African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Announces 2nd International Conference; Call for Abstracts

 

ASLM2014 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 30 November – 4 December 2014

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The importance of laboratory research and quality diagnostics cannot be overstated, especially at a time when Africa is challenged by disease outbreaks. Opportunities to publicise research findings among a global audience are uniquely available to African scientists, researchers and policymakers at the second international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM), http://www.ASLM2014.org.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/aslm.jpg

 

The ASLM conference, ASLM2014, is a platform for the global laboratory community to share best practices, acquire knowledge and debate innovative approaches for tackling major health challenges. The conference theme is “Innovation and Integration of Laboratory and Clinical Systems: Reshaping the Future of HIV, Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria, Influenza, Neglected Tropical Diseases and Emerging Pathogens in Africa.”

 

Abstract submission remains open until 30 April 2014.

 

ASLM2014 will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 30 November – 4 December 2014, and it will serve to highlight ASLM’s pan-African efforts to improve quality patient care and disease control through improved laboratory systems and networks in Africa.

 

“Laboratories play a strategic role in global health security,” said Dr. Tsehaynesh Messele, ASLM Chief Executive Officer. “Sharing best practices allows the African health community to capitalise on the historical movement to improve laboratory efficiency, lower costs and develop sustainable local capacity. Through events such as ASLM2014, we can expand our knowledge and charter new territory to advocate for the critical role and advancement of laboratory medicine in Africa.”

 

To learn more about the second international conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine, visit http://www.ASLM2014.org.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM).

 

 

Media contact: Corey White, cwhite@aslm.org, (+251) 11-557-1021

 

SOURCE 

African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)


 

Côte d’Ivoire / Le contingent Jordanien (JORBATT 15) reçoit la médaille des Nations Unies des mains de la Représentante spéciale

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 17 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ « C’est un plaisir pour moi de vous remettre, au nom du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies, cette médaille en reconnaissance de votre remarquable contribution au processus de paix en Côte d’Ivoire. Vous illustrez le modèle parfait de ce que recommande la charte des Nations Unies » : c’est ce qu’a déclaré la Représentante spéciale du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour la Côte d’Ivoire et Chef de l’Opération des Nations Unies en Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Mme Aïchatou Mindaoudou, en remettant, ce mardi 15 avril 2014 à Abidjan, la médaille des Nation Unies à 849 Casques bleus du contingent Jordanien de la force de l’ONUCI (JORBATT 15).

 

La Chef de l’ONUCI les a exhortés à accomplir le mandat du Conseil de sécurité par leur professionnalisme et leur dévouement effectif et constant. « Je suis plus que confiante que vous continuerez à travailler avec acharnement à la consolidation de la paix et de la sécurité en Côte d’Ivoire », leur a-t-elle dit.

 

Pour la Représentante spéciale, la remise de la médaille des Nations Unies aux Casques bleus était la reconnaissance de leur dévouement, leur professionnalisme et leur contribution à la réalisation de la paix partout dans le monde. « Je voudrais féliciter les récipiendaires et profiter de cette occasion pour adresser ma gratitude au contingent Jordanien. Les Nations Unies attachent un grand prix aux efforts accomplis par ceux qui portent la tenue des Casques bleus pour la restauration de la paix et de la sécurité dans le monde », a fait savoir Mme Mindaoudou. Selon la Représentante spéciale, cette médaille avait pour objectif de motiver le contingent Jordanien à continuer à travailler inlassablement pour accomplir les nobles objectifs des Nations Unies que constituent la paix et la sécurité.

 

La Représentante spéciale a, par ailleurs, demandé aux Casques bleus jordaniens de se souvenir de ceux qui sont tombés sur le champ d’honneur au service de la paix. « Quoique ce jour soit un jour de réjouissance, nous devons l’utiliser pour rendre hommage à nos collègues qui ont perdu leur vie au service de la paix », a-t-elle déclaré.

 

Mme Mindaoudou a rappelé que les forces armées jordaniennes contribuaient de façon significative aux opérations de paix dans le monde. « Leur participation à la mission de la paix a commencé en 1989 en Angola. Aujourd’hui, elles servent au Liberia, en République Démocratique du Congo, en Haïti, au Darfour et au Sud Soudan. Les JORBATT et les JOCOY sont arrivés respectivement en 2006 et 2005. Ils ont prouvé leur engagement à travers les soutiens médicaux, l’assistance aux populations et la provision de la paix pendant les périodes électorales », a-t-elle encore fait savoir.

