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UN Global Compact Bulletin (September 2018)

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Mongabay: Why Keep Africa’s Dryland Forests Alive?

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  • Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
  • This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles left to overcome, but as the Mali example clearly shows, there are successes to celebrate and build upon, as well.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent of charcoal and firewood used by about 2.4 million people is harvested in woodlands found in the dryland areas. Experts say it’s time to start packaging these fragile yet rich and highly adaptive ecosystems into investment opportunities.
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  • Small holder farmers from 6,000 Malian households have restored 320 hectares of land through a combination of on-farm natural tree regeneration, water harvesting, moisture retention technologies, improved soil filtration, and enhanced soil humus.
  • This is just one of many efforts currently underway to restore Africa’s dryland forests. There are many obstacles left to overcome, but as the Mali example clearly shows, there are successes to celebrate and build upon, as well.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent of charcoal and firewood used by about 2.4 million people is harvested in woodlands found in the dryland areas. Experts say it’s time to start packaging these fragile yet rich and highly adaptive ecosystems into investment opportunities.

Delivering Shared Value With Rapid Diagnostics

Abbott delivers shared value across Africa by finding unique ways to expand access to innovative rapid testing technologies.
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Despite health improvements made across Africa in recent years, significant health challenges remain for 1.2 billion people living across the continent. The region shoulders some of the world's heaviest infectious disease burdens: 90 percent of the world’s malaria cases and nearly 70 percent of the 36.7 million HIV cases worldwide. Adding further complication, healthcare access for those living in rural sub-Saharan Africa is limited.

Carnival Corporation Donates $10,000 to Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation

Donation from world’s largest leisure travel company to benefit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa
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Company’s chief procurement officer, Julia Brown, presented gift as part of her participation in the Centenary Delegation honoring Nelson Mandela

Press Release

Company’s chief procurement officer, Julia Brown, presented gift as part of her participation in the Centenary Delegation honoring Nelson Mandela

Everyone Can Be the Legacy – Celebrating Mandela Day

STEM Pioneer Lindiwe Matlali on Creating Africa’s IT Legacies
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by Lindiwe Matlali, Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks

We all have the power to be the legacy, but how many of us will?

Is Cryptocurrency the Last, Best Hope for African Youth Entrepreneurs?

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As every successful entrepreneur can attest, nothing helps transform a great idea into a real product or service faster than access to adequate resources -- especially capital.

Yet, over 80% of African entrepreneurs still struggle today to get their businesses properly funded. Too many innovative ideas are strangled before they even get started. Grammy-nominated artist and philanthropist, Akon, hopes to solve this problem with AKoin, his new cryptocurrency.

Bechtel Partners with U.S. Agency to Deliver Infrastructure Solutions for Africa-led Development

Press Release

RESTON, Va., July 3, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Bechtel, a global leader in engineering, procurement and construction, will work with a leading U.S.-based development agency to accelerate the growth of local infrastructure across Africa.

Global HOPE – Our Journey One Year Later

By John Damonti, President, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
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How do you treat 11,000 new cases of pediatric cancer annually with only five pediatric oncologists?

With those numbers, it’s not surprising the mortality rate for pediatric cancer in Botswana, Malawi and Uganda in southern and east Africa is as high as 90 percent.

Bringing Healthcare to the Fingertips of Pregnant Women and Nursing Mothers in Africa

GiftedMom uses mobile phones to provide health advice and eradicate avoidable maternal and infant deaths in Africa
Press Release

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, May 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Mobile-health service GiftedMom has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a pledge to expand its operations in three new African countries and stop easily preventable maternal and infant deaths. The innovative healthcare provider connects medical professionals to pregnant women and nursing mothers on mobile phones across Cameroon as well as provide health information for its users via SMS, online articles and a smartphone application.

Carnival Corporation's AIDA Supports Everyday Heroines with 30,000 Euros

Press Release

April 10, 2018 /3BL Media/ - AIDA presented three everyday heroines with a check of 10,000 euros each during three AIDAprima cruises between March 10 to 31, 2018. Bettina Landgrafe, Anja Gehlken and Sylke Hoß were recognized for their voluntary work and courage by Europe’s biggest women’s magazine at a gala held on AIDAprima last year.

During their cruises, the winners gave the AIDA audience deep and emotional insights into their activities and current projects during the daily talk show in the AIDA Theatrium.

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