Ending Hunger and Malnutrition in Africa

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have acknowledged the need to respect, protect and fulfill the fundamental human right to food and optimal nutrition in Africa. During extensive deliberations at the Second Ordinary Session of the Fourth Parliament, the Parliamentarians agreed to establish a Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security.

Speaking at the Africa Parliament, Chimimba David Phiri, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, expressed the Organization’s appreciation to the Pan-African Parliament for its commitment to advance the Food and Nutrition Security agenda in Africa.

“Notwithstanding the progress made in recent years, over 58 million children under the age of five are stunted, and all 54 African countries are confronted with overweight and obesity. These rising levels of overweight and obesity are linked to poor dietary habits and lifestyle, resulting in non-communicable diseases”, said David Phiri.

“There are also high levels of deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals reported. When all segments of our populations should be healthy and actively contributing to economic development, African governments are spending huge sums of money on health,” he added.

The Session emphasized the need for Governments, Parliamentarians, Private Sector, Civil Society and other stakeholders to work under a unified umbrella of harmonized legislative frameworks and instruments backed by political will and joint strategic actions.

As a follow-up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN-2) framework for action and the CAADP Nutrition Initiative under the Malabo Declaration, FAO is working with African countries to create nutrition-sensitive food systems anchored on their national agriculture and food security investment plans.

Fruitful discussion on way forward

Many of the more than 100 parliamentarians present for the deliberations spoke of the existing challenges and opportunities. They re-echoed Africa’s commitment to food and nutrition security, demonstrated through the endorsement and ratification of several international and continental agreements and frameworks of action on food and nutrition security.

Recognizing their role as custodians of political commitments, the Parliamentarians have agreed to work with FAO to ensure food and nutrition security for all in the Continent.

The President of the Pan-African Parliament, Hon.Roger Nkodo Dang in his closing remarks, emphasized the important role of food and nutrition security to Africa’s development and invited FAO to continue its engagement with the PAP in the subsequent Ordinary Session later in the year.

The PAP supported the creation of the Pan-African Parliamentary Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security and expressed its desire to work closely with FAO.

FAO reassured the Parliamentarians of the Organization’s technical support, including the capacity development of the parliamentarians and sharing the extensive experience gained in Latin America and the Caribbean, to advance the launching and efficient functioning of the African Alliance.

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is an African Union organ that ensures the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent.

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Meetings between State Minster for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoji Muto and Moroccan Dignitaries

1. During his visit to Morocco to attend at the Fourth Japan-Arab Economic Forum and to have meetings with the Moroccan Government, Mr. Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs had respectivelymeetings with Mr. Abdelilah BENKIRANE, Head of Government and Mr. Salaheddine MEZOUAR, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Rabat on May Fifth. He also held a telephonic conversation with Ms. BOUAIDA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs in Casablanca on May Fourth.

2. Exchanging the views on bilateral issues, both parties shared the view of the importance of the strengthening of economic ties between two countries, such as the acceleration of the negotiation on bilateral investment treaty.

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Meetings between State Minster for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoji Muto and Moroccan Dignitaries

1. During his visit to Morocco to attend at the Fourth Japan-Arab Economic Forum and to have meetings with the Moroccan Government, Mr. Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs had respectivelymeetings with Mr. Abdelilah BENKIRANE, Head of Government and Mr. Salaheddine MEZOUAR, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Rabat on May Fifth. He also held a telephonic conversation with Ms. BOUAIDA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs in Casablanca on May Fourth.

2. Exchanging the views on bilateral issues, both parties shared the view of the importance of the strengthening of economic ties between two countries, such as the acceleration of the negotiation on bilateral investment treaty.

