Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the passing of Ambassador ret. Adamantios Vasilakis

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs mourns the loss of the Ambassador ret. Adamantios Vasilakis, an outstanding diplomat who honored our country and was a model and source of inspiration for all those who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Ambassador Adamantios Vasilakis entered the Diplomatic Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972 and during his tenure served in key positions in the European Union and the United Nations.

In the period 2002-2007 he was the Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations. In 2005-2006 he represented Greece in the UN Security Council. Since 2007 was the chief negotiator of Greece in the negotiations with the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy on the naming dispute, M. Nimetz.

Adamantios Vasilakis served Greece with honesty, dignity and loyalty to duty. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, the political and service leadership of the Ministry, as well as his colleagues express their heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the videoconference of Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita (June 30, 2021)

During a videoconference held today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita discussed the prospects of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, regional developments with emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as the deepening of the European Union-Morocco strategic relationship.

In this context, the Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated Greece’s firm support in this relationship. The refugee-migrant issue was also considered, as well as the challenges it poses and the efforts made to address it.

Killing of protesters in Ejura: new low in Ghana’s descent into lawlessness

The killing of two protesters in Ejura in the Ashanti Region of Ghana marks a new low in Ghana’s descent into lawlessness, and the Media Foundation for West Africa MFWA condemns it in the strongest terms.

The killings occurred on June 29, 2021, following clashes between joint police and military team and a crowd of irate protesters. The protests erupted shortly after the burial of Ibrahim Anyass Muhammed, alias Kaaka, a popular social activist who died from his injuries on June 28 after being attacked by some thugs.

The joint police and military team had been deployed to the town in anticipation of troubles, clashed with the protesters, leading to the death of two and injury to at least ten others. This comes on the heels of the 2020 general elections which recorded at least five deaths and several other incidents in perhaps the most violent elections under the Fourth Republic. Ahead of the general elections, the country had witnessed some serious security breaches during the Ayawaso West Wuogon Parliamentary by-election of 2019 which was marred by violence with National Security Operatives in the thick of affairs.

The MFWA finds it scandalous that the authorities deployed armed security personnel to confront distraught members of a community that has suffered a painful bereavement rather than proactively send emissaries to liaise with the chiefs, youth leaders and elders to calm tempers.

We are concerned about the increasing number of botched security operations that have resulted in flagrant abuses of human rights. The attack on the protesters went well beyond the pale of reasonable force, and violates the UN-sanctioned Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials, which states, among others, that;

  • Governments and law enforcement agencies should develop a range of means as broad as possible and equip law enforcement officials with various types of weapons and ammunition that would allow for a differentiated use of force and firearms. These should include the development of non-lethal incapacitating weapons for use in appropriate situations, with a view to increasingly restraining the application of means capable of causing death or injury to persons. For the same purpose, it should also be possible for law enforcement officials to be equipped with self-defensive equipment such as shields, helmets, bullet-proof vests and bullet-proof means of transportation, in order to decrease the need to use weapons of any kind.
  • The development and deployment of non-lethal incapacitating weapons should be carefully evaluated in order to minimize the risk of endangering uninvolved persons, and the use of such weapons should be carefully controlled.
  • Law enforcement officials, in carrying out their duty, shall, as far as possible, apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force and firearms. They may use force and firearms only if other means remain ineffective or without any promise of achieving the intended result.

The above-mentioned Principles also urges governments to “ensure that arbitrary or abusive use of force and firearms by law enforcement officials is punished as a criminal offence.”

In view of the above, we welcome the call by President Akufo-Addo for a public inquiry into the deadly crackdown on protesters at Ejura. While the call is in order, the outcome of the inquiry is more critical. There have been many such inquiries in the past whose outcomes have produced nothing concrete. These include the Emile Short inquiry into the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election incidents. Ghanaians demand and deserve a credible probe leading to retribution for the perpetrators of the Ejura violence and killing.

Survey Projects Demand for Business School Graduates to Rebound in Post-Pandemic Era

9 in 10 corporate recruiters bullish on MBA hiring and salary premium fueled by technology sector growth

RESTON, Va., June 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™), a global association of leading graduate business schools, today released its annual 2021 Corporate Recruiters Survey. The report found that corporate recruiters project a robust demand for business school graduates, with nine in ten of them expecting it to increase or remain stable in the next five years. In addition, a higher proportion of recruiters in 2021 (37%) expect the demand to increase than that in the previous year (30%), with more than half of the European recruiters (54%) sharing such a view compared to their Asian (32%) and American (34%) counterparts.

