Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861; Deaths: 2,861

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IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

Belbeisi noted that May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

IOM’s spokesman in Rome Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday that the Italian Navy and international vessels rescued some 5,000 migrants in the Channel of Sicily in 40 separate operations since early yesterday morning. Those rescued remain en route to various Italian ports.

IOM estimates that from 1 January to 22 June 2016 at least 55,563 migrants have arrived in Italy via sea routes. Adding the 5,000 being reported today, IOM’s latest total is 60,563 or some 10,000 shy of the total through the end of June 2015, when arrivals totalled 70,354 – an indication that traffic this year from Libya and Egypt, while robust, remains almost identical with last year’s totals during a similar period.

IOM Athens reports that, since Monday, a total of 117 migrants or refugees arrived on various islands from Turkey. For the month – through June 22 – IOM Athens estimates 1,095 migrants or refugees have arrived by sea along the Mediterranean’s eastern route – compared with almost 157,000 arriving through the end of May.

Since the start of 2015, IOM estimates a total of 1,011,568 have arrived in Greece via so-called “blue borders” – a daily average of about 1,800 men, women and children over nearly 18 months. IOM notes the average daily arrival since the late March implementation of an accord between Turkey and the European Union to limit arrivals has dropped to fewer than 100 per day, and fewer than 50 per day this month.

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IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,861 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

Belbeisi noted that May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

IOM’s spokesman in Rome Flavio Di Giacomo reported Friday that the Italian Navy and international vessels rescued some 5,000 migrants in the Channel of Sicily in 40 separate operations since early yesterday morning. Those rescued remain en route to various Italian ports.

IOM estimates that from 1 January to 22 June 2016 at least 55,563 migrants have arrived in Italy via sea routes. Adding the 5,000 being reported today, IOM’s latest total is 60,563 or some 10,000 shy of the total through the end of June 2015, when arrivals totalled 70,354 – an indication that traffic this year from Libya and Egypt, while robust, remains almost identical with last year’s totals during a similar period.

IOM Athens reports that, since Monday, a total of 117 migrants or refugees arrived on various islands from Turkey. For the month – through June 22 – IOM Athens estimates 1,095 migrants or refugees have arrived by sea along the Mediterranean’s eastern route – compared with almost 157,000 arriving through the end of May.

Since the start of 2015, IOM estimates a total of 1,011,568 have arrived in Greece via so-called “blue borders” – a daily average of about 1,800 men, women and children over nearly 18 months. IOM notes the average daily arrival since the late March implementation of an accord between Turkey and the European Union to limit arrivals has dropped to fewer than 100 per day, and fewer than 50 per day this month.

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Governments and Telecoms Top Targeted Sectors for Cyber Attacks in East Africa

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In East Africa, governments are the top target sector for cyber attacks (33%). Telecommunications (22%) and financial services (17%) follow in close succession. Contrary to the perception that cyber breaches are a problem unique to the large multinational companies based in developed markets, East African organisations are fast becoming a target for attacks with local subsidiaries particularly attractive as the ‘cyber’ route into these multinationals.

According to Control Risks’ (www.ControlRisks.com) cyber threat intelligence team:

  • Attacks are increasing rapidly and in severity: Globally there has been a 42% increase in the number of targeted attacks reported between 2015 and Q1-Q2 2016
  • For East Africa, Advanced Persistent Threat and Criminal Targeted Attacks are the most impactful cyber attack techniques in 2016
  • In Kenya alone, the estimated costs for the country due to cyber crime costs sums up to 2 billion Kenyan shillings ($23m) +
  • The Kenyan Government has made great strides with the formation of Kenya National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (KE_CIRT/CC) launched in 2012 and the development of the national cyber security strategy in 2014, it is however key for the public and private sector organisations to interpret what the policies mean for them; essentially adopt a “paper to practice” model for their organisation

Patrick Matu, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber expert for East Africa comments:

“Despite a growing number of media headlines about US or EU based companies falling victim to a cyber breach, the lack of obligation in many emerging markets to report on incidents is creating a false illusion that businesses operating in these markets are not subject to cyber attacks. In fact many organisations with bases in these emerging markets are prime targets and seen as the ‘weak underbelly’ when it comes to an organisation’s cyber security.”