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Meetings between State Minster for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Yoji Muto and Moroccan Dignitaries

1. During his visit to Morocco to attend at the Fourth Japan-Arab Economic Forum and to have meetings with the Moroccan Government, Mr. Yoji Muto, State Minister for Foreign Affairs had respectivelymeetings with Mr. Abdelilah BENKIRANE, Head of Government and Mr. Salaheddine MEZOUAR, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Rabat on May Fifth. He also held a telephonic conversation with Ms. BOUAIDA, State Minister for Foreign Affairs in Casablanca on May Fourth.

2. Exchanging the views on bilateral issues, both parties shared the view of the importance of the strengthening of economic ties between two countries, such as the acceleration of the negotiation on bilateral investment treaty.

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Uganda receives 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine; 09 May 2016

Uganda has received 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine, worth 643,765 US dollars (over shs 2 billion), for an emergency reactive mass vaccination campaign in Masaka and Rukungiri districts.

Since January 2016, Uganda has been experiencing a yellow fever outbreak in Masaka and Rukungiri districts, with 30 suspected cases and 11 deaths. The last reported yellow fever outbreak in Uganda was in 2010 that affected five districts in the northern part of the country.

The GAVI Alliance is paying for the vaccines after a request from the Government of Uganda was approved through the International Coordination Group on vaccines. The group comprises of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The campaign, scheduled to begin in the second week of May, is targeting a population of 698,850 people, aged six months and above, who will be immunized against yellow fever in the two districts where the outbreak has been confirmed.

“The importance of carrying out a massive vaccination campaign is to interrupt the transmission. With this exercise, the affected population will be able to achieve immunity against yellow fever,” said Ms Aida Girma, UNICEF representative in Uganda.

Currently, the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health and its partners, UNICEF, WHO, MSF and Center for Disease Control (CDC), is supporting social mobilization activities, facilitation of health workers, and capacity building of health teams in the affected districts. Social mobilization activities include engaging local leaders and village health teams to conduct interpersonal and door-to-door communication with communities in small groups. Utilization of the local media using radio messages is also on-going.

The overall coordination of the response is being done by the National Task Force chaired by the Director General of Health Services. Dr Jane Ruth Acheng says the general objective of the response plan is to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality due to the outbreak.

According to WHO, there is no specific treatment for yellow fever. However, WHO recommends that patients should be provided with supportive treatment which includes rehydration therapy for dehydration, analgesics for fever, diazepam for restlessness, and bed nets for preventing the spread of infection.

“Vaccination is the major preventive measure against the disease because it is highly effective,” added Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO country representative in Uganda.

Note to editors:

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a viral infection that is transmitted to humans through a bite from a mosquito carrying the yellow fever virus. It causes fever, yellowing of the eyes, and bleeding from any part of the body. The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice (Nkaka) that affects some patients.

What are the signs and symptoms of yellow fever?

After three to six days of infection with the yellow fever virus, the following signs and symptoms usually appear:

Rapid onset fever
Abdominal pain
Diarrhoea
Vomiting
General body weakness
Yellowing of the eyes
Loss of appetite
Bleeding from any part of the body

Some patients may develop yellow eyes, abdominal pain, bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and stomach. Most patients fight the infection and the signs and symptoms disappear after three to four days. However, those unable to fight the infection worsen (toxic phase) and many of these eventually die within 10 to 14 days.

How is yellow fever spread?

The yellow fever virus is spread by mosquitoes which transmit the virus to humans through a bite, leading to the spread of the disease in communities. The infected mosquitoes that spread the disease usually bite people during the day. They breed in open containers around homes, as well as pools of stagnant water and bushes.

Who is at risk of getting yellow fever?

Anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get the disease. However, it is important to note that some members of the community may be more at risk of catching the disease than others, for example:

Anyone who is not immunized against yellow fever;
People who work or live in forests

How is yellow fever treated?

There is no specific treatment for yellow fever. Health workers can only offer supportive care to treat dehydration and fever. Bacterial infections linked to the diseases can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to seek early treatment when symptoms show.

How can yellow fever be prevented?

