The entire continent's promising outlook for 2020 will have to be revised.
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The continent's economy could shrink up to 1.1 percent this year, trade could fall 35 percent from 2019 levels, and oil producers, tourist destinations will be hit hard, a study by African Union says.
The UN’s most powerful body has been meeting by video because of Covid-19, which has hit New York City, where the UN has its headquarters, exceedingly hard.
As countries around the world struggle to contain the coronavirus pandemic, aid groups warn that without measures millions could die in low-income countries and war zones.
The United Nations Security Council will meet on March 26 to decide whether or not to gradually withdraw by the end of October some 7,800 troops, known as the "Blue Helmets," from the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).
Senior AU official says decision taken because militant "threat is expanding" in Sahel, a semi-arid strip below Africa's Sahara desert.
Somali presidential spokesman Abdinur Mohamed confirms meeting, saying "It was behind closed doors and no communique is being released. It was an ice-breaking one."
The union has experienced some success in mediating conflict but it has fallen short of its stated aims.
African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat says US President Trump's controversial plan "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people" –– a line that drew applause in main hall at AU headquarters in Ethiopia.
The two-day summit has taken as its theme "Silencing the Guns", yet AU officials are well aware of their failure to achieve the goal adopted in 2013 of ending "all wars in Africa by 2020".
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