 

Pour sa part, le Brigadier général Taha-Al-Aqeel, Commandant du secteur Abidjan a affirmé que son contingent était honoré de participer à la mission de maintien de la paix sous les auspices des Nations Unies. « Cette organisation est en train de faire des efforts considérables à travers le monde pour permettre à tous de vivre dans la paix… L’armée jordanienne n’hésitera pas à faire son noble devoir pour apporter aide et protection aux faibles », a-t-il conclu.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

Conférence de presse de l’Experte indépendante chargée de la situation des Droits de l’Homme en République centrafricaine

 

BANGUI, République Centrafricaine, 17 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ A l’issue de sa seconde visite en République centrafricaine, du 10 au 19 avril 2014, l’Experte indépendante chargée de la situation des Droits de l’Homme en République centrafricaine, Mme Marie Thérèse Keita Bocoum, animera une conférence de presse.

Quand ?

Jeudi 17 avril 2014 à 15:00

Où ?

Salle de conférence de la MINUSCA

Siège de la Mission : Bangui

PK4, Avenue Barthélémy Boganda

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

Le sénateur Larry Smith soulignera l’appui du Canada aux initiatives de réduction de la pauvreté au Ghana

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 16 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’honorable Larry Smith, sénateur (Québec–Saurel), soulignera l’appui du Canada pour des modes de subsistance durables et des programmes sur la santé au Ghana, lors d’une allocution au campus Macdonald de l’Université McGill.

M. Smith annoncera un partenariat de programmation entre le gouvernement du Canada et l’Université McGill et parlera du soutien à d’autres initiatives sur la sécurité alimentaire au Ghana.

DATE : Le jeudi 17 avril 2014

 

HEURE : 10 h 30

 

LIEU : Édifice Macdonald-Stewart, pièce MS2-022

Université McGill, campus Macdonald

21111, chemin Lakeshore

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Senator Larry Smith to highlight Canada’s support for poverty-reduction efforts in Ghana

 

OTTAWA, Canada, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Honourable Larry Smith, Senator (Québec – Saurel), will highlight Canada’s support for sustainable livelihoods and health programming in Ghana, during an address at McGill University’s Macdonald Campus.

During the address, Senator Smith will make an announcement about a programming partnership between the Government of Canada and McGill University, and highlight support for other food-security initiatives in Ghana.

DATE: Thursday, April 17, 2014

 

TIME: 10:30 am

 

LOCATION: Macdonald Stewart Building, Room MS2-022

McGill University, Macdonald Campus

21111 Lakeshore Road

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the bombing incident in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria

 

TOKYO, Japan, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ 1. The Government of Japan deeply regrets the bombing incident in the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria on April 14, 2014, which caused many casualties. Japan expresses its deep condolences for those who have been killed and the bereaved families, and also extends its heartfelt sympathy to those wounded in the incident.

 

2. Terrorism cannot be justified on any ground or for any purpose. The Government of Japan firmly condemns every act of terrorism.

 

3. Japan strongly hopes that the Government of Nigeria and its people overcome ethnics and religious differences, and continue making efforts toward the stabilization of the security situation.

 

SOURCE 

Japan – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

Didier Reynders condamne l’attaque lâche contre Emmanuel de Mérode en RDC


 

Didier Reynders condamne l’attaque lâche contre Emmanuel de Mérode en RDC

 

BRUXELLES, Royaume de Belgique, 16 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères, Didier Reynders, a appris avec consternation l’attaque lâche dont Emmanuel de Mérode a fait l’objet le 15 avril dans l’après-midi sur la route entre Goma et Rumangabo dans l’Est de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) et au cours de laquelle il a été blessé par balles.

 

Emmené à l’hôpital Heal Africa de Goma, Emmanuel de Mérode a subi une opération à laquelle ont également pris part deux chirurgiens de la Mission de l’Organisation des Nations-Unies pour la stabilisation en RDC (MONUSCO). Selon les premières informations reçues, son état de santé est stable. Le ministre lui souhaite un prompt rétablissement.

 

Nommé en août 2008 par l’Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN), Emmanuel de Mérode est le Directeur du Parc National des Virunga situé dans l’Est de la RDC. Son travail, son expertise et son engagement sont unanimement reconnus. Premier parc naturel d’Afrique et connu notamment pour les gorilles des montagnes et les okapis qu’il abrite, le Parc des Virunga est classé au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Il est aussi un des parcs les plus menacés au monde.

