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Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council

Mr. Swan urged Member States to urgently resource a Drought Impact Response Plan issued by the UN and Somali Government

Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office. Mr. Swan noted the effectiveness of the collaboration between the UN and international partners, and…

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Strategic plan to reduce malnutrition in Africa adopted by WHO Member States

The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 181 million in 2010 to almost 222 million in 2016

A strategic plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in the African Region was adopted at the 69th Regional Committee meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the African Region today. “The plan outlines the urgent and accelerated action that we must take if we are to meet…

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Inaugural AGCO Agriculture Foundation Award presented for innovative solution to rural community unemployment in South Africa

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF) Award goes to the Bahle Zondo Foundation (BZF) for its innovative solutions in addressing rural unemployment

The AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF) (, a private entity with the strong commitment to providing a holistic approach to the global prevention and relief of hunger through impactful initiatives and sustainable agricultural development, today announced the Bahle Zondo Foundation in South Africa as the first organization globally to receive the…

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UNMISS force commander visits Gbudue area to assess security situation (by Phillip Mbugo)

General Tinaikar urged South Sudanese to be patient as they await the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement to be completed

In the wake of challenges to establish a cantonment site in the Gbudue area for South Sudan’s opposition forces, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander visited Yambio on Friday, with a high-level delegation of officials from Juba and Li-rangu. “The purpose of my coming was to…

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Deadly airstrikes and drone hits displace thousands of civilians in Libya oasis town

9,450 people have been displaced by the violence in and around Murzuq since the beginning of August

Intensifying clashes in the southern Libyan town of Murzuq involving air and drone strikes in recent days have left at least 90 people dead and displaced thousands of “terrified” civilians, the UN said on Tuesday. “Casualties on all sides of the fighting have continued as a result of airstrikes by…

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Wood-saving cookstoves are helping Zambia cut forest loss

Kikwanda and Walubita are among beneficiaries from more than 5,000 households in Central, Western and North-western Zambia who are now using the stoves

A UNDP-GEF partnership is promoting energy-saving stoves in rural communities in support of the government’s efforts to cut forest loss, clean up cooking, save lives and curb climate change. It’s half past midday in Kawama Village in Northwestern Zambia and Mildred Kikwanda is busy preparing ‘Nshima’ – the staple maize…

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General Visits Cyclone Affected Areas in Mozambique

Cyclone Idai (March) and Cyclone Kenneth (April) affected 1.8 million people and caused hundreds of deaths

IOM Director General António Vitorino is currently on a two-day visit to Mozambique to assess and support the humanitarian response after the country was devastated by two catastrophic storms earlier this year. Cyclone Idai (March) and Cyclone Kenneth (April) affected 1.8 million people and caused hundreds of deaths. Several months…

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Nigeria moves to end Communicable Diseases among people who use drugs

Nigeria, with her huge population continues to experience an untold effect of drug use especially among youth

“I have been injecting drugs for a long time and we share syringes,” says Ali who lives in the suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and recently diagnosed to be co-infected with Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. Consequent to difficulties of life in the streets, Ali was exposed to drug…

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USAID Administrator Mark Green's Meetings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The meetings addressed efforts to further engage Ebola-affected communities in the response

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Tom Babington: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on August 18 and met with NGO partners, UN leadership, and other donor representatives to discuss the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The…

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Tackling child malnutrition (by Islamane Abdou)

Together with the government of Niger and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), UNICEF is fighting child malnutrition

Malnutrition is a major threat to children’s health and development in Niger. More than 4 out of 10 children under 5 are stunted, robbing them of their full potential. Global acute malnutrition is consistently above the 10 per cent ‘alert’ level – even during times and in places where no…