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Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

Launch of the Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: ‘Tourism for Transformative and Inclusive Growth’

WHAT: UNIC Pretoria in partnership with the International Development Cooperation (IDC) invites media to the launch of ‘Economic Development in Africa Report 2017’ produced by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on ‘Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth’. The report encourages African countries to harness the dynamism of…

Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) |

Regional, National, and Sub-national Stakeholders Discuss Practical Actions to Address Climate Change, Food Insecurity and Resilient Livelihoods in South Sudan

In the context of a multifaceted crisis causing widespread and urgent humanitarian needs, the conference participants actively engaged in discussion on durable solutions to persistent food insecurity, including immediate, medium, and long term actions needed

A wide-ranging coalition of policy makers, political leaders, and development partners held a two-day interactive conference in Juba, South Sudan designed to generate ideas and concrete action points to protect and help vulnerable communities to adapt against the negative effects of climate change. “South Sudan should approach climate change as…

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

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the closure of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)

The Secretary-General welcomes the closure of the United Nations Operations in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) on 30 June 2017, after having successfully achieved its mandate.   The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of Cote d’Ivoire for their determination and efforts in turning the page of crisis and conflict. He commends…

Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana |

USAID Study Examines Impact of Trade-Related Fees and Charges in Ghana

The study details how official and unofficial fees and charges associated with trade impact Ghana’s trade volume, government revenues, and private sector viability

June 28, 2017, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson launched “The Cost of Trading in Ghana,” a new study on the impact of trade-related fees and charges. United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted the study on behalf of the National Trade Facilitation Committee. Ambassador Jackson launched the study at the monthly…

Source: The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany - Windhoek |

Germany presents ‘position paper’

On 27 June 2017, the German Ambassador to Namibia, Christian-Matthias Schlaga, presented the ‘German Position Paper’ to the Special Envoy of Namibia, Dr. Zed Ngavirue

Reacting to most recent media reports, the German Embassy declares:    “In July 2016 the Namibian Special Envoy, Dr. Zed Ngavirue, presented a document to the German Special Envoy, Mr. Ruprecht Polenz, which described the position of the Namibian Government for the German – Namibian negotiations covering the events during…

Source: African Union Commission (AUC) |

Signing of Partnership agreement between the African Union Commission and New Zealand

The Partnership Agreement was signed by the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, and the Ambassador for New Zealand to the African Union, H.E. Mr. Bruce Shepherd

The African Union Commission (AUC) and The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have signed a Partnership Agreement, providing a framework and basis for the establishment and implementation of the ‘New Zealand – Africa Geothermal Facility’. The goal of this facility is to expand access to affordable, reliable and…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan

UNICEF urgently requires US$22 million to provide lifesaving response for over 100,000 children

Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur.   Over…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Kampala |

Germany donates 16 million euros to UNHCR for S. Sudanese refugees in Uganda

The contribution will help UNHCR provide nearly 1 million South Sudanese refugees with improved access to education, better housing and increased access to drinking water

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany announced yesterday a grant of Euro 16 million to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.  The contribution will help UNHCR provide nearly 1 million South Sudanese refugees with improved access to education, better housing…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China |

Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Xu Jinghu Attends Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees

Commending the contributions Uganda has made to alleviating Africa’s refugee pressure, Xu Jinghu expounded on the principles and stances of China on the refugee problem, and demonstrated the constructive role China has played in addressing regional hotspot issues

On June 23, 2017, on behalf of China, Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Xu Jinghu attended at invitation the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees held in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. Special Representative Xu Jinghu addressed the meeting. Commending the contributions Uganda has made to…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Involuntary refugee returns to Nigeria must be avoided - UNHCR

In the latest incident, on Tuesday (June 27), some 887 Nigerian refugees, most of them children, were repatriated in six trucks provided by the Nigerian military and Cameroonian police from the Kolofata border site

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed over a fresh incident of forced returns of refugees from Cameroon into northeast Nigeria. This follows similar incidents earlier in the year, and more recently, repeated warnings that refugees are returning to a dangerous situation in which conditions do not yet exist to…