South Sudan: Troika Statement

The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses serious concern about President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s 2 October announcement that he plans to replace South Sudan’s 10 states with 28 new states. This announcement directly contradicts the Government of South Sudan’s commitment to implement the peace agreement it signed on August 26. One of the primary tasks of the soon to be formed Transitional Government of National Unity is to initiate and oversee a process to complete a permanent constitution that will address such fundamental issues as the structure of the state.

We recognise that the people of South Sudan have long been interested in the issues of federalism and decentralisation. However, we strongly urge President Kiir to defer action on this fundamental matter until the Transitional Government of National Unity is formed and a national constitutional dialogue can take place.

We strongly condemn the current resumption of fighting in Unity State. This underscores the urgent need for all South Sudanese stakeholders and members of IGAD Plus to move forward with the full and timely implementation of the peace agreement, especially the prompt establishment of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and mandated security arrangements. We also call on the Opposition to resolve outstanding security-related issues and for both parties to allow full and unfettered humanitarian access.

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Security Council consultations on Mali

Briefing by Mr. Mongi Hamdi
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali
6 October 2015

Monsieur le Président,

C’est un honneur pour moi de m’adresser au Conseil de sécurité pour présenter le dernier rapport du Secrétaire général sur la situation au Mali.

Aujourd’hui je voudrais vous donner un aperçu sur l’évolution de la situation politique, sécuritaire et humanitaire ainsi qu’un résumé des actions et efforts en cours en vue de mettre en œuvre l’Accord pour la paix et la réconciliation au Mali.

Monsieur le Président,

La signature de l’Accord par la Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad, CMA, dont j’avais rendu compte lors de mon dernier briefing, a marqué le début de la phase de mise en œuvre de l’accord de paix. Immédiatement après le 20 Juin, l’Algérie, en tant que Chef de file de la Médiation internationale, a officiellement lancé le Comité de Suivi de l’Accord ou CSA. Depuis lors, le CSA a tenu cinq séances et a établi ses règles de procédure. Lors de sa troisième réunion, le CSA a mis en place ses quatre sous-comités. À sa quatrième session, le Gouvernement malien a présenté un plan d’action pour la mise en œuvre de l’Accord de paix, comportant un plan d’urgence pour la période intérimaire.

A cet égard, la MINUSMA est en train d’élaborer un plan de reconfiguration en ligne avec le mandat confié par le Conseil destiné à soutenir la mise en œuvre de l’accord de paix. En outre, cette structure établie dans le cadre des ressources existantes, fournira un appui technique, administratif et logistique au CSA et à ses sous-comités. Ces efforts seront menés en étroite coordination et en synergie avec toutes les composantes de la Mission et du système des Nations unies.

Monsieur le Président,

Lors de mon dernier briefing, je notais que le chemin vers la paix et la mise en œuvre de l’accord serait jonché d’obstacles. En effet, il l’est. Les difficultés rencontrées ont été plus importantes et ont surgies plus tôt que prévu.

Le calendrier de mise en œuvre a subi de graves revers pendant les trois mois suivants le parachèvement de la signature de l’accord de paix du 20 juin. Ceux-ci ont été principalement provoqués par de fréquentes violations du cessez-le-feu, dans un contexte caractérisé par les actions des groupes terroristes et des activités liés au trafic transnational illicite.

Les violations du cessez-le-feu ont limité les progrès dans la mise en œuvre de l’accord. Du temps précieux a été perdu, comme évoqué lors de la réunion ministérielle du premier octobre sur le processus de paix malien, tenue en marge de l’Assemblée générale.

La prise de contrôle de la Plateforme d’Anefis le 17 août a constitué une violation de l’accord de paix et conduit la CMA à suspendre sa participation au sein du Comité de suivi. Tout progrès sur des questions cruciales, notamment relatives au cantonnement a été arrêté.

Alors que la Plateforme était présente dans Anefis, la CMA a étendu sa présence dans des zones de la région de Tombouctou, également en violation de l’accord. Après le retrait de la Plateforme d’Anefis à mi-septembre, ses forces ont pris des positions plus au nord. Ces mouvements ont accru les tensions avec la CMA et abouti à des affrontements dans les environs de In Khalil.

