Source: US Embassy in Morocco |

Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Casablanca, Morocco

U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness

Location:  Morocco, countrywide Event:  Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the U.S. Embassy in Rabat and the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca strongly encourage U.S. citizens to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. While we are not aware of specific, credible threats…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme Forecasts Global Hunger Hotspots as New Decade Dawns

The sheer scale and complexity of the challenges in Africa and other regions will stretch the resources and capacity of World Food Programme (WFP) and other agencies to the limit

Escalating hunger needs in sub-Saharan Africa dominate a World Food Programme (WFP) analysis of global hunger hotspots in the first half of 2020 with millions of people requiring life-saving food assistance in Zimbabwe, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central Sahel region in the coming months. The…

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: U.S. Embassy - Cairo, Egypt |

Announcing the Arrival to Cairo of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Arab Republic of Egypt on November 14, 2019

The Embassy of the United States of America is pleased to announce the arrival in Cairo of the new U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Jonathan Cohen. Ambassador Cohen presented his credentials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 17, 2019.  Jonathan Cohen was sworn in as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary…

Source: UNICEF, Middle East and North Africa |

Children’s rights progress in the Middle East and North Africa despite lasting inequality and conflict

From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa ahead of 30 years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child

By Ted Chaiban “Thirty years since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted, the Middle East and North Africa has seen notable progress in children’s rights, despite issues with governance, inequality, poverty and conflicts. Through near-universal vaccination coverage, improved basic healthcare, water treatment and sanitation, most countries…

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

Secretary-General appoints David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Mr. McLachlan-Karr brings to the position 26 years of development and humanitarian experience with the United Nations

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator. Mr. McLachlan-Karr brings…

Source: Kingdom of Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation |

Didier Reynders confirms Belgium’s commitment to the Children and Armed Conflict agenda

The event welcomes accomplished mediators and child protection experts with experience in all four corners of the world

Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense Didier Reynders invited a group of high-level experts at the Egmont Palace in Brussels to discuss the importance of including child protection issues in peace negotiations. Belgium has played a leading role in this field for years and remains…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

UN Women’s Rights Committee to review Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Seychelles

The Committee’s open meetings will take place in Room XVII at the Palais des Nations

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 21 October to 8 November to review the situation of women’s rights in the following countries: Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, and Seychelles. All the countries under review are party to…

Source: UN Information Centre in Cairo |

United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) opens regional office in Egypt, providing rural development support to seven countries in the region

The IFAD new regional office covers Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, some of which suffer from conflicts, poverty and food insecurity

The United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) opened a regional office in Cairo today that will serve as a strategic rural development center for its work to reduce poverty, empower women and youth, and create employment opportunities in seven countries across the region, IFAD’s President Gilbert F. Houngbo…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

Government proposes increase in support for stabilisation in crisis-affected countries

The Government is giving priority to countries and regions in the belt of fragility that runs from the Sahel in the west, via North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and the Middle East, to Pakistan

The Government has proposed an allocation of NOK 835.4 million for stabilisation efforts in countries affected by conflict and crisis. This is an increase of NOK 129.5 million ‘The many and protracted humanitarian crises in the world today are putting pressure on the humanitarian system, and there is a need…