 

Didier Reynders invite les autorités congolaises à mettre en œuvre tous les moyens nécessaires pour faire la lumière sur cette attaque et en identifier le plus rapidement possible les auteurs. La Belgique suivra de près la progression de l’enquête.

 

SOURCE 

Belgium – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

France / Mali – Prolongation de la mission européenne de formation et de conseil aux forces armées (15 avril 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 16 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 16 avril 2014

 

La France salue la décision, adoptée hier par l’Union européenne, de prolonger pour deux années supplémentaires la mission européenne de formation et de conseil aux forces armées maliennes (EUTM Mali). Depuis son lancement en février 2013, cette mission a permis de contribuer avec succès à la restructuration des forces de défense maliennes et notamment à la formation de quatre bataillons.

 

Nous participons activement aux initiatives européennes dans le domaine de la réforme du secteur de la sécurité au Mali, et en particulier à celles visant au renforcement des capacités maliennes. La France soutient à ce titre la décision, également prise hier, d’envoi d’une mission européenne de conseil et de formation du même type au profit des forces de sécurité intérieure (EUCAP Sahel Mali). Elle interviendra en coordination avec la mission des Nations Unies sur place (MINUSMA).

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

France / Nigeria – Enlèvement de lycéennes dans l’Etat de Borno (14 avril 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 16 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 16 avril 2014

 

La France condamne l’enlèvement de plus de cent lycéennes nigerianes par un groupe terroriste, survenu le 14 avril dans l’Etat de Borno.

 

Nous appelons à leur libération immédiate.

 

Dans ce moment difficile, la France assure les familles concernées et les autorités nigerianes de sa solidarité dans la lutte contre le terrorisme.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

FCO Press Release: Foreign Office Minister meets President of Somalia


 

FCO Press Release: Foreign Office Minister meets President of Somalia

 

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Mark Simmonds meets President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia

Foreign Office Minister for Africa visited Somalia on 15 April to demonstrate UK support for Somali peace and development. He held constructive talks with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the Defence Minister and other government ministers on issues including security, human rights and economic development.

During the visit the Minister expressed concern about recent terrorist attacks in Mogadishu and welcomed the advances made by the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Somali National Army in securing more territory from Al Shabaab. He also visited Villa Somalia, where he gave a keynote address on the progress made, the challenges still ahead in Somalia and UK support.

Mr Simmonds said:

“I am delighted to have visited Somalia at a crucial time for the Federal Government in their fight against Al Shabaab. The UK remains at the vanguard of international efforts to support the people of Somalia in their desire to build a stable, democratic and prosperous society. I reiterated UK support in my discussions with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and other ministers. I also encouraged the Federal Government to inject further momentum in its efforts towards a federal settlement and constitution ahead of elections in 2016.

“In Mogadishu I saw first-hand some of the progress made since my last visit the challenges that conflict brings, in particular its impact on women and children. I was glad to visit a PSVI empowerment centre for victims of sexual violence. We will work with the UN and Somalia to ensure that security is provided to all communities in a way that upholds the highest human rights standards.”

 

SOURCE 

United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON LIBYA


 

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON LIBYA

 

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):

 

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the Jordanian diplomatic convoy in Tripoli, Libya, on 15 April, which resulted in the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador and injuries to his driver.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at this attack and called for the immediate release of the Jordanian ambassador.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed. They underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of such acts to justice.

 

The members of the Security Council called on the Libyan authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, to respect fully their international obligations in this regard and to work towards the safe release of the ambassador.

 

The members of the Security Council recalled the fundamental principle of the inviolability of the persons of diplomatic agents and consular officers, and the obligations on host Governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, to take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on the person, freedom or dignity of such agents or officers.

 

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the durable commitment of the international community to support Libya’s transition to a peaceful and prosperous democracy.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

IOM Launches Report Highlighting Psychosocial Needs in South Sudan


 

IOM Launches Report Highlighting Psychosocial Needs in South Sudan

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ IOM has issued a report on psychosocial needs and resources in South Sudan, highlighting serious protection and mental health concerns in a country that has been wracked by conflict as well as major deficiencies in the health care system.