Matu continues:

“Cyber security still isn’t given enough priority by business leaders in the region as it’s often seen as an isolated IT problem and not a business issue. It’s important that cyber security is demystified at that senior level. Rather than being perceived as this elusive dark art, cyber security needs to be incorporated into the whole business and not left isolated with the IT team. As the world of cyber criminality continues to evolve, it’s important that businesses continually review their IT security measures. This should include an on-going review of the cyber threat landscape to understand what kinds of threats your business might face and adjusting your security measures accordingly – not forgetting making sure all employees are aware of the potential threats and how to respond.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Control Risks Group Holdings Ltd.

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Charity Kahuki
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About Control Risks:
Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) is an independent global business risk consultancy with 36 offices across the globe. Control Risks has over 30 years of experience working in Africa. With regional offices in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, we provide clients with high quality support in understanding and managing the business risks they face. To learn more about Control Risks’ capabilities in Africa, click here.
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In East Africa, governments are the top target sector for cyber attacks (33%). Telecommunications (22%) and financial services (17%) follow in close succession. Contrary to the perception that cyber breaches are a problem unique to the large multinational companies based in developed markets, East African organisations are fast becoming a target for attacks with local subsidiaries particularly attractive as the ‘cyber’ route into these multinationals.

According to Control Risks’ (www.ControlRisks.com) cyber threat intelligence team:

  • Attacks are increasing rapidly and in severity: Globally there has been a 42% increase in the number of targeted attacks reported between 2015 and Q1-Q2 2016
  • For East Africa, Advanced Persistent Threat and Criminal Targeted Attacks are the most impactful cyber attack techniques in 2016
  • In Kenya alone, the estimated costs for the country due to cyber crime costs sums up to 2 billion Kenyan shillings ($23m) +
  • The Kenyan Government has made great strides with the formation of Kenya National Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre (KE_CIRT/CC) launched in 2012 and the development of the national cyber security strategy in 2014, it is however key for the public and private sector organisations to interpret what the policies mean for them; essentially adopt a “paper to practice” model for their organisation

Patrick Matu, Compliance, Forensics and Cyber expert for East Africa comments:

“Despite a growing number of media headlines about US or EU based companies falling victim to a cyber breach, the lack of obligation in many emerging markets to report on incidents is creating a false illusion that businesses operating in these markets are not subject to cyber attacks. In fact many organisations with bases in these emerging markets are prime targets and seen as the ‘weak underbelly’ when it comes to an organisation’s cyber security.”

Matu continues:

“Cyber security still isn’t given enough priority by business leaders in the region as it’s often seen as an isolated IT problem and not a business issue. It’s important that cyber security is demystified at that senior level. Rather than being perceived as this elusive dark art, cyber security needs to be incorporated into the whole business and not left isolated with the IT team. As the world of cyber criminality continues to evolve, it’s important that businesses continually review their IT security measures. This should include an on-going review of the cyber threat landscape to understand what kinds of threats your business might face and adjusting your security measures accordingly – not forgetting making sure all employees are aware of the potential threats and how to respond.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Control Risks Group Holdings Ltd.

Media Contacts:
Control Risks
Charity Kahuki
Marketing Executive, East Africa
[email protected]
+254 709666634
+254 720936043

About Control Risks:
Control Risks (www.ControlRisks.com) is an independent global business risk consultancy with 36 offices across the globe. Control Risks has over 30 years of experience working in Africa. With regional offices in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya, we provide clients with high quality support in understanding and managing the business risks they face. To learn more about Control Risks’ capabilities in Africa, click here.
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IOM Responds to Malaria Upsurge in Bentiu, South Sudan

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IOM is scaling up resources to respond to an upsurge in malaria cases at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan. During the first two weeks of June, malaria cases have more than doubled, accounting for at least 50 per cent of all health consultations at IOM’s two primary health care clinics in the site and its mobile clinic in nearby Bentiu town.

The increase is attributed to the start of the rainy season, which leads to stagnant bodies of water and increases the spread of vector-borne diseases.

IOM has deployed 40,000 additional rapid diagnostic test kits for malaria to Bentiu, as well as additional anti-malarial medications. In coordination with the Health Cluster, IOM has begun registering all households in the site to receive mosquito nets to prevent malaria transmission.

Through health and hygiene promoters, IOM is reaching the community with key information on how malaria presents, where to get early treatment and prevention.

