Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal

The Secretary-General met yesterday with H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal.

The Secretary-General underscored the significant contributions of the Republic of Senegal to democracy, peace and security issues in Africa. The Secretary-General welcomed the commitment of the Republic of Senegal to promote and strengthen the partnership between the African Union and the United Nations, including in its capacity as a non-permanent Member of the Security Council.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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UNAIDS calls to quicken the pace of action to end AIDS

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, in collaboration with UNAIDS, brought together six heads of state or government to accelerate action and get countries on the Fast-Track to end AIDS. World leaders joined around 500 partners from government, the private sector and civil society on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to reinvigorate political leadership around HIV.

The Fast-Track approach is saving more and more lives. In 2016, 19.5 million people—more than half the 36.7 million people living with HIV—were accessing life-saving treatment. The number of people who died from AIDS-related illnesses has been reduced by nearly half since 2005, and the global number of new HIV infections has been reduced by 11% since 2010.

However, the pace of action is still not enough to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. In order to step up progress and achieve the global targets adopted in the 2016 United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, all partners need to fully implement their country Fast-Track strategy. Ending AIDS requires steadfast political leadership, commitment to action and accountability towards shared responsibility and reaffirmed global solidarity. Increased effective and efficient investments are, and will continue to be, an essential prerequisite for success. Elimination of stigma and discrimination and full recognition of human rights are cornerstones of sustainable progress.

“Leadership, partnership and innovation will transform the epidemic,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.

President Museveni was the first head of state in Africa to launch a presidential Fast-Track initiative on ending AIDS as a public health threat, known as “Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo”, or “no time for playing games”.

“I am confident that working together with you all, we shall attain an AIDS-free Africa. It is possible to end AIDS in our generation!” said President Museveni.

During the event, the speakers outlined the positive impact that the Fast-Track approach to ending AIDS is having on people, health systems and the broader Sustainable Development Goals in Africa and beyond. They noted that addressing HIV within the Sustainable Development Goals will pave the foundation of the AIDS response.

“We must build on the Fast-Track commitments. We cannot stop before we have reached the finish line,” said Jacquelyne Alesi, a civil society representative from Uganda.

Speakers made a strong call for political leadership, global solidarity and shared responsibility to build momentum and deliver on the goal of ending AIDS by 2030, highlighting the role that supporting strengthened health systems plays, not just in making progress towards the Fast-Track Targets, but also in addressing stigma and discrimination.

“I am not speaking of a vague hope, but of a willingness of the heart. I do not say “we could defeat AIDS,” but rather “we will end AIDS,” said Line Renaud, singer and AIDS activist.

Momentum is building, but has not yet reached a critical mass. When the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Political Declaration on Ending AIDS in June 2016, Member States committed to achieve global and regional Fast-Track Targets by 2020.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Countries Facing Famine and Ongoing Violence

Yesterday, the United States announced more than $575 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to nearly $2.5 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.

The announcement was made by United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green at the United Nations General Assembly. With this new funding, the United States is providing emergency food and nutrition assistance, life-saving medical care, improved sanitation, emergency shelter, and protection for vulnerable groups who have been affected by conflict. The United States is also providing safe drinking water and supporting health and hygiene programs to treat and prevent disease outbreaks, including cholera, which has taken hold in all four countries.

Tens of millions of people are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the man-made crises in South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen, all of which are driven by conflict and Somalia, where ongoing conflict is exacerbating the effects of a severe drought. While a swift influx of aid helped roll back famine in some areas of South Sudan, and has so far prevented famine in Yemen and Somalia, life-threatening hunger is spreading in both scope and scale. During yesterday’s announcement, Administrator Green reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to working with international and local partners to avert famine and provide life-saving aid to people impacted by these crises.

The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance for these crises. We commend the humanitarian contributions made by international donors, and encourage additional contributions to meet growing needs. We also call on all parties involved in these conflicts to allow aid workers full and unhindered access to help communities in need.

