Déclaration attribuable au porte-parole du Secrétaire général sur la République démocratique du Congo

 

NEW YORK, 21 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Secrétaire général condamne la décision du gouvernement de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) d’expulser M. Scott Campbell, directeur du Bureau conjoint des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme. Il est profondément préoccupé par les menaces visant d’autres employés du Bureau conjoint, liées à leurs fonctions officielles.

Le Secrétaire général rappelle qu’au fil des ans le peuple congolais a souffert de graves violations des droits de l’homme documentées par le Bureau conjoint dans le souci de promouvoir et protéger leurs droits tout en soutenant le système judiciaire dans sa lutte contre l’impunité. Le respect des droits de l’homme est absolument essentiel pour la paix durable et pour la stabilité en RDC. Le Bureau conjoint et l’ensemble de la Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO) ont été mandatés par le Conseil de Sécurité d’aider le gouvernement de la RDC et son peuple à cette fin. En entravant le travail de promotion et de protection des droits de l’homme des Nations Unies, le Gouvernement a failli à ses obligations en la matière. Cela ne peut que nuire au progrès du pays.

 

En ligne avec l’initiative “Les droits de l’homme avant tout”, le Secrétaire général rappelle que le personnel des Nations Unies ne doit être ni menacé ni sanctionné pour avoir fait son travail, qui repose sur la Charte des Nations Unies et, dans ce cas particulier, le mandat du Conseil de sécurité. Le Secrétaire général exprime sa pleine confiance en M. Campbell. Il exhorte le gouvernement de la RDC à revoir sa position sur son expulsion et à prendre des mesures urgentes face aux menaces visant d’autres membres du personnel des Nations Unies. Il encourage le Conseil de sécurité à examiner les implications d’un tel traitement du personnel onusien sur son travail et ses objectifs, et à envisager d’éventuelles actions.

 

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United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


 

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

 

NEW YORK, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General condemns the decision of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to expel from the country Mr. Scott Campbell, Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office. He is also deeply concerned by recent threats against other staff of the Joint Office, in connection with their human rights work.

 

The Secretary-General recalls that the Congolese people have suffered grave human rights violations, which the Joint Office has, over the years, helped to document as it seeks to promote and protect their rights, while strengthening justice and accountability. Respect for human rights is absolutely essential for long-term peace and stability in the DRC. The Joint Office and the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) as a whole are mandated by the Security Council to assist the Government of the DRC and its people in this regard. By impeding the United Nations’ human rights work, the Government is failing to uphold its obligations. Doing so can only be harmful for the country’s progress.

 

In keeping with the Human Rights Up Front Initiative, the Secretary-General reiterates that United Nations staff must never be threatened or sanctioned for doing their work, which is based on the United Nations Charter and, in this instance, mandated by the Security Council. He expresses his full confidence in Mr. Campbell. He urges the Government of the DRC to reconsider its position on his expulsion and to take urgent action to address the threats against other staff. He encourages the Security Council to consider the implications for its work and objectives when United Nations staff are treated in this manner, and to consider possible actions.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General

 

Democratic Republic of the Congo: ICRC concerned by violence against civilians in North Kivu

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following two deadly attacks that took place in the cities of Béni and Eringeti, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has transferred 14 casualties by air to Goma’s Ndosho Hospital.

 

“We are extremely worried by the nature and extent of the recent violence, which is afflicting people already hard hit by years of armed conflict,” said Alessandra Menegon, head of the ICRC delegation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “These attacks against civilians are a serious infringement of the most basic principles of humanity. They must stop.”

 

The northern part of North Kivu province has been the scene of a number of such attacks, the most violent of which have taken place in the past few days. Since 11 October, according to the authorities, the attacks have claimed the lives of 80 people, including women and children, and resulted in a further 19 people suffering serious injury.

 

“The Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congo acted swiftly to recover mortal remains,” said Arnaud Meffre, head of the ICRC office in Béni. An ICRC surgical team working at the hospital in Goma has treated 16 war-wounded patients. In an effort to provide support for other health-care facilities in the area, the ICRC has given the general hospital in Béni enough surgical and other medical supplies to treat up to 50 war-injured people, and it has given Oïcha’s general hospital bandages and oral medications needed to stabilize war casualties. To help Congolese Red Cross volunteers carry out the difficult task of handling mortal remains, the ICRC has provided them with 40 body bags, 200 pairs of disposable gloves, 10 reusable masks, 10 kilograms of chlorine and financial support to defray the cost of fuel.

 

In North and South Kivu since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has taken over 290 people wounded in fighting to treatment facilities and has itself provided treatment for more than 550; in addition, it has provided medications and medical supplies for nine health-care centres and four referral general hospitals to enable local health-care personnel to cope with medical emergencies.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

 

République démocratique du Congo : le CICR est préoccupé par les violences contre les civils au Nord-Kivu

 

GENEVE, Suisse, 21 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Après les deux attaques meurtrières perpétrées dans les villes de Beni et d’Eringeti, les équipes du Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) ont pu évacuer par avion 14 personnes blessées vers l’hôpital CBCA Ndosho à Goma.

 

« Nous sommes extrêmement préoccupés par la nature et l’ampleur de ces violences qui frappent des populations déjà durement touchées par des années de conflit », déclare Alessandra Menegon, cheffe de délégation du CICR en République démocratique du Congo. « Ces exactions contre les civils sont des violations graves des principes les plus élémentaires d’humanité, elles doivent cesser. »

 

Cette région du Nord-Kivu a été le théâtre de plusieurs attaques ciblant la population, dont les plus violentes ont eu lieu ces derniers jours. Depuis le 11 octobre, 80 personnes ont été tuées, selon les autorités, dont des femmes et des enfants, et 19 autres ont été grièvement blessées.

 

« La Croix-Rouge de la RDC est intervenue rapidement et a géré la collecte de dépouilles mortelles», explique Arnaud Meffre, chef du bureau du CICR de Béni. L’équipe chirurgicale du CICR à l’hôpital de Goma a pris en charge 16 blessés de guerre. Afin de soutenir les autres structures de santé de la région, le CICR a déjà donné du matériel médical et chirurgical pour prendre en charge 50 blessés de guerre à l’hôpital général de Beni, et du matériel médical (bandages et traitements par voie orale) pour stabiliser des blessés de guerre à l’hôpital général d’Oïcha. Afin de faciliter la gestion des dépouilles mortelles, le CICR a fourni aux équipes de la Croix-Rouge de la RDC 40 sacs mortuaires, 200 paires de gants à usage unique, dix masques réutilisables, dix kilos de chlore et a donné un apport financier pour les frais de carburant.

 

Depuis le début de l’année, le CICR a évacué plus de 290 blessés de guerre et malades, et pris en charge plus de 550 d’entre eux dans les deux provinces du Nord et du Sud-Kivu ; il a également acheminé des médicaments et du matériel médical à neuf centres de santé et quatre hôpitaux généraux afin que le personnel puisse faire face aux urgences médicales et chirurgicales.

 

SOURCE 

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

South Sudan / UNDP launches pilot projects in response to the December 2013 crisis


 

South Sudan / UNDP launches pilot projects in response to the December 2013 crisis

 

JUBA, South Sudan, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UNDP has formally launched its pilot projects within the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery Programme “Strengthening national capacities for Early Recovery, Peace Building and Reconciliation” at the UN-House Protection of Civilian (PoC) site.

 

UNDP developed the Program in response to the December 2013 crisis. It seeks to enhance national capacities for early recovery, peace building and reconciliation in South Sudan. Speaking at the official launch of the programme, Mr. Balázs Horváth, UNDP Country Director, emphasized the importance of the Programme, saying “This is a pilot Programme. Our intention is to replicate what we do well and equally, learn from challenges we encountered.”

 

UNDP is working with a number of development partners and NGOs to implement the pilot activities. Under the programme’s Peacebuilding &Conflict Prevention pillar, UNDP is working closely with the International Rescue Committee to support mechanisms that allow coordination and information sharing across the camp leadership structures. In the Justice and Rule of Law pillar UNDP partnered with UNPOL in training and equipping 46 members of the community watch groups, including16 females, to undertake policing and deal with cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Finally, the Livelihoods and Employment pillar, UNDP is working with Nile Hope to strengthen competencies of 120 people, 95 of whom are women and 25 men, in catering, hairdressing and tailoring. Some trainees are already using their new-found hairdressing skills to earn money from fellow IDPs at the PoC.

