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,…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Ethiopia: ‘Reconciliation,’ cited in Nobel Peace Prize, is a life-saver for separated families

For two decades, people living in Ethiopia and Eritrea could not visit or call one another

One of the heartbreaking byproducts of conflict is the sheer number of families that become separated and can no longer communicate with one another. That’s why the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pleased to see the Norwegian Nobel Committee cite “reconciliation” as one of the reasons it…

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

U.S. Embassy Statement on Prime Minister Abiy's Nobel Peace Prize

This prestigious award highlights the incredible progress under Dr. Abiy’s leadership as Prime Minister

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa congratulates His Excellency Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, on being the 100th recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his “…efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation and his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.” We join all Ethiopians as…

Source: Amnesty International |

Ethiopia: Nobel Peace Prize must spur Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed towards further human rights reform

This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia

Responding to the announcement that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: “This award recognizes the critical work Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has done to initiate human rights reforms in Ethiopia after decades of widespread repression.…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 2019: Sahel threats necessitate ‘global response’: Issoufou

The Bank's vision of the Sahel is one of green growth and prosperity founded on clean, reliable and affordable energy systems

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou called on Sunday for a "global response" to the problems of land degradation that threaten the arid Sahel belt. Addressing a meeting of the Climate Commission for the Sahel Region at the United Nations, Mahamadou said the region's 250 million people are struggling with drought, desertification…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

G5 Sahel heads of State throw their weight behind African Development Bank initiative Desert to power

Bank commits $20 million towards project preparation for the realization of the project

G5 Sahel heads of state at a Summit on Friday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, gave strong support to Desert to Power, an Africa Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) -led initiative. The summit, "Harnessing solar energy for the socio-economic development of the G5 Sahel countries" came on the heels of a high-level technical…

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

New UNHCR evacuation of refugees from Libya to Italy, as Tripoli fighting continues

The evacuees are from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan and include 52 unaccompanied children

A group of 98 vulnerable refugees have been today evacuated out of Libya to Italy, the third direct humanitarian evacuation to the country this year. With Libya continuing to suffer the consequences of ongoing conflict, such evacuations are a lifeline for the most vulnerable refugees living in detention centres and…