UNAMID calls for restraint in clashes between government forces and internally displaced at Kalma camp, South Darfur

UNAMID is deeply concerned about clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons (IDPs) residing at Kalma camp, South Darfur, which have led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others.

The Mission urges all conflicting parties to exercise utmost restraint and is doing everything it can to deescalate the situation.

“I call upon everyone involved in this situation to restore calm as soon as possible. A peaceful resolution of differences is the only way forward for the Darfuri people,” said UNAMID Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo.

A medical team from UNAMID is currently at Kalma camp to assist local authorities in treating the injured. Furthermore, the Mission is engaging with the state government and IDP leaders to peacefully resolve the issue.

The incident reportedly occurred this morning after Government of Sudan forces dispersed a group of IDPs protesting against Sudanese President, Omar Al-Bashir’s visit to South Darfur.

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

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The Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa: from political commitment to actions on the ground

African leaders, UN officials, and representatives of international finance institutions and of the private sector met yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters to reaffirm their commitment to a broad-based international partnership to industrialize Africa in a socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner. Unemployment and poverty are serious concerns for the continent, where more than 70 per cent of the working age population is unemployed or has no job security, prompting the UN to declare 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III).

During yesterday’s meeting, African leaders and development partners reiterated the importance of industrialization to eradicate poverty and to ensure that Africa’s fast-growing population yields its demographic dividend. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said: “The lack of skills is the major problem in Africa. With an integrated industrial strategy, African states will hopefully mobilize funds, build the capacity of local employment and promote small, medium enterprises with domestic development projects.”

Speaking at the meeting, the African Union’s Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Albert M. Muchanga, said: “Let me stress that, in line with the theme of this event – from political commitment to action on the ground – and the underlying principle of inclusiveness, it is my expectation that resources mobilized under the Third Industrial Development Decade will be deployed so as to significantly show benefits accruing to the ordinary Africans on the ground through decent employment, and access to high-quality, safe and affordable manufactured goods that are made in Africa, among other direct and tangible benefits.”

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), which is tasked with leading the implementation of IDDA III, proposed implementing its new innovative approach to bring about the necessary structural transformation. The approach is based on a country-owned model known as the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) that leverages financial and non-financial resources, promotes regional integration and mobilizes co-operation among Africa’s development partners.

UNIDO Director General LI Yong said: “It is high time to move the IDDA III agenda steadily forward in order to foster inclusive and sustainable industrial development in Africa. Today’s presence of high-level participants from the public and private sectors, development financial institutions, the United Nations system, and bilateral and multilateral institutions confirms that Africa’s industrialization is of global importance.”

A joint communique signed by leaders of UNIDO, the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the Office of the UN Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA) acknowledged that the implementation of the ambitious goals of the Decade will require the mobilization and deployment of significant amounts of resources and expressed their supported to scale-up of the PCP in the context of IDDA III.

AfDB Vice-President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth Amadou Hott said: “The African Development Bank recently adopted an ambitious ‘Industrialize Africa’ strategy, developed together with UNIDO and UNECA, which aims at more than doubling industrial GDP of the continent within the next decade. We strongly believe that partnering with governments, the private sector, regional organizations and other development partners is key to address the major bottlenecks in the area of industrialization for a more prosperous Africa.” The World Bank Group also announced their strong support for the implementation of the decade, amongst other Development Finance Institutions.

Participants also agreed on the importance of strengthening private sector engagement, in view of its fundamental role in driving growth, creating jobs, generating income and wealth, and contributing to fiscal revenue.

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

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Communique on Bilateral Ministerial Meeting Between the United Republic Of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa Held in Dodoma, Tanzania, 19th September 2017

The Ministers responsible for Culture of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of South Africa and Ministers whose ministries are key in the implementation of the African Liberation Heritage Programme (ALHP) from both States,

Recognising that the ‘Roads to Independence in Africa: the African Liberation Heritage Programme’ seeks to celebrate Africa’s recent past in which Africans were main agents of their liberation and achieved their freedom through struggle and sacrifice;

Acknowledging the critical role played by the United Republic of Tanzania in providing material, moral and philosophical support to former liberation movements and the initiatives taken by it and other stakeholders since 2002 to establish a Continental Programme to celebrate the African Liberation Heritage, which culminated in its adoption by the 33rd Session of the General Conference of UNESCO in 2005 and the 16th General Assembly of AU in January 2011;

Noting the different supporting activities by various State Parties including the Republic of South Africa;

Appreciating the opportunity to harness and amplify coordination;

Emphasizing the need to fast-track the implementation of the programme, met for a bilateral meeting between the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of South Africa in Dodoma, in the United Republic of Tanzania, on 19th September 2017;

Resolved as follows:

