APO Media Award: WIN $500 a month for one year, one lap top, one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of your choice and more

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year, and the third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year

 

DAKAR, Senegal, June 12, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2014 APO Media Award (#APOMediaAward).

The first-place winner will be presented with $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide.

 

The second-place winner will be awarded $300 a month for one year.

 

The third-place winner will receive $200 a month for one year.

 

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APO Media Award celebrates brilliant and inspiring stories about Africa. The subject matter may comprise a single topic or a variety of subjects, including – but not limited to – business, economy, technology, agriculture, health, energy, gender, logistics, tourism, motoring, aviation, not-for-profit issues, diplomacy, environment, mining, entertainment and more.

 

APO Media Award is open to African journalists and bloggers, whether directly employed or freelancers, working in the continent of Africa who have produced a story that has been broadcast or published in English, French, Portuguese or Arabic in the form of a printed publication, a television feature, a radio story, a website or a blog whose primary audience is based in Africa.

 

Stories must have been broadcast or published between January and August 2014.

 

Stories are judged on content, writing, analysis, creativity, human interest and community impact.

 

All stories must be submitted in electronic format:

a) Print: upload the scan(s) of the published article.

b) Radio: upload the SoundCloud link (SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that enables its users to upload and share sounds they have created themselves – https://soundcloud.com).

c) Website: upload the URL.

d) TV: upload the YouTube link.

 

TV material must first be uploaded to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and radio material to SoundCloud (www.soundcloud.com). If you are not a member of these sites, you will need to sign up in order to upload the video or radio material. Once you have obtained the link, you must enter it in this online entry form when inputting your story details.

 

Online Entry Form is available here:
http://www.apo-opa.com/apo_media_award.php?L=E

 

The deadline for entries is 1 September 2014.

 

The finalists will be announced on 15 September 2014.

 

The winners will be announced on 29 September 2014.

 

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Follow the hashtag: #APOMediaAward

 

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MALI – SIGNATURE DE LA FEUILLE DE ROUTE DES NEGOCIATIONS DANS LE CADRE DU PROCESSUS D’ALGER (24 JUILLET 2014)

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Je me réjouis de la signature à Alger de la feuille de route des négociations dans le cadre du processus d’Alger. Son adoption consensuelle constitue une étape encourageante en vue du lancement des négociations de paix prévues pour le mois d’août.

 

Je rends hommage à l’action de l’Algérie, dont le rôle de facilitation a été déterminant pour créer un climat propice au rapprochement des parties. Je salue également l’implication étroite et la coordination des représentants de la communauté internationale et des États du G-5 du Sahel.

 

Il est désormais essentiel que l’ensemble des parties s’engage de bonne foi dans la mise en œuvre concrète du cessez-le-feu sur le terrain avec le soutien de la mission des Nations Unies au Mali (MINUSMA). Seul le dialogue permettra d’aboutir à une paix durable au nord du Mali.

 

Je reçois ce jour le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour le Mali, M. Bert Koenders, qui a participé aux négociations d’Alger, pour faire un point précis de la situation.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

France / Vol Air Algérie


 

France / Vol Air Algérie

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Quai d’Orsay – Déclarations du porte-parole – 25 juillet 2014

 

Depuis que nous avons appris avec une immense émotion la tragédie qui a frappé nos compatriotes voyageant à bord du vol AH 5017 d’Air Algérie, tous les services de l’Etat sont mobilisés pour localiser l’appareil, faire toute la lumière sur les faits et porter assistance aux proches des disparus.

 

M. Laurent Fabius a immédiatement donné instruction à tous les services du ministère des affaires étrangères et du développement international, et notamment au centre de crise et à nos ambassades en Algérie, au Burkina Faso et au Mali, d’y contribuer par tous les moyens.

 

A Paris, le centre de crise est mobilisé 24 heures sur 24 pour porter assistance aux familles des passagers et recueillir des informations sur le drame :

 

- une cellule de réponse téléphonique, joignable au 01 43 17 56 46, a immédiatement été ouverte. Elle a reçu près de 5000 appels ;

 

- toutes les familles de nos compatriotes voyageant à bord de l’appareil, ont été contactées ;

 

- depuis hier, plus de 20 agents se relaient sans interruption au centre de crise. Ils sont appuyés par des personnels des ministères de la défense et de l’intérieur, ainsi que par des experts de la direction générale de l’aviation civile. 20 volontaires du ministère des affaires étrangères et du développement international participent à la cellule de réponse téléphonique ;

 

- deux médecins, un psychologue et trois agents du ministère de la santé apportent toute leur assistance aux familles des disparus ;

 

- nous sommes en relation avec plus de dix préfectures, pour aider au plus près les proches des victimes.

 

Nos ambassadeurs à Alger, Bamako et Ouagadougou sont mobilisés et en relation permanente avec les autorités locales. Les ambassades de France à Ouagadougou et Bamako ont ouvert des cellules de réponse téléphonique.

 

M. Laurent Fabius fera le point sur ce drame aujourd’hui à 15h au Quai d’Orsay, avec M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la défense, et M. Frédéric Cuvillier, secrétaire d’Etat aux transports.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

The African Union is encouraged by the successful conclusion of the first stage of the inclusive inter-Malian dialogue

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the successful conclusion of the first phase of the inclusive inter-Malian dialogue, marked by the signing, today, in Algiers, by all the Parties involved in the negotiation process, of a Consensual Roadmap and a Declaration of Cessation of Hostilities. She stresses that this successful outcome of the initial phase of the negotiations, which took place from 16 to 24 July 2014 and in which the AU was represented by its High Representative for Mali and the Sahel, accompanied by a team of experts, bodes well for the continuation of the inclusive inter-Malian dialogue.

