turkey Enes Kanter Portland Trail Blazers Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers Ukraine Alex Len Toronto Raptors Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Detroit Pistons United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Nigeria Below please find the full list of international two way players Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Australia Will Magnay New Orleans Pelicans Canada Nate Darling Charlotte Hornets France Adam Mokoka Chicago Bulls Republic of the Congo France Killian Tillie Memphis Grizzlies Greece Kostas Antetokounmpo Los Angeles Lakers Nigeria Guinea Mamadi Diakite Milwaukee Bucks Italy Nico Mannion Golden State Warriors Japan Yuta Watanabe Toronto Raptors Senegal Tacko Fall Boston Celtics Senegal Karim Man eacute Orlando Magic Canada Participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB Not an exhaustive list of every player tie
    NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries
     Opening Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record Tying 14 African Players Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players The National Basketball Association NBA http www NBA com today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening night rosters for the 2020 21 season including a record 17 Canadian players and a record tying 14 African players nbsp This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening night rosters feature at least 100 international players nbsp All 30 teams have at least one international player In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season For the seventh consecutive year Canada 17 players is the most represented country outside of the U S followed by France nine players Australia eight players Serbia and Germany six players each The Washington Wizards have an NBA high seven international players nbsp The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six while the New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five nbsp The 2020 21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip Off 2020 nbsp The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a m CAT nbsp In the second game the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a m CAT A record 34 players on opening night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB prior to starting their NBA careers surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019 20 nbsp Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon BWB Africa 2011 Jamal Murray Nuggets Canada BWB Global 2015 and Pascal Siakam Raptors Cameroon BWB Africa 2012 nbsp BWB is the NBA and FIBA rsquo s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001 In addition to the 107 international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters there are 10 international players from a record tying eight countries on ldquo two way rdquo contracts allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season nbsp There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa nbsp Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson Utah Jazz ties to the Philippines Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers ties to Nigeria Matisse Thybulle 76ers ties to Australia and Haiti and Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves ties to the Dominican Republic The records for international players 113 and countries and territories represented 42 were set at the start of the 2016 17 and 2017 18 seasons respectively Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season A record six international players were named to the 2019 20 All NBA Team Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Greece ties to Nigeria All NBA First Team Luka Don i Mavericks Slovenia All NBA First Team Nikola Joki Nuggets Serbia All NBA Second Team Siakam All NBA Second Team Rudy Gobert Jazz France All NBA Third Team and Ben Simmons 76ers Australia All NBA Third Team There are 14 international players on opening night rosters who have been NBA All Stars Antetokounmpo Don i Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Embiid Marc Gasol Lakers Spain Gobert Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Dominican Republic Kyrie Irving Nets Australia Joki Kristaps Porzingis Mavericks Latvia Domantas Sabonis Pacers Lithuania Siakam Simmons and Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic Montenegro As part of the NBA com 2020 2021 GM Survey http on nba com 3nKFFhY Antetokounmpo and Don i were voted the No 1 and No 2 players most likely to win 2020 21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player 32 and 21 of votes respectively and tied for the No 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise 43 of votes each nbsp For the second straight season Joki was voted the best center in the NBA 50 of votes Deni Avdija who became the highest drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm reg is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday Dec 23 at 7 p m ET on NBA League Pass Killian Hayes who became the highest drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons is scheduled to make his regular season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec 23 at 8 p m ET on NBA League Pass Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020 including Precious Achiuwa Heat Nigeria and Udoka Azubuike Jazz Nigeria Below please find the full list of international players on 2020 21 opening night rosters active and inactive Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Angola Bruno Fernando Atlanta Hawks Argentina Facundo Campazzo Denver Nuggets Australia Aron Baynes Toronto Raptors Australia Matthew Dellavedova Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Dant eacute Exum Cleveland Cavaliers Australia Josh Green Dallas Mavericks Australia Joe Ingles Utah Jazz Australia Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets Australia Patty Mills San Antonio Spurs Australia Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers Austria Jakob Poeltl San Antonio Spurs Bahamas Buddy Hield Sacramento Kings Bahamas Deandre Ayton Phoenix Suns Nigeria Bosnia and Herzegovina Jusuf Nurki Portland Trail Blazers Brazil Bruno Caboclo Houston Rockets Brazil Cristiano Felicio Chicago Bulls Brazil Raul Neto Washington Wizards Cameroon Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers Cameroon Pascal Siakam Toronto Raptors Canada Nickeil Alexander Walker New Orleans Pelicans Canada RJ Barrett New York Knicks Canada Khem Birch Orlando Magic Canada Ignas Brazdeikis New York Knicks Lithuania Canada Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies Canada Brandon Clarke Memphis Grizzlies Canada Luguentz Dort Oklahoma City Thunder Canada Cory Joseph Sacramento Kings Trinidad and Tobago Canada Mfiondu Kabengele LA Clippers Democratic Republic of the Congo Canada Trey Lyles San Antonio Spurs Canada Mychal Mulder Golden State Warriors Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets Canada Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat Canada Dwight Powell Dallas Mavericks Canada Tristan Thompson Boston Celtics Jamaica Canada Andrew Wiggins Golden State Warriors Canada Shai Gilgeous Alexander Oklahoma City Thunder Croatia Bojan Bogdanovi Utah Jazz Croatia Luka Scaron amani San Antonio Spurs Croatia Dario Scaron ari Phoenix Suns Croatia Ivica Zubac LA Clippers Czech Republic Tom aacute scaron Satoransk yacute Chicago Bulls Democratic Republic of the Congo Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets Dominican Republic Al Horford Oklahoma City Thunder Egypt Abdel Nader Phoenix Suns Finland Lauri Markkanen Chicago Bulls France Nicolas Batum LA Clippers Cameroon France Sekou Doumbouya Detroit Pistons Guinea France Evan Fournier Orlando Magic Algeria France Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz France Killian Hayes Detroit Pistons France Timoth eacute Luwawu Cabarrot Brooklyn Nets Democratic Republic of the Congo France Th eacute o Maledon Oklahoma City Thunder France Frank Ntilikina New York Knicks France Vincent Poirier Philadelphia 76ers Gabon Chris Silva Miami Heat Georgia Goga Bitadze Indiana Pacers Germany Isaac Bonga Washington Wizards Germany Isaiah Hartenstein Denver Nuggets Germany Maxi Kleber Dallas Mavericks Germany Dennis Schr ouml der Los Angeles Lakers The Gambia Germany Daniel Theis Boston Celtics Germany Moritz Wagner Washington Wizards Greece Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Greece Thanasis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Nigeria Israel Deni Avdija Washington Wizards Italy Danilo Gallinari Atlanta Hawks Italy Nicol ograve Melli New Orleans Pelicans Jamaica Nick Richards Charlotte Hornets Japan Rui Hachimura Washington Wizards Benin Latvia Davis Bertans Washington Wizards Latvia An ejs Pase iks Washington Wizards Latvia Kristaps Porzi is Dallas Mavericks Latvia Rodions Kurucs Brooklyn Nets Lithuania Domantas Sabonis Indiana Pacers Lithuania Deividas Sirvydis Detroit Pistons Lithuania Jonas Valan i nas Memphis Grizzlies Montenegro Nikola Vu evi Orlando Magic New Zealand Steven Adams New Orleans Pelicans Nigeria Precious Achiuwa Miami Heat Nigeria Udoka Azubuike Utah Jazz Nigeria Josh Okogie Minnesota Timberwolves Republic of the Congo Serge Ibaka LA Clippers Spain Senegal Gorgui Dieng Memphis Grizzlies Serbia Nemanja Bjelica Sacramento Kings Serbia Bogdan Bogdanovi Atlanta Hawks Serbia Nikola Joki Denver Nuggets Serbia Boban Marjanovi Dallas Mavericks Serbia Aleksej Poku scaron evski Oklahoma City Thunder Serbia Alen Smailagi Golden State Warriors Slovenia Vlatko an ar nbsp Denver Nuggets Slovenia Goran Dragi Miami Heat Slovenia Luka Don i Dallas Mavericks South Sudan Thon Maker Cleveland Cavaliers Australia and Uganda South Sudan Wenyen Gabriel New Orleans Pelicans Sudan Bol Bol Denver Nuggets Spain Marc Gasol Los Angeles Lakers Spain Juancho Hernang oacute mez Minnesota Timberwolves Spain Willy Hernang oacute mez New Orleans Pelicans Spain Ricky Rubio Minnesota Timberwolves St Lucia Chris Boucher Toronto Raptors Canada Switzerland Clint Capela Atlanta Hawks Angola and Republic of the Congo Turkey Enes Kanter Portland Trail Blazers Turkey Furkan Korkmaz Philadelphia 76ers Turkey Cedi Osman Cleveland Cavaliers Ukraine Alex Len Toronto Raptors Ukraine Svi Mykhailiuk Detroit Pistons United Kingdom OG Anunoby Toronto Raptors Nigeria Below please find the full list of international two way players Country Name Team Ties to Other Countries Australia Will Magnay New Orleans Pelicans Canada Nate Darling Charlotte Hornets France Adam Mokoka Chicago Bulls Republic of the Congo France Killian Tillie Memphis Grizzlies Greece Kostas Antetokounmpo Los Angeles Lakers Nigeria Guinea Mamadi Diakite Milwaukee Bucks Italy Nico Mannion Golden State Warriors Japan Yuta Watanabe Toronto Raptors Senegal Tacko Fall Boston Celtics Senegal Karim Man eacute Orlando Magic Canada Participated in Basketball Without Borders BWB Not an exhaustive list of every player tie
    NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries
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    NBA Rosters Feature 107 International Players From 41 Countries



    Opening-Night Rosters Feature Record 17 Canadian Players and Record-Tying 14 African Players; Seventh Consecutive Season League Has at Least 100 International Players.

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) (http://www.NBA.com) today announced that 107 international players from 41 countries are on opening-night rosters for the 2020-21 season, including a record 17 Canadian players and a record-tying 14 African players. This marks the seventh consecutive season that opening-night rosters feature at least 100 international players. All 30 teams have at least one international player.

    In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season.

