An estimated 12.6 million deaths each year are attributable to unhealthy environments

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An estimated 12.6 million people died as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment in 2012 – nearly one in four of total global deaths, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change and ultraviolet radiation, contribute to more than 100 diseases and injuries.

Noncommunicable diseases contribute to largest share of environment-related deaths

The second edition of the report, Preventing disease through healthy environments: a global assessment of the burden of disease from environmental risks, reveals that since the report was first published a decade ago, deaths due to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), attributable to air pollution (including exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke), are amounting to as much as 8.2 million of these deaths. NCDs, such as stroke, heart disease, cancers and chronic respiratory disease, now amount to nearly two-thirds of the total deaths caused by unhealthy environments.

At the same time, deaths from infectious diseases, such as diarrhoea and malaria, often related to poor water, sanitation and waste management, have declined. Increases in access to safe water and sanitation have been key contributors to this decline, alongside better access to immunization, insecticide-treated mosquito nets and essential medicines.

Healthier environment: healthier people

“A healthy environment underpins a healthy population,” says Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “If countries do not take actions to make environments where people live and work healthy, millions will continue to become ill and die too young.”

The report emphasizes cost-effective measures that countries can take to reverse the upward trend of environment-related disease and deaths. These include reducing the use of solid fuels for cooking and increasing access to low-carbon energy technologies.

“There’s an urgent need for investment in strategies to reduce environmental risks in our cities, homes and workplaces, said Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. “Such investments can significantly reduce the rising worldwide burden of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, injuries and cancers, and lead to immediate savings in healthcare costs.”

Environmental risks take their greatest toll on young children and older people, the report finds, with children under five and adults aged 50 to 75 years most impacted. Yearly, 1.7 million children under five and 4.9 million adults aged 50 to 75 deaths could be prevented through better environmental management. Lower respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases mostly impact children under five, while older people are most impacted by NCDs.

Burden of disease in WHO Regions

Regionally, the report finds, low- and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions had the largest environment-related disease burden in 2012, with a total of 7.3 million deaths, most attributable to indoor and outdoor air pollution.

2.2 million deaths annually in African Region
847 000 deaths annually in Region of the Americas
854 000 deaths annually in Eastern Mediterranean Region
1.4 million deaths annually in European Region
3.8 million deaths annually in South-East Asia Region
3.5 million deaths annually in Western Pacific Region

Low- and middle-income countries bear the greatest environmental burden in all types of diseases and injuries, however for certain NCDs, such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers, the per capita disease burden can also be relatively high in high-income countries.

Top causes of environment-related deaths

Looking across more than 100 disease and injury categories, the report finds that the vast majority of environmentally-related deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and ischaemic heart disease.

Stroke – 2.5 million deaths annually
Ischaemic heart disease – 2.3 million deaths annually
Unintentional Injuries (e.g. road traffic deaths) – 1.7 million deaths annually
Cancers – 1.7 million deaths annually
Chronic Respiratory Diseases – 1.4 million deaths annually
Diarrhoeal Diseases – 846 000 deaths annually
Respiratory Infections – 567 000 deaths annually
Neonatal Conditions – 270 000 deaths annually
Malaria – 259 000 deaths annually
Intentional injuries (e.g. suicides) – 246 000 deaths annually

Strategies to reduce environmental disease burden

The report cites proven strategies for improving the environment and preventing diseases. For instance, using clean technologies and fuels for domestic cooking, heating and lighting would reduce acute respiratory infections, chronic respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and burns. Increasing access to safe water and adequate sanitation and promoting hand washing would further reduce diarrhoeal diseases.

Tobacco smoke-free legislation reduces exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, and thereby also reduces cardiovascular diseases and respiratory infections. Improving urban transit and urban planning, and building energy-efficient housing would reduce air pollution-related diseases and promote safe physical activity.

Many cities around the world are already implementing many of these cost-effective measures. Curitiba, Brazil has invested heavily in slum upgrading, waste recycling, and a popular “bus rapid transit” system which is integrated with green spaces and pedestrian walkways to encourage walking and cycling. Despite a five-fold population increase in the past 50 years, air pollution levels are comparatively lower than in many other rapidly growing cities and life expectancy is two years longer than the national average.

Through WHO’s water safety plans, which work to identify and address threats to drinking-water safety, Amarapuri, Nepal identified open defecation as a water quality hazard contributing to diseases in the area. As a result, the village built toilets for each household and was later declared an Open Defecation Free Zone by the local government.