The Chairperson of the Commission urges the Malian Parties to seize the opportunity arising from this significant progress to find a negotiated and consensual solution to the current crisis, on the basis of the respect of the sovereignty, unity, territorial integrity and the secular nature of the Republic of Mali. She reiterates the need for the Parties to do everything possible to maintain the climate of mutual confidence which is necessary for achieving a definite end to all hostilities, as well as for the continuation and successful completion of the negotiations.

The Chairperson of the Commission welcomes the decision taken by all the Parties to launch the second phase of the negotiations from 17 August to 11 September 2014, in Algiers, under the auspices of the Algerian Mediation, in coordination with the AU, the United Nations (UN) the Mediation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU) and the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and with the accompaniment of the countries of the region (Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad).

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the AU’s full support to the efforts of the Algerian Government, under the auspices of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in assisting the Malian stakeholders to successfully overcome the challenges facing their country. The AU, which welcomes the sustained engagement of the international partners in support of the ongoing process, will continue to lend its active support to the negotiation.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Visite de la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine au Bénin


 

Visite de la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine au Bénin

 

COTONOU, Benin, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ À l’invitation du Président Boni Yayi, S.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine, est arrivée au Bénin pour une visite officielle du 24 au 27 juillet 2014. Elle prononcera à cet effet une allocution à la conférence ministérielle sur les nouveaux partenariats pour le renforcement des capacités de production dans les pays les moins avancés (PMA), le lundi 28 juillet 2014.

 

La Présidente de la Commission rencontrera le président Boni Yayi au palais présidentiel et les deux hautes personnalités aborderont les questions d’ordre régional et continental, en particulier l’agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire, les infrastructures, les projets d’intégration régionale, la paix, la sécurité et le développement. Les discussions ne se limiteront pas uniquement aux questions émanant de la 23e session ordinaire du Sommet de l’Union africaine tenue à Malabo.

 

La Présidente de la Commission et le Président Boni Yayi examineront également les préparatifs du premier Sommet Etats-Unis d’Amérique-Dirigeants africains, qui aura lieu à Washington D.C aux Etats-Unis d’Amérique du 4 au 6 août 2014. Le président Boni Yayi offrira un dîner d’État en l’honneur de la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine.

 

Outre les échanges avec les responsables gouvernementaux, Dr Dlamini Zuma engagera des discussions avec des groupes de femmes sur leurs contributions au développement de l’Afrique.

 

Dr. Dlamini Zuma se rendra à Porto Novo, deuxième ville du Bénin, où elle visitera le Centre de promotion des affaires, l’École du patrimoine africain et rencontrera également un groupe représentatif des femmes bénéficiaires des programmes de microcrédit au Bénin. Elle visitera aussi le Centre Songhaï (qui comprend des entrepreneurs en agro-alimentaire et en agriculture), qui a servi de cadre à la troisième promotion du corps des jeunes volontaires de l’Union africaine en décembre 2012.

 

Après la visite officielle, la Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine prononcera une allocution d’ouverture à la Conférence ministérielle, du 28 au 31 juillet 2014 à Cotonou, sur les nouveaux partenariats pour le renforcement des capacités productives dans les PMA.

 

Selon les organisateurs, la conférence vise à identifier de nouveaux partenariats innovants pouvant renforcer les capacités productives des pays les moins avancés. Cette initiative constitue un domaine prioritaire du Programme d’action d’Istanbul. Seront également abordées d’autres questions transversales, notamment les bonnes pratiques dans les processus d’exécution, l’égalité entre les hommes et les femmes, l’autonomisation des femmes, l’emploi et le développement durable.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

France / Mali / Entretien du Président de la République avec Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Président de la République s’est entretenu avec son homologue malien Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA.

 

Ils ont convenu de mettre en place une étroite coopération pour établir la vérité sur la tragédie du vol AH5017, faciliter l’enquête et assurer dans les meilleures conditions le rapatriement des corps des victimes.

 

Le chef de l’Etat remercie le Président malien pour la collaboration à l’œuvre pour permettre la sécurisation du site où l’épave a été localisée.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

AUC Chairperson’s Condolences following Algerian Airlines crash


 

AUC Chairperson’s Condolences following Algerian Airlines crash

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is most saddened by news of the Air Algerie crash flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers, in Algeria. With 116 passengers and crew members from Africa and other nationalities on board, the plane was reported missing in the early hours of 24 July 2014.

 

Dr. Dlamini Zuma expresses her heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the bereaved.

 

In the wake of recent tragic air-travel related accidents, the AUC Chairpersons calls on the concerned authorities to do more in order to maintain and even improve air travel safety records.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

AU Commission Chairperson on official visit to Benin


 

AU Commission Chairperson on official visit to Benin

 

COTONOU, Benin, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — African Union Commission Chairperson H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has arrived in Cotonou, Benin at the invitation of the President Yayi Boni for an official visit from 24-27 July 2014, as well as to deliver a statement at a Ministerial Conference of Least Developed Countries on Monday 28 July.

 

The AUC Chairperson will meet with President Yayi Boni at State House during which they will discuss regional and continental issues ranging from agriculture and food security, infrastructure, regional integration projects, peace, security and development, particularly, but not limited to issues emanating from the 23rd AU Summit in Malabo.

 

Dr. Dlamini Zuma and President Yayi Boni will also discuss preparations of the upcoming 1stUS-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled to take place in Washington DC, US from the 4-6 August 2014. President Yayi Boni will offer a State Dinner in honour of the AUC Chairperson.

 

Beyond her engagements with Government Officials, Dr. Dlamini Zuma will be engaging and discussing with women’s groups, on their contributions to Africa’s development.

 

Dr. Dlamini Zuma will travel to Benin’s capital city, Porto-Novo during which she will visit the Business Promotion Center, the “Ecole du Patrimoine African”, and also meet with a cross-section of women beneficiaries of Benin’s micro-credit schemes. She will visit the Songhai Project (for Agri-business and agricultural entrepreneurs), which hosted the 3rd batch of AU Volunteer programme in December 2012.