    For the seventh consecutive year, Canada (17 players) is the most-represented country outside of the U.S., followed by France (nine players), Australia (eight players), Serbia and Germany (six players each).

    The Washington Wizards have an NBA-high seven international players. The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets each have six, while the New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors each have five. 

    The 2020-21 NBA season begins tonight with a doubleheader as part of Kia NBA Tip-Off 2020. The first game features the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors at 2 a.m. CAT. In the second game, the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the LA Clippers at 5 a.m. CAT.

    A record 34 players on opening-night rosters participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) prior to starting their NBA careers, surpassing the previous record of 30 set in 2019-20. Former BWB campers include Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012). BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has seen 76 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents since 2001.

    In addition to the 107 international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters, there are 10 international players from a record-tying eight countries on “two-way” contracts, allowing them to play in up to 50 NBA games this season. There are also a number of American players with ties to other countries, including more than 30 players with at least one parent from Africa. Among the American players with ties to other countries are Jordan Clarkson (Utah Jazz; ties to the Philippines), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers; ties to Nigeria), Matisse Thybulle (76ers; ties to Australia and Haiti) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves; ties to the Dominican Republic).

    The records for international players (113) and countries and territories represented (42) were set at the start of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, respectively.

    Below please find international player milestones and storylines for the upcoming season:

    • A record six international players were named to the 2019-20 All-NBA Team: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks; Greece; ties to Nigeria; All-NBA First Team); Luka Dončić (Mavericks; Slovenia; All-NBA First Team); Nikola Jokić (Nuggets; Serbia; All-NBA Second Team); Siakam (All-NBA Second Team); Rudy Gobert (Jazz; France; All-NBA Third Team); and Ben Simmons (76ers; Australia; All-NBA Third Team).
    • There are 14 international players on opening-night rosters who have been NBA All-Stars: Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Goran Dragić (Miami Heat; Slovenia), Embiid, Marc Gasol (Lakers; Spain), Gobert, Al Horford (Oklahoma City Thunder; Dominican Republic), Kyrie Irving (Nets; Australia), Jokić, Kristaps Porzingis (Mavericks; Latvia), Domantas Sabonis (Pacers; Lithuania), Siakam, Simmons and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro).
    • As part of the NBA.com 2020-2021 GM Survey (http://on.nba.com/3nKFFhY), Antetokounmpo and Dončić were voted the No. 1 and No. 2 players most likely to win 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (32% and 21% of votes, respectively), and tied for the No. 1 player with whom general managers would most want to start a franchise (43% of votes each). For the second straight season, Jokić was voted the best center in the NBA (50% of votes).
    • Deni Avdija, who became the highest-drafted Israeli player ever when he was selected ninth overall by the Washington Wizards in the NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm®, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Wizards visit the 76ers on Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
    • Killian Hayes, who became the highest-drafted French player ever when he was selected seventh overall by the Detroit Pistons, is scheduled to make his regular-season debut when the Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. ET on NBA League Pass.
    • Nine players from or with at least one parent from Nigeria were selected in NBA Draft 2020, including Precious Achiuwa (Heat; Nigeria) and Udoka Azubuike (Jazz; Nigeria).

    Below please find the full list of international players on 2020-21 opening-night rosters (active and inactive):

    Country

    Name

    Team

    Ties to Other Countries**

    Angola

    Bruno Fernando

    Atlanta Hawks

    Argentina

    Facundo Campazzo*

    Denver Nuggets

    Australia

    Aron Baynes

    Toronto Raptors

    Australia

    Matthew Dellavedova

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Australia

    Danté Exum

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Australia

    Josh Green

    Dallas Mavericks

    Australia

    Joe Ingles

    Utah Jazz

    Australia

    Kyrie Irving

    Brooklyn Nets

    Australia

    Patty Mills

    San Antonio Spurs

    Australia

    Ben Simmons

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Austria

    Jakob Poeltl

    San Antonio Spurs

    Bahamas

    Buddy Hield

    Sacramento Kings

    Bahamas

    Deandre Ayton*

    Phoenix Suns

    Nigeria

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Jusuf Nurkić

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Brazil

    Bruno Caboclo*

    Houston Rockets

    Brazil

    Cristiano Felicio

    Chicago Bulls

    Brazil

    Raul Neto

    Washington Wizards

    Cameroon

    Joel Embiid*

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Cameroon

    Pascal Siakam*

    Toronto Raptors

    Canada

    Nickeil Alexander-Walker

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Canada

    RJ Barrett*

    New York Knicks

    Canada

    Khem Birch

    Orlando Magic

    Canada

    Ignas Brazdeikis*

    New York Knicks

    Lithuania

    Canada

    Dillon Brooks

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Canada

    Brandon Clarke

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Canada

    Luguentz Dort*

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Canada

    Cory Joseph

    Sacramento Kings

    Trinidad and Tobago

    Canada

    Mfiondu Kabengele

    LA Clippers

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Canada

    Trey Lyles

    San Antonio Spurs

    Canada

    Mychal Mulder

    Golden State Warriors

    Canada

    Jamal Murray*

    Denver Nuggets

    Canada

    Kelly Olynyk*

    Miami Heat

    Canada

    Dwight Powell

    Dallas Mavericks

    Canada

    Tristan Thompson

    Boston Celtics

    Jamaica

    Canada

    Andrew Wiggins

    Golden State Warriors

    Canada

    Shai Gilgeous-Alexander*

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Croatia

    Bojan Bogdanović

    Utah Jazz

    Croatia

    Luka Šamanić*

    San Antonio Spurs

    Croatia

    Dario Šarić*

    Phoenix Suns

    Croatia

    Ivica Zubac

    LA Clippers

    Czech Republic

    Tomáš Satoranský*

    Chicago Bulls

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Bismack Biyombo

    Charlotte Hornets

    Dominican Republic

    Al Horford

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Egypt

    Abdel Nader

    Phoenix Suns

    Finland

    Lauri Markkanen*

    Chicago Bulls

    France

    Nicolas Batum*

    LA Clippers

    Cameroon

    France

    Sekou Doumbouya*

    Detroit Pistons

    Guinea

    France

    Evan Fournier

    Orlando Magic

    Algeria

    France

    Rudy Gobert

    Utah Jazz

    France

    Killian Hayes*

    Detroit Pistons

    France

    Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot

    Brooklyn Nets

    Democratic Republic of the Congo

    France

    Théo Maledon

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    France

    Frank Ntilikina*

    New York Knicks

    France

    Vincent Poirier

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Gabon

    Chris Silva

    Miami Heat

    Georgia

    Goga Bitadze*

    Indiana Pacers

    Germany

    Isaac Bonga*

    Washington Wizards

    Germany

    Isaiah Hartenstein*

    Denver Nuggets

    Germany

    Maxi Kleber

    Dallas Mavericks

    Germany

    Dennis Schröder

    Los Angeles Lakers

    The Gambia

    Germany

    Daniel Theis

    Boston Celtics

    Germany

    Moritz Wagner

    Washington Wizards

    Greece

    Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Nigeria

    Greece

    Thanasis Antetokounmpo

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Nigeria

    Israel

    Deni Avdija*

    Washington Wizards

    Italy

    Danilo Gallinari*

    Atlanta Hawks

    Italy

    Nicolò Melli

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Jamaica

    Nick Richards

    Charlotte Hornets

    Japan

    Rui Hachimura*

    Washington Wizards

    Benin

    Latvia

    Davis Bertans

    Washington Wizards

    Latvia

    Anžejs Pasečņiks*

    Washington Wizards

    Latvia

    Kristaps Porziņģis

    Dallas Mavericks

    Latvia

    Rodions Kurucs

    Brooklyn Nets

    Lithuania

    Domantas Sabonis

    Indiana Pacers

    Lithuania

    Deividas Sirvydis*

    Detroit Pistons

    Lithuania

    Jonas Valančiūnas*

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Montenegro

    Nikola Vučević

    Orlando Magic

    New Zealand

    Steven Adams

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Nigeria

    Precious Achiuwa

    Miami Heat

    Nigeria

    Udoka Azubuike

    Utah Jazz

    Nigeria

    Josh Okogie

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    Republic of the Congo

    Serge Ibaka

    LA Clippers

    Spain

    Senegal

    Gorgui Dieng*

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Serbia

    Nemanja Bjelica

    Sacramento Kings

    Serbia

    Bogdan Bogdanović

    Atlanta Hawks

    Serbia

    Nikola Jokić

    Denver Nuggets

    Serbia

    Boban Marjanović

    Dallas Mavericks

    Serbia

    Aleksej Pokuševski*

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Serbia

    Alen Smailagić

    Golden State Warriors

    Slovenia

    Vlatko Čančar 

    Denver Nuggets

    Slovenia

    Goran Dragić

    Miami Heat

    Slovenia

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    South Sudan

    Thon Maker*

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Australia and Uganda

    South Sudan

    Wenyen Gabriel

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Sudan

    Bol Bol

    Denver Nuggets

    Spain

    Marc Gasol*

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Spain

    Juancho Hernangómez

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    Spain

    Willy Hernangómez*

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Spain

    Ricky Rubio

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    St. Lucia

    Chris Boucher

    Toronto Raptors

    Canada

    Switzerland

    Clint Capela

    Atlanta Hawks

    Angola and Republic of the Congo

    Turkey

    Enes Kanter*

    Portland Trail Blazers

    Turkey

    Furkan Korkmaz

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Turkey

    Cedi Osman

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ukraine

    Alex Len

    Toronto Raptors

    Ukraine

    Svi Mykhailiuk

    Detroit Pistons

    United Kingdom

    OG Anunoby

    Toronto Raptors

    Nigeria

    Below please find the full list of international two-way players:

    Country

    Name

    Team

    Ties to Other Countries**

    Australia

    Will Magnay

    New Orleans Pelicans

    Canada

    Nate Darling

    Charlotte Hornets

    France

    Adam Mokoka

    Chicago Bulls

    Republic of the Congo

    France

    Killian Tillie

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Greece

    Kostas Antetokounmpo*

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Nigeria

    Guinea

    Mamadi Diakite

    Milwaukee Bucks

    Italy

    Nico Mannion

    Golden State Warriors

    Japan

    Yuta Watanabe

    Toronto Raptors

    Senegal

    Tacko Fall

    Boston Celtics

    Senegal

    Karim Mané

    Orlando Magic

    Canada

    *Participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB)