Vaccination
Mosquito control

· Personal protection: wear long sleeve shirts or blouses, trousers, long dresses and long skirts

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Uganda receives 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine; 09 May 2016

Uganda has received 714,579 doses of yellow fever vaccine, worth 643,765 US dollars (over shs 2 billion), for an emergency reactive mass vaccination campaign in Masaka and Rukungiri districts.

Since January 2016, Uganda has been experiencing a yellow fever outbreak in Masaka and Rukungiri districts, with 30 suspected cases and 11 deaths. The last reported yellow fever outbreak in Uganda was in 2010 that affected five districts in the northern part of the country.

The GAVI Alliance is paying for the vaccines after a request from the Government of Uganda was approved through the International Coordination Group on vaccines. The group comprises of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The campaign, scheduled to begin in the second week of May, is targeting a population of 698,850 people, aged six months and above, who will be immunized against yellow fever in the two districts where the outbreak has been confirmed.

“The importance of carrying out a massive vaccination campaign is to interrupt the transmission. With this exercise, the affected population will be able to achieve immunity against yellow fever,” said Ms Aida Girma, UNICEF representative in Uganda.

Currently, the Government of Uganda, through the Ministry of Health and its partners, UNICEF, WHO, MSF and Center for Disease Control (CDC), is supporting social mobilization activities, facilitation of health workers, and capacity building of health teams in the affected districts. Social mobilization activities include engaging local leaders and village health teams to conduct interpersonal and door-to-door communication with communities in small groups. Utilization of the local media using radio messages is also on-going.

The overall coordination of the response is being done by the National Task Force chaired by the Director General of Health Services. Dr Jane Ruth Acheng says the general objective of the response plan is to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality due to the outbreak.

According to WHO, there is no specific treatment for yellow fever. However, WHO recommends that patients should be provided with supportive treatment which includes rehydration therapy for dehydration, analgesics for fever, diazepam for restlessness, and bed nets for preventing the spread of infection.

“Vaccination is the major preventive measure against the disease because it is highly effective,” added Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO country representative in Uganda.

Note to editors:

What is yellow fever?

Yellow fever is a viral infection that is transmitted to humans through a bite from a mosquito carrying the yellow fever virus. It causes fever, yellowing of the eyes, and bleeding from any part of the body. The “yellow” in the name refers to the jaundice (Nkaka) that affects some patients.

What are the signs and symptoms of yellow fever?

After three to six days of infection with the yellow fever virus, the following signs and symptoms usually appear:

Rapid onset fever
Abdominal pain
Diarrhoea
Vomiting
General body weakness
Yellowing of the eyes
Loss of appetite
Bleeding from any part of the body

Some patients may develop yellow eyes, abdominal pain, bleeding from the mouth, nose, eyes and stomach. Most patients fight the infection and the signs and symptoms disappear after three to four days. However, those unable to fight the infection worsen (toxic phase) and many of these eventually die within 10 to 14 days.

How is yellow fever spread?

The yellow fever virus is spread by mosquitoes which transmit the virus to humans through a bite, leading to the spread of the disease in communities. The infected mosquitoes that spread the disease usually bite people during the day. They breed in open containers around homes, as well as pools of stagnant water and bushes.

Who is at risk of getting yellow fever?

Anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get the disease. However, it is important to note that some members of the community may be more at risk of catching the disease than others, for example:

Anyone who is not immunized against yellow fever;
People who work or live in forests

How is yellow fever treated?

There is no specific treatment for yellow fever. Health workers can only offer supportive care to treat dehydration and fever. Bacterial infections linked to the diseases can be treated with antibiotics. It is important to seek early treatment when symptoms show.

How can yellow fever be prevented?

Vaccination
Mosquito control

· Personal protection: wear long sleeve shirts or blouses, trousers, long dresses and long skirts

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Egypt: Worsening crackdown on protest, a further setback to human rights – UN experts

Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.

