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Countries Urge Ghana to Amend its Disability Law

Countries around the globe have made recommendations to the government of Ghana to amend its Persons with Disability Law, Act 715, (2006) in order to align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The quest for Ghana to amend Act 715 was among the topmost recommendations made by 11 countries during the Fourth Cycle ...

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Arab League, African Union and UN intensify efforts for peace in Sudan

The head of the Arab League held talks on Tuesday with a representative of Sudanese military leader General Abdel Fattah Burhan at the organization’s headquarters in Cairo. Speaking after the meeting, Dafa’alla Al-Haj Ali said that the crisis in his homeland was an “internal matter” and warned against any external interference. “I am talking to you now, and there are contacts regarding the completion of this truce, but we ...

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Fragile gains on reducing child marriage, under threat from ‘polycrisis’: UNICEF

The practice of child marriage has continued to decline globally, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a new report published on Wednesday, warning that a ‘polycrisis’ including war, climate shocks, and the continuing COVID pandemic, is putting the fragile gains made towards ending the scourge, under threat. Currently, one in five young women aged 20 to 24, were married as ...

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34 forest reserves under threat over galamsey – Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission has revealed that 34 out of 288 forest reserves in the country are currently under threat due to illegal mining activities known as ‘galamsey’. This comes at a time government’s fight against the menace has been questioned following a report put together by the former chairman of the defunct Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, ...

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Government told to admit failure in galamsey fight

The Chairman of the Kumasi Presbytery of the Global Evangelical Church has asked the government to admit its failure in the fight against illegal mining. Rev. Dr. Smith Francis Korbla Tettey says evidence available to Ghanaians in the form of destruction of the environment, including water bodies does not support the claim that the Nana Addo-led government is on course ...

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New L.I for regulation of Mining in Ghana’s Forest reserves in force

The Liaison Group for Mining in Forest Reserves has successfully completed the conversion of the Environmental Guidelines for Mining in Forest Reserves into Legislative Instrument (L.I)to provide legal backing for the regulation of mining operations in Forest reserves in Ghana. The L.I, labeled, ’Environmental Protection (Mining in Forest Reserves Regulations, 2022, L.I 2462) was passed and came into force in ...

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Regional leaders appeal for extension of shaky ceasefire in Sudan

Taking advantage of relative calm, many residents in Khartoum and the neighbouring city of Omdurman emerged from their homes to seek food and water, lining up at bakeries or grocery stores, after days of being trapped inside by the fighting between the army and a rival paramilitary group. Some inspected shops or homes that had been destroyed or looted. People ...

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WHO launches new pandemic prevention plan, as COVID deaths fall 95 percent

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday launched a new initiative to help strengthen countries’ ability to plan for, and deal with, another deadly pandemic like COVID-19, as the latest figures show a huge fall in COVID deaths this year. The guidance provides a joined-up approach for responding to the threat or arrival of any respiratory pathogen such as flu or the ...

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Govt will protect Ghana’s forest reserves at all cost – Lands Minister

Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Samuel Abu Jinapor says the government is launching an aggressive campaign to conserve the country’s forest reserve. Mr. Jinapor claims that all attacks against the country’s forests will be met with resistance. His comment comes after Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng’s damming report on galamsey in Ghana. Samuel Abu Jinapor says the Forestry Commission is up to ...

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Fitch downgrades Ghana’s sovereign debt to ‘Restrictive Default’

Fitch Ratings has downgraded Ghana’s Long-Term Local-Currency (LTLC) Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘RD’ from ‘CCC’. It has also downgraded to ‘CC’ from ‘CCC’ and subsequently withdrawn the issue ratings on five local-currency bonds issued prior to the domestic debt exchange. It affirmed the issue rating of local-currency bonds issued on the completion date of the domestic debt exchange at ...

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