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

Secretary-General Appoints Ghassan Salamé Of Lebanon as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)

Mr. Ghassan Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).   Mr. Ghassan Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and service,…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Emergency seed distributions to combat hunger in north-east Nigeria

FAO provides seeds and fertilizer to more than one million people in planting season push

Seeds and fertilizer for more than one million people are being distributed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in north-eastern Nigeria for the planting season that begins this month. It is part of efforts, led by the Government, to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition…

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Despite worldwide changes, multinationals focus on mobile workforces to support career growth and ensure global competitiveness

Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey finds African, Asian, and European cities dominate the list of most expensive locations for working abroad

Luanda overtakes Hong Kong as the most expensive city for expatriates to live in according to Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey. Victoria in the Seychelles ranks 14th most expensive city sharing the same ranking with Moscow. Cape Town, Blantyre and Windhoek ranks amongst the 15 cheapest cities globally.…

Source: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) |

Council Discusses Côte d’Ivoire and The Democratic Republic of the Congo under Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on enhancing capacity building and technical cooperation with Côte d’Ivoire in the field of human rights.  It then heard an oral update by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al…

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Facebook celebrates MENA winners of First Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge

The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to recognize and reward developers who were able to create the most innovative new bots on Messenger

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) selected 3 winners from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) from 60 finalists as part of the first-ever Bots for Messenger Developer Challenge (https://MessengerChallenge.splashthat.com). The Bots for Messenger Challenge was launched on February 15th this year, in 64 countries across the wider Middle East and Africa to…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

The 691st meeting of the AU PSC on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID)

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 691st meeting held on 12 June 2017, adopted the following decision on the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and the activities of the AU-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID): Council, 1.    Takes note of the Joint Special Report…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy

Any training efforts would need to be in line with the overall security sector reform process and coordinated with other partners supporting the Central African armed forces

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. “The continued threat by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to regional stability should…

Source: International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) |

Migration needs better reporting: New media competition awards 35 journalists

Award ceremony to be held on 14 June in Valletta, Malta

The first edition of the Migration Media Award (www.Migration-Media-Award.eu) will award 35 journalists from 16 countries for their journalistic excellence in reporting on migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The winning entries feature fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of migration, its many challenges and opportunities. An international jury, composed…

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Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network to Fight Crime at Sea

The €9.2 million, four-year programme will support participating countries in developing joint planning, coordination, communication and IT infrastructure at a national, regional and interregional level

Nineteen coastal countries stretching from Senegal to Angola have started working together in a joint effort at fighting crime at sea. The European Union project, Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network (GOGIN) (www.GOGIN.eu), starts operations today. The €9.2 million, four-year programme will support participating countries in developing joint planning, coordination, communication…