Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

At least 58 migrants dead after boat capsizes near Coast of Mauritania

Eighty-three others swam to shore and are receiving assistance from Mauritanian authorities, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR

At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania today. Eighty-three others swam to shore and are receiving assistance from Mauritanian authorities, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR. Survivors told IOM staff in Nouadhibou, the second largest city…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN asks the world to invest $29 billion in humanity in 2020

Protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and crumbling economies have pushed millions to the brink of survival

A record 168 million people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2020; protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and crumbling economies have pushed millions to the brink of survival; humanitarian organizations today present their plans for how to respond and what it will cost. The United Nations in collaboration…

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

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the appointment of the members of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement

Last year the number of people displaced as a result of conflict reached an all-time high of more than 41 million

Following his statement of 22 October announcing the establishment of a High Level-Panel on Internal Displacement, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has today appointed its eight members. The Panel will be co-chaired by Federica Mogherini, the former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Powerful New Exhibition Launches Results of Artisanal Gold Mining Research in West Africa

Experts attending the event will present the key findings of the research conducted by IOM this year in the four target countries

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for West and Central Africa, today unveils a powerful exhibition, Pour Tout l’Or du Monde (‘For All the Gold in the World’), documenting the plight of artisanal gold miners in West Africa.  The exhibition, which showcases the harsh living and working conditions for gold miners along…

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Source: African Energy Chamber |

African Energy Chamber calls for better fiscal terms and incentives to encourage exploration

In 2020, hundreds of blocks and acreages will be up for grab across Africa, from Senegal to Nigeria to Somalia

In its latest African Energy Outlook 2020, the African Energy Chamber (EnergyChamber.org) calls for sustained fiscal reforms to attract capital and technology into exploration in the continent. In 2020, hundreds of blocks and acreages will be up for grab across Africa, from Senegal to Nigeria to Somalia. Competition will be…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR outraged at senseless attacks on humanitarians in South Sudan

The world’s youngest country has remained among the world’s most violent places to deliver aid

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is calling for increased protection for aid workers in South Sudan after…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Security Council Press Statement on Libya

The Members of the Security Council reinforced the importance of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Libya

The Members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the recent escalation of violence in Libya. The Members of the Security Council stressed the need for all parties urgently to de-escalate the situation and to commit to a ceasefire. The Members of the Security Council reaffirmed their full…

Source: UNICEF South Sudan |

Launch of Humanitarian Action for Children

The situation for children in South Sudan deteriorated in 2019 because of a prolonged humanitarian situation and new emerging crises

Who: UNICEF South Sudan Representative, Mohamed Ag Ayoya; UNICEF Chief of field operations, Mads Oyen; UNICEF field workers What:  UNICEF is launching the Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal for 2020. The HAC outlines the most immediate needs for children for the coming year and how UNICEF will respond to them…

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

UNMISS acts to deter further violence between communities in Maper

Intercommunal clashes continue to result in the killing and injuring of civilians, cattle raiding and the looting of property

Seventy-five United Nations peacekeepers have been temporarily re-deployed from Rumbek to Maper to deter further violence between communities in the northern Lakes region of South Sudan. The fresh deployment of Nepalese troops serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan follows reports from local authorities that as many as…

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Neighborhood advocacy forum strengthens civil-military relationship in Kapoeta (By Okello James)

Events like this neighborhood advocacy forum for peace will be held in several other locations throughout the country as part of the peacekeeping mission’s mandate

Trust and confidence has been reinforced between the civilian population and military forces of the Sudan People Liberation Army-in Opposition and the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) in Kapoeta, located in Eastern Equatoria. “It used to be very difficult for civilians to interact with the opposition forces. It was…