“Malaria is now the number one leading disease in the PoC site. All persons with fever are advised to come for early testing and treatment to reduce mortality and disease burden,” advises Dr. Andrew Mbala, IOM’s Migration Health Emergency Coordinator.

To decongest clinics as health consultations increases, IOM plans to construct temporary health outposts to increase access to primary health care and encourage timely health-seeking habits.

More than 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are currently seeking shelter at the site as a result of insecurity and depleted food resources since conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013.

Extensive land-works projects, led by IOM, since 2015 have significantly improved living conditions at the site, particularly through proper drainage structures that reduce flooding.

IOM continues to provide safe drinking water to more than 43,300 IDPs at the site on a daily basis, as well as maintain sanitation facilities and conduct regular waste disposal. As camp manager of the site, IOM also ensures timely coordination of humanitarian assistance and response to IDP needs.

The crisis in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.4 million people and left an estimated 6.1 million people in need of protection and humanitarian assistance. IOM continues to provide multi-sector assistance to displaced and vulnerable populations across the country, both in PoC sites and remote locations, as part of a multi-agency effort to reach 5.1 million people with lifesaving aid this year.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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IOM is scaling up resources to respond to an upsurge in malaria cases at the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan. During the first two weeks of June, malaria cases have more than doubled, accounting for at least 50 per cent of all health consultations at IOM’s two primary health care clinics in the site and its mobile clinic in nearby Bentiu town.

The increase is attributed to the start of the rainy season, which leads to stagnant bodies of water and increases the spread of vector-borne diseases.

IOM has deployed 40,000 additional rapid diagnostic test kits for malaria to Bentiu, as well as additional anti-malarial medications. In coordination with the Health Cluster, IOM has begun registering all households in the site to receive mosquito nets to prevent malaria transmission.

Through health and hygiene promoters, IOM is reaching the community with key information on how malaria presents, where to get early treatment and prevention.

“Malaria is now the number one leading disease in the PoC site. All persons with fever are advised to come for early testing and treatment to reduce mortality and disease burden,” advises Dr. Andrew Mbala, IOM’s Migration Health Emergency Coordinator.

To decongest clinics as health consultations increases, IOM plans to construct temporary health outposts to increase access to primary health care and encourage timely health-seeking habits.

More than 95,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are currently seeking shelter at the site as a result of insecurity and depleted food resources since conflict broke out in South Sudan in December 2013.

Extensive land-works projects, led by IOM, since 2015 have significantly improved living conditions at the site, particularly through proper drainage structures that reduce flooding.

IOM continues to provide safe drinking water to more than 43,300 IDPs at the site on a daily basis, as well as maintain sanitation facilities and conduct regular waste disposal. As camp manager of the site, IOM also ensures timely coordination of humanitarian assistance and response to IDP needs.

The crisis in South Sudan has displaced more than 2.4 million people and left an estimated 6.1 million people in need of protection and humanitarian assistance. IOM continues to provide multi-sector assistance to displaced and vulnerable populations across the country, both in PoC sites and remote locations, as part of a multi-agency effort to reach 5.1 million people with lifesaving aid this year.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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GE Invests R500 Million to Innovate in Africa for Africa

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  • GE (www.GE.com) opens state of the art Africa Innovation Centre
  • The centre will leverage GE’s global expertise and will be GE’s innovation and technology transfer centre of excellence in Africa
  • The centre will enable skills and SME development in Africa and collaboration between GE, it’s customers and stakeholders across Africa

Today GE, one of the world’s biggest digital industrial companies, officially opened its R500 million 2,700m2 facility, the GE Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg South Africa. The centre, a first for GE in Africa, is another big investment for GE, affirming that Africa and South Africa continue to be a good investment destination for big businesses, and that solutions to Africa’s challenges should come from Africa.

The centre is the 10th GE Innovation Centre globally and the 1st Innovation Centre for GE in Africa. It is the first GREEN and LEED certified GE building in Sub-Saharan Africa and will be GE’s centre of excellence (COE) for innovation in Africa. As part of GE’s continued commitment to support SMEs the building was 90%+ built, designed, and executed by local businesses. It will be the home to GE’s innovation across Africa within its key business sectors such as aviation, energy, healthcare, oil and gas, power and transportation and will serve as the new headquarters for GE Healthcare. John Flannery, President & CEO, GE Healthcare globally, attended the opening event.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, Jay Ireland President and CEO for GE Africa said “Innovation is shaping how we see the world and how we participate in its development today and into the future. GE is committed to driving innovation in Africa for Africa through supporting skills and SME development. The GE Africa Innovation Centre is one platform through which we are using our resources to empower ourselves and our stakeholders to positively contribute towards the sustainable development of Africa. We are looking to impact and enhance the career aspirations of over 100 engineers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. These are young people who will come through the centre and share their innovative solutions whilst learning from some of the best GE minds in their respective fields. They will work across GE’s product portfolio and deliver simplified world-class products to GE customers”.