 

During the launch, participants in the pilot projectsexhibited their products based on the training they received. As part of the launch, UNPOL also exhibited training activities implemented in partnership with women living within the PoC site. In comments, the women’s leader at the PoC, Ms. Nyatel Wuor stated, “we now feel that we are not in an Island. We can work and earn money.”

 

Other speakers in support of the programme during the launch included UNDP’s implementing partners from the International Rescue Committee and Nile Hope, a local NGO. A representative from ACTED – the organization that manages the PoC site said she was “particular excited by the emphasis that the Integrated Crisis Prevention and Recovery Programme places on dialogue and reconciliation.”

 

Mr. Balázs Horváth also stated, “We are also working outside this community as part of this Programme. We support the National Platform for Peace & Reconciliation to create space for South Sudanese men and women to participate actively in the search for peace, healing, and reconciliation. This initiative has reached Lakes, Jonglei, Warrap and Western Bahr El Ghazal states. We plan to roll it out to other states – including opposition-held areas.”

 

In similar efforts, UNDP supported the establishment of the first Emergency Call Centre in Juba, and assisted the independent Judiciary to build its capacity and expand its reach so that disputes are resolved in accordance with fair trial principles and credible justice processes. In Mingkaman, Lakes state, UNDP is supporting the construction of a market place to create sustainable livelihoods while providing emergency employment for the local population.

 

Mr. Balázs Horváth ended his remarks by applauding “the great partnership” that UNDP has had with UNMISS Reintegration Rehabilitation and Peacebuilding, UN Police, ACTED, Nile Hope, IRC, Non-Violent Peace Force, and the community leaders who welcomed and worked with UNDP. “…Let us keep up this spirit of cooperation – because together, we can do a lot for South Sudan.”

 

Other dignitaries who attended included diplomats and representatives from Switzerland, Turkey, Eritrea, the World Bank, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

 

The event concluded with the UNDP Country Director officially launching the pilot projects at the UN House PoC site.

 

SOURCE 

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


A first for Tanzania: Dar es Salaam to host The Economist Events’ Health Care in Africa 2014

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Economist Events (http://www.economistevents.com) will be hosting their Health Care in Africa Summit (http://www.africahealth.economist.com) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania at the Hyatt Regency, The Kilimanjaro on November 18th and 19th 2014.

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Drawing together the key stakeholders representing the continents entire health care spectrum, attendees will discuss the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing health care in Africa.

The latest addition to the high-powered speaker line-up is Dr Joanne Liu, international president of Médecins Sans Frontières. Dr Liu will speak about the current Ebola outbreak gripping the continent and will focus on her organisation’s efforts at the front line.

Senior stakeholders from leading African and international political and commercial organisations, will showcase the most comprehensive views on the sector to help form opinions that will shape the health care agenda for this rapidly developing continent.

Vivek Muthu, Health Care Director, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), who will be chairing the event comments: “This year’s Health Care in Africa theme is “Fast-tracking to the future.” Africa’s health care systems are at a critical turning point. The reforms that governments undertake over the next decade will be crucial to cutting mortality rates and improving health outcomes in the continent. Together, we will look at current challenges and promising reforms, share knowledge and spark action”.

Building on the success of previous events in the series, Health Care in Africa 2014 will focus on learning lessons from Africa’s successes to accelerate progress, looking at how to adopt and adapt elements of best practice and – crucially – what is needed in terms of political leadership, planning and partnerships to ensure these elements form part of a functioning and forward-looking healthcare system.

Notable key speakers expected to speak at the event include: Hon Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health, Republic of Rwanda; HE Bahar Idris Abu Garda, Federal Minister of Health, Republic of Sudan; Hon Dr Seif Seleman Rashidi, Minister for Health and Social Welfare, United Republic of Tanzania; Ashwin Naik, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Vaatsalya Healthcare, India; Frank Nyonator, Chief Executive Officer, Health Streams International, Ghana; Salim Abdullah, Director, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania; Liza Kimbo, Chief Executive Officer, Viva Afya, Kenya; Hiiti B. Sillo, Director General, Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of The Economist Events.

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Merck has shown consistent approach to their corporate social responsibility agenda in Africa and India since 2013

The Merck Capacity Advancement Program was kicked off successfully in 7 sub- Saharan countries

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Merck Capacity Advancement Program (http://www.merckgroup.com) aims at expanding the professional capacity in the areas of research and development, clinical research, supply chain integrity and efficiency, pharmacovigilance, community awareness and medical education for medical and pharmacy undergraduates, physicians and pharmacists in rural areas.

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(Dr Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp receiving a trophy of appreciation by Kenya Minister of Health at Serena hotel)

The 5 year program was kicked off successfully in 7 sub- Saharan countries which are Kenya, Uganda, Namibia Angola, Ghana, Tanzania and Mozambique and will further expand to other Sub-Saharan and Asian countries in 2014.

Download the documentation: www.apo-mail.org/Merck-CAP-From-Africa-To-India.doc

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Merck KGaA.

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Merck KGaA

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

Court Adjourned and Shabelle Owner and Newscaster Released on bail


 

Court Adjourned and Shabelle Owner and Newscaster Released on bail

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Hearing of the case of Shabelle and SkyFM journalists started at the regional Court on Tuesday morning around 10:00am and lasted for an hour.

Judge Hashi Elmi Nor opened the hearing as scheduled and read a letter from the office of the Attorney General charging Abdimaalik Yusuf Mohamoud, owner of Shabelle Media Network and Ahmed Abdi Hassan, Shabelle newscaster on Articles 320 – (Instigation to Delinquency – To publicly incite another to commit one or more offenses) and 321 (Instigation to disobey the laws – to publicly incite another to disobey the laws relating to public order or stir up hatred between the social classes) on the Somali penal code.

However, the both Abdi Maalik and Ahmed rejected the charges.

The Deputy Attorney General, Dr. Ahmed Hassan took the session and said since they rejected, we request the honourable court to provide its office additional time, in which they will be able to present evidence and witnesses before the court proofing that they had committed that crime, adding that the office of the Attorney General has the right to investigate the matter within 90 days citing article 47 of the Somali procedural code.

Later the Judge asked the lawyers defending Shabelle Media Network, if they had anything to request, since the Attorney General’s office is requesting additional time for the case.

The journalists were represented a group of Six lawyers, among them, Avv. Ali Halane who had requested from the court to grant a temporary freedom to the journalists.

The Attorney General, Ahmed Ali Dahir was also present at the hearing said that they have the right to request temporary freedom from the court, but it should be conditional and that the court imposes travel ban if it is to grant such freedoms.

Finally, the Regional Court Chief, Judge Hashi Elmi Nor granted the release on bail requested and the court hearing was adjourned.

Mohamed Bashir Hashi, Editor of Shabelle and Mohamud Mohamed Dahir were not brought in today’s hearing.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the temporary freedom granted and calls for the other journalists to be given fair trail while the union reiterates its call that the radio stations be allowed to resume operations.

“We were encouraged by today’s hearing and welcome that some of our colleagues are released on bail.” Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “We call on the Somali government to provide fair trail for those still held in custody and allow the radio station to resume operations.”

 

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National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

New Violence Displaces Over 64,300 in CAR


 

New Violence Displaces Over 64,300 in CAR

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Widespread violence since October 7th has led to a renewed displacement of vulnerable people in and around Bangui, the capital of the Central Africa Republic (CAR), according to IOM.

Preliminary analysis of data provided by IOM’s displacement tracking matrix (DTM) suggests that the new displacement has increased the total number of displaced people in and around Bangui to over 64,300.

The latest movements included the arrival of some 4,300 more internally displaced people (IDPs) in the town of Bimbo, 25 kms southwest of Bangui, some of whom have come from IDP sites in other severely affected areas.

Despite positive return trends from IDP sites over recent weeks, even to areas classified as highly volatile, the renewed surge in inter-communal violence since Tuesday has prompted a significant number of people to seek safety in already established sites in public buildings, churches, seminars, schools and hospitals.

