Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South

The Women Scholarship for Peace: Global South is an initiative coordinated by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs at Vienna within the so-called Disarmament and Non-proliferation Partnership (DNP) of 27 organizations, all working in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and development.

The online and in-person courses will introduce participants to key conceptual and practical aspects of topics such as weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, disarmament and development, gender and disarmament, as well as peace and development-related technologies.

The educational modules have been developed by the DNP Education partners, and provide first-hand information about major international organizations working in disarmament, non-proliferation and development, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Participants will obtain a certificate from the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE), with the possibility to obtain a diploma carrying university credits.

The courses are intended for early-career women from various fields from the Global South. Previous knowledge of the disarmament field is not required.

Applications for a total of 140 scholarships are now open for the Asia/Pacific region, Africa and the Middle East. Applications for scholarships for Latin America and the Caribbean will be announced in 2017.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2016. This is where to apply: www.dnpeducation.org
For further information please write to: dnpe@unvienna.org

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Launch of the Regional Election Early Warning and Response Group for Ghana 2016 Elections – Tamale, Northern Region

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the National Peace Council, the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), officially launched the “Regional Election Early Warning and Response Group” (REEWARG) on Thursday August 11, 2016 at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale. This Group will be hosted by the Northern Regional Peace Council. The primary objective of the Group is to discuss, develop and recommend strategies to mitigate threats to the peaceful conduct of the 2016 elections at the regional level. At the launch, Most Reverend Phillip Naameh, Catholic Archbishop of Tamale and Chair of the Northern Regional Peace Council; Lt Colonel William Kwabiah, Army Commanding Officer, Northern Region; ASP Isaac Yeboah, Representative of the Northern Regional Police Commander; and USAID Representative, Ms. Nana Serwah Amoako, expressed commitment to support the Group’s efforts to strengthen early response to threats around the elections and reduce the potential for conflict.

The Group will convene stakeholders from around the region, including representatives from the Northern Regional Peace Council and prominent persons from relevant state and non-state institutions, to complement government efforts in the prevention and mitigation of election-related violence. Through WANEP’S extensive network of civil society organizations and appointed community monitors across the country, the group will be better placed to identify potential risks of election violence. If monitoring in a given area reveals a heightened risk of violence at any point in the election cycle, WANEP will develop recommendations on how it can be prevented, and will channel these recommendations to members of the REEWARG for immediate deliberation and action.

The eminent members of the Group will use their years of experience and influence to facilitate early response to conflict and early warning issues before they escalate into violence. Members of the Group will ensure that electoral conflict threats at the grassroots level receive immediate attention and response at the regional level. They will also provide direct input into the National Peace Council’s activities.

Speaking at the launch event, the U.S. representative, Nana Serwah Amoako noted Ghana’s strong democratic credentials. She said, “Ghana has been applauded for holding successful elections for many years; however, we must not be complacent, but remain vigilant of the risks of instability in the upcoming elections.”

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MainOne’s Data Center attains West Africa’s 1st SAP HANA® Certification

MainOne (www.MainOne.net), the premier connectivity and data center Solutions Company, today announced that its Data Center subsidiary, MDXi is now an SAP-certified provider of Infrastructure Services for SAP® solutions. This new certification confirms the ability of the company to deliver high-quality cloud and infrastructure operations services for customers running SAP (www.SAP.com) solutions and recognizes the company as the region’s first SAP Certified Data Center.

The certification will enable MDXi to host and manage SAP applications utilizing the company’s enterprise cloud platforms, across its private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, via a consumption-based delivery model. As a SAP-certified provider of hosting services, MDXi will offer a cost-effective yet reliable delivery model for mission-critical applications for customers of SAP. SAP customers that rely on MainOne’s data center for hosting services will be empowered to focus on the business value of their solutions and benefit from reduced operational expenses that a commercial data center provides.

Receiving the certificate, the Chief Executive Officer of MainOne, Funke Opeke stated “We are pleased to receive the SAP certification for Infrastructure Operations Services, as it validates our commitment to providing world-class data center and cloud solutions in Nigeria. With this certification from SAP, it is now possible for Nigerian enterprises and businesses to host SAP applications in-country on MDXi’s Cloud platform and optimize their accounting processes, data analytics and sales chain management. This will improve response times for SAP applications, ensure data security and assure more cost effective subscription charges”.

