Launch of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for Libya

Representatives of the press are cordially invited to cover the launch of the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).

The HRP prioritizes the most urgent humanitarian needs in Libya and sets out a framework for all humanitarian partners, working closely with Libyan authorities, to reach 940,000 vulnerable people. The comprehensive response plan addresses the needs of the internally displaced, returnees, vulnerable non-displaced Libyans, migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in urgent need of health care, protection, food, drinking water, sanitation services, shelter, education and other basic services.

Libya continues to experience shortages in fuel, electricity and medical supplies and the provision of health care and public services continue to decline, thus exacerbating the humanitarian situation over the past year.

WHERE: Corinthia Hotel Tripoli

WHEN: Thursday 25 January 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

WHO: UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Maria Ribeiro will officially launch the 2018 Libya Humanitarian Response Plan on behalf of the humanitarian community and in partnership with the Libyan authorities.

The launch will take place in the presence of H.E. Fayez al-Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, and Dr. Ghassan Salame, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

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Foreign Secretary statement on Benghazi bombing

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

“The United Kingdom strongly condemns the horrific bombings in Benghazi yesterday evening, which killed at least 34 people and injured over 40 others including women and children.”

“Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the people of Benghazi at this time.”

“Direct or indiscriminate attacks against civilians are prohibited under international humanitarian law and constitute war crimes. The United Kingdom will continue our efforts with our international partners to pursue action against those who are complicit in such horrific attacks.”

“Security in Benghazi is key to Libya’s overall stability, and we urge all Libyans to reject violence. The latest attack underscores the urgent need to break the political deadlock and bring peace to Libya. It is vital for all parties to engage in good faith with UN-led political process.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Somalia: Minister of Post and Telecom calls for independent, effective Communications Authority

The Minister for Post and Telecom, H. E. Eng Abdi Ashur Hassan, told that the number-one priority for the Ministry at this time is to establish a credible and effective regulatory authority that is operationally independent for carrying out its mandate and strong enough to regulate the sector.

He was speaking at a three-day workshop held for operators, consultancy firms and Implementation Task Team that will provide technical assistance to the establishment of Somalia’s first-ever ICT regulatory body, the National Communications Authority (NCA).

When the Communications Law was signed by the President in October 2017, the Ministry asked the World Bank for a technical support to the establishment of NCA by way of providing expertise to the Ministry on best ways to establish NCA.

“You have an exceptional opportunity to create a new institution not restricted by organizational challenges in our existing institutions. You will be responsible for the success or the failure of this institution so I would urge you to do your utmost as individuals and as a team to ensure the establishment of a credible and effective institution,” said the minister.

The Minister urged the team to keep their role in mind as we embark on this important journey of creating a new institution. “We want the regulatory authority to become an exemplary organization that other institution to emulate and benchmark,” he added.

Finally, the Minister thanked the World Bank for facilitating the technical support to the establishment of the NCA.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Ministry of Posts, Telecom and Technology of Somalia.

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South Africa: Parliament to Host a Dialogue on its Revised Rules in Johannesburg

Parliament will hold a dialogue to engage and empower key stakeholders, the media and the public on the institution’s revised and updated rules. Parliament, as society’s platform for law making, executive oversight and citizen participation, has prioritized the engagement of the media, opinion makers, commentators on governance and civil society organizations to enhance the awareness and understanding of Parliament’s rules.

This year’s dialogue in Johannesburg, which is a sequel to the ones held in Parliament last year, will be addressed by the Secretaries to the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces and will give a clear perspective of the Rules of both houses of Parliament including the Joint Rules. Reviews of the rules of Parliament are periodically undertaken to ensure the decorum of the institution, and respond to challenges and gaps identified as the parliamentary democratic system of the country continues to grow and mature.

Parliament invites key stakeholders to send a representative to be part of this important dialogue.

Details of the Dialogue are as Follows:
DATE: Monday, 29 January 2018
TIME: 10.00 – 13.00
VENUE: Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

Members of the Media and Political Commentators who wish to be part of the dialogue must RSVP to Mlindi Mpindi on mmpindi@parliament.gov.za or by calling 021 403 2340 or 081 716 7329 before 16.00 on Friday 26 January 2018 .

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