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Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General Appoints François Louncény Fall of Guinea as Head of United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa

Mr. Fall is currently serving as the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA since November 2016

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of François Louncény Fall of Guinea as his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA).   Mr. Fall is currently serving as the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Liberian President meets ECA team to advance collaboration pact

The meeting follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties last year that aims to provide technical support to the country in its quest for economic and social transformation

A delegation from the Economic Commission for Africa recently met with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss continued collaboration between the two parties and launch the implementation plan for agreed programmes. The meeting follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties last year that aims…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

South Sudan: Protracted conflict at root of nutrition crisis

In recent weeks, MSF teams have encountered extremely high levels of malnutrition and have launched an emergency response to treat malnourished children

The protracted conflict in South Sudan’s Mayendit and Leer counties is having a profound effect on the local population, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Men, women and children are regularly forced to flee their homes to escape fighting, and struggle to access essentials, including food,…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Joint FAO/UNICEF/WFP statement on famine in South Sudan

The heads of three UN agencies issued the following joint call for urgent action to allow aid to reach people facing starvation in famine-hit areas of South Sudan

The latest food security analysis in South Sudan has led to a declaration of famine in Leer and Mayendit counties in Greater Unity region. Two other counties are at risk of famine. The lives of some 100,000 people are threatened.   Despite a substantial humanitarian response in South Sudan by…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Côte d’Ivoire receives a boost for development planning from the ECA

This project forms part of the fundamental mission of the ECA to provide assistance to African countries and aims at supporting the renewal of development planning in Côte d’Ivoire

On Monday, the Ivoirian Government, through the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD) and the Sub-Regional Office for West Africa of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), launched the support project to strengthen development planning in Côte d’Ivoire. This project forms part of the fundamental mission of the…

Source: U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa |

U.S. Embassy Pretoria Hosts Former Mayor of Washington DC, Anthony Williams

Mayor Williams’ visit was one of several exchange and professional development programs hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria throughout the year

To encourage enhanced dialogue between the United States and South Africa on best practices in city management and urban revitalization, the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted former Mayor of Washington DC Anthony Williams February 13-17, 2017. Mayor Williams’ visit provided an opportunity to renew the relationship between two world capitals, Washington…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Famine in South Sudan

Statement from International Development Secretary Priti Patel and summary of how UK aid is already helping

Following the declaration of famine in parts of South Sudan yesterday (Monday 20 February) – the first famine in the world for six years – there has been widespread media coverage including by the BBC, ITV, Sky, Guardian, Times, Financial Times and the Independent highlighting the worsening humanitarian crisis. ‎What…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

News alert: Libyan Red Crescent recovers 74 bodies in northern Libya

Libyan Red Crescent volunteers collected the bodies of the deceased with dignity, placing them in body bags for transfer to a local hospital

The Libyan Red Crescent has recovered the bodies of 74 people who washed ashore yesterday (20 February), near Zawiya on Libya’s northern coast. Photos are available for download here. It appears that the deceased had been on a boat attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. A torn rubber…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

UN’s global emergency fund provides $18.5 million for early response to new drought in Ethiopia

To provide time-critical aid to more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia’s worst-hit Somali region, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien has released US$18.5 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

With the Horn of Africa facing one of the worst droughts in decades, more than 5.6 million people in Ethiopia alone are in desperate need of life’s basic necessities. To provide time-critical aid to more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia’s worst-hit Somali…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Newly Appointed Iran’s Representative to the AU presents Credentials

Amb. Khakpour presented his credentials on Friday, 17 February 2017, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has received the credentials of the newly appointed Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the African Union and the United Nations Economic Community for Africa, H.E. Mr. Behzad Khakpour. Amb.…