In his comments during the certificate presentation to MDXi, Managing Director of SAP West Africa, Kudzai Danha said ”More than ever, SAP Africa is excited about the SAP HANA® certification of partners like MainOne. The current market demand for attractive business applications in the cloud presents great business opportunities and through SAP HANA®, customers can innovate and redesign business processes, capitalizing on the agility of this unique platform.”

SAP HANA® Cloud is an in-memory platform that runs analytics applications smarter, business processes faster and data infrastructures simpler! It is the foundation for all the data needs of a business, removing the burden of maintaining separated legacy systems and siloed data, so business can run simple in this new digital economy.

The SAP certification process is rigorous and culminates with an onsite audit session to determine that the provider meets all the local and global requirements as stipulated by SAP to run its applications. Some of the criteria include quality and knowledge management, data center, network and connectivity, back up and data recovery, IT service management and project management. In order to meet this certification requirements, MDXi demonstrated its professional competence in all aspects of infrastructure operations including possessing a comprehensive operations manual, system landscape diagrams, security guidelines, OS access, required technical skills amongst others.

Distributed by APO on behalf of MainOne.

Media Contact:
Temitope Osunrinde
Public Relations and Digital Communications MainOne
+234 80 9040 4026
+234 80 2309 7635

About MainOne:
MainOne (www.MainOne.net) is West Africa’s leading connectivity and data center solutions provider. MainOne’s world class infrastructure includes a private 7000km submarine cable system from Europe running down the coast of West Africa, a next generation IP NGN network and a growing regional and metro terrestrial fiber optics network. We operate the only Tier III certified data center in West Africa with ISO 27001 and PCI DSS certification. Our cost effective and innovative solutions are developed in a collaborative manner such that businesses that partner with us are fully empowered to meet the needs of today’s market and also prepare them for tomorrow’s growth opportunities. Additional information can be found on http://www.MainOne.net

About SAP:
SAP (www.SAP.com) is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, we are the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer. SAP is present in 190 countries and has been operating for over 44 years. Additional information can be found on http://www.SAP.com

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Popularity of Cambridge Qualifications continues to Grow

Cambridge qualifications are more popular than ever before, following a rise in examination entries this year in South Africa and around the world.

Entries for Cambridge AS and A Level examinations in South Africa increased by 5% in 2015/16 compared to the year before. In addition entries for Cambridge Primary Checkpoint rose by 24% in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15.

There are also more Cambridge Schools in South Africa teaching Cambridge programmes and qualifications than ever before – almost 100 Cambridge schools in the country.

Cambridge International Examinations (www.CIE.org.uk), part of the University of Cambridge, provides qualifications to over 10,000 schools worldwide in more than 160 countries. Globally there has been 10% growth in entries across all Cambridge qualifications this year, including 11% growth in entries for Cambridge International A Levels and 8% for Cambridge IGCSEs.

The most popular Cambridge AS and A Levels in South Africa are: English Language and Mathematics.

Juan Visser, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Cambridge International Examinations, said:

“I’d like to congratulate all students and their teachers for all of the hard work that went into their exams this year. These learners are well placed to embark on the next stage of their lives. We are delighted that our community of Cambridge schools in South Africa continues to grow; this is in no small part due to the excellent results delivered each year by our schools.”

Distributed by APO on behalf of Cambridge International Examinations.

Media Contacts:
Lisa Wright
International Communications Manager
Cambridge International Examinations
T: +44 (0) 1223 558433

About Cambridge International Examinations:
Cambridge International Examinations (www.CIE.org.uk) prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.
Our international qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career. As a not-for-profit organisation, we devote our resources to delivering high-quality educational programmes that can unlock learners’ potential. Every year, nearly a million Cambridge learners from 10, 000 schools in 160 countries prepare for their future with an international education from Cambridge.

Learn more! Visit www.CIE.org.uk

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