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

Secretary-General Appoints Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia as Force Commander, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei

Major General Hailemichael has had a long and distinguished career with the Ethiopian Armed Forces spanning over thirty-three years

United Nations Secretary-General  António Guterres today announced the appointment of Major General Tesfay Gidey Hailemichael of Ethiopia as Force Commander for the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).   He succeeds Major General Hassen Ebrahim Mussa of Ethiopia, who completed his assignment on 17 January 2017. The Secretary-General…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

New Permanent Representative of Tanzania presents credentials

The new Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations (Vienna), James Alex Msekela, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov. During his career Mr. Msekela has served in various capacities, among…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to attend SADC meeting in Tanzania

Amongst other things, the meeting is expected to consider the situations in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the consolidation of democracy in the region and the request from the Union of Comoros and the Republic of Burundi to join SADC

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African government delegation at the meeting of the SADC Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) taking place in Dar-Es-Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania, from 20 to 24 February 2017. Amongst other things, the meeting is expected to consider the…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

New Permanent Representative of Lesotho Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Moshe Neo Kao, the new Permanent Representative of Lesotho to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Moshe Neo Kao, the new Permanent Representative of Lesotho to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.   Prior to his appointment, Mr. Kao had been working as an independent consultant in Geneva on trade…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Terrorist Attack in Somalia

Japan, alongside the international community, has always strongly condemned terrorism in all forms, and supports the international community’s fight against terrorism

Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Norio Maruyama: In relation to the large number of casualties arising from the explosion of a vehicle loaded with explosives at the Abagedo market in Mogadishu City, the Federal Republic of Somalia on February 20 (February 19 local time), Japan extends its sincere condolences to…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050 Regional Launch

Following a two-day technical consultation on 21 and 22 February 2017, ASL2050 will be officially launched on 23 February 2017 in Addis Ababa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries to implement the ‘Africa Sustainable Livestock 2050’ (ASL2050) project. The project aims to facilitate dialogue, knowledge sharing and consultation among livestock, health…

Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

New Civil Servant Support Officers Arrive from Kenya for Mentoring Assignments to Strengthen South Sudan’s Civil Service

The new arrivals are joining two Ugandan CSSOs, who reported to Juba in May 2016, for a two-week induction workshop into the RSS/IGAD programme

Seven new public servants from the Republic of Kenya arrived to Juba this week to begin their assignments as civil service support officers (CSSOs) as part of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Initiative for Capacity Enhancement in South Sudan, commonly referred to as the “IGAD Regional Initiative”. The…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to provide NOK 135 million in emergency aid to South Sudan

In addition to helping the population in South Sudan, Norway will also provide support to South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries

The humanitarian crisis in South Sudan is now so severe that the UN has declared a famine in parts of the country. ‘The situation is acute. We must act now to save lives. Norway is therefore providing NOK 135 million for emergency relief efforts in South Sudan,’ said Minister of…

Source: European External Action Service (EEAS) |

EU-Seychelles partnership in climate change

The programme of 3 million euros is part of the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA+) which aims at strengthening dialogue and cooperation with developing countries, in particular least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS)

The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles undertook a site visit to La Digue in the context of the coastal flood adaptation and mitigation activities of the "Seychelles Global Climate Change Alliance project". She met with local stakeholders on La Digue.  According to Marjaana SALL, Ambassador…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Chairperson of AU Commission expresses deep concern over the recent fighting in South Sudan

The Chairperson is alarmed by the reports received regarding the rising violations of the ceasefire and heightened hostilities in the Greater Upper Nile and Greater Equatoria regions,

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosozana Dlamimi-Zuma, has expressed deep concern over the deterioration of the security situation in the Republic of South Sudan in recent weeks, and the impact on the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of…