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UN Secretary-General presents his priorities for 2019

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres presented his top priorities for 2019 yesterday at the UN headquarters in New York

Despite countless “headwinds” and “ills”, the United Nations has “made a real difference” in 2018 and will need to achieve even more in 2019, as the planet faces “a world of trouble”. That was the New Year message from UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, at UN headquarters in New…

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UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO urge countries in western and central Africa to step up the pace in the response to HIV for children and adolescents

In 2017, around 67 000 children (aged 0–9 years) and 69 000 adolescents (aged 10–19 years) became newly infected with HIV

At a high-level meeting in Dakar, Senegal, UNAIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries in western and central Africa to do more to stop new HIV infections among children and adolescents and increase HIV testing and treatment coverage. In 2017, around 67…

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    • MONUSCO/Alain Likota Voters look for their names in the lists during Presidential and Legislative elections in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (30 December 2018)
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‘Refrain from violence’ UN chief urges, as presidential election result is announced in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election

The vote – initially scheduled to take place two years ago – if upheld, marks the vast central African nation’s first democratic transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago. According to news reports, the preliminary results announced by the independent electoral commission, known by its French acronym, CENI,…

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    • Jean Pierre Lacroix, USG of UN Peace Operations, and Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, (center left and right) during their closing press conference after a two days visit in CAR to relaunch the dialogue between the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and armed groups under the auspices of the African Union (AU) initiative
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‘Everyone must be on board’ for peace in Central African Republic: UN’s Lacroix

The agreement by the Government and armed groups in the Central African Republic to hold talks later this month (CAR) is “an important step to resolve the country’s crisis”, said the UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on Thursday

“Now there is a path, it is the path of dialogue. There is a date to start this dialogue, it's 24 January,” said the head of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), speaking to reporters in the capital Bangui. “There is an organization…which will convene and organize these discussions in…

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January 2019 Global Economic Prospects Materials

Key message for Africa is that regional growth is expected to accelerate to 3.4 percent in 2019

The January edition of the 2019 Global Economic Prospects (GEP) was released yesterday in Washington. Key message for Africa is that regional growth is expected to accelerate to 3.4 percent in 2019, predicated on diminished policy uncertainty and improved investment in large economies together with continued robust growth in non-resource…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Central African Republic: $430.7 million required for the humanitarian response in 2019

One out of four Central Africans is either internally displaced or a refugee

The Central African Republic continues to experience a complex and dire humanitarian crisis. One out of four Central Africans is either internally displaced or a refugee. The number of people in need of assistance and protection has increased from 2.5 million to 2.9 million, a 16 per cent increase compared…

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

DRC inter-communal clashes drive 16,000 refugees into Congo-Brazzaville

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is supporting local authorities in the Republic of the Congo to provide humanitarian assistance to some 16,000 recently arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). People are fleeing deadly clashes that erupted at the end of December 2018 between two communities in…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

UK aid will be “even quicker and smarter” in 2019 as the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance globally will be double the UK population

The need for humanitarian aid will remain especially high in 2019, driven by conflict in countries like Cameroon and the Central African Republic

The UK is stepping up preparations for global humanitarian crises in 2019 and harnessing the power of satellite and supercomputer technology to better predict where disasters will strike. International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said the UK will take early action to prepare for crises where possible in 2019, not just dealing with the aftermath of dire humanitarian…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Vital UN Air Service risks being grounded in Central African Republic due to funding shortages

Over half of the country’s population (2.9 million people) remain in need of humanitarian assistance

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) that enables aid workers to deploy to reach tens of thousands of people in need in the Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of shutting down due to a shortage of funds, the World Food Programme (WFP) that manages the service warned…

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UNHCR launches $2.7 billion appeal for Africa’s largest refugee crisis: South Sudan

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refuge Agency, and NGO partners are today launching an appeal for US$2.7 billion to address the live-saving humanitarian needs of South Sudanese refugees in 2019 and 2020. Five years on since the onset of a brutal civil war, over 2.2 million South Sudanese refugees have sought safety…