 

The report is based on an assessment of the psychosocial support needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) seeking protection on the UN peacekeeping compound in Bor. Forty-eight interviews with 192 individuals were conducted during the assessment, together with interviews and focus group discussions with humanitarian actors and community leaders.

 

The report aims to identify psychosocial needs, resources and gaps in displacement sites, and determine the existing technical resources and coordination mechanisms that could be mobilized in response to those needs. Furthermore, through sharing the report and opening dialogue on psychosocial needs, IOM aims to help build the psychosocial response capacity of humanitarian partners in the country.

 

The outbreak of conflict in December 2013 has displaced over one million South Sudanese from their homes and taken an enormous physical and emotional toll on the country.

 

When asked to identify their main feelings, over 80 per cent of the displaced persons interviewed in Bor expressed negative emotions, including fears and concerns, a general feeling of being emotionally unwell, and uncertainty and confusion about the future.

 

These findings emphasize the overwhelming need for more attention to be given to psychosocial support in the country’s displacement sites.

 

“Psychosocial support is about helping individuals, families and communities to develop and maintain their existing coping mechanisms,” said Guglielmo Schininá, Head of IOM’s Mental Health, Psychosocial Response and Intercultural Communication Section. “It is an approach that can potentiate humanitarian assistance as a whole and ultimately pave the way for dialogue among and between individuals, groups and communities.”

 

The report identifies a series of actions promoting well-being at the individual, family and community levels. These actions include support to activities promoting resilience, such as religious services and recreation activities for children, adolescents and adults, as well as training on psychosocial counselling for social workers within the community.

 

“The underlying emotional impact of conflict on individuals and families is often overlooked,” said IOM Migration Health Officer Haley E. West. “Failing to address these psychosocial needs can have a negative impact on communities and be a driver of future conflict.”

 

As a next step, IOM is working to fund a proposal based on this assessment to pilot a community-based psychosocial support project in Bor and other field locations throughout South Sudan.

 

The full report can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/P002Gu

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

IOM Targets Returnees to Neighbouring Countries in CAR Regional Response Plan


 

IOM Targets Returnees to Neighbouring Countries in CAR Regional Response Plan

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) is causing massive human displacement and neighbouring countries with limited resources are carrying an increasingly heavy financial burden.

 

Tens of thousands of CAR Muslims, migrants and returnees fleeing armed groups continue to pour into Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo (RoC). An estimated 200,000 have already fled CAR.

 

IOM has stepped up its response to the influx in Chad and Cameroon, and is now present on the borders of both countries to provide registration, medical and psychosocial assistance, and onward travel.

 

IOM registration teams report that many returnees and migrants arrive at borders in a desperate state after living out in the open for long periods of time. Many have lost their livelihoods and have limited access to safe water, hygiene and primary health care.

 

Families and individuals are subsisting on depleted savings and are unable to pay for onward transport to their places of origin or to be reunited with family members.

 

IOM is coordinating assistance to Third Country Nationals and returnees in close collaboration with the respective governments, the UN and other humanitarian actors.

 

It has already supported the evacuation and return to their home country of over 100,000 stranded and vulnerable migrants, including more than 10,000 who received direct international transport assistance. Returns have been organized from both CAR and neighboring Cameroon, mainly to Chad.

 

IOM will today take part in the launch of the CAR Regional Response Plan 2014, a multi-sector response implemented by 15 agencies, including IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, FAO, UNWOMEN, Avions Sans Frontieres, CARE, Caritas, IMC, Oxfam, PLAN International, Premiere Urgence and Save the Children International.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

Cameroonian newspaper editor jailed for defamation


 

Cameroonian newspaper editor jailed for defamation

 

NEW YORK, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Authorities in Cameroon should release a newspaper editor who has been imprisoned since March 29 after being convicted of criminal defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On Friday, a judge postponed indefinitely a bail hearing for Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus, according to news reports.

 

On March 10, a court in the northwestern city of Bamenda sentenced Nicodemus, publisher and editor of the private weekly The Monitor, to four months in prison and ordered him to pay 10 million CFA francs in damages (US$21,000), his defense lawyer, Yijofmen Kol, told CPJ. The journalist was not at the trial, news reports said. He is being held at a prison in Bamenda.

 

Kol told CPJ he has appealed the conviction and that a hearing is scheduled for April 28.