    **Not an exhaustive list of every player tie

  •  1 On 9 December 2020 African Union AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and United Nations UN Secretary General Ant oacute nio Guterres convened virtually the Fourth African Union United Nations Annual Conference at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID 19 pandemic 2 The Chairperson and the Secretary General discussed cooperation on peace and security development and human rights and reviewed progress in the implementation of their joint commitments 3 The Chairperson and the Secretary General acknowledged the shared understanding that they have on the need for a renewed and inclusive multilateralism the challenges on the continent and globally and the unique relationship over the last four years that has helped solidify the AU and UN partnership 4 The Chairperson and the Secretary General welcomed the significant progress made by working together on the AU UN Joint Framework on Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security and on the AU UN Development Framework and agreed to accelerate joint efforts in the context of the recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic and the Decade of Action for the SDGs They agreed to constitute a group to work with the UN Deputy Secretary General to advance their common agenda 5 The Chairperson and the Secretary General also discussed the challenges confronted within the partnership including the vital importance of achieving strategic convergence between the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council on Africa rsquo s peace and security agenda and ensuring that African rsquo s positions and voice are adequately considered 6 The Chairperson and the Secretary General reiterated the importance of achieving gender equality women rsquo s rights and equal participation and leadership in all spheres and in the inclusion of women and the youth as a foundation for good governance sustainable peacebuilding efforts and yield returns by leveraging Africa rsquo s demographic dividends for growth and development 7 The Conference reviewed ongoing joint efforts to promote peace and stability across the continent On Libya they expressed concern over reports of the violation of the ceasefire in southern Libya and called on the parties to adhere to their commitments as stipulated in the 23 October ceasefire agreement They welcomed progress made in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum LPDF and underscored that only a negotiated political solution and national reconciliation process can address the numerous challenges facing the Libyan people who deserve a permanent respite from violence and conflict The Chairperson and the Secretary General expressed their common will to strengthen their cooperation on this particular case 8 On the Sahel region they expressed concern over the security and humanitarian situation and reaffirmed the determination of both Organizations to continue supporting national regional and international initiatives in the region They reiterated their call on international partners to scale up their support and provide the resources and assistance required by the G5 Sahel Joint Force 9 They stressed the need to deepen the AU UN ECOWAS collaboration to support the transition in Mali including the launch of priority reforms and preparation of elections and underscoring the need to prioritize the needs of youth women rsquo s equal and effective participation and strengthened social cohesion They welcome the transitional government rsquo s efforts regarding the development of a consensual roadmap for the implementation of the Peace Agreement provisions 10 Regarding the Horn of Africa the Conference highlighted the commitment of both Organizations to the on going political transitions in Ethiopia Sudan and South Sudan and underscored the need for sustained and coordinated international support through which the region can fully realize its potential and deal with the challenges it currently faces 11 On the situation in Ethiopia rsquo s Tigray region the Chairperson and the Secretary General underscored the imperative need to protect civilians ensure the respect for human rights and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access for the provision of life saving assistance They welcomed the decision by the Chairperson of the African Union President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint three Envoys to express in this circumstances the african wise solidarity to ethiopian People They further called for a dialogue and full respect of stability territorial integrity unity and the constitutional order in Ethiopia 12 On Somalia the African Union and the United Nations underscored the need for dialogue on the upcoming elections to ensure the delivery of free fair and transparent elections in February 2021 They further called for continued engagement among Somalia rsquo s leaders to establish an agreed roadmap to universal elections in 2024 25 They stressed that any agreement on international support to Somalia rsquo s security environment post 2021 must ensure that the gains made by AMISOM are not reversed and called on international partners to provide resources for the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan STP They further called for commitment by all Somali stakeholders towards achieving the transition plan and targets 13 On the Central African Republic the Chairperson and the Secretary General welcomed the progress made in the preparations for the general elections as well as the implementation of the Political Agreement signed in February 2019 between the Government and armed groups They further encouraged signatory parties to redouble efforts to advance the peace process including the full implementation of the Political Agreement They also called on all political stakeholders to continue working together to create conditions conducive to the holding of peaceful credible and inclusive elections within constitutional timelines 14 On the Democratic Republic of Congo they expressed concern over political tensions which could divert efforts to address security challenges in conflict affected areas where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated They called upon all stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue in accordance with the Constitution and the greater interest of the Congolese people 15 On Mozambique the conference took note of the ongoing close coordination between the SADC AU and the UN and agreed to continue collaboration among the three organizations to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches 16 The Conference exchanged views on the socio political and pre and post electoral situations in Africa The meeting agreed to foster complementarity in electoral support to Member States and undertake joint conflict prevention initiatives aimed at mitigating election related crises 17 The Conference further agreed to work together to support AU Member States efforts to strengthen their electoral institutions and processes and enhance their capacities to organize peaceful democratic credible transparent and inclusive elections while upholding rights to political participation and respect for freedom of expression and the press 18 The Chairperson and the Secretary General expressed deep concern over the human social economic and political impact of the COVID 19 pandemic in Africa which is exacerbating fragilities impacting disproportionally women youth and the most vulnerable The Chairperson welcomed the rapid response support from the UN development system through the development of the UN Socioeconomic Response and Recovery Framework and context specific nations socioeconomic response and recovery plans 19 They further underscored the importance of robust AU UN cooperation at the time of the COVID 19 pandemic which demands a collective coordinated and unified response including on the socio economic side that leaves no country and no person behind and ensuring that the COVID 19 responses and measures contribute to longer term recovery including by reducing inequalities and discrimination increasing investments in healthcare and social protection for all 20 They discussed the rollout of vaccines in Africa They reaffirmed their commitment to support a coordinated international approach on debt relief for African countries and asserted the need for full debt restructuring They noted efforts advanced through meetings co convened by the Secretary General Canada and Jamaica to advocate for an ambitious global financing response to the crisis They welcomed the G20 rsquo s Debt Service Suspension Initiative DSSI and called for its extension and full implementation as well as expanding it to middle income African countries also strongly affected by the crisis They called also for mobilization of increased finance including through meeting ODA commitments and better leveraging of private finance and to place women and youth front and centre in addressing the impacts from COVID 19 They also agreed that the support of AfCFTA would remain a priority for the AU UN partnership and sustainable development especially as countries move to start trading under the AfCFTA on 1 January 2021 21 They reiterated Africa rsquo s call for US 100 billion every year for the next three years to support Africa with recovery and called for support to the private sector with a release of new Special Drawing Rights 22 Finally they emphasized the need for a green and sustainable recovery which is inclusive of women and the youth 23 The Chairperson and the Secretary General agreed to convene the Fifth AU UN Annual Conference at a mutually convenient time in 2021 Held virtually 9 December 2020
    Communiqué of the Fourth African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, 9 December 2020, held virtually
     1 On 9 December 2020 African Union AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and United Nations UN Secretary General Ant oacute nio Guterres convened virtually the Fourth African Union United Nations Annual Conference at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID 19 pandemic 2 The Chairperson and the Secretary General discussed cooperation on peace and security development and human rights and reviewed progress in the implementation of their joint commitments 3 The Chairperson and the Secretary General acknowledged the shared understanding that they have on the need for a renewed and inclusive multilateralism the challenges on the continent and globally and the unique relationship over the last four years that has helped solidify the AU and UN partnership 4 The Chairperson and the Secretary General welcomed the significant progress made by working together on the AU UN Joint Framework on Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security and on the AU UN Development Framework and agreed to accelerate joint efforts in the context of the recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic and the Decade of Action for the SDGs They agreed to constitute a group to work with the UN Deputy Secretary General to advance their common agenda 5 The Chairperson and the Secretary General also discussed the challenges confronted within the partnership including the vital importance of achieving strategic convergence between the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council on Africa rsquo s peace and security agenda and ensuring that African rsquo s positions and voice are adequately considered 6 The Chairperson and the Secretary General reiterated the importance of achieving gender equality women rsquo s rights and equal participation and leadership in all spheres and in the inclusion of women and the youth as a foundation for good governance sustainable peacebuilding efforts and yield returns by leveraging Africa rsquo s demographic dividends for growth and development 7 The Conference reviewed ongoing joint efforts to promote peace and stability across the continent On Libya they expressed concern over reports of the violation of the ceasefire in southern Libya and called on the parties to adhere to their commitments as stipulated in the 23 October ceasefire agreement They welcomed progress made in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum LPDF and underscored that only a negotiated political solution and national reconciliation process can address the numerous challenges facing the Libyan people who deserve a permanent respite from violence and conflict The Chairperson and the Secretary General expressed their common will to strengthen their cooperation on this particular case 8 On the Sahel region they expressed concern over the security and humanitarian situation and reaffirmed the determination of both Organizations to continue supporting national regional and international initiatives in the region They reiterated their call on international partners to scale up their support and provide the resources and assistance required by the G5 Sahel Joint Force 9 They stressed the need to deepen the AU UN ECOWAS collaboration to support the transition in Mali including the launch of priority reforms and preparation of elections and underscoring the need to prioritize the needs of youth women rsquo s equal and effective participation and strengthened social cohesion They welcome the transitional government rsquo s efforts regarding the development of a consensual roadmap for the implementation of the Peace Agreement provisions 10 Regarding the Horn of Africa the Conference highlighted the commitment of both Organizations to the on going political transitions in Ethiopia Sudan and South Sudan and underscored the need for sustained and coordinated international support through which the region can fully realize its potential and deal with the challenges it currently faces 11 On the situation in Ethiopia rsquo s Tigray region the Chairperson and the Secretary General underscored the imperative need to protect civilians ensure the respect for human rights and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access for the provision of life saving assistance They welcomed the decision by the Chairperson of the African Union President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint three Envoys to express in this circumstances the african wise solidarity to ethiopian People They further called for a dialogue and full respect of stability territorial integrity unity and the constitutional order in Ethiopia 12 On Somalia the African Union and the United Nations underscored the need for dialogue on the upcoming elections to ensure the delivery of free fair and transparent elections in February 2021 They further called for continued engagement among Somalia rsquo s leaders to establish an agreed roadmap to universal elections in 2024 25 They stressed that any agreement on international support to Somalia rsquo s security environment post 2021 must ensure that the gains made by AMISOM are not reversed and called on international partners to provide resources for the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan STP They further called for commitment by all Somali stakeholders towards achieving the transition plan and targets 13 On the Central African Republic the Chairperson and the Secretary General welcomed the progress made in the preparations for the general elections as well as the implementation of the Political Agreement signed in February 2019 between the Government and armed groups They further encouraged signatory parties to redouble efforts to advance the peace process including the full implementation of the Political Agreement They also called on all political stakeholders to continue working together to create conditions conducive to the holding of peaceful credible and inclusive elections within constitutional timelines 14 On the Democratic Republic of Congo they expressed concern over political tensions which could divert efforts to address security challenges in conflict affected areas where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated They called upon all stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue in accordance with the Constitution and the greater interest of the Congolese people 15 On Mozambique the conference took note of the ongoing close coordination between the SADC AU and the UN and agreed to continue collaboration among the three organizations to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches 16 The Conference exchanged views on the socio political and pre and post electoral situations in Africa The meeting agreed to foster complementarity in electoral support to Member States and undertake joint conflict prevention initiatives aimed at mitigating election related crises 17 The Conference further agreed to work together to support AU Member States efforts to strengthen their electoral institutions and processes and enhance their capacities to organize peaceful democratic credible transparent and inclusive elections while upholding rights to political participation and respect for freedom of expression and the press 18 The Chairperson and the Secretary General expressed deep concern over the human social economic and political impact of the COVID 19 pandemic in Africa which is exacerbating fragilities impacting disproportionally women youth and the most vulnerable The Chairperson welcomed the rapid response support from the UN development system through the development of the UN Socioeconomic Response and Recovery Framework and context specific nations socioeconomic response and recovery plans 19 They further underscored the importance of robust AU UN cooperation at the time of the COVID 19 pandemic which demands a collective coordinated and unified response including on the socio economic side that leaves no country and no person behind and ensuring that the COVID 19 responses and measures contribute to longer term recovery including by reducing inequalities and discrimination increasing investments in healthcare and social protection for all 20 They discussed the rollout of vaccines in Africa They reaffirmed their commitment to support a coordinated international approach on debt relief for African countries and asserted the need for full debt restructuring They noted efforts advanced through meetings co convened by the Secretary General Canada and Jamaica to advocate for an ambitious global financing response to the crisis They welcomed the G20 rsquo s Debt Service Suspension Initiative DSSI and called for its extension and full implementation as well as expanding it to middle income African countries also strongly affected by the crisis They called also for mobilization of increased finance including through meeting ODA commitments and better leveraging of private finance and to place women and youth front and centre in addressing the impacts from COVID 19 They also agreed that the support of AfCFTA would remain a priority for the AU UN partnership and sustainable development especially as countries move to start trading under the AfCFTA on 1 January 2021 21 They reiterated Africa rsquo s call for US 100 billion every year for the next three years to support Africa with recovery and called for support to the private sector with a release of new Special Drawing Rights 22 Finally they emphasized the need for a green and sustainable recovery which is inclusive of women and the youth 23 The Chairperson and the Secretary General agreed to convene the Fifth AU UN Annual Conference at a mutually convenient time in 2021 Held virtually 9 December 2020
    Communiqué of the Fourth African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, 9 December 2020, held virtually
    Africa2 years ago