Mr. President,

Throughout this period, MINUSMA directed political and military efforts to overcome these challenges. First, military resources were directed to the protection of civilians in Kidal and Anefis. Second, an enhanced effort was undertaken to survey the movement of armed groups. Third, and most importantly, to address the violations of the ceasefire, which often lead to serious human rights and international humanitarian law violations, I used my good offices to persuade the parties to abide by their commitments and avoid an escalation of tensions.

It bears particular mention that, on 28 August, President Keïta called for the Plateforme’s withdrawal from Anefis without conditions. His determined efforts, added to those of MINUSMA and the rest of the international community, succeeded in persuading the Plateforme to eventually withdraw.

The return of the CMA to Anefis on 18 September was not coordinated in the context of the Comité Technique de Sécurité, CTS, as sought by the international Mediation. CMA’s return to Anefis, although justified according to the provisions of the disengagement plan, raised tensions unnecessarily at a time during which the paramount goal was to ensure that the parties returned to “the logic of the peace agreement”.

When confrontation broke out near In Khalil not far from the Algerian border at the beginning of September, MINUSMA was deeply concerned that this could lead to the end of the peace process. In response, I called the leadership of CMA and Plateforme and met with them separately to address the situation. On 23 September, I facilitated a joint meeting in Bamako of the Plateforme and CMA leadership to break the political stalemate. This involved MINUSMA bringing together for the first time the top military leadership of both movements.

At that meeting, the parties agreed on the following. First, to cease hostilities, including provocative troop deployments. Second, the in-principle return to their initial positions prior to the 20 June signature of the peace agreement. Third, a return to the peace process, including participation in the Comité de Suivi and its subsidiary bodies. Fourth, agreement on the circulation of people without arms. Lastly, there was a general agreement to continue dialogue among the communities and resolve problems peacefully.

I am pleased to report that the ceasefire and the terms of these agreements are now holding. The CMA and the Plateforme have continued discussions and participated in a joint visit, with Government Ministers to Anefis on 27 and 28 September.

Mr. President,

The difficulties of these last two months show the importance of determined international engagement to prevent escalation and bring the peace process back on track. They also show the urgency of making decided progress in the work of the institutions established by the peace agreement. The international community, with MINUSMA playing a key role, must remain engaged in political efforts to defuse tensions.

There is a particularly urgent need to advance in the cantonment process, and this is in fact happening now. Reconnaissance missions are ongoing of cantonment sites proposed by the Plateforme. As soon as the CMA turns in their proposed sites, similar reconnaissance missions will take place.

Over the past few months, criminals—along with opportunistic elements—have been resorting to looting and banditry. This fosters insecurity and fear among the population, while reducing faith in the peace process. In some cases, there have been calls for the formation of self-defence groups—a move that could create added security challenges further down the line.

The priority at present is to rebuild trust among the Malian parties and to promote national reconciliation and fight impunity. To this end, MINUSMA is supporting a Conference d’entente nationale that will be organized by the Government of Mali.

Redress for victims of human rights and humanitarian law violations is key today to the consolidation of peace and national reconciliation. Those responsible for serious human rights and international humanitarian law violations must be held accountable.

I welcome the commitment of the Malian Government to establish transitional justice mechanisms and call for a more transparent and inclusive process that places victims at the centre of discussions.

To contribute to a more secure environment, MINUSMA is seeking to deploy longer range Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. It is also hoping to free up troops previously dedicated to the protection of supply lines through the deployment of a Combat Convoy Battalion. These moves would help the Mission to expand its presence in key areas of the north and to take timely dissuasive action within the framework of its mandate.

I also appeal to troop and police contributing countries to provide elements with appropriate equipment to allow MINUSMA to reach its mandated Force and Police levels. In order to ensure gender mainstreaming within the Mission, troop and police contributing countries are encouraged to include women in the contingents.

The deployment of Military Observers (MILOBS), most of which are expected to be operational by the middle of this month, will help in the task of observing and reporting on ceasefire violations. In light of recent experience, such reports could form the basis of discussions on implementing sanctions against spoilers of the peace agreement.

Mr. President,

I would like to stress the importance of statements coming from the Council on its support for MINUSMA and its role in the implementation of the peace process. I welcome the conclusions of the aforementioned Ministerial Consultative Meeting on the Malian Peace Process, which took note of the Security Council’s readiness to consider targeted sanctions against those obstructing or threatening the implementation of the agreement.