  • On the Overview of the African Liberation Heritage Programme (ALHP):
  1. Capacity building is required at different levels, particularly for community outreach to reinforce conservation efforts; for heritage practitioners; and for the youth, women, and people living with disability through integration of African Liberation Heritage (ALH) in curriculum.
  2. Research should be shared amongst Member States so as to inform the process that allows us to rewrite our own history.
  3. Much was taken away from Africa by the colonial oppressors and other parties/stakeholders that should be returned and/or made accessible for use as key references for research and scholarship.
  4. List with the World Heritage Committee, significant sites with outstanding universal value, within and beyond national boundaries; and support each other when applications for nominations are made, at regional level, to UNESCO.
  5. Research and documentation must continue after the Hashim Mbita Project, and efforts should be reinforced to have the archives of the Africa Liberation Committee listed on the Memory of the World.
  6. Engage the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) to adequately support the preservation of liberation heritage sites and encourage State Parties to contribute to the Fund.
  7. Review policy and legal mechanisms in the ALHP’s participating countries in order to recognise and ensure the effective identification, conservation, protection, promotion and sustainable utilisation of African Liberation Heritage.
  8. In implementing the strategy, the perspective of all affected communities should be fully integrated.
  • On the Draft Concept Note for the Preparation of the Ministerial Roundtable:
  1. Considerable progress has been achieved so far at national level with several activities undertaken including workshops, recordings of oral testimonies in Member States, identification and documentation of African Liberation Heritage (ALH) sites, collection of archival materials and curriculum review in Tanzania, and the centenary commemoration of OR Tambo including public outreach in South Africa.
  2. Facilitate the acquisition of ownership as well as guidance and mainstreaming of the Programme, in the agenda by political leaders.
  3. There is a need to elaborate on the resourcing framework by the Ministers at the planned meeting.
  4. Institutionalization of the African Liberation Heritage Programme (ALHP) at regional and national levels is key, as well as, transnational collaboration taking into consideration issues of sovereignty.
  5. Objectives of the Meeting should not be confined to SADC as the Programme has a continental mandate.
  6. The planning of the Ministerial Roundtable, in accordance with the UNESCO and AU mandates, will follow after the bilateral meeting including agreement on dates, venues and themes. Tanzania, as the mandated convener of the Programme, will ensure that the right protocols are agreed and adhered to with the host country.
  7. The Roundtable Meeting will be hosted in accordance with SADC protocols.
  • On the Draft Regional Operational Plan for the Implementation of the Africa Liberation Heritage Programme (ALHP):
  1. Governance and institutional arrangements should enable and promote integration into existing regional and national structures for cost-effective representation and implementation.
  2. Financing requirements for the Programme need to be adequately sourced by Member States to ensure the sustainability of the initiative.
  3. Reprioritization of arts, culture and heritage within the SADC framework to foster resource mobilization and effective implementation of the Programme at regional and national level.
  4. Collaboration to increase the number of World Heritage Sites related to the Liberation Struggles, and listing of joint inventories on intangible liberation heritage.
  5. Special steps should ensure that the strategy is effectively communicated to all affected communities.
  6. Facilitate systematic and inclusive inter-sectoral coordination for a more effective, holistic ownership and implementation of the Operational Plan.
  • On forging close cooperation and collaboration between the two parties:
  1. Exchange of information and production in the areas of common interest in the arts, film industry, museums, libraries, research, multimedia and archives for conservation, protection and promotion of liberation heritage.
  2. Exchange and cooperation in the field of cultural relics, properties, heritage, preservation, development and restoration of liberation arts, instruments, sites, and historical museums of both countries.
  3. Capacity building and research collaboration among heritage professionals, including promotion of continental, regional and transnational African Liberation Heritage and developing joint research projects and development programmes in the field of Liberation Heritage including infrastructure.
  4. Sharing of best practices and exchange programmes in conservation, preservation, restoration, protection, management and promotion of tangible Liberation Heritage Resources for the purpose of promoting historical and liberation heritage tourism.
  5. Sharing experience in the promotion of cultural heritage sites and museum exhibitions, conferences, workshops, research and staff exchange programmes.
  6. Collaboration to increase the number of World Heritage Sites related to the Liberation Struggles, and listing of joint inventories on intangible liberation heritage.

Signed this day of 19th September 2017, at Nashera Hotel in Dodoma, the United Republic of Tanzania by:

Hon. Dr Harrison G. Mwakyembe (MP) Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Hon. Nathi Mthethwa (MP) Minister for Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa.

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

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Department of Health puts Forensic Analyst on Suspension

The Department of Health has put one of its Forensic analysts, based in Pretoria Forensic Laboratory Services on precautionary suspension from employment in terms of clause 7.2 of the PSCBC resolution 1 of 2003 with full pay.

However, the matter is handed over to the HAWKS as the Department believes that the allegations levelled against the official are criminal and fraudulent. It is alleged that the official failed to follow strict and proper operational (protocols) procedures when analyzing blood samples as detected during a routine quality inspection by senior officials.

The forensic laboratories provide Blood alcohol analysis, Toxicology (poison detection services) and Food analysis. There are four forensic laboratories that provide these functions and are in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The functions of the Forensic Laboratory Services are extremely important for the criminal justice system, the insurance system and the health of the nation as whole.

Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, said: “We hold the work of the Forensic Laboratory Services in high regard and therefore expects nothing less than professionalism, high standards of ethics and absolute honesty. Any breach of strict protocols and procedures by officials in such a sensitive sector is regarded in a very serious light and will not be tolerated. It is unacceptable.”

The Department of Health has referred the matter to the relevant law enforcement agencies for further investigation and due to the serious nature of this transgression, the Department urges the police to move swiftly to investigate the matter so that justice can be done.

The Department has also referred the matter to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) for further guidance as the work of the forensic laboratory services have impact on the criminal justice system.

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