Much of the newly displaced population originates from Bangui’s 3rd and 5th districts, with additional displacement taking place in and around Bimbo.

 

Tournons la page, a community association established to support IOM’s European Union (EU)-funded community stabilization efforts, notes: “Since Tuesday last week we have observed that not only no new families are indicating their wish to return to our neighbourhood, but a number of families who have just returned from the Mpoko airport site, have left again. The sound of gunfire and the thick smoke from burning houses in the neighborhoods scared many people and brings back terrible memories. Most families left as a precaution, while others were being directly threatened. We hope the situation stabilizes quickly so we can try to convince them to come back again. We really hope that an end of the violence is in sight.”

Tournons la page works with local organizations to provide sustainable return opportunities through the provision of individual house clean-up kits. Through a program called “Community Stabilization and Early Recovery for At-Risk Communities in Bangui,” which is funded by the EU, Tournons la page has helped over 70 families to return from various displacement sites.

IOM, through its site facilitator programme funded by ECHO, OFDA and the UN CERF, is actively tracking population movements to support ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts.

Since December 2013, IOM’s DTM has been providing life-saving, real-time data on displacement trends, humanitarian needs and gaps for IDP sites in Bangui. This is shared with other humanitarian partners through the Commission Mouvement de Population (CMP) to plan and improve the effectiveness of humanitarian relief operations.

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

Le Président tanzanien Kikwete effectuera une visite en Chine


 

Le Président tanzanien Kikwete effectuera une visite en Chine

 

BEIJING, Chine, 21 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le porte-parole du Ministère des Affaires étrangères Hong Lei annonce :

 

Sur l’invitation du Président Xi Jinping, le Président de la République-Unie de Tanzanie Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete effectuera une visite d’Etat en Chine du 21 au 26 octobre.

 

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China – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

L’Union africaine forme l’espoir de l’aboutissement rapide des pourparlers de paix inter-maliens : L’UA réaffirme son plein soutien à la médiation conduite par l’Algérie

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 21 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, se félicite de la reprise, prévue ce jour, à Alger, de la dernière phase des Pourparlers inclusifs de paix inter-maliens. Ces Pourparlers se déroulent avec le soutien de la Médiation conduite par l’Algérie et comprenant les pays de la région (Burkina Faso, Mauritanie, Niger et Tchad), ainsi que l’UA, la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), les Nations unies, l’Union européenne (UE) et l’Organisation de la Coopération islamique (OCI).

La Présidente de la Commission, rappelant les résultats significatifs déjà enregistrés dans le cadre du Processus d’Alger, notamment la signature, le 24 juillet 2014, d’une Feuille de route et d’une Déclaration de cessation des hostilités, exhorte les Parties maliennes, à savoir le Gouvernement et les différents mouvements armés, à faire preuve de l’engagement et de l’esprit de compromis requis pour faire aboutir les efforts de paix dans les délais les plus brefs possibles, permettant ainsi l’émergence d’un Mali réconcilié avec lui-même, uni et riche de sa diversité. Elle note avec satisfaction l’engagement des Parties à fonder toute solution à la crise actuelle sur le respect de la souveraineté, de l’unité et de l’intégrité territoriale du Mali, ainsi que de la forme laïque et républicaine de l’État.

La Présidente de la Commission renouvelle son appréciation à l’Algérie, chef de file de la Médiation, ainsi qu’aux autres membres de l’Équipe de Médiation, pour leur engagement en faveur d’une solution pacifique et rapide à la crise qui affecte le nord du Mali. Elle souligne la centralité du rôle de la région, et l’importance que revêt la mobilisation d’un soutien international renforcé et coordonné aux efforts de la Médiation, en vue d’un règlement durable de la crise malienne, dans le cadre plus large de la promotion de la paix, de la sécurité et de la stabilité au Sahel.

 

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African Union Commission (AUC)


General Electric bags two prestigious awards at coveted Africa Investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards 2014

•          GE Africa awarded Green Investment Initiative of the Year

•          GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt awarded Global Investment Personality of the Year

•          The Ai Investment and Business Leader Awards reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa.

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ General Electric Company (GE: NYSE) (http://www.ge.com) picked up two awards at this year’s Africa Investor (Ai) Investment and Business Leader Awards. GE Africa was awarded Green Investment Initiative of the Year for the Power Africa initiative. In addition, GE’s global Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt was awarded Global Investment Personality of the Year. These awards are evidence of GE’s belief in the vast investment opportunities on the continent and the company’s commitment to the sustainable development of Africa.

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While congratulating the awardees, Hubert Danso, CEO and Vice Chairman of Africa investor, said he was pleased that with the awards Africa Investor is able to showcase African investment and business success stories. “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the role these institutions play in improving the perception of Africa as an investment destination and we commend their contribution and commitment to this effort,” said Danso

GE Africa scooped the prestigious award in the Green Investment Initiative of the Year category. Some of the criteria used by the judges were evidence of efforts to support the sustainable growth of local markets as well as consistent involvement and commitment to financial transactions in Africa. The initiative that distinguished GE in this category was its Off-Grid Energy Challenge launched in 2013 in partnership with the US Africa Development Foundation (USADF) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). This three-year challenge is part of Power Africa, President Obama’s initiative to increase access to reliable, affordable, cleaner and more sustainable power in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Power Africa is also helping ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In its first year, 6 winners were drawn from Kenya and Nigeria whilst in 2014, 22 winners were drawn from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Liberia. The winners all received $100,000 each, towards implementing or scaling up their renewable energy projects.

President and CEO for GE Africa, Jay Ireland emphasized that GE is in Africa for the long run and will continue working with various stakeholders in government and the private sector. He said, “GE is committed to continue partnering with Africa by broadening the innovation play, localizing our technological solutions and also investing in skills development. The award therefore is a clear testament that GE’s partnership based strategy for Africa is adding value to our stakeholders.”

Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt was also awarded Global Investment Personality of the Year during the ceremony. At the recent Africa Heads of State summit in Washington, GE announced plans to invest $2 billion in Africa by 2018 to boost infrastructure, worker skills and access to energy. Some of GE’s key projects across Africa are MOU signings with the governments of Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya to develop infrastructure projects including sustainable energy solutions, rail transportation, quality healthcare, training and capacity building.

These prestigious Ai Awards are the longest standing international investment awards that reward exceptional business practices, economic achievements and investments across Africa, and recognize the institutions and individuals improving the continent’s investment climate.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of General Electric Company.

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General Electric Company

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

Procès de Simone Gbagbo : un premier procès qui en appelle d’autres


 

Procès de Simone Gbagbo : un premier procès qui en appelle d’autres

 

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 21 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’ouverture du procès aux assises de 83 personnes, dont Simone Gbagbo, accusées d’avoir porté atteinte à la sûreté de l’État, marque un moment important dans le processus judiciaire relatif à la crise post-électorale. Cependant, nos organisations rappellent qu’il ne s’agit que d’une première étape, les crimes les plus graves commis pendant la crise étant encore au stade de l’instruction et devant faire l’objet d’un procès ultérieur, qui devra concerner les présumés responsables de toutes les parties prenantes à la crise post-électorale.

 

« La justice ivoirienne a fait le choix de poursuivre les crimes commis pendant la crise post-électorale en plusieurs étapes. Aujourd’hui, ce ne sont pas les graves violations des droits de l’Homme qui ont été perpétrées, mais uniquement les crimes relatifs à la sûreté de l’État que la Cour d’assises aura à juger. Il faut saluer cette avancée, mais les victimes qui ont été marquées dans leur chair attendent avec impatience le procès des crimes les plus graves. Ce n’est donc pas le procès de la crise qui s’ouvre, mais un premier procès de la crise » a déclaré Me Yacouba Doumbia, président du MIDH.

 

La plupart des 83 personnes renvoyées devant la cour d’assises d’Abidjan par une ordonnance de la chambre d’accusation du 10 juillet 2013, devront répondre d’accusations telles que : atteintes à la défense nationale ; attentat ou complot contre l’autorité de l’État ; constitution de bandes armées ; direction ou participation à un mouvement insurrectionnel ; trouble à l’ordre public ».

