African Union Commission pledges continued partnership with WFP

The African Union Commission has reiterated its commitment to working with the World Food Programme (WFP) in enhancing the livelihoods of the African citizenry.

Speaking at the 2017 opening session of the Annual WFP Executive Board meeting, AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Josefa Sacko, representing the AUC Chairperson, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, lauded the WFP for its continued support to hundreds of millions of Africa’s vulnerable populations over the past decades, through various initiatives like supplying food aid, school feeding programmes and promoting smallholder farmers through incentive creation strategies, among others.

Commissioner Sacko also recognized the WFP’s role in advancing the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the agenda for transforming Africa’s agriculture for achieving food and nutrition security to realize sustained economic growth, through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and the 2014 Malabo Declaration on Agriculture. She further highlighted the major initiatives that the Commission has embarked on including the commitment to ending hunger by 2025, and the efforts in peace and security on the continent as well as empowering Africa’s youth in line with the AU 2017 theme of ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend.

“In 2014, our Heads of State and Government made the bold declaration for ending hunger and poverty by 2025, we have since developed frameworks for guiding implementation of programmes and investment plans at the country level and also developed and launched a Post-Malabo Business and Operational Plan that includes nine strategic areas which are directly linked with the goal of ending hunger and malnutrition in Africa,” Commissioner Sacko said. “We recognize that the new WFP Strategic Plan is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals and our 2030 Action Plan of the Africa Agenda 2063. We will make efforts to advocate that our Member States make joint plans for implementing short to long term humanitarian and sustainable developmental activities, which are aimed at hunger eradication, building resilience to climate change and other humanitarian disasters.”

Prior to the WFP Executive Board Meeting, Commissioner Sacko met with the new Executive Director of WFP, Mr. David Beasley. She also met and briefed the Group of African Ambassadors in Italy and Permanent Representatives to the Rome-based UN Agencies, about the AUC’s current initiatives and in particular the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture’s initiatives in food security and climate change mitigation.

Distributed by APO on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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UN Secretary-General’s Spokesman on Somalia

The Secretary-General condemns the attack that took place last night into this morning against civilians breaking the fast in Mogadishu. He expresses his full solidarity with the people of Somalia and extends sincere condolences to the friends and families of the deceased.

The Secretary-General commends the response of Somalia’s security forces for their response. The United Nations will not be deterred from continuing to support the people and Government of Somalia as they continue working together for peace and stability in the country.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Making a Tangible Difference: Government and Donors Reinforce Stabilization Facility for Libya

The 5th Board Meeting of the Stabilisation Facility for Libya (SFL) was held at the Corinthia Hotel, in Tripoli on the 14th of June. The Board, co-chaired on behalf of the GNA by Minister of Planning designate, Dr Taher Jehaimi and on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme, by Ms Maria Ribeiro, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General and UNDP Representative for Libya, reviewed progress and future opportunities for the SFL. The SFL, managed by UNDP, supports Government action to provide tangible assistance to cities affected by the crisis. It aims to make a difference to ordinary people’s lives throughout Libya by improving services, especially in health, education and basic infrastructure.

In his opening remarks, H.E. Dr Taher Jehaimi, Minister of Planning, welcomed the international partners to this meeting, the first time the Board met in Tripoli. He referred to the tangible results of the fund, ‘I was delighted to open the refurbished lecture theatre in Kikla University a couple of weeks ago, and to celebrate the achievements of students there. So I am pleased to announce a financial contribution by the Government to the Facility, and I warmly welcome additional contributions by new and existing partners.’

The Board agreed to assess possibilities of expansion to Tripoli, Bani Walid, Kufra and Derna, depending on security conditions and availability of funds.
“The SFL allows Libya’s international partners to support the Government in working with Municipalities to deliver the services Libyans need”, said Maria Ribeiro, DSRSG and co-Chair of the Board. “We in UNDP are delighted to be involved with Libyan authorities in providing this important support.”

So far the fund has mobilised over US$32 million and is supported by 12 donors and is supporting projects in Kikla, Ubari, Benghazi, Sirte and Sebha. New pledges are expected in coming weeks. Partners in the Facility are currently looking at additional contributions. Current donors include Canada, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and USA.

‘The SFL is a key initiative to support the Government of National Accord in its leadership for Libya’, said Ambassador Christian Buck of Germany. Germany is currently the largest donor to the facility with a total of US$11 million.

Other Board members also spoke of the importance of the SFL at the Press Conference following the Board meeting.

The EU Ambassador for Libya, Bettina Muscheidt said that the international community supports Libyan efforts to end conflict through a political solution. ‘But Libya’s people cannot wait. amilies across the country are in dire need of services. They want a return of normality. This is where the Stabilization Facility for Libya can make a difference in helping the Libyan Government to improve lives and alleviate the suffering in areas most affected by the conflict across the regions of Libya.’

Mr Tsuneki Matsuda, Chargé d’Affaires for Japan, attending his first Board meeting, said “Japan is pleased to become part of this initiative. We look forward to continuing with further contributions, which we hope will be even larger”. The Korean Ambassador, Mr Kim Young-chae, also confirmed his country’s intention to further support the Facility.

British Ambassador Peter Millett added, ‘This first meeting of the SFL Board in Tripoli is an important signal of confidence in the Libyan Government’s efforts to bring peace and security. We have supported the Stabilisation Facility for Libya from the start and we are proud to be a major donor.’

Through this Facility, the GNA has delivered tangible benefits to Libyan people: ambulances for emergency units, garbage trucks to Municipalities, solar panels to hospitals. It is helping the Libyan Government to improve the lives of Libyans in all part of the country: West, East and South.

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

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Scottish Development International Trade Mission to visit Ghana

The Scottish Oil & Gas trade mission will be visiting Ghana from the 19th -23rd of June 2017. This visit provides an opportunity for Scottish businesses to access the local market conditions, and to look to potential local partners interested in enhancing their own offer by linking up with Scottish companies.

Leading the trade mission to Ghana is Andrew Monaghan, Scottish International Trade Advisor for West Africa at Scottish Development International – Scotland, UK.

Commenting, Andrew Monaghan said:

I am delighted to be bringing such a large trade delegation from Scotland, all of whom are interested in helping to develop and build the Ghanaian oil and gas industry for the benefit of its citizens. Sub sectors represented include education and training; subsea engineering; winches; electrical product distribution; well construction and engineering services; and remote communications systems. Awareness of the need to address local content and local participation issues is high and will also be discussed during roundtables.

The Scottish Oil & Gas industry has faced challenges since the drop in oil prices, however, it has responded impressively through a combination of innovation, lowered costs and by engaging with new markets in West Africa. With the cost in the North Sea now averaging $15 per barrel, Scotland holds the position of the most competitive Oil & Gas industries in the world, it is our hope to share our success here in Ghana and across West Africa.

Currently Ghana benefits from Scottish-based companies operating in Ghana, there is scope to develop partnerships and for the transfer of the technologies, educational capabilities and skills that have been built up over the 50 years of operating in the North Sea.

Scotland is a true Global Hub for Oil and Gas and associated education and training. The Oil and Gas cluster makes a huge contribution to the Scottish economy with Scotland having creative and innovative companies operating in over 100 countries worldwide.

For companies or individuals interested in finding out more about the composition of the delegation please get in touch with:
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