The cutting edge facility boasts an Experience and Exploration Centre, coffee shop and catering facilities, agile workspaces, Learning and Development Centre, Innovation Ideation and Collaboration Centre, as well as a GE Prototyping Laboratory and sustainable Healthcare Customer Experience Centre.

Speaking at the opening, the Gauteng MEC for Health, Qedani Mahlangu said, “The Gauteng Department of Health is always working tirelessly with all the relevant stakeholders and this initiative will play a significant role in reducing the infant and maternal mortality rate in the province”.

The Healthcare Experience Centre is designed to mimic different care areas in a hospital environment and includes focused spaces to help familiarize customers with care area technologies in the operating theatre and intensive care unit, cardiology, oncology, maternal and infant care and general radiology and after sales service. Featuring virtual and augmented reality displays and a range of installed equipment, visitors will be treated to a glimpse of an interconnected and efficient hospital catering for both primary care settings and premium facilities. Further, the centre’s eight new permanent work stations will also provide customers with hands-on clinical education and applications training.

At the centre’s announcement in 2014 Minister for Small Business Development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu said “As the Ministry for Small Business Development, we are confident that, working together, we will be able to unlock economic opportunities and thus achieve inclusive economic growth and sustainable employment, particularly for women, youth and people with disabilities. Together, we must ensure that small entrepreneurs have abundant opportunities to grow and develop their enterprises in an environment that nurtures the development of these enterprises and enhances their job creation potential”.

The Centre will enable skills and SME development in Africa and serve as the basecamp for the Londvolota Enterprise Development Trust which launched in 2015 with a commitment to accelerating supplier development in South Africa and the equipping of SMEs to participate in the GE value chain.

In South Africa GE has partnered with Transnet SOC to manufacture locomotives for export into the rest of Africa and on the Healthcare side was selected as the key technology provider for the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, due to open later this year.

In Nigeria, GE signed a landmark country- to- country agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria, covering power, healthcare, transportation and oil and gas.

In Kenya has its GE Africa headquarters as well as the GE Captital and Aviation Services (GECAS) business. GECAS is the leading aircraft leasing partner for Kenya Airway’s. In parallel, GE Healthcare is actively executing on a landmark $220 million modernization and capacity building program in support of the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s landmark healthcare transformation program.

In Ethiopia, Ethiopian Airway’s is GE’s major partner in that country. GE engines will power most of the airline’s fleet and GECAS is the major lessor for Ethiopian Airlines.

In Mozambique GE is fast growing and actively contributes to the sustainable development of Mozambique. For example, GE has invested $250 000.00 into scholarships granted to the University of Eduardo Mondlane students, and $250 000.00 in a science lab and capacity building at Unilurio University.

In Angola GE has a MOU with the Angola Ministry of Water and Energy towards achieving the country’s 2000MW electricity target by 2016- 7000MW distributed power equipment.

The ultimate goal of the centre is excellence and collaboration for GE, its customers and stakeholders across Africa.

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

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Foreign Minister Kishida releases a message to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Tunisia

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1. On June 26, 2016, the diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Tunisia mark the 60th anniversary.

2. On June 24, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, released a message in which he celebrated 60 years anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and the Republic of Tunisia. Mr. Kishida also stated that Japan would like to strengthen the partnership in various areas between both two countries for the peace, stabilization and development of the Middle East and North Africa region.

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United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity

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More than 250 participants will gather in Nairobi next week for the United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity. This conference is an initiative of the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which has organized it in conjunction with the Government of the Republic of Kenya.

Pressures from climate change, ecosystem loss and wildlife crime are threatening biodiversity and wildlife around the globe. In response to this a wide range of applications, initiatives and projects have been developed that use space-based technologies – such as imagery collected by Earth Observation satellites and satellite-derived geospatial data, satellite-communications and global navigation satellite systems – to monitor, assess and manage biodiversity and ecosystems in support of sustainable environmental development. Many of these applications or initiatives are not fully known to users, but can be better promoted through dedicated awareness-raising efforts such as this conference.

