Posted by: APO | 27 March 2017

DR Congo: No Word on Missing UN Team

The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today. Those missing are Michael Sharp, an American; Zaida Catalán, a Swede; Betu Tshintela, a Congolese interpreter; Isaac Kabuayi, a driver; and two unidentified motorbike… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/dr-congo-no-word-on-missing-un-team?lang=en

Le gouvernement de la [République démocratique du Congo](https://www.hrw.org/fr/afrique/republique-democratique-du-congo) devrait coopérer pleinement avec les efforts des Nations Unies pour localiser l’équipe du Groupe d’experts de l’ONU portée disparue depuis le 12 mars 2017 dans la province du Kasaï-Central, a déclaré Human Rights Watch aujourd’hui. Les personnes disparues sont Michael… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/dr-congo-no-word-on-missing-un-team?lang=fr

Du 25 au 28 mars 2017, le Ministère de la Santé Publique, en étroite collaboration avec l’UNICEF et l’OMS, lance une campagne de vaccination contre la Poliomyélite ciblant 4,2 millions d’enfants entre 0 et 5 ans dans l’objectif de son éradication totale au Tchad. « La polio est une maladie pouvant avoir des conséquences irréversibles pour un enfant faute de vaccination complète. Un enfant… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/eradication-de-la-polio–42-millions-denfants-a-vacciner-au-tchad?lang=fr

M. Jean-Marc Ayrault s’est entretenu, le 24 mars 2017, avec le Premier ministre gabonais, M. Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet. Au cours de l’entretien, le Premier ministre gabonais a présenté les initiatives de son gouvernement en faveur du dialogue. M. Jean-Marc Ayrault a exprimé l’espoir que le dialogue se tienne entre les principales forces politiques du pays et qu’il débouche sur des réformes… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/entretien-de-m-jeanmarc-ayrault-avec-m-emmanuel-issoze-ngondet-premier-ministre-gabonais?lang=fr

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant today to the Ghanaian company, Buipe Solar Limited, in support of a feasibility study for a 20 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in northern Ghana. Ghana has tremendous solar energy potential, and this project will help the country capitalize on that potential. The solar plant will produce affordable energy while diversifying the country’s energy… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/ustda-connects-us-industry-to-business-opportunities-in-ghana?lang=en

– The Bodo Mediation Initiative (BMI) was established under the auspices of the former Dutch Ambassador who, until 2015 co-chaired the mediation process to deliver the clean-up of Bodo. The mediation is between SPDC and the Bodo Community with representatives from UNEP, NOSDRA, Rivers State Government, the Dutch Embassy and a coalition of NGOs in the Niger Delta, NACGOND. The BMI strives for clean-up… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/shoreline-cleanup-assessment-techniques-scat-under-the-bodo-mediation-process-putting-the-record-straight?lang=en

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced today its decision to accede to the global customs transit system for moving goods across international borders – the United Nations TIR Convention – (www.IRU.org/tir) and to make the system operational in 2017. Due to its strategic location, the KSA is the critical link between the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and the wider Middle Eastern region. The… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/saudi-arabia-takes-steps-to-boost-trade-with-tir–the-global-customs-transit-system?lang=en

Professor Graham, addressing the 4th UNI Africa Conference in Dakar, Senegal (http://ForwardForANewAfrica.org), warned of the danger of ‘parasitic capitalism’ where digital companies give little back to the places where they are embedded and platform workers are left to fend for themselves. UNI Global Union General Secretary Philip Jennings’ said research into the Future World of Work followed… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/the-global-gig-economy-and-its-implications-for-african-digital-workers?lang=en

Le professeur Graham, dans son discours présenté à la 4e Conférence d’UNI Africa à Dakar, Sénégal (http://ForwardForANewAfrica.org), a mis en garde contre le danger du « capitalisme parasitique » où les activités des entreprises du numérique ne profitent que marginalement aux endroits où elles sont implantées et où les travailleurs sur plateformes sont laissés pour compte. Philip… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/the-global-gig-economy-and-its-implications-for-african-digital-workers?lang=fr

SEM Isselkou ould Ahmed Izid bih, Ministre des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération, a reçu aujourd’hui en audience SEM Joel Mayer, ambassadeur de France accrédité auprès de notre pays. Les discussions ont porté sur les relations bilatérales et les voies et moyens de les renforcer davantage dans l’intérêt des deux pays amis. L’audience s’est déroulée en présence de SEM Abdel… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/le-ministre-des-affaires-etrangeres-recoit-lambassadeur-de-france-aupres-de-notre-pays?lang=fr

“Responding to the appeal made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, we have arranged, through Italian Cooperation, a package of humanitarian aid worth 10 million euros in response to the very serious food crisis that is endangering the survival of 20 million people in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia, including 1.4 million children under 5 with acute malnutrition… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/famine-risk-alfano-emergency-assistance-from-italy-for-somalia-south-sudan-nigeria-and-yemen?lang=en