 

« Dans ce procès, les seules victime seront l’État et l’ordre public. C’est donc un moment judiciaire important, mais il faut bien comprendre que ceux dont la famille a été endeuillée, les victimes de crimes sexuels, ceux qui ont tant perdu entre décembre 2010 et avril 2011, ceux-là attendent toujours que les enquêtes avancent et qu’il soit répondu à leur demande de vérité, de justice et de réparation. Et dans ces affaires, les crimes ont été commis par les deux camps, et les victimes demanderont sans relâche que les deux camps soient jugés. » a déclaré Me Patrick Baudouin, président d’honneur de la FIDH.

 

Le dossier concernant les crimes de sang est toujours en cours d’instruction au sein de la Cellule spéciale d’enquête et d’instruction (CSEI). Un deuxième procès devra donc être organisé par la justice ivoirienne et une partie des personnes concernées par le procès qui s’ouvre ces jours-ci, également visées par les enquêtes judiciaires conduites par la CSEI (pour des motifs tels que : génocide, crime contre la population civile, assassinat, viol, etc.), pourront être renvoyés devant les assises une nouvelles fois.

 

« Nous allons suivre et observer ce procès dans son intégralité, car c’est un défi important pour la justice ivoirienne : c’est la première fois qu’une cour d’assises aura à juger un si grand nombre de personnes dans un même dossier. Il est crucial qu’elle relève ce défi, à travers un procès équitable et respectueux des droits de la défense, sans quoi elle jetterait un discrédit sur les procédures encore en cours d’instruction, relatives notamment aux autres crimes », a déclaré Me Drissa Traoré, vice-président de la FIDH.

 

La FIDH, la LIDHO et le MIDH, constituées parties civiles dans le dossier des crimes de sang et qui accompagnent une centaines de victimes devant la justice, déploieront une équipe d’observation judiciaire pendant toute la durée du procès.

 

« Il ne faudrait pas que des considérations politiques ou électorales s’invitent à la barre. Nous avons dénoncé, au cours des derniers mois, les conditions dans lesquelles une partie des accusés a été mis en liberté provisoire à la suite de décisions du pouvoir exécutif. Pour réussir, ce procès ne devra respecter que le droit et la procédure, et non des questions politiques qui n’ont pas leur place dans l’enceinte judiciaire » a déclaré Pierre Adjoumani Kouame, président de la LIDHO.

 

Nos organisations rappellent qu’un mandat d’arrêt international a été rendu public par la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) à l’encontre de Simone Gbagbo le 22 novembre 2012 en tant que coauteur indirect, de quatre chefs de crimes contre l’humanité, de meurtres, viols et autres violences sexuelles, persécution et autres actes inhumains, perpétrés lors des violences post électorales entre le 16 décembre 2010 et le 12 avril 2011. Nos organisations rappellent qu’en vertu du principe de complémentarité de compétences entre la CPI et les juridictions nationales, les autorités nationales ivoiriennes devront juger Simone Gbagbo pour ces crimes, ou coopérer avec la CPI et transférer Mme Gbagbo au siège de la CPI.

 

SOURCE 

International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 21 October 2014

Detroit’s water shut-offs target the poor, vulnerable and African Americans


 

Detroit’s water shut-offs target the poor, vulnerable and African Americans

 

NEW YORK, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The unprecedented scale of water shut-offs taking place in Detroit is disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable and poorest, most of whom are African American, two United Nations human rights experts have warned today. So far this year over 27,000 residences have had water services disconnected.

 

At the end of a three-day visit to Detroit*, the UN Special Rapporteurs on the human right to water and sanitation, Catarina de Albuquerque, and on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, stressed that all decisions that affect access to water and to adequate housing for residents of Detroit should be guided by human rights.

 

“It is contrary to human rights to disconnect water from people who simply do not have the means to pay their bills,” Ms. de Albuquerque said. “I heard testimonies from poor, African American residents of Detroit who were forced to make impossible choices – to pay the water bill or to pay their rent.”

 

The utility has passed on the increased costs of leakages due to an aging infrastructure onto all remaining residents in Detroit by increasing water rates by 8.7 percent.

 

“This, combined with the decreased number of customers, and increased unemployment rate, has made water bills increasingly unaffordable to thousands of residents in Detroit living under the poverty line,” she noted. “In addition, repeated cases of gross errors on water bills have been reported, which are also used as a ground for disconnections. In practice, people have no means to prove the errors and hence the bills are impossible to challenge.”

 

“Tenants and owners are living with such stress and uncertainty, fearing they won´t be able to pay their water bill and will eventually be evicted or suffer foreclosure,” Ms. Farha said. “Such situations go against internationally recognized human rights standards.”

 

The Special Rapporteurs noted that measures taken so far, including the Mayor’s 10 Point Plan, have not been of assistance to those who are chronically poor and face water shut-offs. More worryingly, the city has no data on how many people have been and are living without tap water, let alone information on age, disabilities, chronic illness, race or income level of the affected population.

 

In that regard, the experts called for the establishment of a mandatory federal water and sewerage affordability standard. In addition, they said, “special policies and tailored support for people in particularly vulnerable circumstances must be introduced.”

 

“The indignity suffered by people whose water was disconnected is unacceptable,” Ms. de Albuquerque stressed. “A woman whose water had been cut explained that her teenage daughters had to wash themselves with a bottle of water during menstruation, and had to refrain from flushing the toilet to save water.”

 

“I also listened to numerous stories of fear: mothers who fear losing their children because their water was shut off; heads of households who fear losing access to water without any prior notice; others who fear receiving unaffordable and arbitrary water bills,” the expert added.

 

“I heard repeated testimonies of people stating that they had been charged for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s infrastructure deficiencies, including leakages, and also the utility’s lack of competence in dealing with errors in billing or requests for assistance,” Ms. Farha said.

 

“I am alarmed by the fact that many residents were not provided with any advance notice before their water was shut off and there seems to be no administrative or legal remedies for disputed bills and water disconnections,” she added.

 

“The City of Detroit should restore water connections to residents unable to pay and to vulnerable groups of people including persons with disabilities, the chronically ill, and households with small children”, stressed Ms. de Albuquerque.

 

“Every effort should be made by all levels of government to ensure that the most vulnerable are not evicted from or lose their housing as a result of water shut-offs or water bill arrears. Where an individual or family is rendered homeless due to water shut-offs, the city of Detroit must have in place emergency services to ensure alternate accommodation with running water is available”, stated Ms. Farha.

 

The Special Rapporteurs recalled that the United States is bound by international human rights law, including the right to life as well as the right to non-discrimination concerning housing, water and sanitation and the highest attainable standard of health.

 

“These obligations apply to all levels of Government – federal, state and municipal,” Ms. de Albuquerque and Ms. Farha underscored.

 

(*) Check the full end-of-visit statement: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15188&LangID=E

 

SOURCE 

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


 

Minister Flanagan welcomes announcement that EU will intensify efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in West Africa

 

DUBLIN, Ireland, October 21, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has welcomed the announcement that the EU will intensify efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Speaking after a meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg, Minister Flanagan said:

 

“Today’s meeting is an important step in our efforts to tackle the Ebola virus in West Africa.

 

Many countries, including Ireland, have been working to tackle the spread of this deadly virus which is devastating communities in West Africa in particular. Today’s meeting was about focussing on the EU Member States working together in a coordinated way to pool our respective strengths.

 

A united and coordinated response is essential. It is encouraging to see further commitments made by the international community in recent days. Ireland is providing over €16million to the region, directly and through NGOs. We are also keeping in close contact with Irish aid organisations operating in the region and our Embassy in Freetown is very active in helping to coordinate the local effort.

 

“I joined with my colleagues in reiterating the urgent need to intensify support for the region. We recognised the need to support international health workers who are essential in responding to the emergency and have agreed that the EU will provide appropriate care for health workers, including the possibility of medical evacuation if necessary.

 

“Ireland will continue to work closely with our EU partners, as well as the United Nations, to ensure a coordinated and robust response in the tackling of this virus.”

 

 

The Foreign Affairs Council meeting also discussed Syria and Iraq, and the situation in Gaza. Minister Flanagan added:

 

“I joined with my colleagues in expressing serious concern for the humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq where horrendous acts of violence continue to be carried out. An end to the Syrian conflict and a inclusive government in Iraq are urgently needed, and are critical to bringing about peace and stability in the region.