Currently, WHO is working with countries to take action on both indoor and outdoor air pollution. At the World Health Assembly in May, WHO will propose a road map for an enhanced global response by the health sector aimed at reducing the adverse health effects of air pollution.

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

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Smile Tanzania Leading 4G LTE Innovation with World First

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Today Smile Communications Tanzania (“Smile Tanzania”) (https://Smile.co.tz) announced the introduction of two 4G LTE innovations to its customers in Tanzania – SmileVoice and SmileUnlimited (www.Smile.co.tz/voice).

Smile is the first operator in East Africa to offer its customers Voice over LTE services, giving them access to the fast growing Global standard for voice and video calling.

SmileVoice comes in two forms; using a world-first downloadable free mobile App that affords customers with Android and Apple iPhone devices the ability to make SuperClear voice calls over Smile’s 4G LTE network, or through the use of a VoLTE-capable handset (such as the latest Samsung devices) plus a Smile SIM card.

SmileUnlimited offers customers 30 days of unlimited access to Smile’s SuperFast 4G LTE mobile broadband service.

Mr Eric Behner, Country Manager, Smile Tanzania said, “Smile is the first mobile operator in East Africa to develop and introduce Voice over LTE, plus a world first to develop and introduce a free Voice over LTE mobile application that enables all our customers in Tanzania, with Android and iPhone devices, to experience high-quality voice calls over Smile’s network. We are committed to improving the quality of voice and data services in Tanzania, and with SmileVoice our customers can call anyone locally and internationally, just like on any other mobile.”

“With our recently announced funding Smile has expanded its existing 4G LTE network in Tanzania to 7 cities, and now provides 30-days of unlimited access to SuperFast mobile broadband – there is no other provider that is offering its customers such value and convenience,” says Mr Behner.

Elaborating on the SmileUnlimited offering, Mr Behner explained that any unlimited offering is subject to a fair usage policy (FUP). Smile’s Fair Usage Policy is very generous and ensures that connectivity will be maintained throughout the 30-day period.

Not only is Smile’s pricing more affordable than that of competitor narrowband offerings, but the superior quality of true broadband also makes SmileUnlimited a fitting application of Smile’s value proposition of speed, quality, reliability and simplicity.

The free SmileVoice App is a world-first, enabling customers that don’t have VoLTE-capable handsets the ability to make reliable Voice over LTE calls when connected to Smile’s mobile broadband. “In the Tanzanian market Android is the leading handset and together with the free SmileVoice App, we are ensuring that all our registered customers have a way to experience high-quality voice calls from their mobiles,” says Mr Behner.

To use SmileVoice, customers will be required to have a registered Smile SIM card and active SmileData service. When out of range of the Smile network, the SmileVoice App will enable calls from any device that is connected to the Internet via 3G or Wi-Fi at home or abroad. Customers who make calls when travelling abroad will be charged their local call rates, as if they were calling from home.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Smile Telecoms Holdings Ltd.

Issued by:
Eric Behner
Smile Communications Tanzania
SmileVoice number: +256 662 222 000
Office number: +256 662 100 100
Email: [email protected]

On behalf of:
Smile Communications Tanzania Ltd
www.Smile.co.tz

About SmileVoice
Registered Smile customers (https://Smile.co.tz) can use their one data bundle for SuperFast mobile broadband plus voice calls, video calls and SMSs. All SmileVoice calls are charged per second in MBs to an active data bundle which equates to a Tsh/second rate. For example, when a customer has a 10GB Anytime bundle and makes a one minute local call, the customer will be charged 8MBs from their data bundle, which equates to Tsh62.5/minute. The effective call rate of Tsh1.04/second associated with the 10GB Anytime bundle is one of the lowest local call rates in the market! Customers who activate SmileVoice will get FREE minutes and SMSs every day to make free calls to anyone in Tanzania for a period of 30 days. For more information on SmileVoice please visit www.smile.co.tz/voice

About SmileUnlimited
Smile (https://Smile.co.tz) offers customers the convenience to stay connected to SuperFast 4G LTE mobile broadband for 30 days without the concern of being disconnected. The Smile Fair Usage Policy (FUP) applies and when reached a slower speed will be experienced, however access to applications such as email, online banking and searching information on the internet is still available and a very good experience. Please visit https://smile.co.tz/#products for more information.

