Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

Communities in the lakes region urged to end culture of violence to enable development (by Mageng Wade Deng)

Women representatives at the conference expressed their concern about the security situation

Communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan are being urged to end a culture of violence and revenge attacks so that development can take place and youth get the opportunity they deserve to access education. The recommendation was made at the end of a two-day conference held in Mapuordit…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director visits Sudan to meet new government and sends off first barges to South Sudan

On his visit to Kosti, Beasley saw the three WFP-contracted barges loading 4,500 tons of food procured locally in Sudan

The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley, today concluded a two-day visit to Sudan where he met leaders of the new government and travelled to Kosti to waive off the first three barges to carry humanitarian food supplies down the River Nile to South Sudan…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Participatory Dance to Strengthen Resilience to Violent Extremism in Niger

These performances offered youth from challenging environments opportunities to share their daily experiences and aspirations for a better future

The Tillabéri region, located in southwest Niger, straddles Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. The region is characterized by fragile stability and today sits threatened by various economic and security risks concentrated at this three-state border zone. Lack of effective border control and tensions over limited available resources have…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Japan-Democratic Republic of the Congo Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Minister Tumba was thankful to the Government of Japan for its various assistance including that against the Ebola virus desease outbreak

On October 21, commencing at 1:00 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Marie TUMBA NZEZA, State Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who was visiting Japan. The overview…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO supports Government to immunize ‘Almajiri’ Children in Northwest Nigeria

Almajiri vaccination is the deliberate targeting of eligible children in Almajiri schools with vaccines

In an effort to reach and vaccinate every eligible child in Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Government to vaccinate as many Almajiri children in the country as possible. As part of the demand creation strategies, Almajiri vaccination is the deliberate targeting of eligible children in Almajiri…

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

Release of a new music video ‘Lib Yaleh’ on maternal and newborn health

The music video is produced by a renowned bass player/producer and UNICEF Ethiopia Goodwill Ambassador Thomas T. Gobena

WHAT: Release of a new music video focusing on maternal and newborn health entitled Lib Yaleh. The music video is produced by a renowned bass player/producer and UNICEF Ethiopia Goodwill Ambassador Thomas T. Gobena (also known as Tommy T) in collaboration with University of Alberta of Canada. The video was directed…

Source: Embassy of Finland, Addis Ababa |

Four different agreements were signed during the visit of President Niinistö to Ethiopia

Representatives of the Finnish business community accompanied President Niinistö to Ethiopia

During the visit of President Niinistö to Ethiopia, four different agreements were signed. The Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade of Finland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minister of Finance of Ethiopia to continue cooperation in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector. The planned contribution of…

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

Deputy UN Chief hails Ethiopia for exceptional leadership in women’s advancement

Ms. Mohammed further hailed Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for efforts to increase women in decision making in political and other offices

Kickstarting a joint solidarity mission to the Horn of Africa with the African Union’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Ms. Bineta Diop, Deputy UN Chief, Amina J. Mohammed participated in an early morning dialogue event on combatting the scourge of human trafficking with Ethiopian women leaders. Convened on the…

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

Togo sets seven priorities for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The AfCFTA implementation strategy will be amended with the contributions of workshop participants before being submitted to the Togolese authorities

Togo is actively working towards strengthening its institutional mechanisms to ensure a successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as outlined in its national AfCFTA implementation strategy. The strategy was presented for discussion and validation on 17 and 18 October in Lomé to public and private sector…

Source: Novartis |

Central African countries optimistic about halving deaths from malaria, but major challenges remain

Malaria experts are very concerned that climate change could increase the threat of malaria in the region

Central African countries surveyed in new opinion study believe that halving malaria deaths is more achievable than elimination by 2030; Malaria experts are very concerned that climate change could increase the threat of malaria in the region: Surveillance and programme delivery need to improve to drive progress. Central Africa is…