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‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

The Joint Force aims to bolster coordination to “neutralize” armed groups in the region

The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region’s myriad challenges. Dubbed the…

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    • Minister Carmelo Abela with Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Armenian Foreign Minister, and Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, and of Defence of Belgium
    • Minister Carmelo Abela with Ursula Von Der Leyen, German Federal Minister of Defence, before the joint Council session for Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers of the EU
    • Minister Abela with Michael Farrugia, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, and Jean Asselborn, Luxembourg’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Immigration and Asylum
    • Minister Carmelo Abela with Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive Officer of the European Defence Agency
    • Minister Carmelo Abela during the bilateral meeting with Tiébilé Dramé, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation of Mali
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Diplomacy the only way out of Libyan crisis

In Tuesday’s joint Foreign Affairs Minister’s Council (FAC), Minister Abela expressed Malta’s deep concern over the continued prolongation of hostilities in the Sahel region

An immediate halt to the ongoing violence in Libya and the commencement of a dialogue process between the warring sides would minimise the space for terrorist elements and render the entire region more secure. Speaking during an exchange of views with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé,…

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Global partners announce $61.8 million allocation to boost African Development Bank initiative for women entrepreneurs

“This substantial support from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, will help us scale up our actions and achieve greater results for women entrepreneurs across the continent” - Vanessa Moung

The Governing Committee of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) has approved a funding allocation of $61.8 million for the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/en/) Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) (https://bit.ly/2Q1fF1L) program. We-Fi (https://We-Fi.org/) is a partnership among 14 donor governments, eight multilateral development banks, and other public and…

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“Angola needs more oil exploration, including in marginal fields to stem decline in production”

Investment into local content development needs to be channelled and supported by strong regulations

There’s so much excitement about where Angola’s energy sector is headed. Sergio Pugliese, a successful entrepreneur and oil executive, is really hyped and enthused about recent developments and future direction of his country’s energy sector. Angola is ranked second largest oil producing country in Sub-Saharan Africa and an OPEC member…

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Around 52 million in Near East, North Africa, suffering chronic undernourishment, new UN food agency report reveals

The report also highlights that unemployment in NENA, particularly for young people and women, is a significant regional challenge

Hunger continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have worsened in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA), which is likely to affect food security for years to come, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.  Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and…

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Baker Hughes, a GE company wins Turbomachinery Contract for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Development

Floating LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility to provide circa 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum and represents the first stage of a multi-phase project

BHGE (BHGE.com) to provide turbomachinery equipment for four FLNG compression trains for BP’s Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas project; Award is second major contract for Greater Tortue development, expanding on BHGE’s contract for subsea production equipment; Floating LNG facility to provide circa 2.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum and represents…

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UN torture prevention body visits Senegal

Senegal ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in 2006 and set up a National Preventive Mechanism

The United Nations Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture is visiting Senegal from 5 to 16 May 2019 to evaluate the implementation of the recommendations it made during its first visit in 2012. Senegal ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment…

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UAE takes part in Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organisation, ALECSO meeting in Mauritania

The meeting resulted in the election of a new Director-General to the Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organisation

A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has participated in the meetings of the Arab League Education, Culture and Science Organisation, ALECSO, which was hosted by the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott. The delegation included Shaima Mohammed Abdullah Al Ali, Director of International Organisations at the Ministry…

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    • Family photo of Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 (L to R) H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Mauritania, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Merck Foundation CEO, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Liberia
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President of Merck More than a Mother with H.E. First Ladies of Mauritania, Namibia, Guinea Conakry, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Botswana, Niger, Central African Republic, Burundi, Mozambique, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019
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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother along with Merck Foundation Team during committee meeting with H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
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    • H.E. PROF. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA The First Lady of the Republic of Malawi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CONDE DJÈNÈ The First Lady of the Republic of Guinée & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW The First Lady of the Republic of The Gambia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation & President Merck More Than A Mother meeting with First Ladies of Africa during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO The First Lady of the Republic of the Congo & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM NEO JANE MASISI The First Lady Of Botswana & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM DENISE NKURUNZIZA The First Lady of the Republic of Burundi & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI) 2019
    • H.E. MADAM CLAR MARIE-DUNCAN WEAH The First Lady of the Republic of Liberia & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
    • H.E. MADAM AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA The First Lady of Republic of Zimbabwe & Merck More Than A Mother Ambassador speech during Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative Summit - (MFFLI)
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Merck Foundation brings together 15 African First Ladies to break the stigma of Infertility

The Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by 15 African First Ladies

Merck foundation First Ladies Initiative (MFFLI) Summit 2019 was attended by as many as Fifteen African First Ladies to discuss the strategy to break the stigma of infertility and empower women and girls in Education. Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany conducted Merck Foundation First Ladies Initiative…