About Smile Tanzania coverage
Smile (https://Smile.co.tz) introduced Africa’s first 4G LTE mobile broadband service in Tanzania in May 2013, thereby revolutionising the way people in East Africa access the internet. Our customers in Tanzania experience the country’s fastest and most reliable SuperFast mobile broadband and SuperClear voice services over LTE with coverage in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Dodoma, Mwanza, Moshi, Mbeya and Morogoro. For more information please visit www.Smile.co.tz/coverage/

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Didier Reynders condemns the attack in Grand-Bassam and offers his condolences

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the attack in Grand-Bassam in Côte d’Ivoire on Sunday that caused dozens of casualties, including Ivorian citizens and foreigners present in this beach resort. He offers his condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the attack. He expresses the solidarity of our country with Côte d’Ivoire, its people and its authorities.

Hitting civilians and unarmed tourists is a cowardly act. Those deeds are also aimed at the tourist sector, which contributes to employment and growth.

The international community must stand ready to support Côte d’Ivoire not only in the fight against terrorism, but also against radicalism and illegal activities as breeding grounds for terror.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Kingdom of Belgium – Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

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President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud receives credentials from Australian Ambassador

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The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, today received credentials from the newly appointed Australian Ambassador to Somalia, Mr. John Feakes.

In the discussion following, the President highlighted both the challenges facing Somalia and the significant progress made in sectors like security, democratization, and federalism.

The President acknowledged Australia’s support for Somalia, especially the recent seizure of a vehicle carrying illegal weapons to Somalia which was apprehended by an Australian frigate.

The President particularly highlighted the need for a national youth skill and job creation initiative that reduces young people’s vulnerability and provides them with skills they need to look after their families and contribute positively to the future of Somalia.

Ambassador Feakes congratulated the President and the Federal Government of Somalia for the progress made across Somalia in all sectors. He said Australia, and the rest of the world, are aware of the hardship and the challenges under which the Somali government is operating.

Ambassador Feakes thanked Somalia and the President for the warm reception, and promised to work on boosting the relationship between the two countries, ensuring ongoing development support to Somalia, including potential private sector investment and other initiatives.

The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Ahmed Ali Kadiye and other dignitaries were present.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Federal Republic of Somalia – Office of the President.

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EU launches 9 new projects in support of Civil Society and Human Rights in Somalia

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Today, the European Union (EU) jointly with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of the Federal Government of Somalia launched 9 new Civil Society projects.

These projects will be implemented by 7 international agencies and 11 local non-governmental organizations. The projects are worth EUR 8 million and aim to support effective civil society engagement for the achievement of Peacebuilding and State-building Goals of the Somali New Deal Compact.

Through this new funding from the EU, the role of civil society to contribute to a stable foundation for peace and state-building processes will be enhanced. They will do this through community-based reconciliation processes that restore trust between communities and address root causes of conflict and long-standing grievances, while increasing accountability.

“The EU has a long-standing relationship and cooperation with civil society organizations and other non-state actors in Somalia using a variety of financing instruments and programmes at its disposal. In the framework of the thematic programme for Civil Society organizations and Local Authorities (CSO-LA) and the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) in the period of 2012 – 2015, the EU invested over EUR 20 million in the civil society in Somalia. As a result, the EU was able to play a key role in supporting the establishment and consolidation of the civil society actors and in capacitating them to make informed contributions to policy decisions in the areas of governance and human rights protection.,” said the EU Ambassador and Special Envoy to Somalia, Michele Cervone d’Urso.

He further noted the role of the civil society for the development of a responsive, inclusive, transparent and accountable governance of the State and the importance of building a partnership between the State institutions and the civil society for a stable, inclusive and prosperous Somalia.

In his introductory remarks, Honourable Abdirahman Yusuf Ali Aynte, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, noted that “the Federal Government welcomes EU support to strengthen civil society. We believe a vibrant civil society contributes towards a strong, peaceful and democratic Somalia”.

The civil society representatives underlined that “civil society together with the Government and international community should undertake a concerted effort to coordinate interventions on the ground. This will speed up progress on reconciliation and state-building and re-galvanize civil society to play an active role in the 2016 electoral process and beyond”.