 

Following the official visit the AUC Chairperson will on Monday, 28 July 2014 deliver an opening statement at the Ministerial Conference on New Partnerships for Productive Capacity Building in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) scheduled to take place in Cotonou from 28-31 July 2014.

 

According to the organisers (UN-OHRLLS), the conference aims to identify new and innovative partnerships to strengthen productive capacities in the LDCs identified as a priority area in the Istanbul Programme of Action. It will also discuss cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, women empowerment, employment and sustainable development.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

AIR ALGERIE – QUAI D’ORSAY – POINT DE PRESSE L. FABIUS/JY. LE DRIAN/F. CUVILLIER A 15H

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ M. Laurent Fabius, ministre des affaires étrangères et du développement international, s’exprimera sur le vol AH5017 d’Air Algérie avec M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, ministre de la défense, et M. Frédéric Cuvillier, secrétaire d’Etat aux transports, aujourd’hui à 15h au Quai d’Orsay.

 

Les journalistes, photographes et cameramen intéressés sont invités à se présenter, munis de leur carte de presse, à partir de 14h30, à l’entrée située au 1 rue Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Paris 7e (face à l’aérogare des Invalides).

 

N.B. : Ce communiqué ne constitue en aucune manière une annonce officielle. L’information qui est donnée ci-dessus est de nature strictement technique et ne vise qu’à aider le travail des journalistes.

 

SOURCE 

France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Additif à l’agenda du Président de la République – réunion Air Algérie

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Président de la République tiendra une réunion suite à la disparition de l’avion d’Air Algérie, en présence de Manuel VALLS, Premier ministre, Laurent FABIUS, ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international, Jean-Yves LE DRIAN, ministre de la Défense, Bernard CAZENEUVE, ministre de l’Intérieur et du secrétaire d’Etat aux Transports, à la Mer et à la Pêche, Frédéric CUVILLIER, samedi 26 juillet, à 10h00, à l’Élysée.

 

Cour ouverte

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Burundi Engages Diaspora in Development


 

Burundi Engages Diaspora in Development

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM is supporting the Government of Burundi in its efforts to increasingly engage with the Burundian diaspora in national development. A key initial IOM intervention is support for the Ministry of External Relations and International Cooperation in organizing the first Diaspora Week, which will take place in Bujumbura between 28 and 31 July.

The first Diaspora Week aims at promoting skills transfers and investment opportunities, and will specifically consist of a multi-dimensional workshop that is intended to bring together key Burundian stakeholders to share experiences through debates, including on investment opportunities, discussions on national and regional migration policies and diaspora policies, exhibitions, networking, and the presentation of the newly created Diaspora Directorate and its roles and functions.

Key actors will include representatives from government ministries, private sector institutions, civil society and diaspora associations. Over 150 individual members of the Burundian diaspora will participate in an event that will also count on the participation of the directors of government diaspora departments from Rwanda and Senegal, who are expected to share their experiences of diaspora engagement.

Key recommendations and results from the workshop will be included in the existing draft national policy on migration, as well as the national diaspora policy soon be developed with IOM support.

Other future initiatives to be supported by IOM in Burundi include the capacity-building of the recently created Diaspora Directorate, and the design of a framework for identifying and prioritizing government sectors that will receive IOM-sponsored training, primarily in the mental health sector. IOM will also work with the Government of Burundi to assist with the drafting of a National Diaspora Policy.

In February 2014, IOM supported a one-week exchange visit of Burundi’s new Director of Diaspora to Nairobi, Kenya, where he met with the Kenyan diaspora-related institutions and over 300 members of the Burundian diaspora living in Nairobi.

Recent research estimates that over 350,000 Burundians live in the diaspora. Most migrated due to socio-political crises between 1960 and 2003. The majority of Burundians abroad reside in the East African region (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda), as well as in Europe (Belgium, Scandinavia, and United Kingdom) and North America (Canada and United States).

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

IOM, Community Partners Act to Prevent Child Trafficking in Ghana


 

IOM, Community Partners Act to Prevent Child Trafficking in Ghana

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In August 2014 IOM Ghana will roll out a series of community-based child protection and counter-trafficking training sessions as part of a UNICEF-backed project.

The project, entitled “Technical Support to the Government of Ghana to Address Child Trafficking and Other Child Protection Abuses: Phase II” will focus on the Ketu South Municipality, and North and South Tongu Districts of the Volta Region.

These community awareness sessions follow the recent training of 16 community volunteers and three district representatives on the “Free To Be Me” Child Protection Toolkit developed in Phase I of the project.

The community focused sessions will continue through October 2014, facilitated by community volunteers and the IOM counter-trafficking team.

Protection and prevention modules will focus on the harsh realities of child labour; the legal implications of child trafficking; parenting techniques; and children’s rights.

All members of the community including elders, local council members, residents and children will be targeted as part of outreach efforts.

“The ‘Free To Be Me’ toolkit empowers communities to combat child trafficking. We hope that this second phase will contribute to efforts to break the cycle of harmful practices against children. All parents want the best for their children. With this initiative, we give them a chance to collectively revisit traditional values of good parenting,” says Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, IOM Ghana Chief of Mission.

With support from UNICEF and in cooperation with national, regional and local authorities, IOM developed a 12-module child protection toolkit and piloted the first six modules in 2013. A total of 7,389 individuals participated in 104 community training activities in six communities within three districts/municipalities.

An internal evaluation revealed a three- to four-fold increase in knowledge among community members regarding child protection and counter-trafficking issues following the pilot sessions held in 2013. There has also been an observed reduction in the number of children given to fisherman in the months following the trainings, and three children were returned to one community.

