Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

Communities in the lakes region urged to end culture of violence to enable development (by Mageng Wade Deng)

Women representatives at the conference expressed their concern about the security situation

Communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan are being urged to end a culture of violence and revenge attacks so that development can take place and youth get the opportunity they deserve to access education. The recommendation was made at the end of a two-day conference held in Mapuordit…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director visits Sudan to meet new government and sends off first barges to South Sudan

On his visit to Kosti, Beasley saw the three WFP-contracted barges loading 4,500 tons of food procured locally in Sudan

The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley, today concluded a two-day visit to Sudan where he met leaders of the new government and travelled to Kosti to waive off the first three barges to carry humanitarian food supplies down the River Nile to South Sudan…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Participatory Dance to Strengthen Resilience to Violent Extremism in Niger

These performances offered youth from challenging environments opportunities to share their daily experiences and aspirations for a better future

The Tillabéri region, located in southwest Niger, straddles Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. The region is characterized by fragile stability and today sits threatened by various economic and security risks concentrated at this three-state border zone. Lack of effective border control and tensions over limited available resources have…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Deputy UN Chief hails Ethiopia for exceptional leadership in women’s advancement

Ms. Mohammed further hailed Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for efforts to increase women in decision making in political and other offices

Kickstarting a joint solidarity mission to the Horn of Africa with the African Union’s Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Ms. Bineta Diop, Deputy UN Chief, Amina J. Mohammed participated in an early morning dialogue event on combatting the scourge of human trafficking with Ethiopian women leaders. Convened on the…

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Togo sets seven priorities for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The AfCFTA implementation strategy will be amended with the contributions of workshop participants before being submitted to the Togolese authorities

Togo is actively working towards strengthening its institutional mechanisms to ensure a successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), as outlined in its national AfCFTA implementation strategy. The strategy was presented for discussion and validation on 17 and 18 October in Lomé to public and private sector…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Lead Poisoning reduced with Safer Mining Practices in Nigeria

This is the first study to report on a successful intervention to reduce lead exposures among artisanal miners

A pilot program to introduce safer mining practices in Nigerian gold mining communities has reduced blood lead levels by 32% according to a study published today. This is the first study to report on a successful intervention to reduce lead exposures among artisanal miners in communities were hundreds of children…

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

UN Deputy Secretary-General's remarks at launch of the Ethiopian Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network

There is a direct relationship between increased women’s leadership and sustainable peace

By UN Deputy Secretary-General Ladies and Gentlemen, It gives me great pleasure to be present at today’s launch of the Ethiopian Chapter of the African Women Leaders Network.  I want to begin by acknowledging the presence of the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency, Madam Sahle-Work…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

9th Meeting of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS)

“The Sahel remains a priority for our institution”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, chaired, on 21 October 2019 in Dakar, the 9th meeting of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS). The objective of…

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Report: National Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has scored noteworthy achievements, for example in monetary poverty reduction and in some aspects of health, nutrition and education

The National Situation Analysis of Children and Women in Ethiopia examines the situation through the lens of the well-being of children, adolescents and women. Ethiopia has scored noteworthy achievements, for example in monetary poverty reduction and in some aspects of health, nutrition and education. However, success is not yet occurring at…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

South Sudan: Troika Statement, October 2019

Troika Statement on the Formation of South Sudan's Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the governments of the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom: "South Sudan faces a critical moment in the journey toward a peaceful and prosperous future. There are now less than four weeks for political leaders to form a transitional…