This event will therefore bring together actors from around the world involved in biodiversity and wildlife management, including representatives of space industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, technology experts, national park authorities and rangers, and wildlife managers, to share their experiences and requirements, build cooperation and develop recommendations.

The programme consists of keynote and expert talks, panel discussions and poster presentations. The results of this conference will feed into UNOOSA’s preparatory process for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

The conference is co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Speakers from:

· Airbus

· European Space Agency (ESA)

· Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS)

· Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Secretariat (CITES)

· DigitalGlobe

· Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

· INTERPOL

· Japan National Institute for Environmental Studies

· Kenya Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

· Kenya Wildlife Services

· Lusaka Agreement Task Force

· Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

· Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan

· TRAFFIC (Wildlife trade monitoring network)

· United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

· United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

· United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

· World Wildlife Fund

Story suggestions for interested media:

We have identified a number of interesting stories about space technology, including the role it can play in managing wildlife and protecting biodiversity. If any of the following stories interest you and you would like to arrange interviews with experts who can speak about these topics, please contact the UNEP press officer below.

1. In 2015 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The role that space can play as tool for achieving these SDGs is broad and diverse – and perhaps even surprising.

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/benefits-of-space/sustainable-development.html

2. Icarus Initiative: Small sensors (one to five gram in weight) attached to animals, such as birds and possibly even large insects, will allow scientists to track the animals and reveal more about the spread of disease, help predict natural disasters and give a greater understanding of the impact of climate change on animals. The insect-size sensors are still in development. Next year, hardware will be installed on the International Space Station that will pick up the signals from the animal tracking transmitters.

http://icarusinitiative.org/about-icarus

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2014/tracking-wildlife-space

3. Technological advancements in animal sensors can tell when an elephant is about to be poached by detecting when the animal behaves unusually, giving law enforcement time to act. This can also improve understanding of animal behaviour in general.

http://www.argos-system.org/web/en/355-wildlife-monitoring.php

4. High resolution radar satellites can help to combat wildlife crime by helping to detect vehicles and other equipment as they move under forest cover, or during the night. This can also help detect unusual human presence in national parks and could allow anti-poaching units to identify, locate and ultimately arrest possible poachers. High resolution radar satellites can also collect images over cloud covered regions, unlike other optical Earth Observation satellites – another major advantage in monitoring and tracking.

http://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/terrasar-x/

5. Hyperspectral satellites can provide data that can be used to look at crop health in remote locations. Monitoring crops for potential diseases can have various advantages, and such hyperspectral satellites could also be used to identify crop types and crop growth stages, the extent of logging and deforestation, and the availability of water,. They can also be used to accurately monitor biodiversity in general.

http://www.planetaryresources.com/earth-observation/#eo-the-data-types

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More than 250 participants will gather in Nairobi next week for the United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity. This conference is an initiative of the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which has organized it in conjunction with the Government of the Republic of Kenya.

Pressures from climate change, ecosystem loss and wildlife crime are threatening biodiversity and wildlife around the globe. In response to this a wide range of applications, initiatives and projects have been developed that use space-based technologies – such as imagery collected by Earth Observation satellites and satellite-derived geospatial data, satellite-communications and global navigation satellite systems – to monitor, assess and manage biodiversity and ecosystems in support of sustainable environmental development. Many of these applications or initiatives are not fully known to users, but can be better promoted through dedicated awareness-raising efforts such as this conference.

This event will therefore bring together actors from around the world involved in biodiversity and wildlife management, including representatives of space industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, technology experts, national park authorities and rangers, and wildlife managers, to share their experiences and requirements, build cooperation and develop recommendations.

The programme consists of keynote and expert talks, panel discussions and poster presentations. The results of this conference will feed into UNOOSA’s preparatory process for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

The conference is co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Speakers from:

· Airbus

· European Space Agency (ESA)

· Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS)

· Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Secretariat (CITES)

· DigitalGlobe

· Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

· INTERPOL

· Japan National Institute for Environmental Studies

· Kenya Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

· Kenya Wildlife Services

· Lusaka Agreement Task Force

· Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

· Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan

· TRAFFIC (Wildlife trade monitoring network)

· United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

· United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

· United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

· World Wildlife Fund

Story suggestions for interested media:

We have identified a number of interesting stories about space technology, including the role it can play in managing wildlife and protecting biodiversity. If any of the following stories interest you and you would like to arrange interviews with experts who can speak about these topics, please contact the UNEP press officer below.

