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Young people must have ‘a seat at the table’ in peace efforts: Guterres

Although young people have been at the forefront of efforts to build and sustain peace, opportunities for them to make a meaningful contribution remain insufficient, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday.  Addressing the opening of the High-Level Global Conference on Youth-Inclusive Peace Processes, taking place online, he urged the international community to step up support.  He said numerous young peacebuilders, especially ...

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Political interference in education hurting sector – All Teachers Alliance

Teacher union, All Teachers Alliance Ghana (ATAG) has expressed concerns about what they call political interference in Ghana’s educational system. The group said the interference is hurting education in Ghana hence must stop. A statement they issued on Tuesday January 18 said “We believe Ghana’s education system had suffered in the last two decades because of a lack of policy direction and ...

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Poor condition of service forced 44,000 teachers to quit in 2021, highest in last 20-yrs – Apaak

Member of Parliament for Builsa South, Dr Clement Apaak has blamed the exit of 44,000 teachers from the profession on the poor condition of service for the practitioners. He told Alfred Ocansey on the Sunrise show on 3FM Wednesday, January 19 that this number is the highest in the last twenty years. The Ranking Member on the Committee of Education ...

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UN releases $150 million for underfunded humanitarian crises

About $150 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the largest allocation ever, was released on Thursday to boost underfunded humanitarian operations across 13 countries. For the Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, this funding “represents a lifeline for the millions of people caught up in underfunded crises.” The announcement follows the recent launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview, which ...

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Breastfeeding reduces mothers’ cardiovascular disease risk

Women who breastfed were less likely to develop heart disease or a stroke, or die from cardiovascular disease than women who did not breastfeed, according to a meta-analysis published today in a pregnancy spotlight issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), open access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. The special issue, JAHA Spotlight on Pregnancy and Its ...

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45,000 teachers quit teaching in 2021 – Apaak

Builsa South lawmaker, Dr. Clement Apaak has said the government owes basic schools four tranches of capitation grants. He further revealed that forty-four thousand teachers have left the profession of teaching in 2021. “Government owes the basic schools four tranches of capitation grants. And forty-four thousand teachers have left the profession of teaching in 2021,” the member of the Education ...

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US contributes $10 million to support UN food agency efforts on COVID-19 response, future pandemics

A $10 million contribution from the United States will assist the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its work on COVID-19 response and addressing threats to human, animal and environmental health, including future pandemics. The funding, announced on Thursday, will support the UN agency’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Programme, part of its broader One Health programme . The initiative helps safeguard human, animal, ...

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UNDP urges Ghanaian journalists to advocate data mainstreaming into SDG policies

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana, Angela Lusigi, has called on journalists to use their platforms to advocate for data-driven policies to position Ghana on the path to sustainable development. Dr. Angela Lusigi underscored the critical role of the media in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and urged the media to advocate and cause more social and ...

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Forestry Commission to Plant 20 million trees in June 2022

Following the nationwide enthusiasm that greeted the Green Ghana campaign in the middle of this year, the government of Ghana through the Forestry Commission intends to Plant additional 20 million tree seedlings in June 2022. The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo announced at COP26, in Glasgow recently that, Ghana intends to scale up the annual planting target for Green ...

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Mobilising for women’s increased representation in Ghana’s local government elections

ABANTU for Development, a women’s right advocacy organization has begun processes to mobilize women in order to increase their representation in the 2023 Local Government Elections.     ABANTU is of the view that Gender parity in the District Assemblies should be a core concern in the desire to strengthen democratic culture and help build ideas for good governance. In an ...

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