IOM has over ten years of experience with the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration of children forced to work under hazardous conditions in the fishing industry along Volta Lake, as well as outreach in both sending and receiving communities. To date, 732 children have been assisted and over 48,000 community members, including fishermen, have been sensitized to human trafficking and children’s rights.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

IOM Backs Sudan Malaria Prevention Campaign


 

IOM Backs Sudan Malaria Prevention Campaign

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, as part of the Sudan’s National Flood Taskforce, which coordinates emergency response operations throughout the country, has been asked by the country’s Federal Ministry of Health to contribute to the country’s malaria prevention programme ahead of the upcoming wet season.

IOM, with funding from the UN Common Humanitarian Fund, has responded with a contribution of six tons of permethrin EC 25%, an insecticide with low toxicity to humans which prevents the spread of malaria and dengue. The insecticide, which is biodegradable and lasts between 3 and 8 months, is sprayed over stagnant water and used for indoor residual spraying.

The insecticide will be used by the Ministry of Health to cover 30 per cent of its needs countrywide during the rainy season. It will primarily target internally displaced, returnee and host communities in malaria-affected areas and will help to protect an estimated 450,000 – 600,000 families or between 2.25 and 3.6 million people.

Malaria is a major cause of death in Sudan, especially among young children and pregnant women. In the north of Sudan, 16 per cent of hospital deaths are attributed to the disease.

According to WHO, 5 per cent to 12 per cent of malaria-infected people die from the disease, with children under three years of age four times more likely to die than others. The annual estimated number of malaria cases in Sudan is 5.5 million, and nearly 75 per cent of the total population is at risk of malaria.

Increased rainfall, the spread of irrigation within city limits, and construction of new urban colonies without proper facilities for drainage, as well as an influx of refugees and internally displaced persons have all contributed to the spread of malaria in the region.

The rainy season in Sudan usually begins in July and runs through October. The National Flood Task Force is a government-led body established in August 2013 that coordinates emergency response. It is comprised of government institutions and humanitarian actors, including IOM, UN agencies and NGOs.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

IOM Organizes Safe Return from Cameroon of Chadian Migrants Displaced from CAR


 

IOM Organizes Safe Return from Cameroon of Chadian Migrants Displaced from CAR

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Thousands of Chadian migrants fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been stranded in Cameroon since the beginning of 2014.

This week, IOM Cameroon and Chad completed the return by road of almost 500 Chadian migrants from the town of Garoua Boulai, Cameroon, to the newly established temporary site in the village of Djako located 40 km from the town of Moundou in Chad.

Two more IOM convoys will bring home an estimated 2,000 Chadian migrants still stranded on the Cameroon-CAR border in the coming weeks.

The operation was carried out at the request of the Chadian government and was made possible with funding from the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. The Chadian Embassy in Cameroon issued the returnees with travel documents prior to their return home.

The temporary site in Djako was set up by humanitarian agencies including IOM, WFP, UNICEF and IRC. The Chadian government allocated the land. IOM is responsible for the provision of shelter and site management, WFP for nutrition, and UNICEF for water, sanitation and hygiene. IRC will provide medical services.

The families now in Djako not only experienced atrocities in CAR, but also endured tough living conditions while in transit on the Cameroon border. They will need emergency and post-emergency aid to meet their basic needs while durable solutions are identified. This will include psychosocial support, medical care, food, non-food relief items, water, sanitation, livelihoods, as well as family member tracing and reunification.

“IOM and our humanitarian partners have been able to help migrants arriving back in Chad thanks to funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund and others. But the remaining funds are only enough to kick start this new operation,” says IOM Chad Chief of Mission Dr. Qasim Sufi.

“We need considerable additional funding to continue to provide the necessary humanitarian aid to Chadians who are continuing to return to the country,” he adds.

Since December 2013, the CAR crisis has displaced hundreds of thousands of people internally and across borders, notably into neighboring Chad and Cameroon. They have included nationals of both countries, CAR nationals and nationals of third countries.

As of 21 July, IOM had registered more than 106,000 arriving in Chad from CAR either independently or with the assistance of the Chadian government and IOM by road and air.

This influx led to the reactivation in May 2014 of the Shelter-Camp Coordination Camp Management (CCCM) cluster led by UNHCR and IOM. The aim of the cluster is to manage both transit and temporary sites established to accommodate the new arrivals and to provide them with emergency assistance prior to their reintegration in the country.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Migrants Tell of Mass Murder on Vessel Smuggling Migrants from Libya


 

Migrants Tell of Mass Murder on Vessel Smuggling Migrants from Libya

 

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Migrants at a school serving as a reception centre in Sicily yesterday told IOM of a nightmare voyage from Libya that ended with 29 of their number suffocating to death from choking fumes in the hold of an over-crowded vessel, where they had been driven at knife-point.

Some 569 survivors rescued by the Italian navy on Saturday reported that as many as 750 people had been crammed into ship when it sailed from Libya, raising the spectre that as many as 180 may have perished. Many had been thrown overboard.

“Once you have paid you can’t go back,” said John, 20, from Kaduna, Nigeria. He says that he decided to try to reach Europe after the Islamist group Boko Haram killed his parents.

“The Libyan smugglers told us when we saw that we had to stay in the hold, close to the engine. We refused. But they had knives and they beat us. We did not have any choice. People on the top two decks had life jackets. But they did not give any to us,” he added.

“They put the black Africans in the hold, and the Syrians, Pakistanis and others on the deck,” confirmed Ibrahim, who travelled to Libya from Niger in search of work.

“There were clearly clashes between the different ethnic groups on the vessel. All the evidence suggests that a large number of people were killed and thrown overboard,” says IOM spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo, who interviewed the survivors.

“Many of the sub-Saharan African migrants had knife wounds, which substantiate their accounts of what happened. The Italian Prosecutor’s Office is investigating and has already arrested five people,” he adds.

