Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over…

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

Third group of refugees evacuated to Rwanda from Libya with UNHCR support

The group of 116 landed at Kigali International Airport at 2245 last night (Sunday 24 November)

More than 100 vulnerable refugees, including several babies born in detention centres in Libya, have arrived in Rwanda on a humanitarian evacuation flight organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The group of 116 landed at Kigali International Airport at 2245 last night (Sunday 24 November). They have been taken…

Source: Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Seychelles |

17th Regional Seminar of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group - European Union (ACP-EU) Economic and Social Interest Groups

This year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a regional seminar in Eastern and Southern Africa, which comprises the Indian Ocean islands

Dates: 21 and 22 November 2019 Venue: Hotel Sofitel, Wolmar, Flic en Flac (Mauritius) Working languages: EN, FR, PT The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is pleased to invite you to the 17th Regional Seminar of ACP-UE Economic and Social Interest Groups, which will take place on 21 and…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Norway to support transit centre for refugees in Rwanda

Mr Ulstein is currently visiting Rwanda in connection with Norway’s contribution of NOK 50 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) transit centre

‘I have been very moved by the meetings I have had with the inhabitants of the Gashora Transit Centre in Rwanda today. They have been living under atrocious and very dangerous conditions in Libya,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein. Mr Ulstein is currently visiting Rwanda in connection with…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Horn of Africa countries launch regional initiative as peace dividend beckons, $15 billion investment on the cards

The initiative was formalized on 18 October, on the sidelines of the World Bank Group/International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings in Washington DC

Five Horn of Africa countries have launched an initiative to forge closer economic ties, building on the improving political climate in the sub-region. The initiative was formalized on 18 October, on the sidelines of the World Bank Group/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC. The countries agreed on priority projects and…

Source: The World Bank Group |

World Bank Vice President for Africa Region visits Somalia

Ghanem reiterated the World Bank Group’s support for Somalia’s reform efforts as the country approaches the Decision Point for the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program

The World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Hafez Ghanem concluded his first visit to Somalia today after witnessing the progress made by government and people of Somalia. “I commend the government and the people of Somalia for making progress on improving the security and economic situation in the…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Somalia’s 2.6m Internally Displaced Citizens in Need of Water, Shelter and Health

In the first half of the year, forced displacement in Somalia was primarily due to insecurity, drought and floods

Somalia has for almost three decades been in the throes of conflict; now add the most recent drought and the result is displacement and food shortages.  There are reports of urgent need for assistance among the most affected regions, such as Baidoa.  In the first half of the year, forced…

Source: UN Watch |

Tyrants celebrate as U.N. elects Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya, Sudan to top rights body

The council already counts China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, DR Congo, Eritrea, Qatar, Somalia, Cameroon and Pakistan among its members

The U.N.'s election today of serial abusers of human rights —Venezuela, Mauritania, Libya and Sudan — to its highest human rights body drew sharp criticism from the non-governmental human rights group UN Watch, which is based in Geneva at the seat of the 47-nation Human Rights Council. "Electing the oppressive Venezuelan regime of Nicolás…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

Congratulations on the Awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Prime Minister Abiy

The Prime Minister’s efforts in strengthening democracy and peace in Africa inspire the world’s future leaders to become agents of positive change

The United States congratulates Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on the prestigious honor of being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.  Prime Minister Abiy’s commitment to seeking peace on the African continent and ending conflict with Eritrea demonstrates courage, strength, and leadership.  We celebrate this…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Secretary-General appoints Mamadou Diallo of Guinea Deputy special representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau

Mr. Diallo will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as his new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).  Mr. Diallo will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau. Mr. Diallo succeeds David McLachlan-Karr of Australia,…