WASHINGTON, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Vice President Biden spoke with Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to congratulate him on his victory in the recent Nigerian elections and affirm that the United States stands ready to expand collaboration with Nigeria on issues of common concern, including economic and security matters. The Vice President commended President-elect Buhari for his leadership in helping to ensure the elections were conducted peacefully and urged him to continue to foster a smooth, inclusive, and peaceful transition with President Jonathan. The Vice President expressed the United States’ support for Nigeria’s efforts to counter Boko Haram, recover hostages held by the group, and protect civilian populations. The Vice President also expressed the willingness of the United States to partner more closely with Nigeria to strengthen its economy.
UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to review France, Guatemala, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sudan, Germany, Denmark
GENEVA, Switzerland, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva from 27 April to 15 May 2015 to review the following countries on these dates:
France (28-29 Apr), Guatemala (29-30 Apr), Bosnia and Herzegovina (30 Apr-1 May); Sudan (4-5 May); Germany (5-6 May); Denmark (6-7 May)
The above are among the 177 States Parties to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. They are required to submit regular reports to the Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent experts. CERD will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.
The public review of each State will run from 15:00 to 18:00 and then from 10:00 to 13:00 the following day. Live webcasts of the public sessions held at Palais Wilson in Geneva can be viewed on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
More information including the States’ submitted reports, lists of issues and information from civil society can be found here:
A news conference is scheduled for 14.30 Friday 15 May at Palais des Nations in Geneva to discuss the Committee’s concluding observations on the above States. The concluding observations will be published on 15 May here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=977&Lang=en
GENEVA, Switzerland, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The UN Committee against Torture is due to review the Republic of the Congo on 22 and 23 April in sessions that will be webcast live.
The Republic of the Congo is one of the 157 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 10 independent experts.
The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the government delegation and also hear from NGOs.
Public sessions: 10:00-12:00 (09:00-11:00 in Brazzaville) on 22 April, 15:00-17:00 (14:00-16:00) on 23 April
Venue: Palais Wilson, Geneva. Live webcast: http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
Among the possible issues to be discussed: Measures to prevent and address torture in all places of deprivation of liberty; respect of procedural safeguards and fundamental guarantees; effective investigations and access to legal remedies for victims of torture; arbitrary detention; prison overcrowding; excessive use of force during recent police operations and principle of non-refoulement.
Further information, including the Republic of the Congo’s Congo’s written report, available at:
http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=961&Lang=en .The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 15 May.
A news conference is scheduled for 12:30 on Friday 15 May at Palais des Nations in Geneva when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations on the Republic of the Congo and the other countries being reviewed – New Zealand, Romania, Luxembourg, Spain, Colombia, Serbia, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with the Minister of Interior of Burundi, H.E. Mr. Edouard Nduwimana
NEW YORK, April 16, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General met on 14 April 2015 with the Minister of Interior of Burundi, H.E. Mr. Edouard Nduwimana. The Secretary-General noted that Burundi owes its progress to the spirit of Arusha and the determination of Burundians to build a peaceful, democratic and prosperous nation. They discussed recent developments ahead of the general elections to be held between May and August this year.
The Secretary-General expressed his concern about the rising political tensions in the country and encouraged Burundians to resolve their political differences through dialogue and without resorting to violence. He called on the Government to ensure that the security services manage potential security incidents with the utmost professionalism. He also encouraged the Government to ensure that all political actors are able to participate fully and freely in the electoral process. “This would contribute to credible elections and reduce further tensions”, the Secretary-General said.
Internet of Things will deliver US$1.9 trillion boost to supply chain and logistics operations – Report
SINGAPORE, Singapore, April 15, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ —
– DHL and Cisco Internet of Things Trend Report reveals huge potential for more efficient and transparent supply chains
– An estimated US$8 trillion to be generated through new connections over next decade
DHL (http://www.dpdhl.com), the world’s leading logistics service provider, and Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT, have jointly released a new Trend Report focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) at the DHL Global Technology Conference in Dubai. DHL and Cisco Consulting Services are also collaborating on a joint IoT innovation project that will improve decision-making in warehouse operations with near real-time data analytics based on Wi-Fi connected devices.
The Trend Report “Internet of Things in Logistics” is available online at www.dhl.com/internetofthings
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Ken Allen, CEO DHL Express and Board Sponsor Technology, said: “At Deutsche Post DHL Group we have a deeply held belief in the positive powers of global trade. Yet, as our Global Connectedness Index(1) 2014 revealed, the overall level of global connectedness remains surprisingly limited. There is huge potential for countries to further increase their connectedness and prosper through trade, integration and technology. We believe the Internet of Things will be a primary enabler of this global transformation.”
The Trend Report, which estimates that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020 compared to 15 billion today, looks at the potential impact this technological revolution will have on business. The value at stake, combination of increased revenues and lower costs that is created or will migrate among companies and industries when new connections are made, reveals the huge potential when the Internet and networks expand their connections to warehousing, freight transportation and other elements of the supply chain. For any organization with a supply chain or logistics operations, IoT will have game-changing consequences, from creating more ‘last mile’ delivery options for customers, to more efficient warehousing operations and freight transportation.
According to Cisco’s economic analysis, IoT will generate US$8 trillion worldwide in Value at Stake over the next decade. This will come from five primary drivers: innovation and revenue (US$2.1 trillion); asset utilization (US$2.1 trillion); supply chain and logistics (US$1.9 trillion); employee productivity improvements (US$1.2 trillion); and enhanced customer and citizen experience (US$700 billion).
