Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Mission to the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad

WHO: Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

WHAT: Mission to the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad

WHEN: 18 to 27 February 2018

WHERE: Bangui, Paoua, Yaoundé, Maroua, N’Djamena, Bol

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, will travel to the Central African Republic (CAR), Cameroon and Chad from 18 to 27 February 2018. The purpose of her missions is to see, first-hand, the devastating humanitarian consequences of the ongoing violence affecting CAR and the Lake Chad Basin.

CAR is on the brink of relapsing into a large-scale acute humanitarian crisis. Renewed violence has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Internal displacement nearly doubled in the past year and growing numbers of Central Africans are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Mounting attacks against humanitarian staff and assets and serious underfunding impede aid delivery. The UN and its partners have just launched a US$515.6 million appeal to meet the most urgent needs of 1.9 million Central Africans this year – nearly half of the country’s population.

In Cameroon, large-scale displacement fueled by the Boko Haram crisis in the north and the neighboring crisis in CAR are compounding high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. Humanitarian organizations are redoubling their efforts with the Government and development partners to enhance linkages between emergency response and development programming, including to address protracted displacement. In 2018, the UN and its partners need $305 million to provide emergency aid to 1.3 million people. Ms. Mueller’s visit in Cameroon will be conducted jointly with UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, George Okoth-Obbo. Further details on the joint mission will be released ahead of her arrival in Yaoundé.

In Chad, hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced due to Boko Haram in the Lac region and violence in Sudan and CAR. Chad has remained relatively stable and hosts the most refugees per capita in Africa. Despite this, urgent assistance is required to save lives. Close to one third of the population is food insecure and 12 out of 23 regions are in a nutritional emergency. The UN and its partners are seeking US$544 million this year to assist 1.9 million people.

In the three countries, Ms. Mueller will meet communities affected by the conflict, national authorities, humanitarian and development partners and the diplomatic community. She will discuss ways to accelerate the ongoing response efforts, address issues of protection and humanitarian access, and advocate for increased funding to meet the needs of affected people.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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Zimbabwe: Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. Mccleskey on the Death of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai

Statement by Spokesperson Clayton M. Mccleskey on the Death of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai:

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and USAID express heartfelt condolences on the death of Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Our thoughts go out to his family and to all the people of Zimbabwe as we join in mourning the passing of this national icon. Mr. Tsvangirai was the embodiment of the democratic spirit. We hope that his memory of determination and fearless stance against injustice will help carry Zimbabwe toward a better tomorrow.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hailemariam to Step Down

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned as the Chair of his party, the Southern Ethiopian People’s Democratic Movement (SEPDM), and the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), as well as from his post as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

His resignation has been accepted by the Executive Committees of both the SEPDM and the EPRDF.

The EPRDF, at its next congress, will democratically elect a new chairperson to replace him in accordance with the Front’s rules and procedures. The House of Peoples’ Representatives of Ethiopia will subsequently approve this election and endorse his premiership.

Mr Hailemariam Dessalegn will continue to serve in his current capacity until then.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK.

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South Africa: Ramaphosa Can Restore Country’s Voice, Democratic Leadership

In response to the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of South Africa by the National Assembly, after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“With the election of President Ramaphosa, South Africa has an opportunity to turn a page and address some of the fundamental issues – such as corruption and the outside influence of private interests – that have stood in the way of good governance for too long,” said Jon Temin, director for Africa programs at Freedom House. “President Ramaphosa, to whom we offer our congratulations, should swiftly restore transparency, accountability, commitment to the rule of law and good governance at all levels of government.

“The leadership change creates an opportunity for South Africa to return to its position as a democratic leader both in the region and globally, reversing its recent disengagement with the international community on issues of human rights, democracy and governance,” Temin said. “At a time when democratic governance is under threat across the globe, South Africa’s voice, leadership and positive example are essential.”

South Africa is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, and Free in Freedom on the Net 2017.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Freedom House.

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