11 Libyan Women trained on Small Arms and Light Weapons Awareness by the UN

On May 15-19, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) involved 11 women from across Libya in a workshop aimed at enhancing trainees’ capacity to spread Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) awareness messages in their home communities. This event was kindly supported by the Government of Switzerland, and implemented in partnership with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey.

UNMAS has launched this series of workshops in 2015, engaging a group of women active in civil society in different areas of Libya on four occasions. Each workshop expanded the participants’ knowledge of existing international SALW control standards, as well as of risks and mitigation measures. The project has also enabled these trainees to independently implement a variety of SALW risk awareness activities, from one-on-one sessions in households to lectures in public spaces and media. With this knowledge, the participants have enthusiastically continued to raise awareness in their communities on the safety challenge posed by SALW proliferation.

Referring to the widespread availability of SALW in Libya, a participant mentioned “It was like people woke up from one day to another with weapons everywhere, and no knowledge of how to handle them safely.” The lessons and best practices shared by the workshop trainees with hundreds of beneficiaries in their communities have the ability to mitigate the issue, and contribute to the reduction of accidents and casualties due to SALW misuse.

During the fourth workshop, participants discussed the design of risk awareness materials that will be procured by UNMAS to support follow on awareness campaigns at community level and country-wide.

A call for applications to participate in three new SALW awareness workshops for candidates age 18-29 is open until May 31, and is accessible here in
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Media Invitation: International Day of UN Peacekeepers

On the occasion of International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan cordially invites you to join the commemoration ceremony.

What: The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is observed on May 29. It is a tribute to people who serve or have served in UN peacekeeping operations. Peacekeepers, civilian and uniformed personnel, are honoured on this day for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.
When: Monday, 29 May 2017 at 9:15am
Where: Parking area next to building 12, UN House, Yei Road, Juba

Listen Live on Radio Miraya 101 FM. Photos for use by the media will be posted at: www.Flickr.com/photos/unmissmultimedia, @unmissmedia #investinginpeace.

Bus pick-up schedule for journalists
Bus 1: Departing from Custom Dire Petroleum, Customs Market area: 08:30a.m.
Bus 2: Departing from Juba University: 08:30a.m.

PLEASE NOTE:
Journalists who wish to make their own way to the venue are requested to present themselves at the gates with a valid press card/ ID no later than 09:00a.m.
For registration and further information regarding the event please contact: Taban Kenyi kenyit@un.org Tel: +211912171681.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Minister Davies to Launch the R42 Million Refurbished Babelegi Industrial Park in Hammanskraal, Gauteng

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies will launch the revitalised Babelegi Industrial Park in Hammanskraal, Gauteng on Tuesday, 30 May 2017. Minister Davies is expected to be joined by the Premier of Gauteng Mr David Makhura and the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councillor Solly Msimanga.

The R42-million project is part of the Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti).

According to Minister Davies, the main objective of the programme is to accelerate economic development in the lagging regions by attracting business investments to locate in these areas. It is also aimed at supporting job creation in manufacturing and related sectors.

the dti has forged strategic partnerships for the implementation of the programme on a national scale working with the provinces, their agencies as well as municipalities. In the case of Babelegi the department is working with the North West Development Corporation who are also the owners of the park. The City of Tshwane has also played a strategic role in ensuring the smooth implementation of the programme,” says Minister Davies.

The Babelegi Industrial Park has approximately 261 developed units which are available for leasing, and 188 of the units are occupied by firms operating in textiles, engineering, construction, light manufacturing, warehousing and distribution houses.

The first phase of revitalisation of the Babelegi Industrial Park focussed on security upgrades which included installation of invisible fencing, control room, guard houses, swing gates and pedestrian gates, new boom gate and high mast lighting upgrade and maintenance.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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Media Advisory: Launch of Project to Stop Use of Mercury by Small Scale Gold Miners

WHAT: Reduction of Mercury use by Artisinal Gold Miners
WHO: Dan Kazungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining, Charles Sunkuli, Principle Secretary, MENR; UNDP Country Director Amanda Serumaga
WHEN: 26th May 2017, 8:30 AM
WHERE: Panafric Hotel

Background
Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining (ASGM) is the largest global source of mercury releases into the environment from human activities, with about 35% of total releases from a number of ASGM sites in over 70 countries. The ASGM sector produces approximately 20% of the world’s annual gold, employs around 15 million people (of which 3 million women and children), while another 100 million people are indirectly dependent on ASGM for their livelihoods.

Mercury is often used in ASGM to help separate gold from sediments or ore using very basic processing methods. However exposure to mercury – even small amounts – may cause serious health problems, and is particularly dangerous to the development of the child in utero and early in life.

UNDP is supporting the Government of Kenya in the development and implementation of the GEF GOLD project for Kenya with a budget of 4.2 million US$. The project aims to do this through the provision of technical assistance, technology transfer and facilitating access to financing for the procurement of mercury-free processing equipment.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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