 

“Our meeting today also expanded sanctions against the Assad regime in Syria, including a new ban on the export of aviation fuel to Syria.

 

“On Gaza, we welcomed the outcome of the recent Gaza Reconstruction Conference, held in Cairo on 12 October, which I attended, and at which Ireland pledged €2.5 million in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction aid.

 

“I expressed the view however that this reconstruction funding would only be effective in an environment where the conflict was not going to resume. The underlying issues in Gaza, including ending the blockade, have to be addressed and resolved politically.

 

“Resuming substantive negotiations to bring about a two-State solution ultimately represents the only effective way of ending the conflict and avoiding future violence and destruction in Gaza.”

 

SOURCE 

Ireland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 October 2014

France / Egypt – Attacks in the Sinai (October 19, 2014)


 

France / Egypt – Attacks in the Sinai (October 19, 2014)

 

PARIS, France, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Quai d’Orsay – French official statements (Paris, Otober 20, 2014)

 

France condemns the terrorist attack that killed seven soldiers in the Sinai yesterday.

 

We extend our condolences to the victims’ families.

 

France stands alongside the Egyptian people and government in their fight against terrorism.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

UN Special Representative for Somalia condemns attack on AMISOM troops in Hiiraan region

 

MOGADISHU, Somalia, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemned an attack on African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces in Hiiraan region and called for calm as rival clans caused insecurity in the area. Armed men and rioters blocked and attacked AMISOM troops yesterday morning while they were on a mission to help restore peace near the village of Deefow.

 

“I condemn yesterday’s attack on AMISOM troops near the village of Deefow in Hiiraan region. They were in the area to calm the situation and promote reconciliation. The situation will not be resolved by further violence. Local leaders and traditional elders must work together to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue in full co-operation with the federal and regional governments. The Somali people have suffered enough and know that no good can come from further violence and insecurity. We remain committed to supporting the Somali people, the Federal Government and AMISOM as they work together to restore peace.” said SRSG Kay.

 

SRSG Kay extended his sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed or injured as a result of the conflict in Hiiraan region.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


Women and young people: supporting the vectors for innovation

The 15th Francophonie Summit – 29 and 30 November 2014, Dakar International Conference Centre, Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ For more than a year, experts and members of Senegalese civil society have been rallying together to plan the topics for the 15th Francophonie Summit programme (http://www.francophoniedakar2014.sn), which will focus on the themes from the previous Summit in Kinshasa – “Francophonie’s women and young people: vectors for peace and actors for development”.

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The aim: to offer concrete initiatives that respond to the social, economic and political challenges faced by young people and women, whotogether represent of 70% of the population of Francophonie Member States.

The different meetings organized during the year by the Scientific Committee, chaired by El HadjHamidouKassé, Special advisor to the President of the Republic, enabled the formalization of strategic recommendations that will be available for the Head of States and Governments. They start from the necessity to better inform and train women and young people in accordance with local needs but also, and especially, through supporting their entrepreneurial initiatives at a local, national, and international level.

They also call for concerted action by stakeholders in the Francophonie (States and governments, institutions, funding agencies, local authorities, businesses etc.). Among the strategic and operational recommendations:

•          The constitutionalisation of socio-economic and cultural rights of women and young people (access to good quality land and to capital, markets and factors of production)

•          The creation of a Francophonie Forum for scientific, technical, cultural and agricultural innovation to strengthen female entrepreneurship

•          The establishment of innovative support and finance mechanisms with, for example, a Francophonie Bank for entrepreneurial projects of women and young people

•          The improvement of scientific and cultural mobility within the French-speaking community by facilitating visa obtention for limited stays

•          The support of knowledge-sharing within the Francophone space, by extending international volunteering programmes, setting up a Francophone academy and a camp d’excellence

•          The creation of a group that brings together ministers for Health from Francophone countries on issues affecting health

•          The reinforcement of prevention by promoting physical activity and sport in education systems through support of the Francophone Games

•          The use of digital technology, which not only offers unprecedented opportunities for training and learning, but is also an area in which many new initiatives are being developed

•          Establishing operational mechanisms to support women and youth and women employment

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the XVe Sommet de la Francophonie.

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SkyVision en lice pour trois prestigieux AfricaCom Awards 2014

Les AfricaCom Awards seront décernés le 12 novembre 2014 au Cap dans le cadre de l’édition 2014 de la conférence AfricaCom

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 20 octobre 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La société SkyVision Global Networks Ltd. (http://www.skyvision.net), l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de services de télécommunications, a annoncé fièrement aujourd’hui qu’elle avait été nominée pour trois des prestigieux AfricaCom Awards 2014. Les nominations de SkyVision sont intervenues dans les catégories suivantes : Best Connectivity Solutions for Africa (Meilleures solutions de connectivité pour l’Afrique) pour les solutions pour réseaux hybrides de type satellite/terrestre de SkyVision ; Changing Lives Award (Prix récompensant un projet qui transforme des vies) pour le soutien apporté par SkyVision à l’Académie Crossover du Ghana ; et VSAT Innovation for Africa (Innovation en technologie VSAT) pour la suite SkyVision Active Series.

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(Ori Watermann, PDG de SkyVision)

En tant que leader parmi les prestataires de services en Afrique, SkyVision fournit des solutions viables qui aident les entreprises, les organisations et les fournisseurs de services africains à accroître leur productivité et leur rentabilité, ainsi que le niveau de service offert à leurs clients. SkyVision doit son remarquable succès en Afrique à son vaste réseau de partenaires et représentants locaux ainsi qu’à ses bureaux au Sénégal, au Burkina Faso, en Guinée Conakry, au Nigeria, au Cameroun et en Afrique du Sud. SkyVision se concentre depuis plus d’une dizaine d’années sur l’amélioration de la connectivité en Afrique rurale, avec l’installation de concentrateurs et de points de présence (point of presence, POP) sur tout le continent, dans le but de fournir aux clientèles nationales des communications de qualité, et ce jusqu’au dernier kilomètre.

« SkyVision a été témoin de la formidable croissance du marché africain des télécommunications et est honoré d’avoir été sélectionné parmi ses pairs pour ces trois prix très appréciés », a déclaré le PDG de SkyVision, Ori Watermann. « SkyVision continue de faire partie intégrante de l’essor des TIC en Afrique en soutenant fortement les plateformes de communications des principaux secteurs d’activité et principales organisations. Nous sommes également fiers d’avoir fait don de nos services à des établissements d’enseignement établis en milieu rural qui ont grandement besoin de réseaux de communications viables. En contribuant à l’éducation des écoliers africains, nous aidons à jeter les fondements de l’avenir de l’Afrique ».

Les AfricaCom Awards, qui marquent la célébration et la reconnaissance, par l’industrie numérique, des chefs de file mondiaux dans le secteur de la technologie numérique, des TIC, des télécommunications et des médias dans toute l’Afrique, seront décernés le 12 novembre 2014 au Cap dans le cadre de l’édition 2014 de la conférence AfricaCom. SkyVision participera à double titre à ce rendez-vous incontournable du secteur, tant en qualité d’exposant que de sponsor. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez vous rendre sur le site suivant : http://www.africacomawards.com. Pour rencontrer SkyVision ou pour toute demande de renseignements, veuillez contacter : irist@skyvision.net

Distribué par APO (African Press Organization) pour SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.

For more information, contact:

Iris Tovim

Marketing Communications Manager

SkyVision Global Networks

+44 20 8387 1750

irist@skyvision.net

À propos de SkyVision

SkyVision (http://www.skyvision.net) est un fournisseur mondial de services de télécommunications, qui propose des solutions complètes et intégrées pour répondre aux besoins des entreprises, des administrations publiques et des marchés de télécommunications. En mettant l’accent sur les besoins locaux ou régionaux spécifiques à ses clients, SkyVision offre des solutions de connectivité de réseau d’un niveau supérieur. Connue pour son approche innovante, la société propose un vaste ensemble de solutions personnalisées et de services répondant aux normes du secteur pour une connectivité IP de bout en bout (http://www.skyvision.net/enterprise-solutions), gérée depuis ses passerelles internationales et certains de ses concentrateurs locaux.

