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UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The latest news on the United Nations General Assembly:

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi said vaccine equity must remain a priority for developing countries as many have not met World Health Organization targets for vaccines against COVID-19.

“This underscores the urgent need to continue to promote vaccine equity through international solidarity, as well as to address vaccine hesitancy by countering misinformation and raising awareness of the science around vaccine efficacy and safety. vaccines,” Masisi told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

The WHO had called on countries to fully vaccinate 70% of their population by mid-2022. While Masisi said Botswana has enough vaccine to immunize everyone who is eligible, only 61% are fully immunized in the southern African country.

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Niger’s president warns that climate change is helping to fuel Islamic extremism in Africa’s Sahel region.

Mohamed Bazoum said prolonged droughts caused by global warming “threaten the practice of pastoral livestock” in West Africa. This leads many young shepherds to turn instead to extremist groups.

“The terrorism that is rampant in the Sahel today is linked to the living conditions of certain communities whose environment has been considerably affected by climate change,” Bazoum told the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

While thanking France, the United States and Germany for their help in the fight against the insurgency, the Nigerien leader also denounced a persistent lack of international funding.

Niger has seen dozens of deadly attacks on civilians over the past year near its border with Mali, where extremists have long been active. France recently transferred its troops from Mali to Niger following a deterioration in relations with the leader of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, who took power in a coup two years ago.

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For more AP coverage of the United Nations General Assembly, visit https://apnews.com/hub/united-nations-general-assembly

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