All the migrants interviewed by IOM said that they had left Libya because life there had become too dangerous for them.

“Strangers can be beaten, kidnapped, even killed on the street without any specific reason. If you find work, you are often not paid. If you protest you can be beaten or shot. There is no other option but to try to get to Europe,” said Mohammed from Mali.

“Zwara in Libya is full of people of various nationalities who mediate between the migrants and the smugglers. The price varies for different nationalities,” says Di Giacomo.

“An African may pay around 1,000 Libyan dinars (EUR 700), while a Syrian may have to pay twice that amount. If you are selected to drive the boat you travel for free. They (the smugglers) just give you a GPS and a satellite phone and point you towards Italy,” he adds.

The smugglers kept the migrants in a safe house in terrible conditions with little food or water for days and weeks until the over-loaded boat was ready to leave.

“All the migrants we spoke to are still in shock. Many of them are very young and could never have imagined this outcome when they left their homes in sub-Saharan Africa. Some of them didn’t even know that the friends or relatives traveling with them were missing or dead, until we informed them,” says Di Giacomo.

“These terrible stories of violence and death are a call for action,” says IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing.

“For many months we have said that other initiatives should be put in place alongside Italy’s Operation Mare Nostrum, in order to offer alternatives to those who risk their lives at sea. The most important one is to provide legal channels to Europe for migrants seeking international protection. But nothing has been done so far. It is time to move quickly. Only if we move now we can hope to prevent these tragedies from happening again,” he adds.

 

SOURCE 

International Office of Migration (IOM)

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Regional leaders meet in Nairobi, Kenya, to fight youth unemployment


 

Regional leaders meet in Nairobi, Kenya, to fight youth unemployment

 

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Outgoing Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region of Africa, Mrs. Mary Robinson, addressed the extraordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, between 19 and 24 July 2014, to address the question of youth unemployment, and to make recommendations on how to mitigate its effects on individual countries or on the region as whole, where over half of the population is made up of young people, and unemployment rate is around 34%.

The summit resulted in the establishment of a “Youth Forum” of the member States of the ICGLR with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. It will seek to: (1) provide a platform for interactive and meaningful youth engagement in the ICGLR member states; (2) be a key facility for information and research on youth development and empowerment; (3) advocate for, and recommend policies that promote youth development in member states; (4) support and enhance capacity and skills development for youth in the region; (5) advocate and work against all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and the protection of civilians including youth, women and children; and (6) ensure effective resource mobilization for the programmes and projects of the Youth Forum.

 

“This extraordinary Summit represents the culmination of much hard work and reflects progress in regional cooperation, which I am very pleased to see. I congratulate the Heads of State and Government for dedicating time and resources to reflect on Youth Employment, a critical requirement for conflict reduction and economic development advocated by the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region. It is important that it becomes a Framework of Hope for young men and women in the Region,” Special Envoy Mary Robinson said in her keynote address.

 

On 24 February 2013, 11 countries of the ICGLR signed the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework Agreement for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, thus committing themselves to collaborate and improve the overall security situation in the region. “In a world in which ‘older men declare war’… and ‘the youth have to fight and die’, decades of conflicts in the region have exacted unacceptable toll on young people with millions dead and many more without hope. As we make efforts to bring about durable peace, security and recovery in the region, it is only fair and appropriate that we address the issue of youth employment,” Mrs. Robinson said.

 

The special summit on the “Fight against Youth Unemployment through Infrastructure Development and Investment Promotion” saw the participation of Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, as the event host, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. Other participants included youth representatives of the ICGLR member countries, as well as representatives of the African Union, the African Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, and several members of the diplomatic corps present in Kenya.

ICGLR instruments advocate the need to involve the youth in the social, political and economic life of the Great Lakes region. This summit is a result of the 4th Ordinary Summit held in Kampala, Uganda, on 15-16 December 2011, during which ICGLR Heads of State and Government directed the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee to consider the issue of employment, particularly youth employment within the framework of infrastructure development and investment promotion. The same recommendation was reiterated during the last summit held in Luanda, Angola, on 15 January 2014, following which the Heads of State and Government decided to hold a “Special Summit on Youth Employment”, which Kenya offered to host.

The Member States of the ICGLR include 12 core countries, namely Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Press Invitation – UNMISS Commissioner of Police in South Sudan Briefing


 

Press Invitation – UNMISS Commissioner of Police in South Sudan Briefing

 

JUBA, South Sudan, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) cordially invites members of the media in South Sudan to attend a press briefing to update on UN Police’s (UNPOL) role under the

new mission’s mandate; UN contributing Force Protection Unit efforts in managing IDPs in the protection of civilians site, and progress made by the South Sudan National Police Service with support of UNPOL.

 

 

The briefing will be given by:

Fred Yiga, United Nations Commissioner of Police for South Sudan

Joseph Contreras, UNMISS Acting Spokesperson

 

 

Date: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Time: 2:00pm

Venue: Juba Conference Room, UNMISS compound in Tomping

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

L’Union africaine encouragée par la conclusion réussie de la première étape du dialogue inclusif intermalien

 

ADDIS ABEBA, Ethiopie, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ La Présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (UA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, se félicite de la conclusion réussie de la première étape du dialogue inclusif intermalien, marquée par la signature, ce jour, à Alger, par toutes les Parties prenantes au processus de négociations, d’une Feuille de route consensuelle et d’une Déclaration de cessation des hostilités. Elle souligne que cet aboutissement heureux de la phase initiale des négociations, qui a eu lieu du 16 au 24 juillet 2014 et à laquelle l’UA a été représentée par son Haut Représentant pour le Mali et le Sahel, accompagné d’une équipe d’experts, augure de bonnes perspectives pour la suite du dialogue inclusif intermalien.