SkyVision possède un réseau de portée mondiale permettant à ses clients de se connecter à la dorsale Internet grâce à plus de dix plates-formes satellites et à un réseau de câbles en fibre optique de grande capacité, via ses passerelles en Afrique, en Europe, en Amérique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient, ainsi que ses multiples points de présence (POP) en Afrique. SkyVision gère actuellement un réseau satellite ainsi qu’un réseau de connectivité IP par fibre (http://www.skyvision.net/service/fiber-solutions ) couvrant 100 pays. Les solutions de réseau VSAT (http://www.skyvision.net/services/lobby2/Internet%20Connectivity ) sur bandes Ku et C tirent profit de l’important catalogue de produits de SkyVision dans le domaine spatial à partir des plus grands fournisseurs satellites, et leur capacité est adaptée avec précision aux besoins spécifiques des clients pour une rentabilité optimale. Consultez notre site à l’adresse http://www.skyvision.net.

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SkyVision Global Networks Ltd.


As mulheres e os jovens: promotores de inovação a acompanhar!

XV.ª Cimeira da Francofonia – Dias 29 e 30 de novembro de 2014, Centro Internacional de Conferências de Dacar, Senegal

DAKAR, Senegal, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Desde há mais de um ano, peritos e membros da sociedade civil senegalesa mobilizam-se para planificar a programação temática da XV.ª Cimeira da Francofonia (http://www.francophoniedakar2014.sn), que incidirá sobre os temas escolhidos durante a precedente Cimeira de Kinshasa “Mulheres e jovens na francofonia: vetores de paz e atores do desenvolvimento”.

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Objetivo: propor iniciativas concretas para responder aos desafios sociais, económicos e políticos com os quais são confrontados os jovens e as mulheres que, juntos, representam 70% da população dos estados-membros da Francofonia.

As várias reuniões organizadas durante o ano pelo Comité Científico, presidido porEl Hadj Hamidou Kassé, Conselheiro especial do Presidente da República, permitiram a formalização de recomendações estratégicas que serão disponibilizadasa Chefes de Estado e Governos. Elas partem da necessidade de melhor informar e formar as mulheres e os jovens segundo as necessidades locais, mas também, e em especial, através do apoio prestado às suas iniciativas empreendedoras ao nível local, nacional e internacional.

Estas recomendações também exigem uma concertação dos atores da Francofonia (Estados, governos, instituições, doadores, coletividades locais, empresas,…). Entre as recomendações estratégicas e operacionais contam-se:

•          A inclusão nas respetivas constituições dos direitos socioeconómicos e culturais das mulheres e dos jovens (acesso a um solo de qualidade, assim como aos fatores de produção, aos capitais e aos mercados)

•          A criação de um Fórum Francófono de inovação científica, técnica, cultural e agrícola para reforçar o empreendedorismo feminino

•          Mecanismos inovadores de apoio e financiamento como, por exemplo, um Banco Francófono dedicado ao empreendedorismo dos jovens e das mulheres

•          Agilizar a mobilidade científica e cultural no seio da Francofonia, através da obtenção de vistos para estadias de duração limitada

•          Apoiar a circulação de conhecimentos no seio do espaço francófono, através do aumento do voluntariado internacional da Francofonia, fundando uma academia francófona e um centro de excelência

•          Criar uma estrutura para as questões da saúde, que reúna os ministros da Saúde dos países Francófonos

•          Reforçar a prevenção através da promoção da atividade física e desportiva nos sistemas educativos seguindo o modelo dos Jogos da Francofonia

•          Servir-se do mundo digital, que oferece oportunidades inéditas de formação e de aprendizagem, e que representa igualmente um setor no qual numerosas iniciativas jovens se desenvolvem

•          Implementar mecanismos operacionais para apoiar mulheres e jovens e o emprego das mulheres

Distribuído pela APO (African Press Organization) em nome da XVe Sommet de la Francophonie.

Contatos para a imprensa: Francophonie_dakar2014@richardattiasassociates.com, tel.: +33 1 42 68 83 94

Poderá consultar todas as informações práticas da XV.ª Cimeira da Francofonia em: http://www.francophoniedakar2014.sn/

Acompanhe também as notícias da Cimeira em: @SFDK2014 e junte-se ao grupo do Facebook: DAKAR 2014!

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XVe Sommet de la Francophonie

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 October 2014

European Union Council conclusions on Ebola


 

European Union Council conclusions on Ebola

 

LUXEMBURG, Luxembourg, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Council meeting

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

1. “Recalling its conclusions and the European Council conclusions of August 2014, the Council remains deeply concerned about the ongoing spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the increasing number of people being infected and dying from it. The number of deaths in the region has exceeded 4500 and the epidemic continues to grow exponentially in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In addition, the first cases among health workers being infected outside Africa were recently confirmed.

2. The Council renews its deepest condolences, of Member States and European Union citizens, to all those affected by the outbreak, governments and citizens. The Council also expresses its deep appreciation to all humanitarian and health workers in the front line and reaffirms its readiness to examine further ways of assisting them in their efforts.

3. The Council welcomes the efforts of Governments of affected and neighbouring countries, regional organisations and the international community at large in ensuring that victims receive adequate treatment, that support is provided to their families and that all actors involved, including international organisations and relevant non-governmental organisations

(NGOs) are given safe and unhindered access to all affected areas. The Council commends the mobilisation of the African Union, its efforts at regional coordination and its solidarity with the countries affected by the outbreak. The humanitarian corridor from Dakar and the coming resumption of regional air services from Abidjan are important steps.

4. The Council recognises that a united, coordinated and increased effort is needed in order to contain the outbreak and provide the necessary and appropriate assistance to the countries affected and also to the neighbouring countries. In this respect, it stresses the importance of reinforcing regional and international cooperation at appropriate levels, as well as providing assistance to lead nations, NGOs and the United Nations (UN), particularly the World Health

Organisation (WHO). The EU also looks forward to the quick implementation of the regional operational plan on the fight against Ebola by the Economic Community of West African States. The Council underlines the importance of all actors working together under the UN umbrella and coordinating assistance with the wider UN led effort. It also notes the need to include measures to create resilience in the assistance efforts.

5. The Council welcomes the UN Secretary General’s decision to establish the first-ever UN emergency health mission, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), based in Accra as an important step in the global efforts to contain the outbreak, to assist with the management and coordination of the international response and take a strong leadership role at national levels. It also welcomes the appointment of David Nabarro, as

Special Envoy on Ebola, and Anthony Banbury as his Special Representative and Head of UNMEER. The European Union will continue the close cooperation with both of them and coordinate its operational response to the epidemic with UNMEER.

6. The Council recognises that measures to contain the epidemic and to support the affected countries also require urgent additional assistance. In this regard, it calls on all international donors to respond to the UN appeal for $ 987.8 million, including through the UN Ebola Trust Fund bearing in mind the important needs in the short and medium term. The EU is committed to play an active role in enhancing the international response and, respecting the overall coordinating role of the UN, is ready to coordinate with other international partners the organisation of a High Level Conference on Ebola with wide participation.

7. The European Union and its Member States have already committed over half a billion Euro to provide urgent medical care to those infected by the virus, to help contain the epidemic and to support governments of affected countries in mitigating the effects of the outbreak on their economies and essential services; the European Union is also contributing financially to the African Union ASEOWA mission (AU Support to Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa). Member States have also been providing substantive assistance, including the secondment of specialists, building of hospitals and availability of air lift capacities, and are mobilising resources in the field of medical research. In this regard, the Council welcomes the role of France, the UK and the US in mounting the response in the affected countries. The Council also welcomes the continued airlinks to and from the countries affected and in this respect it urges all countries to follow the relevant WHO guidelines The European Union will continue to examine needs and provide further assistance to the countries of the region in countering the epidemic, mitigating its short and long-term effects, and enhancing the preparedness of countries in the wider region.

8. The Council fully shares the assessment of UN Security Council Resolution 2177 (2014) that the Ebola outbreak is a threat to international peace and security. The Council will examine at its next meeting the wider political, security and economic implications of Ebola on the most affected and neighbouring West African countries. The Council encourages the EEAS, in cooperation with the Commission and the Member States, to intensify its ongoing diplomatic outreach to African countries and organisations and reiterate the need to isolate the disease but not to isolate countries.