“The worsening crackdown on peaceful protest and dissent in Egypt represents a further setback for an open political environment and a vibrant civil society,” today said the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye; on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

“The use of force against civil society and against the expression of dissenting views on political issues contribute to a deteriorating climate for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights that form the essential components of a democratic society,” they stressed.

The rights experts condemned the authorities’ harsh response to the largest protests in Egypt in the past two years with mass arrests and use of force in a continued clampdown on peaceful protestors, journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders. They also criticised the storming of Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate by security forces on 1 May 2016, a first since its founding 75 years ago.

On 15 and 25 April, protest took place across Egypt and security forces responded with tear gas and use of force to disperse the protestors. Over 380 protestors, journalists and human rights defenders were arrested during the demonstrations. Security forces also stopped pedestrians in Cairo and inspected their social media accounts for ‘anti-Government publications’ and ‘inciting pictures”.

The UN human rights experts reiterated their call on the Egyptian authorities to cease curtailing public freedoms and instead take active steps to encourage the peaceful and legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in the country.

In addition, they voiced particular concern over the use of national security provisions and counterterrorism legislation to target individuals exercising their rights, in particular journalists and human rights activists.

“Security concerns should not be used as a pretext to harass journalists, lawyers and protestors and ban peaceful political opposition, which will undermine not only public debate and fundamental rights, but security and long-term stability,” the experts stressed.

(*) Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity

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Egypt: Worsening crackdown on protest, a further setback to human rights – UN experts

Three United Nations human rights experts today urged the Egyptian Government to put an end to the disproportionate reactions against the exercise of the rights to assembly and expression in the country.

“The worsening crackdown on peaceful protest and dissent in Egypt represents a further setback for an open political environment and a vibrant civil society,” today said the UN Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye; on freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai; and on human rights defenders, Michel Forst.

“The use of force against civil society and against the expression of dissenting views on political issues contribute to a deteriorating climate for the promotion and protection of fundamental rights that form the essential components of a democratic society,” they stressed.

The rights experts condemned the authorities’ harsh response to the largest protests in Egypt in the past two years with mass arrests and use of force in a continued clampdown on peaceful protestors, journalists, lawyers and human rights defenders. They also criticised the storming of Egypt’s Journalists’ Syndicate by security forces on 1 May 2016, a first since its founding 75 years ago.

On 15 and 25 April, protest took place across Egypt and security forces responded with tear gas and use of force to disperse the protestors. Over 380 protestors, journalists and human rights defenders were arrested during the demonstrations. Security forces also stopped pedestrians in Cairo and inspected their social media accounts for ‘anti-Government publications’ and ‘inciting pictures”.

The UN human rights experts reiterated their call on the Egyptian authorities to cease curtailing public freedoms and instead take active steps to encourage the peaceful and legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in the country.

In addition, they voiced particular concern over the use of national security provisions and counterterrorism legislation to target individuals exercising their rights, in particular journalists and human rights activists.

“Security concerns should not be used as a pretext to harass journalists, lawyers and protestors and ban peaceful political opposition, which will undermine not only public debate and fundamental rights, but security and long-term stability,” the experts stressed.

(*) Mr. Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression and Mr. Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures, the largest body of independent experts in the UN Human Rights system, is the general name of the Council’s independent fact-finding and monitoring mechanisms that address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity

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APO Ramps up Multimedia Press Release Distribution in Africa with CDNetworks

CDNetworks (www.CDNetworks.com), the global content delivery network (CDN) with fully integrated Cloud Security solution, has been chosen by APO (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa, to accelerate its press release distribution platform www.Africa-Newsroom.com, and bolster the online visibility of its clients’ multimedia press releases in Africa and the world.

CDNetworks provides journalists, consumers, and target audiences with an optimized experience by making www.Africa-Newsroom.com load three times faster, speeding up access to multimedia press releases.