The launch was also attended by the Minister for Information, the State Minister for Interior and Federal Affairs, the PS Ministry of Justice, representative from the Ministry for Internal Security of the Federal Government of Somalia, along with the Attorney General and a Member of Parliament. The Ministers of Reconciliation and Constitutional Affairs of South West Interim Administration (ISWA, the Ministers of Information and Interior of Galmudug as well as the Deputy Governor of Benadir and the ACU focal point for Jubbaland were also present.

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Mahindra Comviva Strengthens its Leadership Position in Digital Music Portfolio in Africa, partners with Mondial Multimedia

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Mahindra Comviva (http://www.MahindraComviva.com), the global leader in providing mobility solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Mondial Multimedia, a leading partner of mobile media platforms in Africa. This tie-up with Mondial Multimedia will further strengthen Mahindra Comviva’s digital music content portfolio in the continent.

With this partnership, Mondial Multimedia will provide the most popular content from local artists like Josey, Serge Beynaud, Force One, Arafat DJ, Zouglou Makers, Abou Nidal, Rico Amaj, TNT, DJ Leo, Molare. With over 300,000 tracks on board and over 200 Content Providers, Mahindra Comviva is one of the largest Content aggregator in Africa, Middle East and Asia. In Africa alone, the company has collaborated with over 150 content partners including local and international content providers/copyright bodies/ local artists and production houses in the region.

Speaking on the partnership, Atul Madan, Head of Digital Services, Mahindra Comviva said, “We are constantly working towards revolutionizing the music market in Africa by providing localized content, identifying independent artists and labels, and disseminating music across the region. Our partnership with Mondial Multimedia is a testament of our efforts in emerging as the leader in the digital music space. Mondial Multimedia works closely with a number of local artists to source an extensive selection of digital music content that cater to the diverse tastes of consumer’s in the region.”

He further added “This partnership coupled with our proven expertise in deploying and managing music services for operators across multiple growth markets, will further drive the success of managed music services and infotainment services in Africa.”

Olivia Sandrine A. BRAUD – Mensah, Excutive Director, Mondial Multimedia said “We are pleased to partner with Mahindra Comviva in bringing a platform to empower the youth. Mahindra Comviva’s unrivalled expertise in digital music, VAS Technologies and deep understanding of the African market helped us bring this initiative to life. We bring a diverse range of content from Africa that will allow mobile operators to drive the quantity of users on their networks and meet the growing needs of subscribers across markets.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Mahindra Comviva.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Sundeep Mehta
Global Manager – PR & Corporate Communications
Mob. +91-9910030732
[email protected]

About Mahindra Comviva
Mahindra Comviva (http://www.MahindraComviva.com) is the global leader in providing mobility solutions. It is a subsidiary of Tech Mahindra and a part of the USD 16.9 billion Mahindra Group. With an extensive portfolio spanning mobile finance, content, infotainment, messaging and mobile data solutions, Mahindra Comviva enables service providers to enhance customer experience, rationalize costs and accelerate revenue growth. Its mobility solutions are deployed by over 130 mobile service providers and financial institutions in over 90 countries, transforming the lives of over a billion people across the world. For more information, please visit www.MahindraComviva.com

About Mondial Multimedia
MONDIAL MULTIMEDIA is a leading partner of mobile media platforms. One of the most influential suppliers in the world of multimedia entertainment content. Offering its services to mobile operators and publishers Web. Unlike traditional content marketing agency, MONDIAL MULTIMEDIA is specially configured to provide quality digital content to scale. With our global creative network and protecting digital content and our experienced account management and internal quality control, we deliver tailored, high -quality content in an unparalleled number of topics , new formats and languages . MONDIAL MULTIMEDIA is the result of a young, ambitious and experienced in various fields of communication, but united by a common passion it is directed by Miss Olivia Sandrine A. BRAUD – Mensah.

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The ECOWAS Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Nutrition into NAIPs

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INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

When: 14 – 15th March, 2016

Where: Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana.

What: The ECOWAS Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Nutrition into

National Agriculture Investment Plans (NAIPs).

Background: The Malabo Declaration on “Accelerated Africa Agricultural Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods” clearly articulated seven key commitments for sustaining the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development (CAADP) implementation momentum in the next decade. Among these commitments is the commitment to “ending hunger in Africa by 2025, which pledges to reduce child malnutrition by lowering the rate of stunting and underweight in children to less than five years to 10 and 5 percent, respectively, by 2025.