“In a little more than a decade, the proportion of surveyed recruiters planning to hire MBA graduates has grown significantly, a trend especially notable in Europe, where the percentage jumped from 44 percent in 2010 to nearly twice as much (86%) in 2021, and in the United States, where it grew from 56 percent to 94 percent, a 68 percent increase,” said Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC. “As corporations recover from the pandemic and rebuild their workforces, it is no surprise that business school graduates ― with their leadership and managerial skills in high demand ― are specially strengthened in their value proposition as an employee and uniquely positioned to meet today’s economic challenges.”

Key Findings

MBA salary and hiring are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels

In 2020, the projected MBA median salary reached an all-time high of $115,000 before COVID-19 severely disrupted the global economy and caused it to drop down to $105,000 three months into the pandemic. However, the median MBA salary for 2021 is projected to recover to its pre-pandemic 2020 level of $115,000. At this rate, the median salary of MBA graduates is 77 percent more than those with a bachelor’s degree ($65,000) and 53 percent higher as compared to those hired directly from industry ($75,000). This salary premium shows that investing in an MBA credential continues to pay off over the time, helping an MBA graduate earn $3 million more in his or her lifetime than someone holding only a bachelor’s degree. GMAC’s own mba.com offers a helpful tool to calculate the return of investment (ROI) for business school graduates.

Before the pandemic, 92 percent of recruiters indicated they were planning to hire MBA graduates in 2020. However, the disruptions caused by COVID-19 adversely affected those plans, and hence the actual hiring of MBA graduates (80%) was lower than 2020 projections. Looking ahead, the proportion of recruiters planning to hire MBAs in 2021 (91%) returns to the same level as pre-pandemic 2020 (92%). The MBA hiring projections exhibit strength across key regions and industries. Specifically, 95 percent of the recruiters in the consulting sector, an industry in most demand by MBA graduates, are projecting to hire them—a reversal from the 2020 actual hiring of 76%.

Technology sector embraces MBA graduates for hiring and promotion

According to survey respondents, demand for MBA graduates by the technology industry is anticipated to increase by 10 percentage points in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic 2020. In fact, with 96 percent of tech recruiters projecting to hire MBA graduates in 2021, the demand for MBA talents tops the previous three years. The data also show that two in three (68%) recruiters in the technology sector agree that leaders in their organizations tend to have a graduate business school education—an increase of 11 percentage points from 2020 (57%).

“Technology companies are placing a high value on leaders who are not just technically skilled, but also have strong strategic, interpersonal, communication and decision-making skills, as well as an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion and sustainability in their organizations – these will be critical to driving organizational growth and innovation,” said Peter Johnson, Assistant Dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “These core skills represent the signature business schools are imbuing in graduates from their MBA and business master’s programs.”

Perceptions of online programs are mixed depending on region, sector

Online programs have been gaining traction in recent years. According to GMAC data, 50 more online MBA programs accepted GMAT scores in the testing year (TY) 2020 as compared to five years earlier in TY 2016. In addition, 84 percent of online MBA programs reported an increase in applications in GMAC’s 2020 Application Trends Survey.

However, when corporate recruiters were asked about their level of agreement with the statement “My organization values graduates of online and in-person programs equally,” only one-third (34%) of them agreed. In terms of industries, recruiters from the finance and accounting industry (41%) are more likely to view graduates of online programs as equal to their on-campus peers, compared to their recruiting counterparts in consulting (25%) or technology (28%). As online programs are clearly a fast-growing area of graduate management education, the sustainability of demand will require a higher level of acceptance by employers, particularly when GMAC’s latest candidate research suggests a similar disparity in terms of perception of online versus in-person programs.

“As business schools continue to evolve modalities and more candidates are able to access MBA and business master’s programs through online delivery, this presents the graduate management education community with an opportunity to align expectations and outcomes for graduates and corporate recruiters,” said Chowfla.

About the Survey

GMAC has been conducting the Corporate Recruiter Survey on behalf of the graduate management education community since 2001. This year’s survey, administered in partnership with the Association of MBAs (AMBA), the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA), and career services offices at participating graduate business schools worldwide, received 529 responses between February 25 – March 31, 2021. More details of the full report, and other research series produced by GMAC, are available on gmac.com.

