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

Global Actors gather to forge a common front against Illicit Trade

It endangers public health, as sub-standard and fake antimalarial medicines alone cause more than 100,000 deaths per year in Sub-Saharan Africa

The global economy loses more than US$2 trillion annually due to smuggling, counterfeiting, trafficking of humans and wildlife and other forms of illicit trade that hold back progress on the global development agenda. To address this alarming problem, UNCTAD and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) are convening the first-ever Illicit…

Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) |

Introducing the new action hero: Master speed with Canon’s much-anticipated EOS-1D X Mark III

The EOS-1D X Mark III has been developed using feedback from the worldwide community of EOS-1D X and EOS-1D X Mark II photographers, including prestigious Canon Ambassadors

Canon Europe (Canon-Europe.com) today launches the ultimate sports and wildlife camera, the EOS-1D X Mark III, offering professional photographers limitless possibilities, at blistering speeds. Boasting dramatically improved AF tracking performance, image quality and communication capabilities, the camera represents the pinnacle of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Canon’s new flagship camera features incredible…

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

Cattle keepers in Wau benefit from free veterinary camp provided by UNMISS peacekeepers

In South Sudan, the death of a cow or a goat is a big loss, as cattle are important assets

Since her childhood days in Majok, Martha Agew’s life has relied heavily on rearing livestock. Ms. Agew was one of may beneficiaries as Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan provided cattle keepers in her area with free veterinary services. “I am a 65-year-old cattle keeper…

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) |

Spotlight on Ethiopia’s tree-planting programme

Ethiopia has embarked on an ambitious tree-planting programme and recently planted over 350 million trees in a single day

“Climate change impacts have greatly affected Ethiopia in terms of flooding, drought and food insecurity,” says Margaret Oduk, Programme Coordinator of UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Liaison Office to the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and Ethiopia.   “On one hand, lowland areas are experiencing increased…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Sudan: African Development Bank approves $60 million loan to support Elnefeidi Group’s agricultural expansion

The loan is expected to contribute significantly to food security, food import substitution, and household incomes by creating jobs and increasing local productivity and distribution

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board of Directors has approved a $60m loan to Elnefeidi Group Holding Company to help finance its long-term agriculture and food expansion programme. The planned expansion includes increasing agricultural productivity, enhancing related infrastructure, food processing and distribution. It will directly contribute in developing Sudan’s livestock…

Source: Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) |

Announcing the launch of the Inaugural Canon Discovery Week in Algeria

Photo walk, Masterclasses, Product Releases, and Much More at Canon Discovery Week Algeria

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) (Canon-CNA.com), a world leader in imaging solutions, is proud to announce the launch of the first Canon Discovery Week in Algeria — a series of events dedicated to photographers, broadcasters, partners, and the whole Canon community in the North African nation. Cannon Discovery Week…

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Source: WHO Regional Office for Africa |

Antimicrobial resistance on his own leg turns a Kenyan health worker into an advocate for wiser use of antibiotics

When the thigh wound grew bigger, the health worker, being well versed in the perils of contagion, feared it would trigger an internal infection

Josphat, a health worker based in Nairobi, needed a skin graft on his leg in 2013. But then, what is typically a common procedure nowadays became a medical nightmare. The donor site on his thigh took longer to heal than expected and was nonresponsive to conventional antibiotics. Laboratory tests revealed…

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Source: UN News |

‘Three-country crisis’ across central Sahel puts whole generation at risk, warns UN food agency

Burkina Faso is worst hit, with one-third of the country now a conflict zone

Violent attacks by extremists “almost every day” in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said. Warning of an impending humanitarian crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that if nothing is done…

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

Blue economy can be a site of economic production – ECA

Blue economy is Africa’s hidden treasure, which if well and sustainably tapped, can make a difference in Africa’s economic transformation and development

“The blue economy can be a site of economic production, which through its value chain process, can link small, medium and big production firms and thereby promote the alleviation of poverty, reducing inequality and ensuring better living standards for the people of our region”. The statement was made by Economic…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Saving lives in one of the world's most dangerous countries

Sixty percent of Somalia's population depends on agriculture or livestock such as sheep, goats, camels and cattle

Millions in Somalia need humanitarian aid because of extreme weather conditions and conflict. However, relief work is difficult and dangerous in a country that has been ravaged by armed conflict for almost 30 years The UN warns that more than 1.2 million people will experience crisis levels of hunger by…