La Présidente de la Commission exhorte les Parties maliennes à saisir l’opportunité qu’offre cette avancée significative pour trouver une solution négociée et consensuelle à la crise actuelle, dans le respect de la souveraineté, de l’unité, de l’intégrité territoriale et du caractère laïc de la République du Mali. Elle réitère la nécessité pour les Parties de tout faire pour maintenir entre elles le climat de confiance nécessaire à l’arrêt définitif de toutes les hostilités, ainsi qu’à la poursuite et à l’aboutissement des négociations.

La Présidente de la Commission se félicite de la décision prise par toutes les Parties d’engager la deuxième étape des négociations du 17 août au 11 septembre 2014 à Alger, sous l’égide de la Médiation algérienne, en coordination avec l’UA, les Nations unies, la Médiation de la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO), l’Union européenne (UE) et l’Organisation de la Coopération islamique (OCI) et avec l’accompagnement des pays de la région (Burkina Faso, Mauritanie, Niger et Tchad).

La Présidente de la Commission réitère le soutien total de l’UA aux efforts que déploie le Gouvernement algérien, sous l’autorité du Président Abdelaziz Bouteflika, en vue d’aider les acteurs maliens à relever les défis auxquels leur pays est confronté. L’UA, qui se félicite de la mobilisation des partenaires internationaux en appui au processus en cours, continuera à apporter son soutien actif aux négociations.

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


 

LE SECRÉTAIRE GÉNÉRAL NOMME MME DIANE CORNER, DU ROYAUME-UNI, REPRÉSENTANTE SPÉCIALE ADJOINTE POUR LA RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

 

NEW YORK, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Le Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé, aujourd’hui, la nomination de Mme Diane Corner, du Royaume-Uni, comme sa Représentante spéciale adjointe et Chef adjointe de la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA), créée en vertu de la résolution 2149 du Conseil de sécurité le 10 avril 2014.

 

Mme Corner succède à M. Lawrence Wohlers, des États-Unis, dont le mandat est arrivé à terme. Le Secrétaire général est reconnaissant à M. Wohlers pour la détermination et l’engagement politique dont il a fait preuve au moment crucial de la transition et du déploiement de la mission de maintien de la paix.

 

Mme Corner apporte à cette nouvelle fonction plusieurs années d’expérience diplomatique dans la région des Grands Lacs au cours de ses 32 années de carrière au sein du Ministère britannique des affaires étrangères et du Commonwealth, notamment en tant que Haut-Commissaire en Tanzanie et Représentante du Royaume-Uni auprès de la Communauté d’Afrique de l’Est (2009-2013) et, plus récemment, depuis 2013, en tant qu’Ambassadrice britannique auprès de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et Ambassadrice non résidente auprès de la République du Congo.

 

Elle a aussi été Haut-Commissaire par intérim en Sierra Leone (2008-2009), Haut-Commissaire adjoint au Zimbabwe (2001-2003), et Chef de mission adjointe à l’ambassade britannique à Berlin (1994-1998). De 1985 à 1988, Mme Corner a été Deuxième Secrétaire pour les affaires politiques au Haut-Commissariat britannique en Malaisie. Elle a aussi travaillé au sein de la Mission permanente du Royaume-Uni auprès des Nations Unies à New York.

 

Mme Corner est diplômée en sciences politiques et en français de l’Université de Bristol. En 2000, elle a suivi une formation au Collège de défense de l’OTAN, basé à Rome.

 

Née en 1959, elle est mariée et mère de quatre enfants.

 

SOURCE 

NATIONS UNIES


 

SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS DIANE CORNER OF UNITED KINGDOM DEPUTY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MINUSCA

 

NEW YORK, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Diane Corner of the United Kingdom as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), established by Security Council resolution 2149 (2014) of 10 April.

 

Ms. Corner succeeds Lawrence Wohlers of the United States of America, who will complete his planned short-term assignment. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Wohlers for his dedicated service and political engagement during a critical time of transition and start-up of the peacekeeping operation.

 

Ms. Corner brings to the appointment several years of relevant diplomatic experience in the Great Lakes region in her 32 years with the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including as the British High Commissioner to Tanzania and United Kingdom Representative to the East African Community (2009-2013), and most recently as the British Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and non-Resident Ambassador to the Republic of Congo (2013-present).

 

Ms. Corner also served as Acting High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (2008-2009), as Deputy High Commissioner to Zimbabwe (2001-2003), as Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Office in Berlin (1994-1998). Ms. Corner’s first overseas posting was as Second Secretary Political at the British High Commission in Malaysia (1985-1988). She also worked for some time at the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

 

Ms. Corner holds a degree in French and Politics (joint honours) from the University of Bristol. In 2000, she completed the Senior Course at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence College in Rome.

 

Born in 1959, she is married and has four children.

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC


 

SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

 

NEW YORK, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Eugène-Richard Gasana (Rwanda):

 

The members of the Security Council welcomed the signing of a cessation of hostilities and violence agreement between armed groups in the Central African Republic during the Central African National Reconciliation Forum held in Brazzaville on 23 July 2014. They called on all parties to immediately and fully implement this agreement.

 

The members of the Security Council applauded the efforts led by the Mediator of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), President Denis Sassou Nguesso, and its Chairperson, with the support of the United Nations and the African Union, to broker this cessation of hostilities and violence agreement between the parties. The members of the Security Council commended Transitional Head of State Catherine Samba-Panza’s active involvement throughout this process to foster this agreement.

 

The members of the Security Council underlined that this agreement is a first step in a wider political process in the Central African Republic of ensuring durable peace, respect for human rights, protection of civilians and the rule of law. They stressed the need to address the underlying causes of the conflict through an inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue and national reconciliation process, efforts to fight impunity, formulation of a disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation strategy, including children formerly associated with armed forces and groups, and the rebuilding of effective State institutions. The members of the Security Council underlined in this regard the paramount importance of preserving the unity and territorial integrity of the Central African Republic.

