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    • Professor Muhammad Yunus, from Bangladesh, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, for his work to tackle poverty through micro-credit. He is a founding member of the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.
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Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus calls for a new approach to address hunger and conflict

Food and agriculture are pathways to peace in Central African Republic

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus today called for a complete change in the ways to address the often-related issues of hunger and conflict. He made the appeal at an event at FAO headquarters in Rome highlighting progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace. "If…

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Recreational Centre Opens for Children in Zinder, Niger

Niger, considered a major migratory hub in West and Central Africa, is a country of origin, transit and destination for numerous vulnerable migrants

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) officially handed over last Friday (17 May) the Centre for the Prevention, Promotion and Protection of Children (CEPPP) in Matameye, department of Kantché, Zinder region, to representatives from the Ministry of Women Promotion and Child Protection (MPFPE) in Niger. The centre was built and equipped through…

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U.S. Embassy hosts Ethiopia Hacks! 5.0: River Basin Restoration

Participants were challenged to develop technological solutions to support the Addis Ababa river basin restoration project

The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted the Fifth Hackathon as part of its Ethiopia Hacks! Program.  Participants were challenged to develop technological solutions to support the Addis Ababa river basin restoration project. To help participants get started, the U.S. Embassy brought U.S. expert Dr. Melinda Laturi, Professor of Eco…

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The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) reinforce cooperation to empower women peacebuilders in the region

Over 30 participants representing eleven countries in the region were trained in conflict analysis, mediation and gender dimensions of conflict

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), in partnership with the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), organized a Training of Trainers…

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    • Women displaced from drought in Ethiopia receive emergency shelter from IOM. The Organization supports more than 70 countries to prevent and mitigate disaster displacement. Photo: Rikka Tupaz
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Mitigating displacement due to Climate Change, Disasters a Risk Reduction Priority, International Organization for Migration (IOM) says

Following Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, IOM provided shelter to more than 85,000 survivors, and stands ready to help the government build back better in the recovery phase

Climate change and disasters are driving more people to move than ever before, whether due to sudden onset disasters like the unprecedented cyclones that devastated Southern Africa earlier this year, or destructive long-term weather patterns causing drought. Last year alone more than 17 million people were displaced following disasters – accounting for 61 per cent of all internal displacements globally, according to Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre,…

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT): UNHCR launching consultations on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) refugees’ rights

With over 70 countries around the world still criminalizing same sex relationships, many LGBTI people continue to experience severe human rights abuses and persecution

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched this week a series of consultations to identify ways of ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are better protected against harm, and are able to seek justice and support when they experience violence and discrimination. Echoing the theme chosen…

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    • Transformative moments at a conflict resolution workshop in Kimotong County, Eastern Equatoria
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Transformed peace actors and government leaders trained to manage conflicts in Eastern Equatoria

Kimotong County has a long history of conflicts between the community of Buya and the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces deployed in the area

MOSES YAKUDU For some, it was a workshop. For others, it was a near-transcendental experience. “We feel empowered, even transformed, by the information received on how to resolve disputes peacefully. We will participate alongside our elders for peace. Only brains work, not weapons,” says Clement Lotao, chairperson of the youth…

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Bentiu-bound verification team vows to leave no stone unturned to remove children from armed forces

Demobilization Commission noted that the verification of the presence of children in the military ranks is important ahead of the integration of soldiers into one national army

BEATRICE MATEGWA/FILIP ANDERSSON A joint team from South Sudan’s government and opposition forces has arrived in South Sudan’s northern town of Bentiu, on a verification mission aimed at removing children from the country’s military ranks. Along with officials from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, representatives of the UN…

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    • Ambassador Sullivan with the 2019 YALI Cohort and other U. S. Embassy officials
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U.S. Ambassador Honors 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows

In attendance were Ghanaian alumni from Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and other U.S. Government exchange programs from previous years

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan hosted a reception in honor of the 2019 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) cohort. In attendance were Ghanaian alumni from YALI and other U.S. Government exchange programs from previous years. Since the inception of the…

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Six New Members Join United Nations University (UNU) Council

Professor Adam Habib (South Africa), Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Witwatersrand joins the United Nations University (UNU) Council

The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to the governing United Nations University Council: Dr Denisa Čiderová (Slovakia), Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies, University of Economics in Bratislava Dr Comfort Ero (United Kingdom), Program Director, Crisis Group Dr Xin Fang (China), President & Professor,…