There is a strong need to ensure the delivery of peace dividends, especially to the population of conflict-affected areas. MINUSMA has been seeking to provide improved water access, supporting expanded electricity supply, ensuring the return to school for children whose education has been thwarted by the conflict, and encouraging the voluntary return of internally displaced persons or refugees to their communities of origin. There I am pleased to note the efforts of the Government in coordination with MINUSMA to help children from Gao and Timbuktu to return to school.

In addition, it is imperative to involve civil society closely in this phase of implementation, including women, youth, and traditional leaders, ensuring broad ownership of the Peace Agreement. MINUSMA is strongly committed to raising awareness and disseminating the Peace Agreement, in partnership with civil society.

While we regret the delays in the implementation of some provisions of the agreement, it is important to stress that the concerted action of MINUSMA, the Government of Mali and the international Mediation was successful in bringing the parties back to the logic of the peace agreement.

I also took note of the recent decision of the Malian authorities to postpone local elections. The postponement offers an opportunity to bring the electoral calendar in line with the terms outlined in the peace agreement.

In closing, Mr. President, I should say that the process is back on track. Nonetheless vigilance will be necessary. It my strong conviction that promoting the implementation of the agreement, through close support to the authorities, the CSA and its subsidiary bodies, provides the best opportunity for Mali to address its multiple challenges.

I thank you, Mr. President.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

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Equatorial Guinea invests $31.5 million in agricultural development

The Government of Equatorial Guinea and FAO signed today a $31.5 million partnership agreement to promote agricultural development in Equatorial Guinea, over the next seven years.

The new Partnership Programme, funded by Equatorial Guinea, will focus on the priorities contained in the country’s National Plan for Food Security. These include increased production, diversification of food and management of natural resources; marketing, processing, conservation and rural finance; and strengthening human and institutional capacities.

The Programme also foresees the possibility of supporting South-South Cooperation activities in other African countries.

The agreement was signed by Equatorial Guinea’s Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Francisco Mba Olo Bahamonde and the FAO Representative, Olman Serrano.
It also provides for the establishment of a new FAO Partnership and Liaison Office that will be responsible for the overall Programme coordination.

Equatorial Guinea was the first country to contribute to the establishment of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund in June 2013, supporting its fellow countries through the implementation of projects in more than 32 countries in the region. Today’s $31.5 million brings Equatorial Guinea’s overall contribution to the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund to over $60 million dollars.

The vision of President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo demonstrates a true and tireless political commitment to eradicate hunger at national and regional level”, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in a video message broadcast at today’s signing ceremony.

For his part Mba Olo Bahamonde said: “The partnership agreement we signed today opens new a horizon of opportunities in rural areas by promoting family agriculture and through the introduction of innovative practices to increase productivity”.

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African Union discusses with stakeholders on Finalization of the Guideline on HIV interventions in AU Peace Support Operations

A three- day workshop on HIV interventions in AU Peace Support Operations (PSOs) kicks off today 6th October 2015, at Desalegn Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Organized by the AU Medical
Services Directorate (AUMSD) and the Peace and Security Directorate of the African Union Commission, (AUC), the workshop is aiming to get all stakeholders in a meeting to enable the AUC to
finalize the draft Guideline and develop an action plan for its implementation.

In his welcoming remarks, highlighting the importance of the subject of the workshop, H.E Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security noted that the continent
continues to face challenges with persistence of conflict and since it is factual that HIV pandemic is also exacerbated by conditions of instability, it is very important to equip
peacekeepers to deal with these kind of challenges. “Developing the capacity for our peacekeepers is necessary for them to become advocates and actors for awareness and prevention of HIV
transmission by encouraging relevant training, pre-deployment orientation, voluntary and confidential testing, treatment of personnel and exchange of best practices and countries policies.
This document, Guideline on HIV Interventions In African Union Peace Support Operations, once finalized, will go a long way to strengthen our capacity in dealing with the pandemic with
respect to the operationalization of African Standby Force and its Rapid Deployment Capability. . I am pleased that you are reviewing this document on the eve of AMANI II Africa Field
Training Exercise, and I do hope that this aspect will be incorporated into the exercise.” He Said.

