The West African regional bloc confronted a political rift over the 'potential exits' of nations led by military juntas.
The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa said the health leader was "targeted by an Ethiopian government investigation that appears to have been politically motivated."
Speakers blamed major economies for a system that puts profits over fighting poverty and caring for the planet.
There's a growing industry and more tools for producing and distributing disinformation. Meanwhile, authorities are getting more aggressive and hostile toward journalists.
As the continent faces a raft of complications, the African Union's ambitious goal of tackling structural root causes and drivers of conflict for sustainable development is in doubt.
Mozambique, which holds the U.N. Security Council's monthly revolving presidency, hosted a discussion on how to strengthen efforts between the United Nations and regional organizations at curbing terrorism and violent extremism.
The proposed global pact is named the Christchurch Call after the New Zealand city where 51 people were killed in March.
The Geneva-based International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development, or ICTSD, which was founded in 1996, said it was closing down immediately.