International Criminal Court (ICC) President concludes official visit to Nigeria

The President of the International Criminal Court, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, has concluded an official visit to Nigeria, where he met with the senior leadership of the country to discuss ways to strengthen the international criminal justice system aimed at suppressing impunity for the gravest crimes.

During his stay in Abuja from 10 to 13 April, President Eboe-Osuji met with H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice-President and acting President of Nigeria as well as H.E. Senator Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, H.E. Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives and H.E. Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate, together with some of their colleagues in the senior leadership in the National Assembly. He also held meetings with H.E. Geoffrey Onyema, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, and Mr. Dayo Apata, Solicitor-General of the Federation.

The ICC President expressed gratitude for Nigeria’s strong commitment to the Court, which was reaffirmed by the senior authorities during the meetings held. President Eboe-Osuji underlined that the active support of States is crucial in re-energising the mission of the ICC, of which Nigeria is a founding and important member. He recalled that victims are at the heart of the Court’s mandate, which aims to provide justice to those who have suffered the worst atrocities, as well as protect populations from future crimes.

President Eboe-Osuji further emphasised that the Court is keen to work together with states in Africa to bolster the fight against impunity for the gravest international crimes, and he hoped to count on Nigeria’s support in taking that process forward.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Japan gives US$3 million to keep Somalia’s drought affected children healthy, in school and protected

The Government of Japan is providing generous funding to UNICEF to support children with proper sanitation facilities in schools, keep them in education and provide abused women and children with support services, UNICEF said today. The US$3 million grant will, over the course of the next year, help some of the communities worst affected by the prolonged drought in central and southern regions of Somalia.

Somalia is still facing an ongoing malnutrition and displacement crisis, with 2.8 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance due to failure of successive rainy seasons. The coping mechanisms of the population have been weakened and the threat of famine could rapidly reappear without continued support from key donors such as Japan.

The drought has meant widespread use of contaminated water, which in turn has led to disease outbreaks including Acute Watery Diarrhoea/cholera that affected tens of thousands in 2017 and is on the rise again this year.

Part of the Japanese funding will provide 10,000 children in 50 schools with a package of services. The school latrines will be rehabilitated or constructed, safe drinking water provided and hygiene education undertaken. Japan’s funding will be also used to establish temporary spaces or rehabilitate classrooms in the 50 schools, targeting areas with high IDP influx. Emergency cash grants will fund lunches and snacks at the schools, so that families have an incentive to keep children in school, while children who are out of school will be encouraged to join.

Japan is also the largest donor to UNICEF’s gender-based violence programme in Somalia. The new funding will be used to monitor grave child rights violations, as well as provide support to 1,250 survivors of abuse, and to children who were previously involved with armed groups.

“This emergency education package, generously funded by Japan, promotes schools as places for the most vulnerable children to receive life-saving and life-sustaining services,” said UNICEF Somalia Representative Steven Lauwerier. “We also need to keep providing child protection services to the most marginalized children. UNICEF is the largest provider of emergency child protection and Gender Based Violence services in Somalia. It is thanks to donors such as Japan we can continue and scale up this crucial work.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of UNICEF Somalia.

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South Sudan: Visit of the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Bintou Keita

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Bintou Keita, is visiting South Sudan this week and will hold a press conference in Juba on Thursday.

Date: Thursday 19 April 2018
Venue: Juba Conference room –Tomping
Time: 3-4pm

Journalists are very welcome to attend and are kindly asked to come with a valid press card/ID no later than 2.45pm.

The press conference will be carried live on Radio Miraya and can be accessed on the TuneIn app as well as directly from the UNMISS website: https://UNMISS.UNMISSIONS.org/audio

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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South Africa: Commodity and Corporate Conference on 23-24 April 2018

Agri SA will be hosting a Commodity and Corporate Conference on 23-24 April 2018:

On Monday the main focus will be on transformation. H.E. the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Councilor Solly Msimanga will deliver the keynote address. We are excited to launch Agri SA’s transformation report, sharing commodity insights in this regard and strides agriculture is making.

Tuesday’s focus will be agricultural trade. Speakers on the day will be amongst others Renee Marais of Rabobank and Chris Klopper on blockchain technology and traceability.

Come join us at the Maslow Times Square, Pretoria

23-24 April 2018

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Agri SA.

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