The Commissioner went on to express his confidence in the participants in the finalization of this document and urged them to build on the work already done by the Commission to enrich and
Incorporate some of the plan of actions adopted by the Heads of State and Government in their efforts to fights against HIV/AIDS such as the Abuja Plan of Actions towards the elimination of
HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa.” I am convinced that the diverse set of skills and experiences represented here will result in the finalization of the guidelines with concrete
recommendations for implementation and provide further inputs and impetus to the attainment of our common objective to enhance peace as well as human security in Africa “He concluded.

In the same vein, Dr. Yankuba Kassama, AU Medical Services Director, recognized the impacts of the spread of the HIV/AID. Worth noting is that the pandemic is more profound in conditions
of violence and instability as is the case in conflict and post-conflict situations. He emphasized that response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic within the workplace is crucial if further progress
is to be made in the fight against HIV. “Although AU Peace Support (PS) Missions are AU workplaces, there are obvious peculiarities that justify the effort put into the preparation of this
guideline. The fight against HIV and AIDS has not been won. Until we achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS related deaths, this fight will continue.” He
underscored. The director further pointed out that the implementation plan should include key programmes and activities that will empower African Union PS personnel to protect themselves,
their families and the host community within which they work, especially the most vulnerable (women and children). “

The workshop will discuss, among others, policies and practices from the Troop(TCCs) and Police contributing countries(PCCs), AMISOM, mainstreaming HIV in peace-keeping operations (the
international perspectives), existing programmatic frameworks: the Health Manual for PSOs, the AU HIV/AIDS workplace policy and the Abuja Declaration.

The Workshop was attended by directors and officials of Medical Services from AU Troop and Police contributing countries, AUC, African Union Mission in Somalia(AMISOM) UN Office to AU,
United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Directors of Medical Services of TCCs(Burundi, Uganda, Ethiopia Djibouti and Kenya), PCC’s(Nigeria, and Uganda) and Somalia,
RECs/RMs, Attaches of the AU, TCCs and PCCs UNAIDS.

At the end of the three- day deliberations, the Workshop is expected to result in Adoption of the Finalized Draft Guideline and Draft Implementation Plan.

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Turkey, Syria, Libya and Kunduz hospital bombing top debates with Mogherini

MEPs will discuss plans for a national unity government in Libya on Tuesday afternoon with Commissioner Stylianides, standing for Federica Mogherini. On Wednesday morning, speakers of political groups will also debate the 3 October air strikes on Kunduz hospital in Afghanistan. The House will then discuss how EU can contribute to efforts to end the war in Syria, and the tense situation in Turkey ahead of the general election in November, amidst the ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean.

The debate on Tuesday is set to start after 16.30, while the Wednesday debate starts at 8.30.

You can watch the plenary debates via EP Live and EbS+.

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Ghana becomes the 50th member of the OECD Development Centre

Ghana’s entry today into the OECD Development Centre marks a significant stride in support of the country’s inclusive growth and development strategy. It also deepens the Centre’s global representativeness and institutional cooperation with pan-African arenas as it welcomes its 9th African member country.

The second largest economy in West Africa, Ghana has experienced solid growth over the last three decades. Its strong productive base and dynamic population are key assets in the wake of reforms aimed at tackling the challenges of macroeconomic stability, energy supply and economic diversification. Growth prospects remain positive, with a gross domestic product projected to increase by 3.9% in 2015, according to the latest African Economic Outlook.

Ghana joins 49 OECD and non-OECD countries that are already members of the OECD Development Centre. The Centre helps decision makers find policy solutions to stimulate growth and improve living conditions in developing and emerging economies.

Ghana’s accession to the OECD Development Centre was endorsed today during a special session of the Governing Board in the presence of the President of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, in the framework of the OECD Development Week 2015 at the Organisation’s headquarters.

“In applying to join the Centre, and as we go through today’s ceremony, as President, my satisfaction is the opportunity the Centre offers to share experiences with member states and seek solutions to common problems towards the promotion of growth and development. The benefits and opportunities available to our lower middle-income country as a member of the Development Centre are obvious.”, stated President Mahama. He added: “And when it comes to medium and long-term strategy, the Multidimensional Country Reviews (MDCR) on the model of several countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan or Peru will help the work of the National Development Planning Commission.”