About GMAC

The Graduate Management Admission Council™ (GMAC™) is a mission-driven association of leading graduate business schools worldwide. Founded in 1953, GMAC creates solutions and experiences that enable business schools and candidates to better discover, evaluate, and connect with each other.

GMAC provides world-class research, industry conferences, recruiting tools, and assessments for the graduate management education industry, as well as tools, resources, events, and services that help guide candidates through their higher education journey. Owned and administered by GMAC, the Graduate Management Admission Test™ (GMAT™) exam is the most widely used graduate business school assessment.

GMAC also owns and administers the NMAT by GMAC™ (NMAT™) exam and the Executive Assessment (EA). More than 7 million candidates on their business master’s or MBA journey visited GMAC’s mba.com last year to explore business school options, prepare and register for exams, and get advice on the admissions process. BusinessBecause and The MBA Tour are subsidiaries of GMAC, a global organization with offices in China, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.gmac.com

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La Fondation Gates s’engage à allouer 2,1 milliards de dollars pour faire avancer l’égalité des sexes dans le monde entier

Les engagements pris lors du Forum Génération Égalité feront progresser l’indépendance économique des femmes, renforceront la santé et le planning familial et accéléreront la présence des femmes aux postes de direction, car les femmes souffrent de manière disproportionnée de la pandémie.

PARIS, 30 juin 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dans le cadre du Forum Génération Egalité organisé par l’ONU Femmes et co-organisé par les gouvernements du Mexique et de la France, la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates a annoncé aujourd’hui un engagement de 2,1 milliards de dollars au cours des cinq prochaines années pour faire progresser l’indépendance économique des femmes, renforcer la santé et le planning familial des femmes et des filles et promouvoir les fonctions de leadership des femmes.

Le forum, qui se déroulera à Paris du 30 juin au 2 juillet 2021, rassemblera des gouvernements, le secteur privé et des partenaires de la société civile pour s’engager sur des actions spécifiques et annoncer des engagements financiers, politiques et de programmes qui permettront d’accélérer l’égalité des sexes et feront progresser les droits des femmes. Jamais depuis la quatrième conférence mondiale sur les femmes en 1995, où 47 000 participants et militants s’étaient rendus à Pékin, le monde ne s’est réuni pour prendre des mesures ambitieuses qui auront un impact considérable pour les femmes et les filles.

« Le monde se bat pour l’égalité des sexes depuis des décennies mais les progrès sont lents. C’est maintenant l’occasion de relancer un mouvement et d’apporter un réel changement », a déclaré Melinda French Gates, coprésidente de la Fondation Gates. « La beauté de notre combat pour l’égalité des sexes est que chaque être humain en tirera profit. Nous devons saisir ce moment pour bâtir un avenir meilleur et plus égalitaire. »

Le forum se déroule à un moment critique. Bien que nous ayons constaté des progrès au cours du dernier quart de siècle, nulle part au monde les femmes ne sont sur un pied d’égalité avec les hommes. Des vagues d’opposition aux droits des femmes ont émergé et des obstacles structurels à l’égalité des sexes et à la santé des femmes existent toujours.

L’engagement de 2,1 milliards de dollars de la Fondation au cours des cinq prochaines années fera progresser les activités dans trois domaines : l’indépendance économique, la santé et le planning familial et l’accélération de l’accession des femmes à des postes à responsabilité. Le financement comprend :

  • Indépendance économique : 650 millions de dollars sur cinq ans :  ce financement, qui s’inscrit dans le prolongement des travaux actuels de la Fondation sur l’indépendance économique des femmes, soutiendra les collectifs d’indépendance des femmes, renforcera l’économie des soins, améliorera l’inclusion financière des femmes et réduira les obstacles au travail rémunéré.
  • Planification familiale et santé : 1,4 milliard de dollars sur cinq ans :  cette somme réaffirme et élargit l’engagement de la fondation en faveur du planning familial et de la santé des femmes, en mettant l’accent sur l’augmentation des options et de l’accès aux contraceptifs et le soutien à un réseau de partenaires du planning familial, notamment le Partenariat pour l’approvisionnement en fournitures du FNUAP, le Planning familial 2030, le Mécanisme de financement mondial et la nouvelle initiative Shaping Equitable Market Access for Reproductive Health.
  • Accélération du leadership des femmes :  100 millions de dollars sur cinq ans / 230 millions de dollars sur 10 ans : il s’agit d’un tout nouvel engagement financier visant à accélérer l’inclusion des femmes dans les rôles de direction, principalement dans les domaines de la santé, du droit et de l’économie. Il comprend une contribution à un nouveau fonds mis en place par Co-Impact qui vise à démanteler les obstacles systémiques à l’égalité des sexes et au leadership des femmes et des filles dans le monde.