 

The members of the Security Council further commended the commitment of the Transitional Head of State Catherine Samba-Panza to a political process that should ensure a successful transition. The members of the Security Council reiterated their call to the Transitional Authorities to accelerate, with the support of the United Nations and other partners, all necessary preparations in order to hold free, fair, transparent and inclusive presidential and legislative elections, with the full and effective participation of women at all levels and at an early stage as well as the participation of Central African Republic internally displaced persons and refugees.

 

The members of the Security Council reiterated their appreciation for the decisive actions, commitment and sacrifice of African Union, French and European Union troops in implementing their mandates to protect civilians in the Central African Republic. They further encouraged the United Nations Secretariat to take all necessary steps to ensure that the transfer of authority from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on 15 September translates into a significantly enhanced international military presence in the Central African Republic in order to implement the priority tasks of its mandate as defined in Security Council resolution 2149 (2014).

 

SOURCE 

UNITED NATIONS


 

Le Canada appuie le projet d’Aide à l’enfance Canada en Somalie / La contribution du Canada aide à améliorer la santé et le bien-être des enfants somaliens déplacés et de leur famille

 

OTTAWA, Canada, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Aujourd’hui, au nom de l’honorable Christian Paradis, ministre du Développement international et de la Francophonie, Ted Opitz, député d’Etobicoke-Centre, a annoncé l’octroi supplémentaire au titre de l’aide humanitaire au projet d’Aide à l’enfance Canada. Ce projet contribuera à améliorer la santé et le bien-être de quelque 137 000 Somaliens déplacés en raison des conflits et de la sécheresse.

« Après des années de conflits et de sécheresse chronique, la Somalie compte l’un des taux les plus élevés de malnutrition et de mortalité infantile au monde, a déclaré M. Opitz. Depuis de nombreuses années, le Canada offre un appui important aux efforts d’aide humanitaire en Somalie. Grâce à l’appui continu du Canada, Aide à l’enfance Canada contribue à satisfaire les besoins urgents des Somaliens déplacés en raison de cette crise, notamment les enfants vulnérables. »

Après des années de conflit, d’insécurité et de sécheresse, à ce jour en 2014, trois millions de personnes (c’est-à-dire environ 40 % de la population) ont besoin d’une aide humanitaire en Somalie. Près de 900 000 personnes souffrent de famine aiguë, et un million de personnes demeurent loin de leur foyer. Le taux de malnutrition des enfants au pays est parmi les pires au monde, et l’accès aux soins médicaux est extrêmement limité.

Le financement annoncé aujourd’hui par le Canada appuiera les efforts de secours d’Aide à l’enfance Canada en Somalie en améliorant l’accès à de l’eau potable, à des installations sanitaires adéquates et à des soins pour traiter la malnutrition aiguë des personnes déplacées à Mogadiscio et dans les environs.

« Nous sommes très reconnaissants du soutien financier versé pour cette crise humanitaire qui ne cesse de s’aggraver, a déclaré Patricia Erb, présidente et directrice générale d’Aide à l’enfance Canada. Avec l’appui du Canada, Aide à l’enfance Canada pourra améliorer de manière substantielle la santé et les conditions de vie de plus de 130 000 Somaliens qui ont été forcés de se déplacer en raison du conflit et de la sécheresse. Grâce à cette aide, nous renforcerons la capacité en soins de santé sur le terrain en soutenant des centres de santé communautaires et des centres d’alimentation, en répondant aux besoins en matière d’assainissement et en formant des travailleurs en santé communautaire. Ces derniers seront ensuite en mesure d’offrir des services de santé et de transmettre leurs connaissances sur les pratiques adéquates en matière de santé, d’hygiène et de nutrition. Nous opérons un changement durable en appuyant la transmission des connaissances et le développement au sein des collectivités. »

Aide à l’enfance Canada recueille des fonds et met en œuvre des programmes nationaux et internationaux visant à offrir des secours d’urgence et à défendre les droits des enfants.

« L’appui du Canada aux efforts humanitaires en Somalie est le reflet de la compassion et de la générosité qui sont les valeurs communes des Canadiens, a affirmé le ministre Paradis. Le Canada s’est engagé à aider à satisfaire les besoins humanitaires des personnes affligées par des crises, aussi bien en Somalie qu’ailleurs dans le monde. »

M. Opitz a fait cette annonce lors d’une séance de discussion ouverte qui a eu lieu à Etobicoke, dans la région de Toronto, pour parler des défis actuels en Somalie.

Les faits en bref

•    Le 23 juillet 2014, Nina Grewal, députée de Fleetwood-Port, a annoncé au nom du ministre Paradis l’octroi de fonds supplémentaires pour appuyer les efforts humanitaires de l’UNICEF en Somalie.

•    Le 28 mai 2014, l’honorable Rona Ambrose, ministre de la Santé, a annoncé l’octroi de fonds supplémentaires pour appuyer le programme de soutien alimentaire et nutritionnel du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies pour les familles somaliennes dans le besoin.

•    Du 28 au 30 mai 2014, le premier ministre Stephen Harper a été l’hôte du sommet international Sauvons chaque femme, chaque enfant : un objectif à notre portée, à Toronto. À cette occasion, le Canada a promis de fournir 3,5 milliards de dollars pour appuyer cet enjeu de 2015 à 2020 et il a donné un nouvel élan aux efforts déployés dans le monde pour promouvoir la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants à titre de priorité mondiale après 2015.

•    La contribution du Canada continuera de cibler les moyens les plus efficaces pour réduire le nombre de décès de mères et d’enfants en accordant la priorité à des programmes liés à trois domaines : le renforcement des systèmes de santé, l’amélioration de l’alimentation et l’allégement du fardeau imposé par les principales maladies.