“Ghana’s strong democratic tradition, its development experience, its poverty reduction track-record as well as its leadership at the sub-regional level will enrich significantly our debates and work on development for the implementation of Sustainable Development Objectives,” stated Pierre Duquesne, the Chair of the OECD Development Centre Governing Board and Ambassador of France to the OECD.

Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre, strongly welcomed Ghana’s entry as “a valuable opportunity for mutually beneficial knowledge-sharing.” He added that “Ghana’s participation in the Centre’s activities will advance our strong ongoing engagement and partnerships with Africa”.

The Development Centre provides analytical and comparative policy expertise, with tools such as Multidimensional Country Reviews and dialogue platforms – at the global, national and regional levels – to support the development of better policies in Ghana.

Areas of cooperation include Ghana’s participation in the OECD Development Centre’s lead initiatives: the Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in Developing Countries as Countries of Destination project conducted with the International Labour Organisation, the policy dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development, the policy dialogue on Global Value Chains, Production Transformation and Development along with related activities on industrial polices and taxation improvement with Ghana’s participation in the Revenue Statistics in Africa initiative as well as in the OECD Tax and Development Programme. The Initiative aims at improving data availability for better tax administration and domestic resource mobilisation.

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News Feed FYI: Building for All Connectivity

People are coming online at a staggering rate in emerging markets and, in most cases, are doing so on mobile via 2G connections. In order to make sure another billion people can connect using Facebook we need to design features of the product that work seamlessly regardless of mobile network and device. What this means for those of us on the News Feed team is making sure people can load and scroll through News Feed on any connection speed. We’ve worked on a few updates recently to improve the experience so it works seamlessly and quickly for people in all parts of the world.

Taking connection speed into account

There are many factors we take into account in News Feed to make sure you’re seeing the most relevant stories for you – even the type of device you’re on or the speed of your mobile network or wifi connection. Taking this into account helps us determine what kinds of stories to show you in News Feed. For example, if you are on a slower internet connection that won’t load videos, News Feed will show you fewer videos and more status updates and links.

In order to simplify the way we distinguish between different types of networks, we developed an open-sourced Network Connection Class (http://www.apo.af/EBSaaf), which is a way for us to determine how fast your connection is. With recent updates, we can now start retrieving more stories and photos while you are reading News Feed on slower connections to make sure stories are always available as you keep scrolling. So if you are reading a post from your friend about their weekend, but doing so on a slower connection, we will load more stories while you’re reading so they are ready for you when you’re done reading that post.

Prioritizing which stories to load

If you are on a poor internet connection and your News Feed is loading slowly, we will first download the story you’re currently looking at, rather than download a series of News Feed stories. For example, if you are looking at a photo your friend posted or a photo from a Page you’ve liked, that isn’t fully downloaded, we prioritize that photo over loading a story below it that you aren’t currently looking at, so you can see the most important photos you’re viewing as quickly as possible.

We’re also investing in the best image formats for photo loading. We recently moved to a Progressive JPEG photo format which allows us to start showing lower-quality versions of photos while they’re still downloading, so you can see some of the photo instead of nothing. This lowers the amount of data required to send photos to be loaded, and speeds up the wait time for photos. We made this change (http://www.apo.af/LoR6QY) for iOS at the beginning of the year and now use the same technology on both iOS and Android.

Showing you stories when on particularly poor connections

Sometimes we are unable to load any new News Feed stories if a connection is particularly congested or poor quality. People have told us that when they visit News Feed they’d rather see stories that may have loaded on a previous visit than not see any stories at all. So now when you leave News Feed and then come back again on a bad connection, we will display previously downloaded stories. You can scroll down and see stories from your previous visit to News Feed until you are able to connect again to a mobile network. For example, if you were to open News Feed on an airplane you’d still be able to read stories you scrolled past previously, when you did have a connection, instead of just waiting for anything to load.

Even though we load stories from previous visits to News Feed, we don’t re-retrieve these stories that you have already seen, so we aren’t wasting more data. However, if something about the story has changed — for example if the number of comments and likes has changed or if the post was deleted — we will make updates when you see the story again.

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Cameroon: UK Visa Application Centre Temporarily Closed

The British High Commission announces to general public in Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon that due to unforeseen circumstances, the UK Visa Application Centre at the British High Commission in Yaoundé will be closed this week until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our customers. This closure is temporary and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. We hope to reinstate appointments from Monday 12 October 2015.