    Communiqué of the Fourth African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, 9 December 2020, held virtually



    1. On 9 December 2020, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres convened virtually the Fourth African Union-United Nations Annual Conference, at a time of unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    2. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General discussed cooperation on peace and security, development and human rights and reviewed progress in the implementation of their joint commitments.

    3. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General acknowledged the shared understanding that they have on the need for a renewed and inclusive multilateralism, the challenges on the continent and globally and the unique relationship over the last four years that has helped solidify the AU and UN partnership.

    4. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General welcomed the significant progress made by working together on the AU-UN Joint Framework on Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security and on the AU-UN Development Framework and agreed to accelerate joint efforts in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the Decade of Action for the SDGs. They agreed to constitute a group to work with the UN Deputy Secretary General to advance their common agenda.

    5. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General also discussed the challenges confronted within the partnership including the vital importance of achieving strategic convergence between the UN Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council on Africa’s peace and security agenda and ensuring that African’s positions and voice are adequately considered.

    6. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General reiterated the importance of achieving gender equality, women’s rights and equal participation and leadership in all spheres, and in the inclusion of women and the youth as a foundation for good governance, sustainable peacebuilding efforts, and yield returns by leveraging Africa’s demographic dividends for growth and development.

    7. The Conference reviewed ongoing joint efforts to promote peace and stability across the continent. On Libya, they expressed concern over reports of the violation of the ceasefire in southern Libya and called on the parties to adhere to their commitments as stipulated in the 23 October ceasefire agreement. They welcomed progress made in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and underscored that only a negotiated political solution and national reconciliation process can address the numerous challenges facing the Libyan people who deserve a permanent respite from violence and conflict. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General expressed their common will to strengthen their cooperation on this particular case.

    8. On the Sahel region, they expressed concern over the security and humanitarian situation and reaffirmed the determination of both Organizations to continue supporting national, regional and international initiatives in the region. They reiterated their call on international partners to scale up their support and provide the resources and assistance required by the G5 Sahel Joint Force.

    9. They stressed the need to deepen the AU-UN-ECOWAS collaboration to support the transition in Mali, including the launch of priority reforms and preparation of elections and underscoring the need to prioritize the needs of youth, women’s equal and effective participation and strengthened social cohesion. They welcome the transitional government’s efforts regarding the development of a consensual roadmap for the implementation of the Peace Agreement provisions.

    10. Regarding the Horn of Africa, the Conference highlighted the commitment of both Organizations to the on-going political transitions in Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan, and underscored the need for sustained and coordinated international support through which the region can fully realize its potential and deal with the challenges it currently faces.

    11. On the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the Chairperson and the Secretary-General underscored the imperative need to protect civilians, ensure the respect for human rights, and facilitate unfettered humanitarian access for the provision of life-saving assistance. They welcomed the decision by the Chairperson of the African Union, President Cyril Ramaphosa to appoint three Envoys to express in this circumstances the african wise solidarity to ethiopian People. They further called for a dialogue and full respect of stability, territorial integrity, unity and the constitutional order in Ethiopia.

    12. On Somalia, the African Union and the United Nations underscored the need for dialogue on the upcoming elections to ensure the delivery of free, fair and transparent elections in February 2021. They further called for continued engagement among Somalia’s leaders to establish an agreed roadmap to universal elections in 2024/25. They stressed that any agreement on international support to Somalia’s security environment post-2021 must ensure that the gains made by AMISOM are not reversed and called on international partners to provide resources for the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan (STP). They further called for commitment by all Somali stakeholders towards achieving the transition plan and targets.

    13. On the Central African Republic, the Chairperson and the Secretary-General welcomed the progress made in the preparations for the general elections, as well as the implementation of the Political Agreement, signed in February 2019, between the Government and armed groups. They further encouraged signatory parties to redouble efforts to advance the peace process, including the full implementation of the Political Agreement. They also called on all political stakeholders to continue working together to create conditions conducive to the holding of peaceful, credible and inclusive elections within constitutional timelines.

    14. On the Democratic Republic of Congo, they expressed concern over political tensions, which could divert efforts to address security challenges in conflict-affected areas where the humanitarian situation has deteriorated. They called upon all stakeholders to resolve their differences through dialogue, in accordance with the Constitution and the greater interest of the Congolese people.

    15. On Mozambique, the conference took note of the ongoing close coordination between the SADC, AU and the UN and agreed to continue collaboration among the three organizations to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches.

    16. The Conference exchanged views on the socio-political and pre- and post-electoral situations in Africa. The meeting agreed to foster complementarity in electoral support to Member States and undertake joint conflict prevention initiatives aimed at mitigating election-related crises.

    17. The Conference further agreed to work together to support AU Member States efforts to strengthen their electoral institutions and processes and enhance their capacities to organize peaceful, democratic, credible, transparent and inclusive elections while upholding rights to political participation, and respect for freedom of expression and the press.

    18. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General expressed deep concern over the human, social, economic and political impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, which is exacerbating fragilities, impacting disproportionally women, youth and the most vulnerable. The Chairperson welcomed the rapid response support from the UN development system through the development of the UN Socioeconomic Response and Recovery Framework and context-specific nations socioeconomic response and recovery plans.

    19. They further underscored the importance of robust AU-UN cooperation at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, which demands a collective, coordinated, and unified response, including on the socio-economic side, that leaves no country and no person behind, and ensuring that the COVID-19 responses and measures contribute to longer-term recovery, including by reducing inequalities and discrimination; increasing investments in healthcare and social protection for all.

    20. They discussed the rollout of vaccines in Africa. They reaffirmed their commitment to support a coordinated international approach on debt relief for African countries and asserted the need for full debt restructuring. They noted efforts advanced through meetings co-convened by the Secretary-General, Canada and Jamaica to advocate for an ambitious global financing response to the crisis. They welcomed the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) and called for its extension and full implementation, as well as expanding it to middle income African countries also strongly affected by the crisis. They called also for mobilization of increased finance, including through meeting ODA commitments and better leveraging of private finance, and to place women and youth front and centre in addressing the impacts from COVID-19. They also agreed that the support of AfCFTA would remain a priority for the AU-UN partnership and sustainable development, especially as countries move to start trading under the AfCFTA on 1 January 2021.

    21. They reiterated Africa’s call for US$100 billion every year for the next three years to support Africa with recovery and called for support to the private sector with a release of new Special Drawing Rights.

    22. Finally, they emphasized the need for a green and sustainable recovery which is inclusive of women and the youth.

    23. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General agreed to convene the Fifth AU-UN Annual Conference at a mutually convenient time in 2021.