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QNET to boost Direct Selling and create entrepreneurship opportunities in Tanzania

QNET (www.QNET.net), a company of Asian heritage and a part of the US $200 billion global direct selling industry is honored and excited to enter the buoyant direct selling sector in Eastern Africa, and expects to offer world class quality consumer products and to elevate standards of living by garnering the spirit of entrepreneurship to all individuals, even those with little business background. QNET’s product offering include a wide range of world-acclaimed lifestyle and wellness products such as personal care, nutrition, cosmetics, home care and body, water energies, jewelry and watches as well as holiday packages.

QNET, optimizing its existing e-commerce platform currently has three easily accessible local agents in West Africa, namely Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. These agents serve as the liaison between QNET, its Independent Representatives (IRs) and customers with their enquiries, delivery of products and the display of product range so as to enable people to view for themselves some of the products sold online. QNET is planning to engage a local agency in Tanzania soon to provide the best customer service in the country.

“QNET is proud to be in Tanzania and is committed to working closely with the local government officials and authorities to create more entrepreneurial opportunities for the local community. Direct selling which is the marketing and selling of products directly to consumers away from a fixed retail location, provides people a great alternative platform to join entrepreneurship” said Mr. David K Sharma, Advisor to QNET Board of Directors.

In addition to offering quality consumer products, ranging from health and home care to online education courses, and more, QNET firmly believes that there is nothing more empowering to individuals than the financial freedom that a career in the direct selling industry provides, and believes that the people of Tanzania, with their ambition and strong sense of entrepreneurship, will appreciate the quality consumer products that QNET offers and the business opportunities for self-development.

QNET started getting online purchases for its products from Africa since 2007. Today there are thousands of Tanzanian citizens who have also registered to market and promote QNET online products as IRs. The top selling products for QNET in Tanzania are Wellness products, household items such as water filtration systems, health and wellness products, online education learning (such as business courses, marketing courses and business English courses) as well as luxury products like watches and jewelry.

“Our best selling Products include HomePure, a water filtration system as well as AirPure, our air purifier, addresses a real need for clean water and clean air in many developing countries. In developed markets QVI Holidays, a vacation membership and holiday getaway product, tends to be quite popular with those wanting to take rejuvenating breaks. For busy professionals who are interested in continuing their education but have no time, we offer e-learning courses on a number of topics. We also have an expert selection of lifestyle-friendly food supplements for long life and vitality called LifeQode which we recently introduced in Tanzania” explained Mr Sharma.

“QNET is always respectful of the local laws and is fully obliged to the commercial laws and consumer laws of Tanzania. QNET also has policies and procedures that all its IRs must strictly adhere to its code of marketing and promotion of QNET products ethically,” noted, Mr. Sharma.

Mr. Sharma assured potential entrepreneurs in Tanzania of QNET’s continued support through training and education of IRs with a view to developing their professional skills with special focus on personal growth and development.

“We believe that financial success alone is not enough. In order for us to make an impact, we need to develop people to be better human beings so that they can use their success to contribute to their local communities”, he added.

Globally, the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations (WFDSA), which QNET is affiliated through the Direct Selling Associations of Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, reported unprecedented sales and engagement with 6.4% growth generating close to US$ 200 billion in 2015. WFDSA said that in the past three years, the industry has seen a compound annual growth rate of 6.5 percent. It also noted that behind direct selling’s positive growth trend are millions of entrepreneurs marketing an array of products and services.

With direct selling gaining popularity, Tanzania is seen to have huge potential to become a leading market in the African region.

Distributed by APO on behalf of QNet Ltd..

Media contact:
Benjamin Mariki
QNET
Country Representative for Tanzania
Email: Ben.Mariki@gmail.com

About QNET:
As a prominent Asian direct selling company, QNET (www.QNET.net) provides a wide range of life enhancing products that are offered through its proprietary e-commerce platform to customers and distributors in over 100 countries. The company also has some offices and 3rd party agencies in 25 countries worldwide, and more than 50 stockists, apart from localized operations or franchisees in a number of countries.
QNET is a member of the Direct Selling Association of Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. QNET is also a part of the Hong Kong Health Food Association and the Health Supplements Industry Association of Singapore among others.
QNET is also active in sports sponsorships around the world, including football (Direct Selling Partner of Manchester City Football Club), Formula One, badminton and more, due to the company’s strong belief that the drive, passion and teamwork of sports mirrors that of QNET.
For more information, please visit QNET’s website at www.QNET.net.

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