 

The charges were based on a complaint filed by the Cameroon Co-operative Credit Union League (CAMCCUL), an umbrella body of cooperative credit unions, over a series of articles published in The Monitor. The articles alleged, among other things, that the microfinance institution had used and distributed unlicensed software, embezzled funds, and engaged in bribery, according to a copy of the judgment which CPJ obtained. CAMCCUL denied the allegations.

 

The court also accused Nicodemus of failing to respond to a summons that had allegedly been served to him on December 16, according to the judgment. Kol told CPJ the journalist never received any notice of proceedings against him. The court issued an arrest warrant for Nicodemus after the verdict was announced, and he was picked up by police in the capital, Yaoundé, before being taken to Bamenda, according to Kol.

 

The African Union’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information has called for the repeal of criminal defamation laws on the continent.

 

“Defamation complaints against the press should be settled before civil court. Journalists are too often sent to prison in order to suppress allegations of corruption,” said CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Mohamed Keita. “We call on authorities in Bamenda to release Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus pending his appeal.”

 

SOURCE 

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

UN Special Representative for Somalia appeals for calm and restraint in Sool


 

UN Special Representative for Somalia appeals for calm and restraint in Sool

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, expressed his concern as tensions mounted between forces from Somaliland and Puntland in the northern region of Sool, and in particular the town of Taleh.

 

“I call for calm. The situation will not be resolved by military means. All parties must refrain from violent actions, and make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise. The Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can come from further violence and insecurity. UNSOM is coordinating our response with international partners to urge the utmost restraint. We stand ready to support any mediation efforts with all parties” said SRSG Kay.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

The African Union calls for renewed efforts to resolve the conflict in Western Sahara

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the report issued by the United Nations (UN) Secretary General on the situation concerning Western Sahara, on 10 April 2014. The report covers a wide range of issues, including the consultations undertaken by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy with the Parties to the conflict, namely the Kingdom of Morocco and the Frente Polisario, as well as with other stakeholders; the activities of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO); and humanitarian activities and human rights.

The Chairperson of the Commission notes the recommendation made for the UN Security Council comprehensively to review the framework that it provided for the negotiating process in April 2007, should no progress occur before April 2015. She also notes the call made to all relevant actors, in light of the increased interest in the natural resources of Western Sahara, to “recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants… are paramount”; as well as the recognition that the end goal remains the sustained, independent and impartial monitoring of human rights.

The Chairperson of the Commission urges the UN Security Council to seize the opportunity of the consideration of the report of the Secretary-General and the adoption of its next resolution on Western Sahara, which is expected to extend the mandate of MINURSO until 30 April 2015, to give the much-needed impetus to the search for a solution to the conflict, bearing in mind that Western Sahara has been on the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories since 1963. She recalls that, in resolution 2099 (2013) of 25 April 2013, the Security Council called upon the Parties to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General without preconditions and in good faith, with a view to achieving a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in the context of arrangements consistent with the principles and purposes of the UN Charter. It is also important that the Security Council provide MINURSO with a human rights mandate, as is the case for other UN peacekeeping operations, and address the issue of the exploitation of the Territory’s natural resources, in keeping with the legal opinion issued by the UN Legal Counsel on 29 January 2002.

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU’s support for the efforts of the UN Security Council and those of the Secretary-General, including his Personal Envoy. It is against this background, and in line with the relevant decisions adopted by the AU Executive Council, that the Commission is taking steps to consult with a number of stakeholders, including relevant international partners, with a view to urging for renewed international efforts to facilitate the early resolution of the conflict on the basis of international legality.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 16 April 2014

UN human rights expert welcomes release of Eritrean refugees in Djibouti


 

UN human rights expert welcomes release of Eritrean refugees in Djibouti

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today hailed the release of all Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers, some of whom had been held in detention for more than five years at the Nagad Police Academy in Djibouti.

 

Following joint efforts by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and civil society actors, the Djiboutian Government agreed on Sunday, 13 April 2014, to set free all Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers. The Eritrean Prisoners of War were not included under this measure.

 

“I welcome the Government of Djibouti’s decision to relocate 266 Eritreans to the UNHCR administered refugee camp in Ali Addeh in the south of the country, some of whom I met during my mission to Djibouti in 2013″ Ms. Keetharuth said.

 

The Special Rapporteur expressed great concern about rampant human rights violations in Eritrea which caused hundreds of thousands to leave their country for an unknown and precarious future.