By using CDNetworks, static content is cached locally, close to the end user, thus reducing distance-induced latency from APO’s local servers. In addition, CDNetworks enables APO to quickly and reliably deliver dynamic content to users around the world. This decreases Time to First Byte (TTFB) – the time it takes from a user to make an HTTP request to the first byte of the page being received by the user’s browser – of www.Africa-Newsroom.com from 133ms to 7ms. At the same time, CDNetworks accelerates the downloading of press releases with multimedia content (videos, photos, documents and audio-files). These rich Africa-related multimedia press releases are now available to all journalists around the globe within a fraction of a second.

Adding multimedia content to a press release results in read rates well above industry standards when compared to a simple text-only news release. APO gives its customers the option to enrich their press releases – free of charge – by adding multimedia content such as photos, videos, audio files, links, and documents. CDNetworks will enable APO to deliver this content efficiently and meet the growing demand for multimedia press release distribution in Africa by consolidating its technological and commercial leadership.

Africa-Newsroom.com is the undisputed source of press releases and multimedia files related to Africa, publishing press releases, videos, photos, documents and audio-files for companies such as Samsung, Facebook, DHL, Visa, MoneyGram, PwC, Hitachi, Ecobank, Novartis, Caterpillar, Orange, and much more (Source list:http://www.APO.af/DJbGqJ).

“Accelerating global websites into emerging markets is one of our specialties. We are very happy that APO has entrusted us to speed up their unique platform for press release distribution and integrated marketing dedicated to Africa globally,” said Alex Nam, Managing Director EMEA at CDNetworks.

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Africa’s internet capacity is growing, however it remains slow when compared to other countries in the developing world. This makes it difficult for internet users to download rich multimedia press releases with high-quality images, video, documents and audio files, unless the content delivery process is supported by a high performance CDN.

CDNetworks’ unique position as the only multinational CDN with expertise and infrastructure in China, Russia and other emerging markets enables CDNetworks to be a trusted partner in local markets, while serving as foremost experts on extending into global markets.

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

Media contact:
Franziska Moser
franziska.moser@cdnetworks.com

About CDNetworks

CDNetworks (http://www.CDNetworks.com) is a global content delivery network (CDN) with fully integrated Cloud Security DDoS protection and web application firewall. Our mission is to transform the Internet into a secure, reliable, scalable, and high-performing Application Delivery Network. CDNetworks accelerates more than 40,000 websites and cloud services over a network of 160+ global PoPs in established and emerging markets including China and Russia. We have been serving enterprise customers for 15 years across industries such as gaming, finance, ecommerce, high tech, manufacturing, and media. CDNetworks offices are located in the U.S., UK, South Korea, China, Japan, and Singapore.

For more information, please visit http://www.CDNetworks.com.

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APO Ramps up Multimedia Press Release Distribution in Africa with CDNetworks

CDNetworks (www.CDNetworks.com), the global content delivery network (CDN) with fully integrated Cloud Security solution, has been chosen by APO (http://www.APO-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa, to accelerate its press release distribution platform www.Africa-Newsroom.com, and bolster the online visibility of its clients’ multimedia press releases in Africa and the world.

CDNetworks provides journalists, consumers, and target audiences with an optimized experience by making www.Africa-Newsroom.com load three times faster, speeding up access to multimedia press releases.

By using CDNetworks, static content is cached locally, close to the end user, thus reducing distance-induced latency from APO’s local servers. In addition, CDNetworks enables APO to quickly and reliably deliver dynamic content to users around the world. This decreases Time to First Byte (TTFB) – the time it takes from a user to make an HTTP request to the first byte of the page being received by the user’s browser – of www.Africa-Newsroom.com from 133ms to 7ms. At the same time, CDNetworks accelerates the downloading of press releases with multimedia content (videos, photos, documents and audio-files). These rich Africa-related multimedia press releases are now available to all journalists around the globe within a fraction of a second.