In response to this expectation, the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency produced the Implementation Strategy and Roadmap (IS&RM) and Program of Work. Also developed and launched was the CAADP Results Framework 2015-2025 as a key tool for translating Africa’s agricultural development vision and goals into tangible outcomes and for tracking, monitoring and reporting on progress as well as for facilitating mutual learning and accountability.

Objectives: The overall objective of this workshop therefore is to constitute a space for sensitization, dialogue and sharing of experiences among Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on how to better integrate the linkages between agriculture and food systems and nutrition into their regional food and nutrition security investment strategies. To also support coherent support to countries for accountability on their commitment to nutrition under the CAADP process, as well as International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2) and Malabo Declarations.

More specifically, the ECOWAS Nutrition Workshop aims to attain the following objectives:

Update the RECs on the nutrition situation in their respective sub-regions;
Dialogue on how RECs can support countries on their commitments to improving nutrition outcomes of their population through efficient nutrition sensitive food and agriculture systems under the CAADP process;
To take stock of lessons learned from the RECs on their efforts to integrate nutrition in their regional agricultural strategies and to support countries in mainstreaming nutrition into National Agriculture and Food Security Investment Plans (NAFSIPs) and discuss challenges and opportunities;
To deliberate on how Regional institutions including AU, NEPAD, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and others could support REC’s to effectively support countries to deliver results;
Discuss modalities of establishment of sub regional task forces for follow-up actions

Participants: The participants will be drawn from the AUC, NEPAD, RECs and relevant organizations that deal with Nutrition.

Journalists are invited to cover the opening ceremony on Monday 14th March 2016 at 9:00 Am

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special report No 15/2015: “ACP-EU Energy facility support for renewable energy in east Africa”

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1 The Council welcomes the Court of Auditors’ special report No 15/2015: “ACP-EU Energy Facility support for renewable energy in east Africa”.
The Council notes that the Court, amongst its main findings, concluded that the Commission was mostly successful but could have done better in using the ACP-EU Energy Facility (EF) funds to increase access to renewable energy for the poor in East Africa.
In addition, the Council further notes the Court’s findings that the Commission has used the EF effectively and that most of the examined projects have been successful and have had good sustainability prospects.
The Council also notes that the Court’s report mentions that the Commission prioritised the projects well and applied proper selection criteria for calls for proposal.
However, the Council is concerned with the Court’s findings of certain inconsistencies in the outcome of the selection procedures. Furthermore the Court stated that for only 5 of the 16 projects examined, the reporting was timely and of the expected quality. Of the 16 projects examined, 12 were successful: 5 had exceeded or were likely to exceed their initial targets, two had met or were likely to meet their targets and five were not likely to reach their targets but results were still reasonable.
In this respect the Council aligns with the recommendations to the Commission, concerning selection, monitoring and sustainability of projects, aimed at maximising the effectiveness and benefits of EU development support and ensuring sustainability of all funded projects.
The Council acknowledges the fact that the Commission accepts the Court’s conclusions and has pointed to a number of initiatives that it has already taken to strengthen monitoring and to increase the sustainability of projects; notably the improvements introduced in the latter call for proposals, the reinforcement of the permanent monitoring function and the application of the innovations introduced for the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Programme under the Global Public Goods and Challenges (GPGC).
The Council recognises that access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy services is essential for progress towards achieving development objectives. Future energy initiatives can further contribute to this objective with well selected, well monitored and sustainable projects.

In view of this, and the observations of the Court of Auditors, the Council invites the Commission:

a) to take into account, in its future actions, lessons learned from the operation of the EF, including a well-considered balance between adaptation and mitigation. In particular, future evaluations and interventions should seek to integrate the perspectives of people living in poverty and ensure that access to renewable energy has been achieved for this particular group. Furthermore, future actions should strengthen a gender perspective and ensure that gender issues are integrated and monitored throughout the project cycle, including in evaluation efforts;

b) to reinforce the assessment of the risks related to the design of the projects as well as the partners’ capacity with regard to the projects’ implementation. This is especially important in order to assure the sustainability of the projects;

c) to improve monitoring of compliance with the provisions of the grant contracts. The monitoring and reporting should be used to assess the state of realisation of the projects and, where necessary, appropriate actions should be taken towards contractors;

d) when possible, the sustainability of the projects being of utmost importance and in line with the rules governing the implementation modality, to put in place a system to assess the need for continued technical assistance for operators.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the attacks in Turkey and Côte d’Ivoire

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Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (14 March) on yesterday’s attacks in Ankara and Grand Bassam:

The reports from Ankara and Grand Bassam last night are deeply shocking. I condemn these terrible attacks in the strongest possible terms. We stand side by side with the people in Turkey and Côte d’Ivoire at this difficult time.