 

“I reiterate my call on the international community to grant at least temporary refuge or protection to the more than 300,000 Eritrean refugees and asylum seekers, in line with their obligations under international refugee and human rights law,” Ms. Keetharuth stressed.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh

 

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ On Monday, May 5, President Obama will host President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti at the White House. President Guelleh’s visit underscores the strength of the strategic partnership between the United States and Djibouti, including the important role Djibouti plays in preventing conflict, promoting regional stability, and countering extremism as host to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier. The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues of mutual interest with President Guelleh, including security and counterterrorism, development, trade, and energy cooperation.

 

SOURCE 

The White House


 

New Study Shows Kenya’s Shift to Green Economy Should Generate USD 45 Billion by 2030, Build Climate Resilience and Boost Food Security / Positive Returns Projected within Seven to Ten Years

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Kenya’s transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits – equivalent to an estimated USD 45 billion by 2030 – as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched Tuesday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme.

 

The Green Economy Assessment Report: Kenya finds that the transition to an inclusive, low emission , resource efficient green economy will result in stronger economic growth and increased wealth creation opportunities by 2021.

 

Under a green economy scenario, with an investment of two percent of GDP, national GDP would exceed a business-as-usual scenario by about 12 per cent, or KES 3.6 trillion (equivalent to USD 45 billion), by 2030. Per capita national income would nearly double from KES 39,897 (USD 498.70) to KES 69,702 (USD 871.30). Under a business-as-usual investment scenario and a two per cent investment, GDP would only increase to KES 53,146 (USD 664.30) over the same period of time.

 

As green economy measures mitigate the impact of climate change, the report finds the country’s aggregated Green House Gas Emissions measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent would be 9 per cent lower by 2030 under a green economy scenario with an investment of two per cent of GDP compared to a business-as-usual scenario and a two per cent investment.

 

In the agriculture sector, the report finds that green economy investments would increase the average agriculture yield by about 15 per cent from its current baseline. Agriculture accounts for approximately one quarter of Kenya’s national GDP annually and up to 65 per cent of its exports.

 

Kenya is already implementing policies and initiatives to move towards a green economy, and this approach is recognized in the country’s long-term development blueprint and in the government’s Second Medium Term Plan (2013-2017).

 

The report finds that further green energy investments could lead to about a two per cent reduction in energy consumption and an expanded supply of electricity from renewable sources compared to business-as-usual. For example, under a green economy scenario, renewable energy would double geothermal capacity by 2030, compared to business-as-usual, and other renewable energy resources would also grow during this period, contributing to 20 per cent of the total power supply.

 

To accelerate these efforts, the report urges the government to consider adopting targeted clean energy solutions for households and institutions, such as energy efficient lighting and appliances; and, making additional investments in renewable energy, such as geothermal, solar, wind and biofuel energy.

 

While Kenya’s manufacturing sector has continued to contribute about 10 per cent to the country’s GDP for over many years, it is still one of the largest in Sub-Sahara Africa and considered a key pillar for the country’s future growth. However, the report finds that to green this sector, more public policies are needed to encourage and incentivize investment in resource-efficient and clean production processes, recycling and eco-labelling, among other transformative strategies.

 

The country’s transport sector is also critical to its green economy goals. This sector is expected to triple between 2010 and 2030, and vehicles on the road have already doubled during the last decade. To better regulate this sector and reduce emission of harmful gaseous pollutants, the report suggests that the government needs to create incentives to lower the age of its passenger and freight fleet, as well as promote more mass transit and non-motorized transport .

 

UNEP supported a consortium of Kenyan institutions that formed the “Inter-Ministerial Committee on green economy” to lead the green economy in the country. The Committee comprised members from various government ministries and the private sector organizations.

 

The report, which examines the economy-wide impacts of green investments under different scenarios, reveals that positive returns could be realized within seven to ten years.

 

It confirms that an overall green economy, resources efficiency and recycling policy framework is fundamental to underpin the success of these sector initiatives. Several areas where further government action is needed are identified, from improving regulatory compliance and developing national standards, resources efficiency and resource productivity targets ; to securing financial resources and introducing fiscal instruments like tax rebates on environment friendly technologies and innovations

 

Quotes:

 

•    Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Judi Wakhungu, said:

 

“Green Economy driven by resource efficiency is the basis for sustainable development and poverty eradication. A green economy revolution is already taking place in Kenya, where the harvesting of geothermal energy from the East African Rift is just one of the many renewable energy projects underway across the country. By learning to more accurately value our own natural resources, Kenya will be able to better harness these strategies as it moves towards a holistic, inclusive green economy in the future.”

