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

Secretary-General Appoints Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator in the Central African Republic

Mr. Hochschild will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile as his new Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Mr. Hochschild will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Calls for Urgent Action to Assist Millions of Drought-Affected People in Southern Africa

The figure is expected to spike significantly, if immediate assistance is not received, as food insecurity is expected to peak during the October 2016 to March 2017 lean season

Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region. Southern Africa is experiencing the worst…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Negotiators at UNCTAD14 Reach Consensus, Strengthen UNCTAD Work Programme

Final agreement came at 10:20 following long days of negotiations

Negotiators applauded on Friday after reaching agreement on the Nairobi consensus, the Maafikiano, setting UNCTAD's work programme for the next four years after long discussions including two sleepless nights. Final agreement came at 10:20 following long days of negotiations in which negotiators had used caffeine pills, candies, and soft drinks…

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

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal to Fight Multiple Deadly Disease Outbreaks

The Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo has been a key partner of the Congolese government in the fight against recurrent epidemics

In light of several epidemics in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal, calling for 2.2 million Swiss francs to support activities in response to ongoing yellow fever, measles, and cholera outbreaks. In March, a…

Source: Embassy of the United States of America in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire |

L’Ambassade des Etats-Unis recrute 40 filles (élèves) âgées de 14 à 19 ans pour participer au camp gratuit sur la Science, la Technologie, l’Ingénierie et les Mathématiques

Le « STEM Camp » a pour objectif principal d’offrir aux filles des choix professionnels afin de susciter en elles un engouement pour les carrières scientifiques et technologiques

L’Ambassade des Etats-Unis en Côte d’Ivoire organise le mardi 2 août 2016 à 09h00 une compétition pour le recrutement de 40 filles (élèves) âgées de 14 à 19 ans pour participer au « STEM Camp », un camp gratuit sur la Science, la Technologie, l’Ingénierie et les Mathématiques qui se déroulera à…

Source: European Parliament |

European Parliament delegation to Mali: enhanced cooperation in the Sahel region

The delegation visited Bamako in order to discuss foreign, security and defence matters and related cooperation with the EU with Malian political authorities, to visit the EU missions on the ground and their international partner missions

A delegation of Members of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, led by Anna Fotyga (ECR, PL), Chair of the Subcommittee, travelled to Mali on 19-20 July. The delegation included Mr David McAllister (EPP, DE), Mr Bogdan Zdrojewski (EPP,PL), Mr Gilles Pargneaux…

Planet Earth Institute
Source: Planet Earth Institute |

Winners of the HE Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme announced

Programme is managed by the Planet Earth Institute Foundation in partnership with the African Academy of Sciences (AAS)

First ten winners of the “Her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim PhD Scholarship Programme” were announced at a ceremony in Mauritius on Thursday 21st July PhD grants awarded will cover the full costs of research in world-leading institutions in key areas of energy; water and sanitation; agri-business; health; blue sky research…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

OCHA Briefing Notes

A UN cross-border humanitarian mission from Cameroon to Nigeria yesterday provided food assistance and non-food items to 15,000 internally displaced people (IDP) in Banki, Borno State

Nigeria ·        A UN cross-border humanitarian mission from Cameroon to Nigeria yesterday provided food assistance and non-food items to 15,000 internally displaced people (IDP) in Banki, Borno State, some two kilometres from the border to Cameroon. ·        The truck convoy carried 31 tons of…

Source: International Office of Migration (IOM) |

Humanitarian Needs Spike for 83,000 Displaced in Wau, South Sudan

The number of people seeking shelter at the UNMISS site and the Cathedral increased rapidly in early July due to fighting in neighboring areas

An estimated 83,100 people remain displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance in Wau, South Sudan, following clashes in late June. While IOM continues lifesaving assistance for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Wau town, humanitarian agencies have been unable to access IDPs sheltering in areas south of town, where insecurity…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Global Enterprise Registration Distinguishes Bhutan and Cameroon as Top Reformers

Launched in October 2014, GER.co is an initiative of UNCTAD, the Kauffman Foundation Global Entrepreneurship Research Network and the United States Department of State

Bhutan's eRegulations information portal and Cameroon's MyBusiness.cm single window received a Global Enterprise Registration (GER.co) award from UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi and Ambassador Kurt Tong of the Department of State of the United States of America on Monday during the opening reception of the 2016 World Investment Forum in Nairobi.   Launched…