    Held virtually
    9 December 2020

  •  UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres on Tuesday called for more resources for the International Monetary Fund IMF to put teetering economies back on their feet Guterres made the call at a joint news conference with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica Justin Trudeau and Andrew Holness respectively The briefing was on the outcome of the high level meeting on Financing for Development in the Era Of COVID 19 and Beyond held earlier in the day According to him the pandemic has snatched lives and livelihoods and taken an unprecedented toll on economies particularly in the countries and communities least able to cope He said the world had yet to see enough solidarity to deliver the massive and urgent support needed by those countries and communities The international community should also increase the resources available to the International Monetary Fund including through a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights and a voluntary reallocation of existing Special Drawing Rights This is exactly the kind of crisis for which the IMF was created to put teetering economies back on their feet We will not see a global recovery until we have stopped the virus in its tracks he said The UN Chief renewed his call for debt relief for many countries urgently in need of it and extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative to all developing and middle income countries The private sector including the credit rating agencies must be engaged in relief efforts I am encouraged to see over 40 Heads of State and Government and the leaders of the IMF the World Bank the OECD Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development and the African Union coming together around these bold policies Guterres also urged the international community to take a collective action to provide 35 billion N13 trillion to the ACT Accelerator The ACT Accelerator is an international initiative led by the World Health Organisation aimed at ensuring equitable access to COVID 19 diagnostics treatments and vaccines Of that we need 15 billion N5 7 trillion immediately to move from successful start up to scale up he said Holness said at the meeting convened by Canada Jamaica and the Secretary General a rich menu of policy options to address the impact of the pandemic was presented to world leaders Our objective in organising this high level event was to secure buy in at the highest political level to mount an ambitious coordinated international efforts commensurate with the magnitude of the crisis We have succeeded in gaining the support of world leaders to bold and decisive action to mitigate the devastating impact of the pandemic he said Noting that the global financial system could be used as a force multiplier the Jamaica PM emphasised the need for the support and recovery to be across board We must acknowledge that the need for action is particularly acute in relation to developing countries which are the most vulnerable Indeed until every country recovers there can be no greener smarter and more equitable global recovery he said For his part Trudeau who earlier in the day announced an additional 400 million N152 billion humanitarian aid to fight COVID 19 stressed the need for equitable access to vaccines when available He also called for more time for distressed countries to make bilateral debts payments including Caribbean and small island states Trudeau said We are working on concrete options that would help build a more resilient world for the short medium and long term The global community must not give up on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs In fact we should seize this opportunity to do even more We must listen to the needs of small island developing states and other vulnerable countries and help carry their voices to the world bank the G7 G20 and other organisations this fall He promised to ensure that women and girls disproportionately affected by the socio economic impacts of COVID 19 benefitted from the new funding Edited By Felix Ajide Source NAN
    COVID-19: UN Chief urges more funding for IMF to help poor countries
     UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres on Tuesday called for more resources for the International Monetary Fund IMF to put teetering economies back on their feet Guterres made the call at a joint news conference with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica Justin Trudeau and Andrew Holness respectively The briefing was on the outcome of the high level meeting on Financing for Development in the Era Of COVID 19 and Beyond held earlier in the day According to him the pandemic has snatched lives and livelihoods and taken an unprecedented toll on economies particularly in the countries and communities least able to cope He said the world had yet to see enough solidarity to deliver the massive and urgent support needed by those countries and communities The international community should also increase the resources available to the International Monetary Fund including through a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights and a voluntary reallocation of existing Special Drawing Rights This is exactly the kind of crisis for which the IMF was created to put teetering economies back on their feet We will not see a global recovery until we have stopped the virus in its tracks he said The UN Chief renewed his call for debt relief for many countries urgently in need of it and extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative to all developing and middle income countries The private sector including the credit rating agencies must be engaged in relief efforts I am encouraged to see over 40 Heads of State and Government and the leaders of the IMF the World Bank the OECD Organisation for Economic Co operation and Development and the African Union coming together around these bold policies Guterres also urged the international community to take a collective action to provide 35 billion N13 trillion to the ACT Accelerator The ACT Accelerator is an international initiative led by the World Health Organisation aimed at ensuring equitable access to COVID 19 diagnostics treatments and vaccines Of that we need 15 billion N5 7 trillion immediately to move from successful start up to scale up he said Holness said at the meeting convened by Canada Jamaica and the Secretary General a rich menu of policy options to address the impact of the pandemic was presented to world leaders Our objective in organising this high level event was to secure buy in at the highest political level to mount an ambitious coordinated international efforts commensurate with the magnitude of the crisis We have succeeded in gaining the support of world leaders to bold and decisive action to mitigate the devastating impact of the pandemic he said Noting that the global financial system could be used as a force multiplier the Jamaica PM emphasised the need for the support and recovery to be across board We must acknowledge that the need for action is particularly acute in relation to developing countries which are the most vulnerable Indeed until every country recovers there can be no greener smarter and more equitable global recovery he said For his part Trudeau who earlier in the day announced an additional 400 million N152 billion humanitarian aid to fight COVID 19 stressed the need for equitable access to vaccines when available He also called for more time for distressed countries to make bilateral debts payments including Caribbean and small island states Trudeau said We are working on concrete options that would help build a more resilient world for the short medium and long term The global community must not give up on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs In fact we should seize this opportunity to do even more We must listen to the needs of small island developing states and other vulnerable countries and help carry their voices to the world bank the G7 G20 and other organisations this fall He promised to ensure that women and girls disproportionately affected by the socio economic impacts of COVID 19 benefitted from the new funding Edited By Felix Ajide Source NAN
    COVID-19: UN Chief urges more funding for IMF to help poor countries
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19: UN Chief urges more funding for IMF to help poor countries

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday called for more resources for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to “put teetering economies back on their feet”.

    Guterres made the call at a joint news conference with the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica, Justin Trudeau and Andrew Holness, respectively.

    The briefing was on the outcome of the high-level meeting on “Financing for Development in the Era Of COVID-19 and Beyond” held earlier in the day.

    According to him, the pandemic has “snatched lives and livelihoods and taken an unprecedented toll on economies, particularly in the countries and communities least able to cope”.

    He said the world had yet to see enough solidarity to deliver the massive and urgent support needed by those countries and communities.

    “The international community should also increase the resources available to the International Monetary Fund, including through a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights and a voluntary reallocation of existing Special Drawing Rights.  

    “This is exactly the kind of crisis for which the IMF was created: to put teetering economies back on their feet.

    “We will not see a global recovery until we have stopped the virus in its tracks,” he said.

    The UN Chief renewed his call for debt relief for many countries urgently in need of it, and extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative to all developing and middle-income countries.

    “The private sector, including the credit rating agencies, must be engaged in relief efforts.  

    “I am encouraged to see over 40 Heads of State and Government and the leaders of the IMF, the World Bank, the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and the African Union coming together around these bold policies.”

    Guterres also urged the international community to take a collective action to provide $35 billion (N13 trillion) to the ACT-Accelerator.

    The ACT-Accelerator is an international initiative, led by the World Health Organisation aimed at ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

    “Of that, we need $15 billion (N5.7 trillion) immediately, to move from successful start-up to scale-up,” he said.

    Holness said at the meeting, convened by Canada, Jamaica and the Secretary-General, a “rich menu of policy options” to address the impact of the pandemic was presented to world leaders.

    “Our objective in organising this high level event was to secure buy in at the highest political level to mount an ambitious coordinated international efforts commensurate with the magnitude of the crisis.

    “We have succeeded in gaining the support of world leaders to bold and decisive action to mitigate the devastating impact of the pandemic,” he said.

    Noting that the global financial system could be used as a force multiplier, the Jamaica PM emphasised the need for the support and recovery to be across board.

    “We must acknowledge that the need for action is particularly acute in relation to developing countries, which are the most vulnerable.

    “Indeed, until every country recovers, there can be no greener, smarter and more equitable global recovery,” he said.

    For his part, Trudeau, who earlier in the day announced an additional $400 million (N152 billion) humanitarian aid to fight COVID-19, stressed the need for equitable access to vaccines when available.

    He also called for more time for “distressed countries to make bilateral debts payments, including Caribbean and small island states”.

    Trudeau said: “We are working on concrete options that would help build a more resilient world for the short-medium and long term.

    “The global community must not give up on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

    “In fact, we should seize this opportunity to do even more.

    “We must listen to the needs of small island developing states and other vulnerable countries, and help carry their voices to the world bank, the G7, G20 and other organisations this fall.”

    He promised to ensure that women and girls disproportionately affected by the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 benefitted from the new funding.

     


    Edited By: Felix Ajide
    Source: NAN

     

