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Tajani visit to Niger: we must support and expand Niger’s well-functioning model to reduce irregular migration flows

A delegation of representatives from European entities including the European Commission and European Investment Bank, as well as international organisations, such as UNIDO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, together with European private sector representatives, will accompany President Tajani

“Niger plays a key role to drastically reduce irregular migrants’ flows to Libya and the EU. My visit to Niamey aims at strengthening our partnership with this country, discussing how the EU can promote investments and make more funds available. I will also meet representatives from the Sahel and Sahara…

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Merck Foundation concludes their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa

The training program was a part of ‘Merck more than a Mother’ community awareness program

Merck Foundation concludes their First Merck Health Media Training to Break the Stigma around Infertility in Africa: •Merck Foundation provides training to more than 200 Media Journalists from 17 African Countries. •Merck Foundation starts hashtags #MenToo and #NoForInfertilityStigma to break the stigma of Infertility. •Merck Foundation launched three songs to…

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Tajani visit to Niger: 95% decrease in migration flows to Libya and Europe thanks to EU partnership and funds

President to visit Niamey with entrepreneurs, researchers and international organisations

''Through financial support and a strong partnership, the European Union has helped Niger to reduce migratory flows to Libya and the EU by over 95%. In 2016, 330,000 people crossed Niger primarily directed to Europe via Libya. In 2017, this number went down to less than 18,000, and in 2018…

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Climate change threatens lives and economies across the globe

Statement by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Open Debate on the Climate and Security

Ambassador's Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the UN Speech: Thank you very much indeed Madam President, and may I once again thank and congratulate Sweden for picking such a good menu of themes for us to discuss in the Security Council. I was here in 2007 when we had…

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Remarks at Security Council Debate on “Understanding and Addressing Climate-related Security Risks”

The Boko Haram insurgency in North East Nigeria and neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger, has left over 10 million people displaced

Madame President, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,   I commend the Security Council for focusing its attention on climate-related security risks. I would like to address four key issues today: firstly, the nature of the challenges to our common security posed by climate risks; secondly, the impacts of climate change; thirdly,…

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Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

Nearly two decades ago, the UN Security Council adopted a landmark resolution that has placed the issue of women, peace and security on the global agenda

Making the case was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, fresh from a mission to South Sudan, Chad and Niger; all countries where women and children are paying what she called the “stark cost” of conflict. For Bineta Diop, the AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, the mission highlighted…

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Statement by Ambassador Karen Pierce, United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council: Women, Peace and the Security in the Sahel

We would like to see even more effort be dedicated to integrating a gender perspective in strategies

Well, thank you very much indeed Minister for being with us again today. It’s fantastic to have you here and thank you for all the work Sweden has done on this important dossier. Particularly, for keeping it at the forefront of our minds in the Security Council and the way…

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GIMAC and TerraPay announce collaboration for enabling real-time cross border money transfers to CEMAC region

The partnership will enable instant cross border money transfer to bank accounts and mobile wallets in the CEMAC zone, comprising of Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic and Chad

GIMAC, the regional electronic money transfer platform of Central Africa and TerraPay (www.TerraPay.com) the world’s first mobile payments switch have signed a strategic partnership agreement that will strengthen the remittances ecosystem in CEMAC region. The partnership will enable instant cross border money transfer to bank accounts and mobile wallets in…

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UN Deputy Secretary-General's remarks to Security Council on Women, Peace and Security in the Sahel

We heard a universal and increasingly frustrated call by women for greater inclusion, representation and participation in all areas of society

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Let me begin by thanking the President of the Security Council for convening this meeting on women, peace and security in the Sahel, as well as for Sweden’s leadership on this issue during the country’s time in the Security Council. Yesterday I returned from a joint…

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    • Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation with Suzanna (Suzzana) Owíyo, she is a Kenyan singer-songwriter. Merck Foundation collaborated with Suzzana for the song “Worriers”, to address the issue of infertility stigma in Africa
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    • Oladapo Ashiru, President of Africa Fertility Society, Nigeria, Mathatha Tsedu from South Africa, he is a member of the SABC Board, Ms. Carole Mandi, Founder/ Publisher, Carole Mandi Media, William Pike is the Managing Director of the Star Newspaper, Dr. Rashid A. Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation, Hon. Sarah Opendi- Minister of State of Health, Uganda, Ms. Renee Ngamau, Radio Host/Life Coach, Capital FM, Mr. Tom Mshindi, Mr. Tom Mshindi is the Group Editor-In-Chief at Nation Media Group (NMG), Prof. Koigi Kamau, Chairman Kenya Fertility Society
    • The winner of Merck More Than a Mother Media Recognition Awards 2017 in Multimedia category of Ms. Namukabo L Werungah and the team from NTV Kenya with William Pike is the Managing Director of the Star Newspaper, Dr. Rashid A. Aman, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health, Kenya, Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation, Hon. Sarah Opendi- Minister of State of Health, Uganda and Mr. Tom Mshindi is the Group Editor-In-Chief at Nation Media Group (NMG)
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Merck Foundation announces the winners of “Merck More Than a Mother” Media Recognition Awards 2017

Merck Foundation to call for application for “Merck more than a Mother” Media Recognition Award 2018

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), starts hashtags #MenToo and #NoForInfertilityStigma to break the stigma of Infertility. Merck Foundation to Launch three songs to raise awareness about Male Infertility by Octopizzo , Susan Owiyo, Rozzy and Tom Close, African Singers from Kenya, Sierra Leone  and Rwanda. Merck Foundation to call for application for “Merck more…