 

•    UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said:

 

“The next wave of investment and innovation in Kenya will be driven by the need for new energy sources, wealth generation and job creation. Kenya is already demonstrating leadership by pioneering green economy approaches in the energy, urban and natural resources sectors as a vehicle to deliver its national development goals. This report confirms that the country can achieve even greater prosperity and well-being by scaling up its green investments in key sectors, while also factoring the conservation and efficient use of its natural capital into future decisions related to infrastructure, investment in the development of the energy, transport, agriculture and industry sectors.”

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 April 2014

France / Egypte


 

France / Egypte

 

PARIS, France, 15 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay -Déclarations du porte-parole – 15 avril 2014

 

Q – Confirmez-vous l’interpellation de M. Boutros Ghali ?

 

R – Nous confirmons l’interpellation le 14 avril de M. Youssef Boutros Ghali, sur la base d’une demande d’Interpol.

 

Q – Pouvez-vous nous dire où il se trouve ?

 

R – Pour les autres questions, je vous invite à interroger les ministères de la justice et de l’intérieur.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

France / Madagascar – Nomination de M. Roger Kolo au poste de Premier ministre (11 avril 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 15 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay -Déclarations du porte-parole – 15 avril 2014

 

La France félicite M. Roger Kolo à l’occasion de sa nomination au poste de Premier ministre de la République de Madagascar.

 

Nous lui adressons nos vœux de réussite.

 

Cette nomination, au terme d’élections libres et transparentes saluées par l’ensemble de la communauté internationale, permet désormais à Madagascar de clore cinq années de crise politique et de renouer avec la stabilité et le développement.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 15 April 2014

France / Libye – Enlèvement de l’ambassadeur de Jordanie (15 avril 2014)


 

France / Libye – Enlèvement de l’ambassadeur de Jordanie (15 avril 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 15 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay -Déclarations du porte-parole – 15 avril 2014

 

La France condamne l’enlèvement de l’ambassadeur de Jordanie à Tripoli. Nous appelons les autorités libyennes à tout mettre en œuvre pour protéger les agents et implantations diplomatiques, conformément à la convention de Vienne.

 

La France invite les Libyens à rejeter l’usage de la force et unir leurs efforts pour poursuivre la transition et bâtir un État de droit, dans la fidélité aux principes qui ont animé la révolution.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

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PARIS, France, 15 avril 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ RÉUSSITE, la première émission consacrée à l’économie africaine, vous donne rendez-vous vendredi 18 avril à 20H30 sur CANAL+ AFRIQUE (http://www.canalplus-afrique.com) pour son 4ème numéro.

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-         Invité : Cyrille Nkontchou.

Élé Asu reçoit le fondateur et associé-gérant de Enko Capital Management.

 

-         Dossier : Le business de la santé.

L’émergence d’un secteur pharmaceutique local, l’arrivée de nouveaux médicaments génériques, la mise en place d’une couverture maladie universelle dans de nombreux pays, la création de cliniques privées ultra équipées… Autant de progrès sensibles dans un secteur en plein développement. Il reste pourtant beaucoup à faire. La santé, mais à quel prix ?

 

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À la tête de 32 night clubs de Dar Es Salaam à Brazzaville en passant par Cape Town, Augustin Kayembe est le roi des nuits africaines. Retour sur une réussite flamboyante.

 

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À propos de Cyrille Nkontchou

 

Fondateur et associé-gérant de Enko Capital Management, fonds d’investissement à vocation panafricaine, et de Enko Education, holding spécialisée dans l’investissement des établissements scolaires privés en Afrique.

 

Agé de 45 ans, installé à Johannesburg, le Camerounais Cyrille Nkontchou est diplômé de Sciences Po et titulaire d’un MBA de la Havard Business school.  Il est de toutes les conventions économiques sur le continent et a été nommé Young Global Leader lors du Forum économique mondial de 2006. Son plaidoyer : le développement des places financières subsahariennes. Ses avis sont appréciés dans les conseils d’administration.

