Feb 192014
 
IMMENSE HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES PERSIST IN SOMALIA

NEW YORK, February 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — UN OCHA Operations Director John Ging said today that immense challenges remain for millions of Somalis, particularly those who are displaced and refugees who want to return home. Speaking after a recent three-day visit to Somalia, Mr. Ging called for immediate action to focus on building [...]

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Feb 182014
 
Rotary releases US$35.9 million to fight polio in Africa and Asia

EVANSTON, Ill., February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The continued fight to eliminate polio gets an additional $36 million boost from Rotary in support of polio immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (http://www.polioeradication.org), which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018. Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/rotary.png [...]

Feb 182014
 
Statement by An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

DUBLIN, Ireland, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., made the following statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. “I am deeply concerned by the news that Uganda intends to enact legislation to criminalise homosexuality. I have made it clear, including in direct [...]

Feb 182014
 
2013 Media Awards recognizes media talents and quality journalism in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in partnership with United Nations, are today celebrating 8 winners of the 2013 Somali Media Awards competition for events held in Mogadishu and Garowe on 17 February, 2014. The Media Awards recognized professionalism and excellence in the Somali media [...]

Feb 182014
 
AU Commissioner for Political Affairs visits the Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Dr. Aisha Abdullahi is currently undertaking a political mission in the Central Africa Republic as part of African Union efforts at addressing the crisis in the country. She is joined on her delegation by Justice Sophia Akuffo [...]

Feb 182014
 
IMF Concludes Staff Visit to Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU, Guinea Bissau, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Mr. Mauricio Villafuerte visited Bissau during February 10-13, 2014. The mission met with the interim government’s authorities, including Minister of Finance Gino Mendes and Minister of Economy Soares Sambu. The mission also met with National Director of [...]

Feb 182014
 
Emergency Assistance to the Republic of Burundi in response to the heavy rain in Bujumbura

TOKYO, Japan, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On Monday February 17, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth 12 million yen (plastic sheets and blankets) to the Republic of Burundi, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 2. On Sunday February 9, heavy rain attacked Bujumbura, capital city [...]

Feb 182014
 
FCO Press Release: FCO Minister visits Tunisia

LONDON, United-Kingdom, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — FCO Minister, Hugh Robertson, visits Tunisia, welcomes progress and pledges continued UK support for the democratic transition. The Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Hugh Robertson, said: “I was delighted to visit at a historic moment in Tunisia’s democratic transition. “In my [...]

Feb 182014
 
Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za'tari, on the death of a Sudanese Red Crescent Society volunteer in South Kordofan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, is saddened to hear that a volunteer with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society was killed by a land mine near Abu Jubaiha in South Kordofan late last week. Other volunteers were also critically injured [...]

Feb 182014
 
IOM Supports Libyan Out of Country Voting

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has helped over 7,000 Libyans in 13 countries to take part in the country’s upcoming constitutional drafting assembly elections, at the request of the Libyan High National Election Commission (HNEC). The three-day out-of-country poll, which ran from February 15th–17th, allowed Libyans in Canada, Egypt, Germany, [...]

Feb 182014
 
Internally Displaced Numbers Fall in Mali

GENEVA, Switzerland, February 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the 2012 conflict in Mali has decreased, while the trend of return to the country’s northern regions has increased, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report published today. The number of IDPs nationwide is now [...]