The attacks show once again that the fight against terrorism is a joint task for the international community. Determined and long‑term commitment from all sides is the only way to dry up support for terrorism and its brutal apologists.

I regret to confirm that a German citizen was among those killed in the attack in Côte d’Ivoire. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of all of the victims. I sincerely wish those who have been injured a speedy recovery.

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Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the attacks in Turkey and Côte d’Ivoire

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Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement today (14 March) on yesterday’s attacks in Ankara and Grand Bassam:

The reports from Ankara and Grand Bassam last night are deeply shocking. I condemn these terrible attacks in the strongest possible terms. We stand side by side with the people in Turkey and Côte d’Ivoire at this difficult time.

The attacks show once again that the fight against terrorism is a joint task for the international community. Determined and long‑term commitment from all sides is the only way to dry up support for terrorism and its brutal apologists.

I regret to confirm that a German citizen was among those killed in the attack in Côte d’Ivoire. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of all of the victims. I sincerely wish those who have been injured a speedy recovery.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Germany – Federal Foreign Office.

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REMINDER March 16 telephonic press briefing with U.S. Navy Capt Heidi Agle

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Media Advisory | March 16 Briefing with U.S. Navy Captain Heidi Agle, Commodore of U.S. Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and Exercise Director for Obangame/Saharan Express 2016, and Captain Sylvestre Fonkoua Mbah of the Cameroonian Navy, Director of the Cameroonian Centre Multinational de Coordination.

EVENT:

Please join us on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at 1230 GMT for a telephonic press conference with U.S. Navy Captain Heidi Agle, Commodore of U.S. Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and Exercise Director for Obangame/Saharan Express 2016, and Captain Sylvestre Fonkoua Mbah of the Cameroonian Navy, Director of the Cameroonian Centre Multinational de Coordination. The speakers will discuss the Obangame/Saharan Express 2016 Exercise.

BACKGROUND:

Exercise Obangame/Saharan Express is a multinational maritime exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet that brings together African, European, South American, and U.S. forces — part of a Global Network of Navies — to enhance cooperation and expertise in maritime security operations. The purpose of the exercise is to test multinational maritime forces in a broad range of naval operations in order to increase capability and capacity, as a collective whole, for Gulf of Guinea nations to deter piracy, illicit trafficking, and other maritime threats. The exercise will take place throughout the Gulf of Guinea, and will have land-based Maritime Operations Centers throughout the region.

In the past, Obangame Express and Saharan Express were separate exercises that took place in different areas of West Africa. This year they have been combined to increase capacity building for more partners across West Africa. There are 27 participating nations in Obangame/Saharan Express 2016: Angola, Benin, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Togo, Turkey, United States, and the United Kingdom, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).

DETAILS:

Speakers: U.S. Navy Captain Heidi Agle, Commodore of U.S. Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, as well as senior representatives from West African nations and

Captain Sylvestre Fonkoua Mbah of the Cameroonian Navy, Director of the Cameroonian Centre Multinational de Coordination

Date: March 16, 2016
Time: 12:30 GMT

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Language: English. French and Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: On the record

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LOGISTICS:

Callers should dial-in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.
When an individual journalist dials-in, the operator will collect the caller’s name, press affiliation, and location. When an embassy dials in, the operator will ask the embassy’s name and location.
The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers. Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the “*” and “1” buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue. NOTE: You can press “*1” at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question and indicate to which speaker the question is directed. Journalists can also submit questions in English to [email protected] prior to or during the call.

BIO:

Captain Heidi Agle, Commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa

Navy Capt. Heidi Agle most recently served as commodore, Amphibious Squadron Eleven, embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

A native of Moose Creek, Alaska, Agle enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1983. In July 1985, she entered the U.S. Naval Academy as a Second Class Fire Control Technician (FC2). Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1989, Agle commissioned as an Ensign surface warfare officer. Agle earned a master’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in Human Resource Management from the National University in San Diego, Calif., and a master’s of science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College at the National Defense University.

