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Access to safe water for all is key to sustainable development

World Water Day: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urges innovation in water technologies to increase water-use efficiency

With climate change and population growth putting increasing pressure on finite water resources, FAO is urging countries to step up efforts to increase water efficiency and provide access to safe water for all. Ensuring global water security is fundamental to achieve Zero Hunger and the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN…

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UK aid Cyclone Idai response - additional flight to leave for Mozambique

UK aid to fly heavy-lifting gear to unclog cyclone-hit airport

The UK is due to send forklift trucks and other equipment to help quickly unload aid from planes and cut the time it takes to get relief items to those in need, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced today (22 March). The flight, which is scheduled to leave from Doncaster-Sheffield…

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Private Sector Joins IOM to Enhance Skills of Gambian Returnees

On Tuesday 19 March 2019, the trainees formally graduated from their three-month training in construction, carpentry, electronics, mechanics, plumbing, tailoring, welding and many other sectors

Abba Wollow left The Gambia in 2016 with hopes of reaching Europe. “I left The Gambia because the small garage I was working on was not enough to support my family,” he explained. “I left to find something better for them.” Instead his journey ended in Libya, where he stayed…

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Policy, Trade and the Private Sector in the Digital Era to dominate debate as Conference of African Ministers kicks off in Marrakesh

The conference will also provide a platform for delegates to review fiscal policies for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA)

The annual Economic Commission for Africa Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development - COM2019 (www.UNECA.org/CFM2019) - kicked off in Marrakesh on Wednesday, with emphasis on the importance of digitalisation in enhancing African economies as the continent celebrates the first anniversary of the highly hailed and historic…

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Marriott Hotels brings TED Fellows Salon to the mother city inspiring “Vibrant Innovation”

Meaningful conversations spark creative thinking at the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers

Marriott Hotels (www.MarriottHotels.com) in partnership with TED, hosted its first TED Fellows Salon in Cape Town, South Africa, sparking conversations around Africa’s beauty, rich heritage and innovative spirit. Held at the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers, renowned TED Fellows, Kenyan musician Bill Sellanga and South African conservation biologist Steve…

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    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with The President of Burundi, H.E. PIERRE NKURUNZIZA to discuss the health capacity programs by Merck Foundation
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother awarding The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA for her work as Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA and Honb. Dr. NDIKUMANA Thaddée, Minister of Health and fight against Aids, Burundi (Extreme right) and Honb. MBONIMPA Fréddy, Mayor of Bujumbura City (extreme left) during the launch program
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother speaking at the launch of Merck Foundation activities in partnership with the First Lady of Burundi in the country
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother
    • H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother speaking during the launch
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with The First Lady of Burundi, H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA and Honb. Dr NDIKUMANA Thaddée, Minister of Health and fight against Aids, Burundi (Extreme right) and Honb. MBONIMPA Fréddy, Mayor of Bujumbura City (extreme left) during the launch program
    • Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother with H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother during the launch program
    • (L-R) Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother; H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother; Prof. Dr. Frank Stangenberg Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and the Chairman of Merck Foundation Board of Trustees and Mr. NIZIGIYIMANA Salvator, Vice President, Buntu Foundation
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Merck Foundation meets the President and the First Lady of Burundi to launch their programs in the country

Merck Foundation awarded the First Lady of Burundi to acknowledge her efforts as “Merck More Than a Mother” Ambassador

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) launched their programs in partnership with Burundi’s First Lady together with Ministry of Health and Government of Burundi; Merck Foundation awarded the First Lady of Burundi to acknowledge her efforts as “Merck More Than a Mother” Ambassador. Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany underscored their…

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    • UNOCHA | UN humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to see firsthand the extent of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. March 2019
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‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up

The two officials agreed that successful elimination of the current Ebola outbreak required above all greater and more effective community engagement

“Urgent and sustained funding” for a Government-led response to what is now a “massive and protracted” humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday. Following on from a fact-finding mission…

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Belgian Emergency Aid for Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after passage of cyclone Idai

The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to the affected populations of the three countries

The passage of the tropical cyclone Idai and the floods that accompanied it caused an enormous havoc in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is one of the most devastating storms affecting Southern Africa in recent history, with probably more than a thousand victims. The Belgian government expresses its sympathy to…

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Churches call for support amid devastation caused by Cyclone Idai

As the numbers of victims and people displaced are still unfolding, churches in the region are calling everyone to join in prayers for the wellbeing and protection of those affected

More than 100,000 people are still stranded from massive flooding caused by a devastating cyclone and heavy rainfall in Mozambique and neighboring southeastern African countries. As the numbers of victims and people displaced are still unfolding, churches in the region are calling everyone to join in prayers for the wellbeing…

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Idai disaster: Stranded victims still need rescue from heavy rains as UN scales up response

The World Food Programme (WFP) said that people are still stranded on rooftops after the storm began its sweep through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe six days ago

Dire conditions persist in vast areas of southern Africa affected by Cyclone Idai as heavy rain continues to cause “massive destruction”, the UN said on Thursday, while aid teams scale up efforts to reach those most in need. Warning that the situation is likely to deteriorate, the World Food Programme…