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the reallocation of unused International Monetary Fund IMF reserve assets also known as Special Drawing Rights SDRs to support recovery efforts in developing economies The President represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the submission on Tuesday at the virtual high level meeting of Heads of State and Government on financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of COVID 19 and beyond According to a statement by Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande the SDR currently held by developed countries is an international reserve asset created by the IMF to supplement its member countries official reserves The facility was designed to help in stabilising the global economy during financial shocks and IMF member countries had previously contributed to make up the reserve totaling about 204billion Since the global financial shocks that followed the COVID 19 pandemic some developing countries including Nigeria had called for its contribution However as at August there was still an estimated 176 billion dollars balance from the asset belonging to developed countries who have not used their contributions According to the President COVID 19 pandemic has severely disrupted societies and economies worsened inequalities and deepened the gap between available resources and the resources needed to finance the Sustainable Development Goals We must mobilise finance in response to this pandemic induced economic crisis and for long term development We call for enhanced global liquidity including through the reallocation of unused Special Drawing Rights currently held by developed countries the President stated The increased flow of remittances can support development financing needs so it is important to reduce the costs of making such transfers We support the call for debt relief for developing countries and the extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative DSSI until 2021 as well as the granting of commercial debt relief where needed As global leaders we must do everything in our power to emerge from the crisis caused by COVID 19 by striving together in order to deliver for all The president said that to overcome Illicit Financial Flows IFFs there must be concerted efforts He said that nations must act swiftly to adopt measures to ensure that taxes were paid where value was created as it was important for the digital economy We must also establish public beneficial ownership registers and strengthen arrangements for the exchange of tax information Similar priority should also be given to tackling money laundering and corruption Indeed given the challenges that my country has faced in its effort to repatriate illicitly acquired assets we endorse the recommendation for spontaneous disclosure and the enhancement of legal frameworks for non conviction based asset forfeitures he said The high level meeting convened by United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres had in attendance other world leaders including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness among others who made presentations virtually Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Buhari backs calls for reallocation of  IMF reserve to support developing countries
     President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the reallocation of unused International Monetary Fund IMF reserve assets also known as Special Drawing Rights SDRs to support recovery efforts in developing economies The President represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the submission on Tuesday at the virtual high level meeting of Heads of State and Government on financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of COVID 19 and beyond According to a statement by Osinbajo s spokesman Laolu Akande the SDR currently held by developed countries is an international reserve asset created by the IMF to supplement its member countries official reserves The facility was designed to help in stabilising the global economy during financial shocks and IMF member countries had previously contributed to make up the reserve totaling about 204billion Since the global financial shocks that followed the COVID 19 pandemic some developing countries including Nigeria had called for its contribution However as at August there was still an estimated 176 billion dollars balance from the asset belonging to developed countries who have not used their contributions According to the President COVID 19 pandemic has severely disrupted societies and economies worsened inequalities and deepened the gap between available resources and the resources needed to finance the Sustainable Development Goals We must mobilise finance in response to this pandemic induced economic crisis and for long term development We call for enhanced global liquidity including through the reallocation of unused Special Drawing Rights currently held by developed countries the President stated The increased flow of remittances can support development financing needs so it is important to reduce the costs of making such transfers We support the call for debt relief for developing countries and the extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative DSSI until 2021 as well as the granting of commercial debt relief where needed As global leaders we must do everything in our power to emerge from the crisis caused by COVID 19 by striving together in order to deliver for all The president said that to overcome Illicit Financial Flows IFFs there must be concerted efforts He said that nations must act swiftly to adopt measures to ensure that taxes were paid where value was created as it was important for the digital economy We must also establish public beneficial ownership registers and strengthen arrangements for the exchange of tax information Similar priority should also be given to tackling money laundering and corruption Indeed given the challenges that my country has faced in its effort to repatriate illicitly acquired assets we endorse the recommendation for spontaneous disclosure and the enhancement of legal frameworks for non conviction based asset forfeitures he said The high level meeting convened by United Nations Secretary General Ant nio Guterres had in attendance other world leaders including Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness among others who made presentations virtually Edited By Wale Ojetimi Source NAN
    Buhari backs calls for reallocation of  IMF reserve to support developing countries
    Economy2 years ago

    Buhari backs calls for reallocation of  IMF reserve to support developing countries

    President Muhammadu Buhari has called for the reallocation of unused International Monetary Fund (IMF) reserve assets, also known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), to support recovery efforts in developing economies.

    The President, represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,  made the submission on Tuesday at the virtual high-level meeting of Heads of State and Government on financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond.

    According to a statement by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, the SDR, currently held by developed countries, is an international reserve asset created by the IMF to supplement its member-countries’ official reserves.

    The facility was designed to help in stabilising the global economy during financial shocks and IMF member-countries had previously contributed to make up the reserve totaling about $204billion.

    Since the global financial shocks that followed the COVID-19 pandemic, some developing countries, including Nigeria, had called for its contribution.

    However, as at August, there was still an estimated 176 billion dollars balance from the asset belonging to developed countries who have not used their contributions.

    According to the President, COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted societies and economies, worsened inequalities, and deepened the gap between available resources and the resources needed to finance the Sustainable Development Goals.

    “We must mobilise finance in response to this pandemic induced economic crisis and for long-term development.

    “We call for enhanced global liquidity including through the reallocation of unused Special Drawing Rights currently held by developed countries,” the President stated.

    “The increased flow of remittances can support development financing needs so it is important to reduce the costs of making such transfers.

    “We support the call for debt relief for developing countries, and the extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) until 2021 as well as the granting of commercial debt relief where needed.

    “As global leaders, we must do everything in our power to emerge from the crisis caused by COVID-19 by striving together in order to “deliver for all”.

    The president said that to overcome Illicit Financial Flows(IFFs), there must be concerted efforts.

    He said that nations must act swiftly to adopt measures to ensure that taxes were paid where value was created, as it was important for the digital economy.

    “We must also establish public beneficial ownership registers; and strengthen arrangements for the exchange of tax information.

    “Similar priority should also be given to tackling money laundering and corruption.

    “Indeed, given the challenges that my country has faced in its effort to repatriate illicitly acquired assets, we endorse the recommendation for spontaneous disclosure and the enhancement of legal frameworks for non-conviction-based asset forfeitures,” he said.

    The high-level meeting convened by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, had in attendance other world leaders including Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, among others who made presentations virtually.

     
    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
    Source: NAN

  •  UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to address the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic or risk reversing years of development Guterres said this at the event on financing for development in the era of COVID 19 and beyond hosted remotely by the UN Canada and Jamaica Unless we take action now we face a global recession that could wipe out decades of development Guterres said He said the response has not kept pace with the pandemic since the first meeting on the topic in May with more than 50 heads of state and government One million people have died the world is suffering the greatest economic contraction since World War II and the risk of famine looms in several countries he said Guterres said nations had reacted with a fiscal response of more than 11 5 trillion dollars globally But just 2 5 per cent of this global fiscal stimulus is accounted for by developing and emerging economies which have the greatest need least resources and weakest capacities for addressing the crisis he said At the meeting world leaders considered a menu of policy options developed during the last four months to address the crisis and recovery Guterres called for countries to fund the World Health Organisation s initiative to speed up the development of Covid 19 vaccines therapeutics and diagnostics He also urged leaders to extend debt relief to all developing and middle income countries in need and to pay special attention to Africa s development financing needs Edited By Fatima Sule Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    UN urges action to address economic devastation caused by COVID-19
     UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to address the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic or risk reversing years of development Guterres said this at the event on financing for development in the era of COVID 19 and beyond hosted remotely by the UN Canada and Jamaica Unless we take action now we face a global recession that could wipe out decades of development Guterres said He said the response has not kept pace with the pandemic since the first meeting on the topic in May with more than 50 heads of state and government One million people have died the world is suffering the greatest economic contraction since World War II and the risk of famine looms in several countries he said Guterres said nations had reacted with a fiscal response of more than 11 5 trillion dollars globally But just 2 5 per cent of this global fiscal stimulus is accounted for by developing and emerging economies which have the greatest need least resources and weakest capacities for addressing the crisis he said At the meeting world leaders considered a menu of policy options developed during the last four months to address the crisis and recovery Guterres called for countries to fund the World Health Organisation s initiative to speed up the development of Covid 19 vaccines therapeutics and diagnostics He also urged leaders to extend debt relief to all developing and middle income countries in need and to pay special attention to Africa s development financing needs Edited By Fatima Sule Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu Source NAN
    UN urges action to address economic devastation caused by COVID-19
    COVID-192 years ago

    UN urges action to address economic devastation caused by COVID-19

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to address the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, or risk reversing years of development.

    Guterres said this at the event on financing for development in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, hosted remotely by the UN, Canada and Jamaica.

    “Unless we take action now, we face a global recession that could wipe out decades of development,’’ Guterres  said.

    He said the “response has not kept pace” with the pandemic since the first meeting on the topic in May, with more than 50 heads of state and government.

    One million people have died, the world is suffering the greatest economic contraction since World War II, and “the risk of famine looms” in several countries, he said.

    Guterres said nations had reacted with a fiscal response of more than 11.5 trillion dollars globally.

    “But just 2.5 per cent of this global fiscal stimulus is accounted for by developing and emerging economies, which have the greatest need, least resources and weakest capacities for addressing the crisis,” he said.

    At the meeting, world leaders considered a menu of policy options developed during the last four months to address the crisis and recovery.

    Guterres called for countries to fund the World Health Organisation’s initiative to speed up the development of Covid-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

    He also urged leaders to extend debt relief to all developing and middle-income countries in need, and to pay special attention to Africa’s development financing needs.


    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    Source: NAN

     

  •  A group of Nigerian women professionals under the aegis of Erudite Ladies of New York has undertaken a humanitarian outreach to a homeless shelter in the city The visitors distributed hand sanitizer face masks gloves canned food and other relief materials to the beneficiaries housed at a Salvation Army shelter in Jamaica a middle class neighbourhood The gesture comes as life slowly returns to normal in the Big Apple once the epicenter of the COVID 19 pandemic in the United States Erudite Ladies a social humanitarian organisation made up of female professionals from different fields is principally involved in women empowerment Its President Dr Maryjane Nwankwo told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gesture was their little way of reaching out to the needy in these trying times Amid the socio economic hardship brought by the pandemic we felt that the under served population which is the family shelter needed our help So we are here today to provide some Personal Protective Equipment food and other supplies that they need for self care Some women are here because they have lost their jobs some are here because they have no significant other to help them care for their kids and they need help Nwankwo said The organisation s mission according to her is to empower women to actualise their potentials through financial support sensitisation and mentorship among others She explained further We assist women and girls who need help to go to school start a business or go to the next level of their career We are professional women from different walks of life We target every woman that we know we can assist to reach their next level Among us are nurses pharmacists human resource professionals and others So we come together we meet support one another and reach out to others The beneficiaries were not willing to be identified but one of them thanked the organisation for the gesture saying she was touched by the show of kindness ARU Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    United States-based Nigerian professionals reach out to the homeless  
     A group of Nigerian women professionals under the aegis of Erudite Ladies of New York has undertaken a humanitarian outreach to a homeless shelter in the city The visitors distributed hand sanitizer face masks gloves canned food and other relief materials to the beneficiaries housed at a Salvation Army shelter in Jamaica a middle class neighbourhood The gesture comes as life slowly returns to normal in the Big Apple once the epicenter of the COVID 19 pandemic in the United States Erudite Ladies a social humanitarian organisation made up of female professionals from different fields is principally involved in women empowerment Its President Dr Maryjane Nwankwo told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gesture was their little way of reaching out to the needy in these trying times Amid the socio economic hardship brought by the pandemic we felt that the under served population which is the family shelter needed our help So we are here today to provide some Personal Protective Equipment food and other supplies that they need for self care Some women are here because they have lost their jobs some are here because they have no significant other to help them care for their kids and they need help Nwankwo said The organisation s mission according to her is to empower women to actualise their potentials through financial support sensitisation and mentorship among others She explained further We assist women and girls who need help to go to school start a business or go to the next level of their career We are professional women from different walks of life We target every woman that we know we can assist to reach their next level Among us are nurses pharmacists human resource professionals and others So we come together we meet support one another and reach out to others The beneficiaries were not willing to be identified but one of them thanked the organisation for the gesture saying she was touched by the show of kindness ARU Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    United States-based Nigerian professionals reach out to the homeless  
    General news2 years ago

    United States-based Nigerian professionals reach out to the homeless  

    A group of Nigerian women professionals, under the aegis of Erudite Ladies of New York, has undertaken a humanitarian outreach to a homeless shelter in the city.