« L’égalité des sexes doit être au cœur des efforts mondiaux visant à réaliser des progrès vers les Objectifs de développement durable », a déclaré Bill Gates, coprésident de la Fondation Gates. « La priorité accordée à l’égalité des sexes n’est pas seulement la bonne chose à faire, elle est essentielle pour lutter contre la pauvreté et les maladies évitables. Le Forum Génération Égalité est une occasion de tenir les dirigeants responsables afin que nous puissions nous assurer que tout le monde, partout, ait la possibilité de vivre une vie saine et productive. »

Aujourd’hui, la Fondation Gates a également publié de nouvelles données qui montrent que les inégalités causées par la pandémie augmentent à un rythme alarmant, en raison des perturbations des services de santé pour les femmes, des pertes d’emplois dans les secteurs où les femmes sont sur-représentées et une forte augmentation des besoins en matière de soins et d’autres tâches non rémunérées. « Les répercussions de la pandémie ont contribué à priver les femmes et les jeunes filles de leurs chances de réussite », a déclaré French Gates

Selon l’Organisation internationale du Travail :

  • Le chômage des femmes a augmenté de 9 millions en 2020 par rapport à 2019 et devrait encore augmenter de 2 millions en 2021. Cette tendance n’est pas observée chez les hommes, qui devraient voir le chômage revenir à son niveau pré-pandémique en 2021.
  • En 2021, le nombre total d’emplois féminins dans le monde devrait rester de 13 millions inférieur à son niveau de 2019. En revanche, le nombre total d’emplois masculin devrait lui revenir à un niveau proche de celui de 2019, exacerbant ainsi les inégalités existantes au sein de la population active.

De nouvelles données d’Eurasia Group soulignent également que les politiques d’égalité entre les sexes peuvent alimenter la reprise économique mondiale à la suite de la pandémie de COVID-19 :

  • En donnant accès aux services de garde d’enfants aux femmes du monde entier qui en sont actuellement dépourvues, on pourrait générer jusqu’à 3 billions de dollars de PIB supplémentaires chaque année en leur permettant d’intégrer la population active.
  • La mise en place de programmes de transferts monétaires à l’échelle mondiale pourrait sortir jusqu’à 100 millions de femmes de la pauvreté absolue, définie comme le fait de vivre avec moins de 2 dollars par jour.

« Les femmes et les filles étaient déjà confrontées à des obstacles uniques à leur pleine participation à la vie sociale et économique et les dernières données montrent que la pandémie n’a fait qu’accentuer les disparités entre les sexes », a déclaré Mark Suzman, PDG de la Fondation Gates. « Chaque point de ces données représente une femme qui se bat pour un avenir meilleur et ce financement reflète notre engagement de longue date à soutenir toutes les femmes dans leur combat pour un monde plus juste et plus égalitaire. »

La fondation s’est engagée en faveur du planning familial et de la santé des femmes depuis ses débuts, il y a plus de 20 ans. Depuis près d’une décennie, elle soutient des partenaires dans le monde entier pour éliminer les obstacles structurels auxquels les femmes et les filles sont confrontées et pour faire avancer l’indépendance économique des femmes. L’égalité des sexes est au cœur des travaux de la Fondation et la Division de l’égalité des sexes vise à accélérer les progrès vers un monde plus égalitaire.

À propos de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates

Guidée par la conviction que chaque vie a une valeur égale, la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates s’efforce d’aider tous les individus à mener une vie saine et productive. Dans les pays en développement, elle vise à améliorer la santé des populations et à leur donner la possibilité de se sortir de la faim et de l’extrême pauvreté. Aux États-Unis, elle cherche à faire en sorte que tous les individus, en particulier ceux qui ont le moins de ressources, aient accès aux opportunités dont ils ont besoin pour réussir à l’école et dans la vie. Basée à Seattle, Washington, la fondation est dirigée par le PDG Mark Suzman, sous la direction de Bill Gates et Melinda French Gates.

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