1. In 2015 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The role that space can play as tool for achieving these SDGs is broad and diverse – and perhaps even surprising.

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/benefits-of-space/sustainable-development.html

2. Icarus Initiative: Small sensors (one to five gram in weight) attached to animals, such as birds and possibly even large insects, will allow scientists to track the animals and reveal more about the spread of disease, help predict natural disasters and give a greater understanding of the impact of climate change on animals. The insect-size sensors are still in development. Next year, hardware will be installed on the International Space Station that will pick up the signals from the animal tracking transmitters.

http://icarusinitiative.org/about-icarus

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2014/tracking-wildlife-space

3. Technological advancements in animal sensors can tell when an elephant is about to be poached by detecting when the animal behaves unusually, giving law enforcement time to act. This can also improve understanding of animal behaviour in general.

http://www.argos-system.org/web/en/355-wildlife-monitoring.php

4. High resolution radar satellites can help to combat wildlife crime by helping to detect vehicles and other equipment as they move under forest cover, or during the night. This can also help detect unusual human presence in national parks and could allow anti-poaching units to identify, locate and ultimately arrest possible poachers. High resolution radar satellites can also collect images over cloud covered regions, unlike other optical Earth Observation satellites – another major advantage in monitoring and tracking.

http://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/terrasar-x/

5. Hyperspectral satellites can provide data that can be used to look at crop health in remote locations. Monitoring crops for potential diseases can have various advantages, and such hyperspectral satellites could also be used to identify crop types and crop growth stages, the extent of logging and deforestation, and the availability of water,. They can also be used to accurately monitor biodiversity in general.

http://www.planetaryresources.com/earth-observation/#eo-the-data-types

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More than 250 participants will gather in Nairobi next week for the United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology and Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity. This conference is an initiative of the Vienna-based United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which has organized it in conjunction with the Government of the Republic of Kenya.

Pressures from climate change, ecosystem loss and wildlife crime are threatening biodiversity and wildlife around the globe. In response to this a wide range of applications, initiatives and projects have been developed that use space-based technologies – such as imagery collected by Earth Observation satellites and satellite-derived geospatial data, satellite-communications and global navigation satellite systems – to monitor, assess and manage biodiversity and ecosystems in support of sustainable environmental development. Many of these applications or initiatives are not fully known to users, but can be better promoted through dedicated awareness-raising efforts such as this conference.

This event will therefore bring together actors from around the world involved in biodiversity and wildlife management, including representatives of space industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, technology experts, national park authorities and rangers, and wildlife managers, to share their experiences and requirements, build cooperation and develop recommendations.

The programme consists of keynote and expert talks, panel discussions and poster presentations. The results of this conference will feed into UNOOSA’s preparatory process for UNISPACE+50, a special segment of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

The conference is co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Speakers from:

· Airbus

· European Space Agency (ESA)

· Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS)

· Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora Secretariat (CITES)

· DigitalGlobe

· Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

· INTERPOL

· Japan National Institute for Environmental Studies

· Kenya Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

· Kenya Wildlife Services

· Lusaka Agreement Task Force

· Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

· Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan

· TRAFFIC (Wildlife trade monitoring network)

· United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

· United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

· United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

· World Wildlife Fund

Story suggestions for interested media:

We have identified a number of interesting stories about space technology, including the role it can play in managing wildlife and protecting biodiversity. If any of the following stories interest you and you would like to arrange interviews with experts who can speak about these topics, please contact the UNEP press officer below.