9. The Council welcomes the close coordination of the assistance provided by the Member

States and the EU institutions and the establishment of the Task Force on Ebola within the

Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). Ensuring synergies in our common response is of the highest priority. The Council also encourages the involvement of the private sector as part of the international health community as exemplified by the on-going works of World Health Summit (Berlin, 19-22 October). The Council underlines also the importance of continuous consultations and information sharing, at the appropriate level, on issues and measures to be taken to protect the EU and its citizens from potential contamination. The EU underlines the need for continuous objective public information on the Ebola virus to prevent possible stigmatisation.

10. The Council welcomes agreement amongst Member States and the Commission to guarantee appropriate care for international health responders within available resources to receive the treatment they need, in line with clinical advice, via treatment in country to an appropriate standard or medical evacuation supported by means of a specialized commercial aircraft or member states capabilities on a case by case basis. This will be coordinated through the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre. The evacuation operation is eligible for financing of up to 100% from the EU budget. The Council also calls for an increase in EU Medevac capacity.

11. The Council takes note of the Commission/EEAS EU Comprehensive Response Framework for the Ebola Virus Outbreak in Western Africa as requested by the European Council in its conclusions of 30 August. It invites the Commission and the EEAS to pursue their cooperation on this issue and to inform rapidly the Council of the progress made in the implementation of the Comprehensive Response Framework. The Council also takes note of the ongoing work in enhancing the collective EU response to the Ebola crisis, including its wider political, security and economic implications, and tasks the EEAS and the Commission to present options with regard to all available tools at the EU’s disposal, in preparation of its next meeting.

12. The Council acknowledges the need to establish a clearing house/ reserve pool of health experts from member states on voluntary basis for quick and targeted deployment in health crises, welcomes all efforts to enhance medical and pharmaceutical R&D especially on tropical and neglected diseases, and calls for a tailoring of the EU’s development cooperation to the specific needs of the countries in the region affected by Ebola in order to strengthen the resilience of their health systems and governance.

13. Following the High level co-ordination meeting of Health Ministers held on 16th October

2014, the Council calls on the Commission services, with WHO, to audit the effectiveness of the screening systems at point of exit in the affected countries and to assist in reinforcing them as necessary. It stresses the importance of continuous consultations and information sharing on measures to protect the EU and its citizens. The Council underlines the need to ensure objective information to promote public awareness and preparedness on Ebola, including at all entry points. The Council stressed the importance of more consultations with a view to co-ordinating national measures at entry points and calls on the Commission to lead work which could result in common protocols and procedures as appropriate. It also calls on Member States to consider to use in full the potential of visa information systems and transport carriers’ information to anticipate potential arrivals of disease infection. The

Council also welcomes Commission’s work on the organisation of a workshop on best practices in infection control in healthcare settings, on the setting up of a voluntary network of clinicians for the treatment of Ebola at EU level and on the feasibility of Joint Procurement for protective gear for health professionals treating Ebola patients and possible medical treatment.”

 

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European Council

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 October 2014

Council of the European Union conclusions on Sudan


 

Council of the European Union conclusions on Sudan

 

LUXEMBURG, Luxembourg, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Council meeting

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

“1. The European Union remains deeply concerned at the ongoing conflicts in Sudan, notably in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile and the accompanying violations of humanitarian and human rights law, as well as a serious humanitarian emergency all of which continue to cause enormous human suffering and internal displacements and pose a risk to regional stability. There can be no military solution to conflicts in Sudan. The EU therefore supports the African Union Peace and Security Council’s repeated call for a holistic approach to

Sudan’s multiple challenges and the need to tackle comprehensively the political, economic and social causes of persisting conflict.

2. The initiated National Dialogue process is currently the best opportunity to make progress towards this goal and to pave the way towards internal peace, reconciliation and democratic governance. The EU welcomes recent signs of a political momentum, in particular the

Agreements on the National Dialogue and Constitutional Process signed in Addis Ababa on

4 September 2014. It calls on all groups to renounce violence as a means for political change and to seize this opportunity for a political solution to Sudan’s challenges through dialogue and negotiation without delay.

3. The EU considers that for the National Dialogue to succeed and to achieve legitimate results, it should be

• inclusive: Space should be given for a meaningful participation of the opposition parties and armed movements as well as civil society, including women’s, groups. The dialogue should include stakeholders from all of Sudan’s regions and reflect the full ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of Sudan;

• comprehensive: To address Sudan’s internal conflicts, issues such as socio-economic

marginalisation, unequal distribution of resources, political exclusion and lack of access to public services need to be tackled. The dialogue should provide mechanisms for the way forward for peace and development in all regions in conflict. It should provide for a platform on which to discuss issues of national importance, including identity and social equality, agree new and inclusive governance arrangements, a definitive constitution and a roadmap for the holding of national elections; 2/2

• held in a conducive environment: The freedoms of expression, of media, of association and assembly must be guaranteed. Political prisoners must be released, and practices of arbitrary detention – like those across the anniversary of the September 2013 protests – stopped;

• accompanied by confidence-building measures: These should include, first and foremost an immediate, sustained and verifiable cessation of hostilities and free and unhindered humanitarian access to all civilians in the conflict areas. This is of relevance both to the Government of Sudan and to the armed movements;

• transparent about the process, the objectives, the timeframe and the way forward, so that the Sudanese people at large can own the process and accept its outcomes.

4. The EU stands ready to support a National Dialogue process as set out above and encourages all stakeholders inside and outside Sudan to join efforts towards such a process.

5. The EU reiterates its full support to the work of the AU High Level Implementation Panel

(AUHIP) and commends its chairman President Mbeki on his recent efforts to promote a genuine National Dialogue process on a broad basis. The EU calls on all international stakeholders to rally behind the AUHIP to reinforce its role and strengthen its voice. The EU supports current efforts to create a comprehensive platform for the facilitation of the National

Dialogue that will integrate the different peace and dialogue processes for Sudan’s regional conflicts.

6. Sudan stands at an important crossroad. A genuine National Dialogue would help enhance confidence between Sudan and international partners such as the EU. It would also create a peaceful environment in which tangible and sustained progress in addressing Sudan’s main political and economic challenges, needed to secure debt relief under the HIPC process, could be achieved. The EU therefore calls on the Government of Sudan, the opposition and the armed movements to rise to the occasion and demonstrate the leadership necessary to put Sudan on a path to peace, prosperity and justice. In this respect, the EU recalls the importance of fighting impunity.

7. In the face of the worsening humanitarian situation the EU is very concerned by access restrictions still imposed for international humanitarian agencies and organisations. It reiterates its call on the Government of Sudan, as well as on armed movements to guarantee safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access to all areas by humanitarian agencies, in particular in conflict-affected areas in line with international humanitarian principles. Civilians, humanitarian staff and assets must be protected.

8. The EU reiterates its commitment to support Sudan and the Sudanese people in their transition to an internally reformed democracy, living in peace with itself and with its

neighbours.”

 

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European Council

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European Council conclusions on Somalia


 

European Council conclusions on Somalia

 

LUXEMBURG, Luxembourg, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Council meeting

The Council adopted the following conclusions:

“1. The EU welcomes the political and security progress made in Somalia since the signing of the Somali Compact during the Brussels New Deal Conference for Somalia in September

2013. The Somali Compact has since provided the framework for the reconstruction of

Somalia and has become an important tool to establish the rule of law and security, and promote socio-economic development.

2. The EU welcomes the steps taken to implement the Government’s ‘Vision 2016: Framework for Action’ plan, laying the foundations of a new Somalia and realising the Somali Compact.

While the EU welcomes recent progress, further efforts will be needed if the ambitious timeline is to be met. The EU therefore urges the Federal Government of Somalia to maintain momentum, unity of purpose and build on the positive gains made to date. The EU

emphasises the importance of establishing interim regional administrations by the end of

2014 and the need for an ongoing and inclusive dialogue between the Federal Government and all regions, that includes participation of civil society and women, and that also tackles more effectively and transparently the fundamental issues of power and resource sharing.

This should apply in particular to resource-generating economic sectors, such as infrastructure, extractives and fisheries. The National Independent Electoral Commission and the Boundaries and Federation Commission should be established this year and steps should be taken to deliver the constitutional referendum and conduct a legitimate and inclusive electoral process in 2016. This requires the Parliament to fulfil its legislative duties.

