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Award-Winning Actress Julia Ormond, Egyptian Actor Asser Yassin join Global Migration Film Festival 2019 Jury

This year over 600 films have been submitted for acceptance by the festival

Emmy-award winning British actress and activist against human trafficking, Julia Ormond, and Egyptian actor, writer and film producer Asser Yassin have added their marquee names and expertise in migration, film-making and visual storytelling to IOM’s 2019 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF). There’s a saying often attributed to the great Russian writer…

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    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Liberia and Former First Lady of Mauritania
    • Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with H.E. First Ladies of Burundi, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Niger, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Namibia, Botswana, Liberia and Former First Lady of Mauritania.
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Merck Foundation to conduct 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” October 2019 in Ghana

African First Ladies and Ministers of Health, Gender, Information and Education from 20 African countries will attend the conference

The 6th edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary will be co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation  (Merck-Foundation.com); The President of Ghana, H.E. MR. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO will officially inaugurate the “Merck Africa Asia Luminary”; 2nd Anniversary…

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

UN Child Rights Committee publishes findings on Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga

The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session from May 13 to 31: Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Tonga. The findings contain positive aspects of how the respective States are implementing…

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Highlights for Tuesday, 28 May 2019, UN-Habitat Assembly

Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development

On Tuesday, the UN-Habitat Assembly continued its deliberations at the UN Office at Nairobi (UNON), Kenya. Delegates listened to regional and national statements, which focused on efforts to promote the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and sustainable urban development. The Drafting Committee commenced its considerations of draft resolutions.  Two special events…

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Sri Lankan peacekeepers share time, meals and other gifts with patients at Bor hospital (Gideon Sackitey)

The Sri Lankan initiative was prompted by Vesak Day, a religious and cultural festival

When you are hospitalized, your immediate concern is to get prompt and adequate care to recover as quickly as possible. It can be a dull experience, at the best of times, but bed-ridden patients at the main hospital in Bor have recently been in for a surprise treat. “It’s a…

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African elephants under continued threat of poaching, warns UN-backed report

Evidence reveals that Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants (PIKE) levels peaked in 2011 when an alarming 10 per cent of African elephants were poached

An updated assessment by a United Nations Environment Programme-administered treaty has confirmed that poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of the African elephant. Based on the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants data, or PIKE, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has…

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UN Child Rights Committee to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Tonga

The above are among the States parties to the Child Rights Convention and its Optional Protocols, and so are required to undergo regular reviews

The UN Child Rights Committee will meet in Geneva from 13 to 31 May to review Botswana, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Malta, Singapore, and Tonga. The Committee will also review Sri Lanka under the Optional Protocol on sale of children. The above are among the States parties to the Child…

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A magnificent launch in Baghdad: More than 90 exhibitors from 16 countries display their products, solutions and technologies at the first iraq agrofood & plastprintpack 2019

The event enjoys the strong support of the Ministry of Trade of Iraq and its subsidiary institutions

Three key figures to characterize the Iraqi market: Value of own food and beverage production US$ 2.917 billion, food imports US$ 6.333 billion and hundreds of millions of US$ invested annually in modern processing technology; EUROMAP country cluster plastics confirms high double-digit annual growth for Iraq. It’s been only a…

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South African Mission in New Delhi to be accredited to Bangladesh

From 01 April 2019, South Africa will carry out its diplomatic relations with Bangladesh from its Mission in New Delhi.

The South African High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, concurrently accredited to Bangladesh, Ms. Robina P. Marks made a farewell call on Foreign Minister Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen, MP at the latter’s office on Monday. During the call, she informed that from 01 April 2019, South Africa will carry out its diplomatic relations with Bangladesh from its…

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SWITCH to Green initiatives show how to build sustainable societies

SWITCH Africa Green, has benefited more than 3,000 micro, small and medium enterprises across six countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda

SWITCH to Green initiatives aim to guide governments towards sustainability by unleashing access to green financing, policies and standards, and eco-entrepreneurship. One of the regional programmes, SWITCH Africa Green, has benefited more than 3,000 micro, small and medium enterprises across six countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and…