1. In 2015 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The role that space can play as tool for achieving these SDGs is broad and diverse – and perhaps even surprising.

http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/benefits-of-space/sustainable-development.html

2. Icarus Initiative: Small sensors (one to five gram in weight) attached to animals, such as birds and possibly even large insects, will allow scientists to track the animals and reveal more about the spread of disease, help predict natural disasters and give a greater understanding of the impact of climate change on animals. The insect-size sensors are still in development. Next year, hardware will be installed on the International Space Station that will pick up the signals from the animal tracking transmitters.

http://icarusinitiative.org/about-icarus

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/may-june-2014/tracking-wildlife-space

3. Technological advancements in animal sensors can tell when an elephant is about to be poached by detecting when the animal behaves unusually, giving law enforcement time to act. This can also improve understanding of animal behaviour in general.

http://www.argos-system.org/web/en/355-wildlife-monitoring.php

4. High resolution radar satellites can help to combat wildlife crime by helping to detect vehicles and other equipment as they move under forest cover, or during the night. This can also help detect unusual human presence in national parks and could allow anti-poaching units to identify, locate and ultimately arrest possible poachers. High resolution radar satellites can also collect images over cloud covered regions, unlike other optical Earth Observation satellites – another major advantage in monitoring and tracking.

http://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/terrasar-x/

5. Hyperspectral satellites can provide data that can be used to look at crop health in remote locations. Monitoring crops for potential diseases can have various advantages, and such hyperspectral satellites could also be used to identify crop types and crop growth stages, the extent of logging and deforestation, and the availability of water,. They can also be used to accurately monitor biodiversity in general.

http://www.planetaryresources.com/earth-observation/#eo-the-data-types

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Corporate Citizens Need to Make a Real Impact on Africa’s Sustainable Development Goals

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Prepared to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unveiled with the aim of taking steps towards building a better world in the next 15 years.

This is no easy target. The UN has spent significant time analysing the successes and failings of the MDGs in order to apply the learnings to the SDGs. The MDGs did produce some good outcomes, such as contributing to decreasing the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 from 47% in 1990 to 14% in 2015. However, it is also acknowledged that progress has been limited, with many being left behind.

According to reports, the SDG strategy will require an annual outlay of $2.5 trillion for it to be implemented successfully, which will need to come from private investment. It’s certainly something the private sector wants to get involved with in an effort to show support for sustainable development.

The SDGs hone in on growth as the main solution to poverty, but we are still in a position where most of the global GDP growth remains in the upper echelons of society, rather than having an impact on the poor. The amount of growth needed to truly end poverty would also have a significant impact on environmental issues such as climate change.

So this leaves the corporate sector, called on to make the investment needed to achieve these goals, in a tricky situation. Where do we invest to ensure we aren’t encouraging one area of growth at the expense of another?

Corporate investors play such a central role in the roll-out of the SDGs, and there’s a lot of work that needs to be done when it comes to our specific commitments and accountability mechanisms.

With this framework, Samsung’s (www.Samsung.com) aim is to make a positive contribution towards the SDGs by positively impacting the lives of people. The company continues to inspire the world and create the future through innovative technology that enriches people’s lives and contribute to social growth.

We see ourselves as an active participant in the global agenda to help promote positive change by using our global network of employees, suppliers and partners; which is why we have established solutions which help address the felt need of communities, particularly in education, health, skills and employability.

In 2015, we have established Digital Villages in various countries in Africa including Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Senegal to mention a few. Designed in collaboration with African communities, the Digital Village concept comprises of mobile, solar-powered facilities including a connected admin centre, solar powered internet school, solar powered generator and solar power mobile health centre, which can be configured to serve as the high-tech hub of rural and underserved communities.

In addition to delivering desperately-needed services to communities, the Digital Village also delivers WiFi access and power to the broader community, often for the first time. This access sparks small business development and information-sharing, e-government service delivery and agricultural progress in areas that have been sidelined in the information age for too long.

It makes sense to get behind the SDGs because they are a mechanism to help end poverty and promote sustainability across the board. It may be Corporate Citizenship that kick starts the process, but it is essential that every individual is working towards a common goal.

There is no doubt that the SDGs will, in one way or another, shape the global agenda on economic, social and environmental development over the next 15 years. It is also true that global action is the best way to ensure accountability and inclusivity. Ultimately the call is for everyone from government, to the private sector and civil society to play their part in creating a sustainable future.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd..

Media Contacts:
Sthembile Shabangu
PR Lead Samsung Africa office
Tel: +27 11549 4517
Email: [email protected]

Note to Editors:
Abey Tau is the Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics Africa. With over 10 years’ experience in the local and global development arena, Abey was a South African finalist in the 2014 Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) / Mandela Washington Fellow and was selected by the National Empowerment Fund as one of 56 young junior managers for a secondment in Paris in 2011. He continues to sit on the Board of AIESEC at Monash University.

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