•    Des progrès importants ont été réalisés à l’échelle internationale au chapitre de la santé des mères, des nouveau-nés et des enfants. Dans le monde, le nombre de décès chez les enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans a chuté de façon importante, pour passer de près de 12 millions en 1990 à 6,6 millions en 2012.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 

Canada supporting Save the Children Canada project in Somalia / Canada ‘s contribution is helping to improve health and well-being of displaced Somali children and their families

 

OTTAWA, Canada, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, announced new humanitarian assistance funding to Save the Children Canada for a project in Somalia that is contributing to the improved health and well-being of up to 137,000 Somalis displaced by conflict and drought.

“After years of conflict and chronic drought, Somalia has one of the highest rates of child malnutrition and infant mortality in the world,” said MP Opitz. “For many years, Canada has provided significant support for humanitarian assistance efforts in Somalia. With Canada’s continued support, Save the Children Canada is helping to meet the urgent needs of Somali people who have been displaced by this crisis, including vulnerable children.”

Conflict, insecurity, and drought have left 3 million people inSomalia(up to 40% of the population) in need of humanitarian assistance in 2014. Nearly 900,000 people face acute hunger and 1 million remain displaced from their homes. Child malnutrition rates in the country are among the worst in the world and access to medical care is extremely limited.

The funding announced by Canada today will be used to support Save the Children Canada’s life-saving efforts in Somalia toward improving access to safe water, proper sanitation, healthcare, and treatment for acute malnutrition for displaced populations in and around Mogadishu.

“We are very grateful for the financial support for this growing humanitarian crisis,” said Patricia Erb, Save the Children Canada President and CEO. “With Canada’s support, Save the Children Canada will be able to significantly improve the health and living conditions of more than 130,000 Somalis who have been displaced by conflict and drought. With this support we will build the health care capacity on the ground by supporting community health centres, feeding centres, meeting sanitation needs and training community health care workers to provide health services and disseminate knowledge of proper health, hygiene, and nutrition practices. We can create sustainable change by supporting knowledge and development directly within the community.”

Save the Children Canada raises funds and operates programs domestically and internationally to provide emergency relief and promote child rights.

“Canada’s support to humanitarian efforts inSomaliareflects the shared Canadian values of compassion and generosity,” said Minister Paradis. “Canadais committed to helping meet the humanitarian needs of people affected by crises, both inSomaliaand around the world.”

MP Opitz made the announcement at a townhall meeting held in Etobicoke to discuss the current challenges inSomalia.

Quick Facts

•    On July 23, 2014, Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells, on behalf of Minister Paradis, announced new funding to support UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts in Somalia.

•    On May 28, 2014, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced new funding to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s food and nutrition programming for Somali families in need.

•    From May 28 to 30, 2014, in Toronto, the Prime Minister hosted Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach. At the Summit, Canada committed $3.5 billion in support for the period of 2015–2020 and renewed global momentum to advance maternal, newborn and child health as a global priority beyond 2015.

•    Canada’s contribution will continue to target the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child deaths by prioritizing three programmatic areas: strengthening of health systems, improving nutrition, and reducing the burden of leading diseases.

•    Solid international progress is being made to address maternal, newborn and child health. The global number of deaths of children under the age of five has dropped significantly, from nearly 12 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012.

 

SOURCE 

Canada – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Posted by: africanpressorganization | 25 July 2014

Avion d’Air Algérie / Communiqué du Président de la République


 

Avion d’Air Algérie / Communiqué du Président de la République

 

PARIS, France, 25 juillet 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ L’épave de l’avion d’Air Algérie disparu jeudi a été localisée cette nuit au Mali, dans la region de Gossi, à proximité de la frontière du Burkina Faso.

 

L’appareil a ete clairement identifié malgré son état désintégré.

 

Un détachement militaire français a été envoyé sur place pour sécuriser le site et recueillir de premiers éléments d’information.

 

Le Président de la République assure les familles et les proches des victimes de toute sa solidarité.

 

SOURCE 

Présidence de la République française


 

The African Union welcomes the signing of an Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities in the Central African Republic / The AU urges the CAR stakeholders to pursue their efforts towards a lasting solution to the crisis in their country

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, welcomes the signing, yesterday, in Brazzaville, by the Central African Republic (CAR) parties, of an Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, within the framework of the Forum for National Reconciliation in the CAR, which took place from 21 to 23 July 2014. She stresses that this Agreement constitutes a significant step forward in the search for a lasting solution to the crisis facing the CAR.

The Chairperson of the Commission urges the CAR parties to scrupulously implement their commitments under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, as well as to redouble their efforts to carry forward the peace and reconciliation process in their country. In this regard, she notes with satisfaction their commitment to continue, in Bangui, the dialogue on the aspects relating to the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration program, as well as the inclusive political process, through the organization of popular consultations at the level of the various prefectures of the country and the holding of the Forum for National Reconciliation and Reconstruction.

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU’s deep appreciation to President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo, Mediator of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) in the CAR crisis, for his personal commitment and the sacrifices made by his country to ensure the smooth holding of the Forum. She also reiterates her gratitude to the other leaders of the region, notably President Idriss Deby Itno, Chairman of ECCAS, for their contribution to the current efforts in the CAR. Furthermore, the Chairperson of the Commission expresses the AU’s appreciation to the international partners, both multilateral and bilateral, for their continued support. She commends the work accomplished, within the framework of the International Mediation, by the Vice-Mediators representing the AU and the United Nations, as well as by the ECCAS Secretary-General in his capacity as the Rapporteur.

The Chairperson of the Commission reaffirms the continued commitment of the AU to support the ongoing process, both through its participation in the International Mediation and through the African-led International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA).

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)

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