Le Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires Étrangères Didier Reynders a rencontré ce 23/3 le Président de la Conférence épiscopale nationale du Congo (CENCO) Mgr. Marcel Utembi et le Secrétaire Général l’abbé Nshole. Il a ensuite rencontré ce 24/4 le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général de l’ONU pour la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) Maman Sidikou. Lors des échanges,… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/didier-reynders-supports-cenco-in-its-mediation-efforts-in-the-drc?lang=fr

This 23 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has met the President of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) Mgr. Marcel Utembi and the Secretary-General, abbot Nshole. On 24 March, Minister Reynders met the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Maman Sidikou. During these exchanges, the Minister… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/didier-reynders-supports-cenco-in-its-mediation-efforts-in-the-drc?lang=en

Posted by: APO | 24 March 2017

IMF Staff Concludes Visit to Zambia

– Fund staff and Zambian authorities made progress regarding economic program that could be supported by an IMF arrangement – Economic growth is expected to improve slightly to 3.5 percent in 2017. Sustaining high inclusive growth in the future requires sound policies & reforms to improve competitiveness. – IMF team welcomed the government’s fiscal consolidation plans which aim at putting public… Read more on http://imf-fmi.africa-newsroom.com/press/imf-staff-concludes-visit-to-zambiac?lang=en

L’ambassadrice Michele Sison, représentante permanente adjointe auprès de l’Organisation des Nations unies, a prononcé un discours lors de la réunion ministérielle du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies sur la Somalie. « Le peuple de Somalie fait face à un défi immédiat, celui de l’aggravation de la crise de la faim, bien sûr. Plus de la moitié de la population de la Somalie a besoin… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/lambassadrice-michele-sison-prend-la-parole-lors-de-la-reunion-ministerielle-du-conseil-de-securite-des-nations-unies-sur-la-somalie?lang=fr

Mr. Louis Michel, former European Union (EU) Development Commissioner and Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister, will arrive in Accra on 27 March 2017 for an official visit to Ghana. He is part of a pool of three high level personalities made up of former members of the European Commission designated by the EU to support the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Neven Mimica, by carrying out targeted outreach… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/official-visit-to-ghana-of-mr-louis-michel-former-european-union-eu-development-commissioner?lang=en

Posted by: APO | 24 March 2017

UN: Rights Body Sets South Sudan Probe

The United Nations Human Rights Council on March 24, 2017, extended the mandate of the three-member Commission on South Sudan for a renewable one year term, and expanded the scope of its work. The council mandated the commission to “determine and report the facts and circumstances of, collect and preserve evidence of, and clarify responsibility for alleged gross violations and abuses of human rights… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/un-rights-body-sets-south-sudan-probe?lang=en

Mr Nigel Casey CMG MVO has been appointed British High Commissioner to South Africa in succession to Dame Judith Macgregor DCMG LVO, who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service.

Mr Casey will take up his appointment in April 2017. Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/change-of-british-high-commissioner-to-south-africa?lang=en

Monday the 20th of March, 2017 was International Francophonie Day and in Ghana, it was marked with the grand finale of the annual Francophonie competition which was followed by a round table discussion on the joys and challenges of working in a cross-cultural setting. The day commenced with the finals of the nationwide Francophonie competition which capped off several weeks of preparation and selection… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/international-francophonie-day-celebrated-at-the-alliance-francaise-in-accra?lang=en

As a group of Khayelitsha schoolchildren living with drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) today unveils an artwork commemorating their battles against the disease, the international humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns that adolescents are being fatally neglected in the response to TB and DR-TB in South Africa, and calls on the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to expedite… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/schoolgoing-tb-patients-speak-out-on-crisis-in-adolescent-tb-healthcare?lang=en

United Nations [Secretary-General](https://www.un.org/sg/en) António Guterres today stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back from the abyss, and back from a widening famine. “All the optimism that accompanied the… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/security-council-and-region-must-speak-with-one-voice-end-suffering-in-south-sudan–un-chief?lang=en

Message of President Donald J. Trump to the Congress of the United States: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/message-to-the-congress-regarding-the-continuation-of-the-national-emergency-with-respect-to-south-sudan?lang=en

With 5.6 million Ethiopians in the grip of a worsening food crisis, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a significant expansion of its emergency response effort, including a four-fold increase in its appeal and a five-fold increase in the number of people targeted for support. “The reports we are receiving from our Red Cross colleagues in Ethiopia,… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/in-response-to-worsening-drought-in-ethiopia-ifrc-announces-fourfold-increase-of-relief-and-recovery-operations?lang=en

L’incursion d’acteurs militaires et politiques dans le domaine humanitaire met en péril la fourniture de l’aide humanitaire au Mali. Ceci est la principale conclusion d’un rapport publié aujourd’hui par Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) qui analyse l’instrumentalisation continue et dommageable de l’aide humanitaire dans le pays. Malgré l’accord de paix signé en 2015 entre le gouvernement du Mali… Read more on http://africa-newsroom.com/press/mali–msf-alerte-sur-le-danger-de-lutilisation-de-laide-humanitaire-a-des-fins-politiques-et-militaires?lang=fr

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