3. The EU underlines that inclusive and accountable political processes are critical to further progress and supports the objective of holding peaceful and transparent national elections in

2016. National reconciliation in Somalia is crucial and the EU welcomes the efforts of the

Federal Government and the emerging interim regional administrations, with the support of IGAD and its member states, to support inclusive reconciliation processes at regional level. It urges all political leaders to demonstrate the value of working in partnership. The EU also welcomes the important contribution made by the Somali civil society and diaspora and underlines that women, youth and minority groups must all play an important role in shaping the future of Somalia.

The EU remains concerned by continuing reports of humanitarian law and human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, violence against women and children, recruitment and use of children, attacks against journalists and arbitrary detentions. The fight against impunity for these crimes is essential. The EU encourages the Federal Government of

Somalia to take concrete measures to implement fully its human rights roadmap adopted in

August 2013 and to continue implementing its action plans on children and armed conflict.

4. The EU welcomes the successful outcome of the London security conference on September

18 on the reform of the Somali National Army, and the strong impetus for its further development into a professional, mobile, inclusive and integrated multi-regional force. A plan and timetable for this process are essential. At the same time, the EU welcomes the mapping out of a process for the integration of regional militia into the Somali National Army. Security and stabilisation of the country is of paramount and immediate importance as it is a prerequisite for state-building and development. It is therefore important that the security architecture reflects the political structure and that suitable arrangements are agreed to ensure local law enforcement.

The EU further recognises the importance of the establishment of a properly resourced and comprehensive disengaged combatants’ programme that is consistent with international human rights standards.

5. The EU commends the work of the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia, which undertakes advisory, mentoring and training activities, with the aim to developing the Somali National Armed Forces’ structures and their training capacity in Somalia itself. Despite a challenging security situation, the Mission is now fully established in Mogadishu and has trained and mentored 4600 soldiers of the Somali National Army since 2010.

6. The EU commends AMISOM’s efforts alongside the Somali National Army in Operation

Indian Ocean which has resulted in significant gains, most recently in the liberation of the Al

Shabaab stronghold of Baraawe. It praises the commitment and bravery of both AMISOM and the Somali security forces – both of whom continue to pay a high price extending security in Somalia. The EU recalls its continued strong political and financial support since 2007 to AMISOM’s essential contribution to Somalia’s longer-term peace and security. The EU reiterates its strong and urgent call on other partners to seriously contribute to the sustainable and predictable funding of AMISOM and the Somali security forces. It underlines the importance of the Federal Government taking on an increased responsibility and ownership of the security sector. Furthermore, the EU underlines that it is essential that military operations be followed immediately by national efforts to establish or improve governance structures in the recovered areas and by the delivery of basic services, including security and notes that these stabilisation efforts are an essential part of AMISOM’s eventual exit strategy.

The EU is, however, concerned by allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by African

Union Forces in Somalia and firmly condemns all crimes of sexual violence in situations of conflict, of whatever nature. It welcomes the commitment of the African Union and the troop contributing countries to investigate these allegations and ensure accountability of their troops. It also underlines the need for AMISOM troops to receive appropriate information and pre-deployment training in relation to human rights principles, including gender equality and sexual violence and be properly informed of the sanctions in place should any abuse be perpetrated.

Furthermore, the EU urges AMISOM to finally establish a Civilian Casualty Tracking,

Analysis and Response Cell (CCTARC) as called for repeatedly by the UN Security Council, most recently in its Resolution 2158(2014) of 29 May 2014.

7. The EU welcomes the significant decline in piracy activity in the Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean and encourages the Federal Government to further increase its contribution to this success. However, networks supporting piracy are still operating and the threat of piracy remains. The EU continues to assume its leading role in the fight against piracy and contributing to tackling its root causes, including through its CSDP missions as well as in its capacity as Chair of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) in 2014.

The EU intends to continue the deterrence and disruption of piracy through Operation

EUNAVFOR ATALANTA until December 2016. The CSDP Mission EUCAP Nestor, in cooperation with other actors, including the Maritime Security Programme and the Critical

Maritime Routes Programme, is also playing an important role in reinforcing maritime security capacities in the region and in Somalia, including by contributing to a pertinent rule of law framework in Somalia, thus reflecting the EU’s comprehensive approach to maritime security.

The EU is deeply concerned by the news of the recent release of a pirate leader, in

Mogadishu, and reiterates the urgent need for the Somali authorities to end impunity of piracy network leaders and strengthen the rule of law. The prosecution of piracy leaders remains a prerequisite for the disruption of piracy networks’ operational capabilities.

Therefore the EU calls on Somali authorities to take concrete measures towards the establishment of such legislative framework pertaining to piracy and maritime crime. The EU also looks forward to obtaining more clarity on the National Maritime Coordination Committee.

The EU also notes that new threats such as trafficking in human beings and drugs, illegal trade in charcoal, smuggling of migrants and proliferation of small arms and light weapons require increasing attention. It welcomes efforts in the UN to tackle them and invites the Federal Government of Somalia and other actors in the region to act in support of these efforts. The EU calls upon charcoal importing countries to ascertain its origin.

8. The EU urges the Federal Government to fight corruption and tighten financial governance procedures in order to improve transparency and accountability of the government’s finances which will increase public and donor confidence. In this context, it welcomes the establishment of the Financial Governance Committee and calls for its urgent strengthening.

The EU welcomes the establishment of funds under the Somalia Development and

Reconstruction Facility (SDRF) as an important step towards the objective of achieving greater alignment of international financing with the Compact priorities and increased Somali ownership. The EU further reiterates its support to the efforts of strengthening the Somali

Government’s Public Financial Mechanism Systems as an important building block in establishing a roadmap for future budget support.

9. The EU expresses deep concern at the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Somalia due to drought, continued conflict, restricted flow of commercial goods into areas affected by military operations and surging food prices. and urges all parties to allow safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access to all areas by humanitarian agencies.

In addition to responding to the urgent humanitarian situation, the international community should consider ways to support longer-term resilience-building and development in Somalia, that would generate employment, improve livelihoods and contribute to sustainable peace and security.

10. The EU commends the efforts of the UN SRSG to Somalia in coordinating and facilitating a comprehensive international response. The EU also commends the work of the EU Special

Representative for the Horn of Africa and his role in galvanising engagement from Somalia’s

neighbours.

11. The EU looks forward to the first Ministerial High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia in

Copenhagen in November, to take stock of joint progress and challenges since the New Deal

Conference in Brussels and agree on the necessary actions and steps required to achieve the Somali Compact goals by 2016. The EU stresses the continued importance of the Somali

Compact and its implementation for the reconstruction of Somalia and reiterates that the EU remains committed to supporting the development of a stable, accountable and prosperous Somalia over the long term.”

 

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European Council

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 October 2014

The Special Envoy for the Sahel concluded her first visit to Chad


 

The Special Envoy for the Sahel concluded her first visit to Chad

 

DAKAR, Sénégal, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Sahel, Mrs. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, paid her first official visit to Chad from 15 to 17 October 2014.

During her visit, the Special Envoy met with President Idriss Deby Itno and Chadian authorities and discussed the various challenges facing the Sahel region. In this regard, she welcomed the contribution of Chad to stability in the Sahel, including the deployment of a Chadian contingent to support the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

Mrs. Guebre Sellassie thanked President Deby for his support to the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and stressed the need to strengthen the coordination between the various strategies and initiatives as well as between regional and International partners working in the Sahel.

“The various strategies and initiatives for the Sahel will benefit to the countries of the region if they are coordinated and are subject to national and regional ownership,” she said.

For his part, President Deby expressed his personal support to the Special Envoy in her mission and reiterated the commitment of his country to work with the United Nations.

President Deby and Mrs. Guebre Sellassie agreed on the importance of regional ownership and the need to strengthen the coordination in particular between the G5 and the Ministerial Coordination Platform for the Sahel strategies.

During her visit, Mrs. Guebre Sellassie met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Tourism development, Mr. Aziz Mahamat Saleh.

She also met with the technical and financial partners and the United Nations country team.

 

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Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Sahel (OSES)

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