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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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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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South Africa hosts First Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments provide a scientific basis for governments at all levels to develop climate related policies

South Africa, through the Department of Environmental Affairs, will host the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II First Lead Author Meeting of the Sixth Assessment Report from 21 to 25 January 2019 in Durban. IPCC is an international body for assessing the science related to climate change.…

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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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Home Affairs to investigate Tongaat Cellphone Incident involving Officials

The Department of Home Affairs has noted social media posts showing officials seemingly on cellphones while on duty, at the Tongaat office in KwaZulu-Natal

The Department’s policy is quite clear on this matter. The use of cellular phones by front office officials while performing their duties is prohibited. Officials at front offices are trained to refrain from using such gadgets when they are supposed to be serving citizens and other clients. Accordingly, the Department…

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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…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation |

Statement by South Africa to the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The elections that have just taken place will be the first democratic transfer of power in the country’s history

As stated by South Africa Mr President, We would like to thank the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), Ms Leila Zerrougui, for her briefing. We welcome and thank CENI, SADC and the African Union of their assessment of the electoral process.  We also take note of the briefing by…

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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,…