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UN Secretary-General's remarks to the Africa Dialogue Series

The United Nations and the African Union are deepening our strategic partnership in all areas

By UN Secretary-General Welcome to the Africa Dialogue Series. As we look to build and bolster multilateralism, we need strong coalitions across international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society, academia, the media and more. The Africa Dialogue Series is an important part of this effort.  The United Nations…

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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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    • The Chief guests at the opening ceremony of the GARD ( Getting Airports Ready For Disaster ) workshop held at Streamline Hotel in Toamasina on 20th May 2019- From left to right- RAMANANA Barthelemy Samuel - representative of Atsinanana Region, Rija Rakotoarison –OCHA representative, Yves Andrianarison - Country Manager DHL Express Madagascar, Marie Dimond- UNDP representative in Madagascar, Col. Elack Olivier Andriakaja - Executive Secretary BNGRC , Cyrille Benandrasana - Prefect of Toamasina, Major Gen. Herison Andriamihafy - Manager ADEMA, George Rakotomalala - Municipality of Toamasina
    • Participants and guests at the opening ceremony of the GARD ( Getting Airports Ready For Disaster ) workshop held at Streamline hotel in Toamasina on 20th May 2019
    • Elack Olivier Andriakaja - Executive Secretary BNGRC,Marie Dimond- UNDP rep in Madagascar,Major Gen. Herison Andriamihafy - Manager ADEMA,Yves Andrianarison - Country Manager DHL Express Madagascar,Kim Melville Senior Director, Global Airside and Standards UK and Lead Trainer, Second line Left to right- Chris Weeks Director of Humanitarian Affairs and Lead Trainer, George Wood Customer Operations Manager,Customer Operations Group - Sub Saharan Africa and Trainer and Robin Demyttenaere Global Airside and Standards Supervisor - UK
    • Yves Andrianarison - Country Manager DHL Express Madagascar gives his opening speech at the ceremony
    • The workshop delegates who will be attending the GARD workshop from May 20 to 24, 2019 take a picture with the chief guests and the GARD trainers
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Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA boost natural disaster preparedness at Madagascar’s Toamasina International Airport

The program developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group, UNDP and OCHA, with the support of WFP, aims to better prepare airports to handle the sudden surge of incoming relief goods

Deutsche Post DHL Group (www.DPDHL.com), the leading mail and logistics company, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) team up with National Bureau for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC - Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et…

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

Somalia: $710 million needed to scale up drought response and avert a major crisis

Immediate scale-up in humanitarian response is required to mitigate the effects of the latest drought that threatens to drive Somalia into a major humanitarian crisis

As Somalia faces another severe drought, aid agencies today launched a Drought Response Plan and called for urgent and sustained resources to avert a major crisis. The plan seeks $710 million to provide critical, life-saving assistance to 4.5 million drought-affected Somalis in the most severely affected areas between now and the end…

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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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Global platform on disaster risk reduction: we need a drastic change of course

This year, tropical cyclone Idai left more than 1000 people dead in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi

The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum…

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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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EU support to promote access to clean water and improved sanitation in Zambia

EUR 5 million EU investment grant, channeled by the European Investment Bank, from the EU Water Facility Pooling Mechanism, targets investments in peri-urban areas

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has teamed up with the EU’s external action service in a bid to provide clean water and adequate sanitation to citizens in the Zambian Copperbelt Province, bordering on the DRC. The EU grant financing, will help the Mulonga Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) implement the…

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Somalia: About 2.2 million Somalis facing severe food insecurity as drought conditions worsen

Drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production and disrupting livelihoods

Highlights Between July and September 2019, 2.2 million people, almost 18 percent of the total population, are expected to face severe food insecurity. The projected food insecure caseload is 40 percent higher than the estimate at the beginning of 2019, as drought conditions are severely affecting crop and livestock production…

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Community-led rainfall monitoring in Sudan’s Darfur

The villagers collected rainfall data and transmitted the information using mobile phones

Mohamed Yahia Abakar, 42, has lived in West Darfur’s Abu Suruj all his life. The husband, and father of five daughters and eight sons is a descendant of farmers who followed in his family’s footsteps. His village, established in the early 1950s, is home to about 10,050 residents mainly from…