Adding multimedia content to a press release results in read rates well above industry standards when compared to a simple text-only news release. APO gives its customers the option to enrich their press releases – free of charge – by adding multimedia content such as photos, videos, audio files, links, and documents. CDNetworks will enable APO to deliver this content efficiently and meet the growing demand for multimedia press release distribution in Africa by consolidating its technological and commercial leadership.

Africa-Newsroom.com is the undisputed source of press releases and multimedia files related to Africa, publishing press releases, videos, photos, documents and audio-files for companies such as Samsung, Facebook, DHL, Visa, MoneyGram, PwC, Hitachi, Ecobank, Novartis, Caterpillar, Orange, and much more (Source list:http://www.APO.af/DJbGqJ).

“Accelerating global websites into emerging markets is one of our specialties. We are very happy that APO has entrusted us to speed up their unique platform for press release distribution and integrated marketing dedicated to Africa globally,” said Alex Nam, Managing Director EMEA at CDNetworks.

According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Africa’s internet capacity is growing, however it remains slow when compared to other countries in the developing world. This makes it difficult for internet users to download rich multimedia press releases with high-quality images, video, documents and audio files, unless the content delivery process is supported by a high performance CDN.

CDNetworks’ unique position as the only multinational CDN with expertise and infrastructure in China, Russia and other emerging markets enables CDNetworks to be a trusted partner in local markets, while serving as foremost experts on extending into global markets.

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

Media contact:
Franziska Moser
franziska.moser@cdnetworks.com

About CDNetworks

CDNetworks (http://www.CDNetworks.com) is a global content delivery network (CDN) with fully integrated Cloud Security DDoS protection and web application firewall. Our mission is to transform the Internet into a secure, reliable, scalable, and high-performing Application Delivery Network. CDNetworks accelerates more than 40,000 websites and cloud services over a network of 160+ global PoPs in established and emerging markets including China and Russia. We have been serving enterprise customers for 15 years across industries such as gaming, finance, ecommerce, high tech, manufacturing, and media. CDNetworks offices are located in the U.S., UK, South Korea, China, Japan, and Singapore.

For more information, please visit http://www.CDNetworks.com.

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Comoros : Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

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The Secretary-General is following closely political developments in Comoros in the wake of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court ordering a partial re-run of the elections for President and for Governor of Anjouan. The new polls are scheduled for 11 May 2016.
The Secretary-General reiterates his commitment to supporting the efforts of the Comorian authorities to create a climate of confidence, conducive to peaceful, inclusive and credible elections. The United Nations will work together with the African Union in this regard.
The Secretary-General urges the Government and all the actors involved in the electoral process to respect the legislation and the established rules, in conformity with the protocole d’accord of 15 March 2016.

 

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The Union of the Comoros is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore.(Wikipedia)

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Kenya: Reckless closure of world’s biggest refugee camp will put lives at risk

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The Kenyan government’s decision to close down two large refugee camps, including the world’s biggest at Dadaab, is likely to put thousands of innocent lives at risk, said Amnesty International today.

“This reckless decision by the Kenyan government is an abdication of its duty to protect the vulnerable and will put thousands of lives at risk,” said Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes.

“It could lead to the involuntary return of thousands of refugees to Somalia and other countries of origin, where their lives may still be in danger. This would be in violation of Kenya’s obligations under international law.”

In a statement, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said the decision to close Dadaab and Kakuma camps was due to “immense security challenges such as the threat of Al-Shabaab.”

He said Kenya had hosted more than 600,000 refugees for over a quarter of a century and had shouldered a “very heavy economic, security and environmental burden.”

He also asked for the support of the international community to expedite the process.

“While it is true that resettlement to third countries has been slow, Kenya should itself consider permanent solutions towards the full integration of refugees, some of whose stay in Kenya is now over generations,” said Muthoni Wanyeki. “Forced return to situations of persecution or conflict is not an option.”

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