Suspected cases from Seychelles test negative for plague

Samples from patients in Seychelles suspected to be ill with pneumonic plague tested negative at a World Health Organization (WHO) partner laboratory in Paris, France on Tuesday (17 October).

The ten samples were shipped by the Seychelles Ministry of Health and WHO to the collaborating centre for Yersinia at the Institut Pasteur to confirm the status of several suspected and one probable case – a 34-year-old Seychelles national who had returned from Madagascar with plague-like symptoms.

WHO is working with the Seychelles health authorities to reduce the risk of plague spreading from neighbouring Madagascar, which faces an unprecedented outbreak that has killed more than 70 people since August. No plague cases have been confirmed in the Seychelles.

Alongside support for laboratory testing, WHO has deployed experts and medical supplies to the 115-island country. The Organization is also providing guidance for the tracing and treatment of contacts of people who are suspected to have been infected.

“We are working with health authorities to reduce the risk of the spread of plague in the Seychelles by improving surveillance and preparedness,” said Dr. Ibrahima Soce Fall, WHO Regional Emergencies Director for the Africa region.

WHO is advising the Government of Seychelles on the implementation of public health measures that are in line with the WHO International Health Regulations, such as enhanced surveillance, isolation and treatment of suspect cases, contact tracing and prophylactic treatment of potential contacts.

WHO currently assesses the risk of spread of plague in the Seychelles to be low.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of World Health Organization (WHO).

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Press briefing by UNAMID Spokesperson in Khartoum

UNAMID Spokesperson, Ashraf Eissa, will be holding a technical briefing on Sunday, 22 October 2017, at 11:00 hours at the Mission’s Khartoum offices in the Al-Manshiya area.

Mr. Eissa will brief the press on the Mission’s ongoing reconfiguration process.

All media are invited to attend.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

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Reminder: Media Accreditation for the OR Tambo Centenary Celebration

Members of the media, who wish to attend and cover the centenary celebration of Oliver Reginald Tambo that will be held on 27 October 2017 at Nkantolo village outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape, are advised to apply for accreditation.

To apply for media accreditation, kindly complete all the fields in the online registration form on the link: http://www.gcis.gov.za/content/media-registration

Deadline for submission of applications is 19 October 2017 at 16h00.

The celebrations will be used to draw lessons from Tambo’s life and acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions he made towards a free, non-racial and democratic South Africa. The centenary celebrations will take place under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo”.

Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated in due course.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information.

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The United Nations Convention on Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration enters into force today

The United Nations Convention in Transparency in Treaty-based Investor-State Arbitration (“The Mauritius Convention on Transparency”) will enter into force today, 18 October 2017. The Convention has to date been ratified by Canada, Mauritius and Switzerland. None of the ratifying States made reservations and, as a result, the Transparency Rules are now part of the investor-State dispute settlement regime created by investment treaties concluded by those three States. Consequently, the Transparency Rules will apply to investor-State disputes arising under investment treaties concluded by those States before April 2014 in accordance with the conditions set forth in the Transparency Convention and the relevant investment treaties.

The Mauritius Convention on Transparency aims to provide States and regional economic integration organizations with an efficient mechanism that extends the scope of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency in Treaty-based investor-State Arbitration (“Rules on Transparency”) to investment treaties concluded before the Rules entered into force on 1 April 2014. The Rules on Transparency provide procedural rules that ensure transparency and public accessibility to treaty-based investor-State arbitration, the proceedings of which have traditionally been conducted behind closed doors. Together with the Rules on Transparency, the Mauritius Convention on Transparency takes into account both the public interest in such arbitrations and disputing parties’ interest in achieving a fair and efficient resolution of their disputes. It is expected that the Convention will significantly contribute to enhancing transparency in investor-State dispute resolutions.

The Convention has been signed by Australia, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, United Kingdom and the United States.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS).

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