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UN Refugee Chief meets Egypt President and Secretary General of the Arab League

The meeting covered several local, regional and global issues in light of Egypt’s role as Chair of the African Union (AU) in 2019

Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 14 January during an official two-day visit to Egypt. During the meeting, Mr. Grandi expressed UNHCR’s appreciation for Egypt’s hospitality towards refugees and asylum-seekers, more than 242,000  of whom are registered with UNHCR in Egypt.…

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    • Nii Abonsieku I, Pokuase Asere Mantse; Naa Lamiley II, Pokuase Queen Mother; Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister of Health Republic of Ghana; Naa Aduorkor Aryeh I, Developmental Queen Pokuase; Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother; H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Ambassador, Merck More Than a Mother; Hon. Cynthia Morrison, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Republic of Ghana; Manye Korbey Anahoma, Kaneshie Queen Mother; Dr. Edem Hiadzi, President of the Fertility Society of Ghana; Asafoatse Quainoo Feni, Pokuase Asere
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Merck foundation launched their programs in partnership with Ghana’s First Lady and Ministry of Health

Merck Foundation CEO and First Lady of Ghana to co-chair the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Accra, Ghana on 29th and 30th October 2019

Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) awarded the First Lady of Ghana to acknowledge her efforts as “Merck More Than a Mother” Ambassador; Merck Foundation CEO and First Lady of Ghana to co-chair the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Accra, Ghana on 29th and 30th October 2019 Merck Foundation, the…

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The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is monitoring military mobilisation of forces in Tripoli closely; warns against any breach of ceasefire and endangering civilians’ lives

The mission stresses that any party initiating a confrontation will be held fully responsible

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) strongly condemns the recent military mobilisation of forces in southern Tripoli and is monitoring the situation closely. UNSMIL warns parties against any breach of the ceasefire agreement concluded on 04 and 09 September 2018, compromising stability in the capital and, most importantly,…

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Ten threats to global health in 2019

Ten health issues WHO will tackle this year

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.    To address these and other…

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Ireland’s Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Ethiopia

The Irish Prime Minister met with Irish NGOs working in Ethiopia and attended a reception with the Irish community in Ethiopia

Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland arrived in Ethiopia for a working visit on Tuesday (January 8). During his visit, Mr Leo Varadkar held talks with Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed on bilateral, regional and international matters. The Prime Minister also paid a courtesy call on President Sahle-Work Zewde…

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UN High Commissioner for Refugees Wraps Up First Day of Official Visit to Egypt

Egypt hosts more than 242,000 registered refugees and asylum-seekers of 58 different countries

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Filippo Grandi, began his official two-day visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt on Sunday, 13 January, to discuss the refugee situation in the country and touch on a number of regional and global issues in light of Egypt’s role as Egypt…

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‘Refrain from violence’ UN chief urges, as presidential election result is announced in DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for all parties to “refrain from violence” in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the announcement of the provisional results of the long-delayed presidential election

The vote – initially scheduled to take place two years ago – if upheld, marks the vast central African nation’s first democratic transfer of power since independence nearly 60 years ago. According to news reports, the preliminary results announced by the independent electoral commission, known by its French acronym, CENI,…

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‘Everyone must be on board’ for peace in Central African Republic: UN’s Lacroix

The agreement by the Government and armed groups in the Central African Republic to hold talks later this month (CAR) is “an important step to resolve the country’s crisis”, said the UN peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, on Thursday

“Now there is a path, it is the path of dialogue. There is a date to start this dialogue, it's 24 January,” said the head of the Department of Peace Operations (DPO), speaking to reporters in the capital Bangui. “There is an organization…which will convene and organize these discussions in…

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"Whole of UN" approach in West Africa

Statement by David Clay, UK Deputy Political Coordinator to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Peace Consolidation in West Africa

Thank you, Mr President, and thank you, SRSG Chambas, for your briefing and for your team’s work in West Africa and the Sahel. Your efforts continue to be an invaluable bulwark against the forces of instability in the region. Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the progress set out by…

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President Julius Maada Bio Launches Textbooks, Teaching and Learning Materials worth Le 221 Billion to Support Free Quality Education in Sierra Leone

He also commended the donor partners for supporting the free quality education and called on community members to fully support and own the programme

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has unveiled textbooks, teaching and learning materials worth Le 221 billion ($26.2 million) as a joint-support from UKAid and the Government of Sierra Leone to the free quality education programme in public and government assisted schools. In his keynote address to the ceremony organised…