Please continue to monitor this website page for updates. Customers in Cameroon who had a confirmed appointment to lodge an application in Yaoundé this week, or who are required to collect their documents from the British High Commission, will be contacted directly by UKVI officials.

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Cameroon: UK Visa Application Centre Temporarily Closed

The British High Commission announces to general public in Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon that due to unforeseen circumstances, the UK Visa Application Centre at the British High Commission in Yaoundé will be closed this week until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our customers. This closure is temporary and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) is working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. We hope to reinstate appointments from Monday 12 October 2015.

Please continue to monitor this website page for updates. Customers in Cameroon who had a confirmed appointment to lodge an application in Yaoundé this week, or who are required to collect their documents from the British High Commission, will be contacted directly by UKVI officials.

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Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) suspends medical activities in Leer, South Sudan, following repeated lootings.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) compound in Leer, Unity State, South Sudan, was looted twice at gunpoint on October 2nd and 3rd. As a result, MSF suspended medical activities and remove its
team from Leer, depriving the population in Leer and Mayendit Counties of urgently needed assistance. This is the third time MSF has been forced to suspend medical activities in Leer since
conflict began in South Sudan in December 2013.

“MSF strongly condemns these armed robberies of its personnel and facilities,” says MSF Emergency Manager Tara Newell. “MSF’s medical activities have been vital to vulnerable populations
suffering from malaria, malnutrition and other illnesses. Following these unacceptable incidents, there is no more access to life-saving medical care in Leer.”

Last Friday, amid renewed clashes, well-organized armed men entered MSF compound and stole medical supplies, vehicles, technical equipment and personal belongings while threatening MSF
staff. The following day, MSF facilities and personnel were looted a second time by the same group, forcing MSF to suspend its medical activities. No MSF staff was injured during the
incidents and medical team was able to provide treatment to five war-wounded patients before the evacuation.

Humanitarian assistance in southern Unity State has been severely limited since last May, when an upsurge in fighting and violence against civilians displaced hundreds of thousands of
people from their homes and forced humanitarian actors to leave. In July, MSF was the first medical organization able to resume activities in Leer and northern Mayendit counties with a
small team.

MSF remains committed to independently providing urgent medical assistance in Leer but cannot continue its operations until the appropriate authorities address such incidents. All warring
parties must be reminded that international humanitarian laws protect medical facilities and staff.

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Department of State public schedule October 6, 2015

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS LINDA THOMAS-GREENFIELD

12:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield delivers remarks at the Global Business Forum, in Washington, D.C.

(MEDIA DETERMINED BY HOST)

3:00 p.m. Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield meets with Mauritanian Ambassador to the U.S. Sooroojdev Phokeer, at the Department of State.

(CLOSED PRESS COVERAGE)

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One million of Tanzania’s poorest households to be supported

One million of Tanzania’s poorest households will be supported through a Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the Government of Tanzania and the UK Department for International Development. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Dr Servacius Likwelile signed on behalf of the Government of Tanzania and Mr. Vel Gnanendran the Head of DFID Tanzania, signed on behalf of the UK Government. The funding will flow through the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) program implemented by the Tanzania Social Action Fund.

This event is a result of many years of partnership between the UK and Tanzania in the design and early implementation of the PSSN, culminating in today’s agreement underlying the UK commitment to support Tanzania to reduce poverty. A total of £109 million (approximately 367.5 billion Tanzanian Shillings) will be provided over the next 5 years.

The program will support over 1 million of the poorest households in Tanzania, which represents approximately 5 million people who are extremely poor or vulnerable to falling into extreme poverty. The program provides basic income security, guarantees a minimum 60 days of paid labour per year and promotes education and healthcare amongst children to break the cycle of poverty.

In addition to household level benefits, the program is supporting communities to increase their resilience to future shocks through climate smart infrastructure development including coastal protection, forest conservation, road maintenance and irrigation.

PSSN is operational on both the mainland and Zanzibar, providing nationwide social protection coverage to the most poor and vulnerable. It is a key contribution to achieving the Tanzania Development Vision 2025, supporting inclusive economic development and ensuring that no one is left behind

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