Agle’s sea tours include deck officer and a boilers officer aboard USS White Plains (AFS 4); first lieutenant aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41); operations officer for commander, Amphibious Squadron Two (CPR2 N3), which included deployments aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and USS Nassau (LHA 4); executive officer aboard USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52); commanding officer aboard USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), which included a seven-month, independent, anti-piracy deployment; chief-of-staff for Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet, which included embarking both USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for multiple exercises and operations; and deputy commodore, Amphibious Squadron Eleven, embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Agle’s sea tours included deployments in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Noble Anvil, Joint Guardian, Allied Force, Avid Response, Shining Hope, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Tomodachi and Damayan.

Agle’s shore tours include schedules officer, Commander Logistics Group One; administrative assistant, U.S. Navy Chief of Legislative Affairs; human resources officer, Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific; functional capabilities board working group chair, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and military faculty at Command and Staff College, U.S. Marine Corps University.

Personal awards include a Legion of Merit Award, the Bronze Star and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Capt Founkoua Mbah Sylvestre, CN

Captain Sylvestre FONKOUA MBAH is a Cameroonian Officer, born on the 31st of December 1961 in Douala/Cameroon. He is now the first appointed Chief of Multinational Coordination Center Zone D since the launching of the ECCAS maritime strategy to secure vital interests of states member at sea in 2009.

Captain FONKOUA has held among others the following positions:

s Navigator onboard Cameroon Navy Ship BAKASSI

s Executive officer Cameroon Navy Ship BAKASSI

s Commanding officer Cameroon Navy Ship JABANE

s Commanding officer Cameroon Navy Ship BAKASSI

s Commanding officer of the combat flotilla of Cameroon Navy

s Chief of Multinational Coordination Center zone D/ECCAS

Professional Experience

s Planner proof of concept OBANGAME 2010

s Planner Exercise OBANGAME 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

s Director of the Exercise OBANGAME 2011

s Co-Director of OBANGAME 2012 with Nigeria

s Deputy Director OBANGAME 2013

s Member of the experts who wrote the African Union Strategy Horizon 2050

s Chief of naval component of the joint exercise KWANZA 2014

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Africa Regional Media Hub.

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Burundi: EU closes consultations under Article 96 of the Cotonou agreement

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On 14 March 2016, the Council concluded consultations with Burundi under article 96 of the EU-ACP partnership agreement (Cotonou agreement). Commitments proposed by the Burundian government are insufficient to address the EU concerns. The EU has suspended direct financial support to the Burundian administration, including budget support, but is fully maintaining both its financial support to the population and its humanitarian assistance.

In its decision, the Council also set out specific measures to be taken by the Burundian government that could lead to the resumption of full cooperation.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.said: ” The situation in Burundi remains of serious concern for the EU, though we have seen recently some glimpses of hope. Today’s decision makes clear that for our relations to be fully resumed we expect a number of concrete measures to be carried out. The action we are seeking is achievable with will and determination: it builds on measures and processes already set in motion by the African Union, the East African Community and the United Nations, and welcomed by the 5 African Heads of State mandated by the African Union. In particular we believe it can support the inter-Burundian dialogue mediated by the East African Community which is key to finding a durable political solution to the crisis.”

Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, added: “The EU is, and will remain, firmly committed to supporting the Burundian people in this crisis, which has already cost more than 400 lives, left thousands injured and forced over 240 000 people to take refuge in neighbouring countries. We reaffirm our full solidarity with the people of Burundi, who are the first victims of this crisis. We urge the government to show commitments needed to resume normalisation of our relationship with Burundi. Meanwhile, EU funded projects which aim to ensure access to basic services for the population, but without channelling financial resources through accounts held by the Government of Burundi, are being prepared and the EU remains committed to providing emergency assistance”.

The Council’s decision will be reviewed regularly, at least once every six months, including through joint monitoring missions by the European External Action Service and the Commission.

Background

On 8 December 2015, consultations took place with the Burundian government under article 96 of the Cotonou agreement in order to examine these concerns and find ways to remedy them. The dialogue was held in the presence of representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, the African Union, the East African Community, and the United Nations.

During the meeting, the parties discussed the necessary measures to ensure a swift return to compliance with democratic principles and values, human rights and the rule of law, on the basis of the Cotonou agreement and the principles set out in the Arusha agreements. Burundian government representatives proposed commitments. However, these have so far been judged unsatisfactory by the EU.

Article 96 provides the legal basis for the suspension of the Cotonou agreement, following a period of dialogue, in cases where one of the parties feels that the agreement’s essential and fundamental elements are not being respected.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Council of the European Union.

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