 

 

À propos de [RÉUSSITE]

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SOURCE 

CANAL+ AFRIQUE


 

Burkina Faso / Norbert Zongo Case: The African Court recognizes the responsibility of the State of Burkina Faso in the denial of justice for the victims

 

PARIS, France, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ FIDH and MBDHP welcome the decision of the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights in the affair concerning the assassination of the Burkinabe journalist, Norbert Zongo, and of three of his companions. Almost 16 years after these acts, the Court recognises the role of Burkina Faso in denying justice for the beneficiaries of these four murdered men.

In its ruling of 8 March 2014, the African Court found that Burkina “failed to act with due diligence in seeking, trying and judging the assassins of Norbert Zongo and his companions” [and as a result violated] “the rights of the Applicants to be heard by competent national courts” [in violation of Articles 7 and 1 of the African Charter). Moreover, the Court decided that Burkina Faso had violated the right of the freedom of expression of journalists (in violation of Article 9 of the African Charter and of 66.2 of the Revised Treaty of the ECOWAS), insofar of its “failure … in the investigation and prosecution of the murderers of Norbert Zongo, caused fear and worry in media circles”. The Court, which has not yet ruled on the demands for reparation, has given 30 days for the two parties to submit their arguments on the issue.

“The assassination of Norbert Zongo remains a dark point in our recent political history, and the State, for not having rapidly considered such a symbolic case, is responsible for the denial of justice suffered by victims’ families. The African Court has just reminded the authorities of this failure. This is a first victory for human rights defenders in Burkina, who have been demanding truth and justice for Norbert Zongo and his companions for the past 16 years. This is also a victory for regional justice in the fight against impunity,” said Chrysogone Zougmoré, MBDHP President.

On 13 December 1998, Norbert Zongo, an investigative journalist and editor of the weekly news journal The Independent, his younger brother Ernest Zongo, and colleagues Abdoulaye Nikiema and Blaise Ilboudo, were found burned in a car that was taking them to southern Burkina Faso. Both families of the victims and the MBDHP tied these murders to the investigations led by Norbert Zongo on several political scandals, both economic and social, affecting Burkina Faso at the time, and for which he had complained of having received threats.

After dealing with the many flaws of the investigative procedure (the plaintiffs were only interviewed shortly before the seven-year investigations was to end, 5 of the 6 identified suspects were never prosecuted, the only one implicated was awarded an order of dismissal, after which the authorities failed to pursue other avenues) the victims’ families and the MBDHP decided to file a complaint with the African Court in December 2011. The Court based its findings on the deficiencies of the national procedures, and noted the absence of an effective remedy in the Burkinabe judiciary.

“The Judgment of the Court in the case of Norbert Zongo has a particular importance as it relates to the question of the effectiveness of national justice and the freedom of expression of journalists, two issues that go beyond the borders of Burkina,” said Sheila Muwanga Nabachwa, FIDH Vice President and focal point for the East African region of the Coalition for the African Court. “This decision clearly emphasises the primary responsibility of States to ensure access to justice and to protect fundamental freedoms”, she added.

For Mabassa Fall, FIDH Representative to the African Union, “this ruling proves once again that the African Court is an essential means of redress for victims of human rights violations that would not get justice before their national courts. Additionally, it shows that NGOs and individuals have a definite role to play in increasing the effectiveness of the regional judicial system.”

At the hearings before the African Court, Burkinabe authorities indicated the limitation period for the Zongo Affair by national courts is 31 August 2016. As such, FIDH and MBDHP call once again on Burkina Faso to take all necessary measures to shed light on the circumstances surrounding these killings, establish the identity of those responsible, and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Created in 1998 to ensure the protection of human rights on the African continent, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights has jurisdiction over all cases and all disputes concerning the interpretation and application of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ rights and any other relevant human rights instrument ratified by the States concerned. In operation since 2006, its decisions are binding. To date, twenty seven (27) States have ratified the Protocol to the African Charter establishing the African Court, but only seven countries, including Burkina Faso, have made a special declaration under Article 34.6 of the Protocol which allows individuals and NGOs to appeal directly to the Court. The effectiveness of the Court is thus frequently called into question by the very low number of States allowing citizens to directly appeal to it.

For more information on the case Beneficiaries of the late Norbert Zongo, Abdoulaye Nikiema Ablasse, Ernest Zongo, and Blaise Ilboudo and the Burkinabe Movement for Human and Peoples’ Rights. v . Burkina Faso, please refer to the African Court, MBDHP and FIDH webpages.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

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