    The visitors distributed hand sanitizer, face masks, gloves, canned food and other relief materials to the beneficiaries housed at a Salvation Army shelter in Jamaica, a middle-class neighbourhood.

    The gesture comes as life slowly returns to normal in the Big Apple, once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

    Erudite Ladies, a social/humanitarian organisation made up of female professionals from different fields, is principally involved in women empowerment.

    Its President, Dr Maryjane Nwankwo, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gesture was their little way of reaching out to the needy in these trying times.

    “Amid the socio-economic hardship brought by the pandemic, we felt that the under-served population, which is the family shelter, needed our help.

    “So, we are here today to provide some Personal Protective Equipment, food and other supplies that they need for self care.

    “Some women are here because they have lost their jobs; some are here because they have no significant other to help them care for their kids, and they need help,’’ Nwankwo said.

    The organisation’s mission, according to her, is to empower women to actualise their potentials through financial support, sensitisation and mentorship, among others.

    She explained further: “We assist women and girls who need help to go to school, start a business or go to the next level of their career.

    “ We are professional women from different walks of life. We target every woman that we know we can assist to reach their next level.

    “Among us are nurses, pharmacists, human resource professionals, and others. So we come together, we meet, support one another and reach out to others.’’

    The beneficiaries were not willing to be identified, but one of them thanked the organisation for the gesture, saying she was touched by the show of kindness.

    ARU/


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Sadiya Hamza
    Source: NAN

  •  Sen Shehu Sani has lauded the contributions of a Jamaican Nigerian journalist Lindsay Barrett to the unity of Nigeria and Africa as he turns 79 Sani made this known in a birthday message to the septuagenarian in Abuja on Tuesday He said it was desire for Africa s greatness that made Barrett a journalist poet novelist and playwright with international recognition to come to Nigeria in 1966 became a citizen in 1980s and remained in Nigeria Sani a former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central noted that besides becoming a Nigerian citizen most of Barrett s literary works centered on African unity showing his belief in Africa s greatness Sani disclosed that he paid Barrett a visit recently in his Abuja home appreciating him for dedicating his life to preaching love and unity among Nigerians and Africa at large My visit to him was to appreciate his professionalism in journalism and his believe and faith in Nigeria A man who came to Nigeria in 1966 naturalised and remained in Nigeria since then must be seen considered and accepted as a true Nigerian He has seen through our turbulent times Has seen the best and the most challenging moments in our history Barrett is an example of pan Africanism He is an example of a believer in African unity and brotherliness According to Sani he could have chosen to go to America or Europe but here was a man who came to Nigeria for a literary event just years after our independence and has remained faithful to Nigeria Barrett deserves to be celebrated and appreciated by the Federal Government and he deserves all the support that he needs at this challenging moment of his life with his health he said The former lawmaker wished Barrett long life and good health on his 79th birthday while stating that all that needs to be done should be done to assist him and his family Meanwhile in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria Barrett thanked God for witnessing his 79th birthday He expressed hope in the greatness of Nigeria saying some of the challenges bedeviling the country were stepping stones to its greatness The Septuagenarian urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith noting that once Nigeria got it right other African countries would get it right He said one of the ways to achieving that was to continue to protect the sacredness of democracy He said I will like to tell Nigerians that they should be careful with this thing called democracy Democracy is a very fragile gift It is a gift because it is supposed to give people representation but the way we are treating it is very dangerous If we do not take democracy seriously as a gift and we begin to treat it as something that we can play with we might run into a very serious roadblock in future We should be careful We must take the idea of representation as sacred On the role of the media in the country s democratic process Barrett noted that it had contributed meaningfully to the attainment of sustainable democracy He however warned that the social media should not be allowed to denigrate the important role of the traditional media in nation building He warned that while the social media was expected to play complementary role it was gradually rendering the traditional media redundant The social media has rendered the traditional media almost redundant and we should beware of what will come out of that The traditional media has a role to play in democracy and that is the important thing that we should remember We should always consider that the regulatory strictures the traditional media offers should be valuable and we should be careful because social media seems to be free for all he said Barrett urged journalists to always cater to their health in spite of the demands of the job He advised that given my experience please take good care of your health in your youth because in your old age you may regret it NAN reports that Barrett a Jamaican born poet and journalist was born on Sept 15 1941 came to Nigeria in 1966 and became a Nigerian citizen in the mid 80s He was once an editor for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation a freelancer for BBC World Service and his articles feature on some Nigerian national newspapers Some of his works as a poet and novelist were concerned with issues of black identity dispossession and survival of the descendants of black Africans Notable among his several works was his debut novel Song for Mumu and the books The State of Black Desire and A Memory of Rivers Barrett also lectured in the University of Ibadan and had received several accolades and awards around the world Edited By Cecilia Odey Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    Sen. Sani felicitates with Jamaican-Nigerian journalist, Barrett, on 79th birthday
     Sen Shehu Sani has lauded the contributions of a Jamaican Nigerian journalist Lindsay Barrett to the unity of Nigeria and Africa as he turns 79 Sani made this known in a birthday message to the septuagenarian in Abuja on Tuesday He said it was desire for Africa s greatness that made Barrett a journalist poet novelist and playwright with international recognition to come to Nigeria in 1966 became a citizen in 1980s and remained in Nigeria Sani a former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central noted that besides becoming a Nigerian citizen most of Barrett s literary works centered on African unity showing his belief in Africa s greatness Sani disclosed that he paid Barrett a visit recently in his Abuja home appreciating him for dedicating his life to preaching love and unity among Nigerians and Africa at large My visit to him was to appreciate his professionalism in journalism and his believe and faith in Nigeria A man who came to Nigeria in 1966 naturalised and remained in Nigeria since then must be seen considered and accepted as a true Nigerian He has seen through our turbulent times Has seen the best and the most challenging moments in our history Barrett is an example of pan Africanism He is an example of a believer in African unity and brotherliness According to Sani he could have chosen to go to America or Europe but here was a man who came to Nigeria for a literary event just years after our independence and has remained faithful to Nigeria Barrett deserves to be celebrated and appreciated by the Federal Government and he deserves all the support that he needs at this challenging moment of his life with his health he said The former lawmaker wished Barrett long life and good health on his 79th birthday while stating that all that needs to be done should be done to assist him and his family Meanwhile in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria Barrett thanked God for witnessing his 79th birthday He expressed hope in the greatness of Nigeria saying some of the challenges bedeviling the country were stepping stones to its greatness The Septuagenarian urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith noting that once Nigeria got it right other African countries would get it right He said one of the ways to achieving that was to continue to protect the sacredness of democracy He said I will like to tell Nigerians that they should be careful with this thing called democracy Democracy is a very fragile gift It is a gift because it is supposed to give people representation but the way we are treating it is very dangerous If we do not take democracy seriously as a gift and we begin to treat it as something that we can play with we might run into a very serious roadblock in future We should be careful We must take the idea of representation as sacred On the role of the media in the country s democratic process Barrett noted that it had contributed meaningfully to the attainment of sustainable democracy He however warned that the social media should not be allowed to denigrate the important role of the traditional media in nation building He warned that while the social media was expected to play complementary role it was gradually rendering the traditional media redundant The social media has rendered the traditional media almost redundant and we should beware of what will come out of that The traditional media has a role to play in democracy and that is the important thing that we should remember We should always consider that the regulatory strictures the traditional media offers should be valuable and we should be careful because social media seems to be free for all he said Barrett urged journalists to always cater to their health in spite of the demands of the job He advised that given my experience please take good care of your health in your youth because in your old age you may regret it NAN reports that Barrett a Jamaican born poet and journalist was born on Sept 15 1941 came to Nigeria in 1966 and became a Nigerian citizen in the mid 80s He was once an editor for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation a freelancer for BBC World Service and his articles feature on some Nigerian national newspapers Some of his works as a poet and novelist were concerned with issues of black identity dispossession and survival of the descendants of black Africans Notable among his several works was his debut novel Song for Mumu and the books The State of Black Desire and A Memory of Rivers Barrett also lectured in the University of Ibadan and had received several accolades and awards around the world Edited By Cecilia Odey Sadiya Hamza Source NAN
    Sen. Sani felicitates with Jamaican-Nigerian journalist, Barrett, on 79th birthday
    General news2 years ago

    Sen. Sani felicitates with Jamaican-Nigerian journalist, Barrett, on 79th birthday

    Sen. Shehu Sani has lauded the contributions of a Jamaican-Nigerian journalist, Lindsay Barrett, to the unity of Nigeria and Africa as he turns 79.

    Sani, made this known in a birthday message to the septuagenarian in Abuja on Tuesday.

    He said it was desire for Africa’s greatness that made Barrett, a journalist, poet, novelist and playwright with international recognition, to come to Nigeria in 1966, became a citizen in 1980s and remained in Nigeria.

    Sani, a former lawmaker representing Kaduna Central, noted that besides becoming a Nigerian citizen, most of Barrett’s literary works centered on African unity, showing his belief in Africa’s greatness.

    Sani, disclosed that he paid Barrett a visit recently in his Abuja home, appreciating him for dedicating his life to preaching love and unity among Nigerians and Africa at large.

    “My visit to him was to appreciate his professionalism in journalism and his believe and faith in Nigeria.