“Digital disruption is all around us and it’s having massive implications for business. Digitization and the expansion of the Internet of Things is a catalyst for growth, which is driving new economic models and enabling organizations to remain competitive and embrace the pace of change happening globally. This report clearly demonstrates that digitization and the IoT will deliver long term efficiencies and growth opportunities across a wide range of industries,” commented Chris Dedicoat, president, EMEAR for Cisco.
According to the report, over the next decade, the logistics industry could unlock higher levels of operational efficiency as the IoT connects in real time millions of shipments being moved, tracked and stowed each day. In warehousing, connected pallets and items will be a driver for smarter inventory management. In freight transportation, tracking and tracing of goods becomes faster, more accurate, predictive and secure while analytics of a connected fleet can help to predict asset failure and to schedule maintenance checks automatically. Finally, connecting delivery personnel with surrounding vehicles and people can become a way of monetizing and optimizing the return trip to improve efficiency and service in last mile delivery. For customers, this means DHL can provide an even faster, more reliable and cost-effective service.
“The Internet of Things is the connection of almost anything – from parcels to people – via sensor technology to the web and both Cisco and DHL believe this will revolutionize business processes across the entire value chain including supply chain and logistics. To get the maximum global economic benefit, we’ll need to understand how all components in the value chain converge and this will require a comprehensive collaboration, participation and the willingness to invest to create a thriving IoT eco system for sustainable business processes. The new Trend Report is another step towards making sure DHL delivers the benefits of IoT to our customers” said Markus Kückelhaus, Vice President Innovation & Trend Research, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.
Cisco Consulting Services and DHL are now also collaborating on a joint IoT innovation project that will improve decision-making in the warehouse operations through near real-time data analytics based on Wi-Fi location data of selected devices. The solution is based on Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) which uses the high-density wireless network to collect aggregate location data on Wi-Fi connected devices.
Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Deutsche Post DHL.
The Trend Report “Internet of Things in Logistics” is available online at www.dhl.com/internetofthings
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JUBA, South Sudan, April 15, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A year after the mass killings of civilians in the oil town of Bentiu in South Sudan, including people sheltering in the hospital where MSF was running an HIV/TB project, the violence and displacement have continued and access to basic healthcare and food remains a problem for people living in rural areas outside the town.
Following the fighting, MSF treated over 230 people for gunshot wounds and thousands of the town’s residents fled for their lives to the nearby UN peacekeepers’ base, which swelled from 6,000 people to more than 22,000 within a matter of days. One year later, the number of people seeking protection has significantly increased with over 53,000 displaced people living on a 1 km₂ piece of land which is cordoned off with barbed wire and guarded by UN troops.
Initially living conditions within the site were life-threatening due to overcrowding and a lack of water and sanitation. Conditions became even worse during last year’s rainy season when the camp was completely flooded. With water levels above the knee, many were forced to sleep standing up with their children in their arms. Several people drowned. Since the arrival of the dry season, living conditions within the site have improved and various aid organizations are providing basic services to tens of thousands of people living within its confines. MSF set up a tented hospital to provide residents with quality secondary healthcare services and works to ensure that people living within the site have access to an adequate quantity of clean water and sanitation facilities.
Providing humanitarian assistance within a UN base is an absolute last resort for MSF. As an independent, impartial and neutral medical aid organization, we need to remain distinct from political and military actors. But in these extraordinary circumstances, with heightened tension and fear, it’s important for people to be able to access medical services where they feel safe.
MSF is also working outside the confines of the UN “Protection of Civilians” site as the majority of people affected by the ongoing conflict remains dispersed in hard-to-reach rural areas, with many displaced multiple times by fighting. MSF is providing mobile clinics in Ding Ding, Nhialdiu, and in Bentiu town itself with a focus on basic IPD and maternal healthcare. Assessments in the surrounding areas continue – most recently to Nimni in Guit County and Ngop in Rubkona county. A 28 year old woman from Ngop whose severely malnourished child was hospitalized by MSF in February said ‘’People have suffered so much because of the floods, it destroyed all our crops. So there is nothing to eat. If you are sick, there is nowhere you can go. The nearest health care facility we used to access before the crisis, has no drugs anymore”.
In these surrounding rural areas in particular, the ongoing conflict has reduced people’s access to healthcare. Local facilities often lack support and adequate medical supplies. Frontlines, military movements, ongoing shelling and gunfire mean that people are afraid to walk long distances to those few health facilities that are functioning.
Bentiu, the former vibrant state capital, is now a garrison town, with most businesses and market stalls run by government soldiers. Although the bodies of civilians that littered the streets have been cleared away, the carcasses of abandoned vehicles remain at the side of the road. Most of the town’s houses were burnt to the ground and have not been rebuilt. A melted TV remote control or lone iron bed frame on the scorched earth are the only clues to what once stood there. The modern hospital in town where MSF provided TB and HIV care has been ransacked, the windows and doors smashed, medical equipment and drugs scattered about. Infested with bats and vermin, it is no longer in use although MSF does run a mobile clinic with a focus on antenatal care in an outbuilding that has been cleaned up.
As the conflict in South Sudan continues, there is no end in sight for the humanitarian situation in Bentiu. Ongoing insecurity, active fighting and shelling, and violence against civilians in the vicinity mean that many displaced people currently living in the “Protection of Civilians” site have no choice but to remain inside for the foreseeable future. The need for assistance to this population, in a place where they feel safe, will continue.
In the meantime, MSF continues to provide medical care to more than 100,000 people in the area around Bentiu. But ensuring respect for humanitarian and medical facilities, staff, and patients continues to be a challenge.