    “A man who came to Nigeria in 1966, naturalised and remained in Nigeria since then must be seen, considered and accepted as a true Nigerian.

    “He has seen through our turbulent times. Has seen the best and the most challenging moments in our history.

    “Barrett is an example of pan Africanism. He is an example of a believer in African unity and brotherliness.’’

    According to Sani, he could have chosen to go to America or Europe but here was a man who came to Nigeria for a literary event just years after our independence and has remained faithful to Nigeria.

    “Barrett deserves to be celebrated and appreciated by the Federal Government and he deserves all the support that he needs at this challenging moment of his life with his health,’’ he said.

    The former lawmaker, wished Barrett long life and good health on his 79th birthday, while stating that, “all that needs to be done should be done to assist him and his family.’’

    Meanwhile, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, Barrett thanked God for witnessing his 79th birthday.

    He expressed hope in the greatness of Nigeria, saying some of the challenges bedeviling the country were stepping stones to its greatness.

    The Septuagenarian, urged Nigerians to continue to keep faith, noting that once Nigeria got it right, other African countries would get it right.

    He said one of the ways to achieving that was to continue to protect the sacredness of democracy.

    He said, “I will like to tell Nigerians that they should be careful with this thing called democracy.

    “Democracy is a very fragile gift. It is a gift because it is supposed to give people representation but the way we are treating it is very dangerous.

    “If we do not take democracy seriously as a gift and we begin to treat it as something that we can play with, we might run into a very serious roadblock in future.

    “We should be careful. We must take the idea of representation as sacred.’’

    On the role of the media in the country’s democratic process, Barrett noted that it had contributed meaningfully to the attainment of sustainable democracy.

    He, however, warned that the social media should not be allowed to denigrate the important role of the traditional media in nation building.

    He warned that, while the social media was expected to play complementary role, it was gradually rendering the traditional media redundant.

    “The social media has rendered the traditional media almost redundant and we should beware of what will come out of that.

    “The traditional media has a role to play in democracy and that is the important thing that we should remember.

    “We should always consider that the regulatory strictures the traditional media offers should be valuable and we should be careful because social media seems to be free for all,’’ he said.

    Barrett urged journalists to always cater to their health in spite of the demands of the job.

    He advised that, “given my experience, please take good care of your health in your youth because in your old age you may regret it.’’

    NAN reports that Barrett, a Jamaican-born poet and journalist was born on Sept. 15, 1941, came to Nigeria in 1966 and became a Nigerian citizen in the mid-80s.

    He was once an editor for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, a freelancer for BBC World Service and his articles feature on some Nigerian national newspapers.

    Some of his works as a poet and novelist were concerned with issues of black identity, dispossession and survival of the descendants of black Africans.

    Notable among his several works was his debut novel, “Song for Mumu’’ and the books, “The State of Black Desire’’ and “A Memory of Rivers’’.

    Barrett also lectured in the University of Ibadan and had received several accolades and awards around the world.


    Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Sadiya Hamza
    Source: NAN 

  •  The UN Deputy Secretary General Ms Amina Mohammed says the world is yet to unite for a global response to the COVID 19 pandemic Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at a virtual meeting of Ministers of Finance on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond She said with lockdown measures continuing borders closed debts skyrocketing and fiscal resources plunging the pandemic is pushing the world towards its worst recession in decades Mohammed emphasised that immediate multilateral actions were required for the world to defeat the virus and sustainably recover from the attendant social economic crises She said although international institutions including the World Bank and the International Monterey Fund IMF had taken actions to address the pandemic the measures were working only for some countries We have heard the projections of the dire consequences between 70 and 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty and additional 265 million people could face food shortages by the end of this year An estimated 400 million jobs have been lost disproportionately affecting women Some 1 6 billion learners have had their studies disrupted Finding an immediate and lasting solution is our responsibility she said Mohammed called for a new global financial system that would work in these unprecedented times The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was convened by the Deputy Secretary General and the Finance Ministers of Canada and Jamaica Among others the meeting was to present a single ambitious menu of policy options to countries to recover from the health and its attendant social economic crises The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Ms Chrystia Freeland also underscored the essential role of multilateralism in tackling the challenges Freeland who is also Canada s Minister of Finance said the global health and economic systems required collective strength to deliver In today s interconnected world the global health system depends on the strength of all of us and on our collaboration first to control and conquer COVID 19 and to ensure a sustainable global economic recovery We can only overcome these challenges together The pandemic has made acutely clear the vulnerabilities at domestic and international levels It has also highlighted what we can do better to build back in order to respond to this crisis to ensure no one is left behind she said Speaking in the same vein Mr Nigel Clarke Jamaica s Minister of Finance and the Public Service stressed the need for the global community to mount an urgent effective and coordinated response While we are all affected certain regions are more exposed and need urgent support The tourism dependent and moderate to highly indebted economies of the Caribbean other small island developing states as well as many low income countries have borne the brunt of the social economic impact of the pandemic An external shock of this magnitude has obvious credit implications which will be more acute in developing countries that are encountering the crisis with high debt burden low level of foreign exchange reserves and large current account deficits As such we support the multilateral and other initiatives that have been taken to assist developing countries to access the credit needed to finance the COVID 19 response Clarke said Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Ifeyinwa Omowole Source NAN
    COVID-19: World yet to unite for global response — UN Deputy Chief
     The UN Deputy Secretary General Ms Amina Mohammed says the world is yet to unite for a global response to the COVID 19 pandemic Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at a virtual meeting of Ministers of Finance on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID 19 and Beyond She said with lockdown measures continuing borders closed debts skyrocketing and fiscal resources plunging the pandemic is pushing the world towards its worst recession in decades Mohammed emphasised that immediate multilateral actions were required for the world to defeat the virus and sustainably recover from the attendant social economic crises She said although international institutions including the World Bank and the International Monterey Fund IMF had taken actions to address the pandemic the measures were working only for some countries We have heard the projections of the dire consequences between 70 and 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty and additional 265 million people could face food shortages by the end of this year An estimated 400 million jobs have been lost disproportionately affecting women Some 1 6 billion learners have had their studies disrupted Finding an immediate and lasting solution is our responsibility she said Mohammed called for a new global financial system that would work in these unprecedented times The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was convened by the Deputy Secretary General and the Finance Ministers of Canada and Jamaica Among others the meeting was to present a single ambitious menu of policy options to countries to recover from the health and its attendant social economic crises The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Ms Chrystia Freeland also underscored the essential role of multilateralism in tackling the challenges Freeland who is also Canada s Minister of Finance said the global health and economic systems required collective strength to deliver In today s interconnected world the global health system depends on the strength of all of us and on our collaboration first to control and conquer COVID 19 and to ensure a sustainable global economic recovery We can only overcome these challenges together The pandemic has made acutely clear the vulnerabilities at domestic and international levels It has also highlighted what we can do better to build back in order to respond to this crisis to ensure no one is left behind she said Speaking in the same vein Mr Nigel Clarke Jamaica s Minister of Finance and the Public Service stressed the need for the global community to mount an urgent effective and coordinated response While we are all affected certain regions are more exposed and need urgent support The tourism dependent and moderate to highly indebted economies of the Caribbean other small island developing states as well as many low income countries have borne the brunt of the social economic impact of the pandemic An external shock of this magnitude has obvious credit implications which will be more acute in developing countries that are encountering the crisis with high debt burden low level of foreign exchange reserves and large current account deficits As such we support the multilateral and other initiatives that have been taken to assist developing countries to access the credit needed to finance the COVID 19 response Clarke said Edited By Tayo Ikujuni Ifeyinwa Omowole Source NAN
    COVID-19: World yet to unite for global response — UN Deputy Chief
    COVID-192 years ago

    COVID-19: World yet to unite for global response — UN Deputy Chief

    The UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, says the world is yet to unite for a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mohammed stated this on Tuesday at a virtual meeting of Ministers of Finance on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond.

    She said: “ with lockdown measures continuing, borders closed, debts skyrocketing and fiscal resources plunging, the pandemic is pushing the world towards its worst recession in decades”.

    Mohammed emphasised that immediate multilateral actions were required for the world to defeat the virus and sustainably recover from the attendant social-economic crises.

    She said although international institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monterey Fund (IMF), had taken actions to address the pandemic, the measures were working only for some countries.

    “We have heard the projections of the dire consequences: between 70 and 100 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty, and additional 265 million people could face food shortages by the end of this year.

    “An estimated 400 million jobs have been lost, disproportionately affecting women. Some 1.6 billion learners have had their studies disrupted.

    “Finding an immediate and lasting solution is our responsibility,” she said.

    Mohammed called for a new global financial system that would work in “these unprecedented times”.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was convened by the Deputy Secretary-General and the Finance Ministers of Canada and Jamaica.

    Among others, the meeting was to present a single ambitious menu of policy options to countries, to recover from the health and its attendant social-economic crises.

    The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Ms Chrystia Freeland, also underscored the essential role of multilateralism in tackling the challenges.

    Freeland, who is also Canada’s Minister of Finance, said the global health and economic systems required collective strength to deliver.

    “In today’s interconnected world, the global health system depends on the strength of all of us and on our collaboration first to control and conquer COVID-19 and to ensure a sustainable global economic recovery.

    “We can only overcome these challenges together. The pandemic has made acutely clear the vulnerabilities at domestic and international levels.

    “It has also highlighted what we can do better to build back, in order to respond to this crisis to ensure no one is left behind,” she said.

    Speaking in the same vein, Mr Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s Minister of Finance and the Public Service, stressed the need for the global community to “mount an urgent, effective and coordinated response”.

    “While we are all affected, certain regions are more exposed and need urgent support.

    “The tourism dependent and moderate to highly indebted economies of the Caribbean, other small island developing states as well as many low-income countries have borne the brunt of the social economic impact of the pandemic.

    “An external shock of this magnitude has obvious credit implications, which will be more acute in developing countries that are encountering the crisis with high debt burden, low level of foreign exchange reserves and large current account deficits.

    “As such, we support the multilateral and other initiatives that have been taken to assist developing countries to access the credit needed to finance the COVID-19 response,” Clarke said.


    Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ifeyinwa Omowole
    Source: NAN