Canada’s Statement on South Sudan Peace Process

OTTAWA, Canada, January 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, today issued the following statement:

“With over a million people displaced internally, and another 400,000 having taken refuge in other countries, the humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains dire. Notwithstanding repeated commitments by both sides to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement, there are continuing reports of clashes between government and opposition troops in Unity and Upper Nile states.

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“Canada is deeply concerned by this tragic situation and the apparent lack of commitment by the principal parties to the peace process mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development [IGAD].

“While the recent Arusha Agreement addresses some important issues, we urge both sides to seize the opportunities offered by the meetings of IGAD and the African Union [AU] Peace and Security Council this week on the margins of the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and to genuinely work toward the formation of a government of national unity.

“To be sustainable, a settlement must take into account the findings of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan. Without accountability and justice, peace will not be sustainable and reconciliation will remain elusive.

“The people of South Sudan have suffered too much already and are counting on their leaders to guide them toward the better future they deserve.”

Source:: Canada’s Statement on South Sudan Peace Process

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UN Secretary-General on the escalation of conflict in Darfur

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the escalation of conflict in Darfur

 

 

NEW YORK, January 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Darfur following reports of an escalation of hostilities between the Government of Sudan and the Darfur armed movements in Central Darfur and the resulting displacement of civilians. The UN has confirmed that at least 36,000 civilians have been displaced in Darfur due to these hostilities.

He condemns the reported aerial bombardment and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur State on 27 January.

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The Secretary-General urges the Government and the armed movements to exercise maximum restraint, without delay, and fully assume their responsibility to prevent further displacements and suffering of civilian populations and resume dialogue to reach a political settlement to the Darfur conflict.

The Secretary-General also calls on the parties to the conflict to fully cooperate with UNAMID and the humanitarian partners in their efforts to protect and provide assistance to the civilian population of Darfur.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the escalation of conflict in Darfur

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UN Secretary-General on Mali

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali

 

 

NEW YORK, January 29, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General deplores the incidents that took place on 27 January during a demonstration in front of the MINUSMA base in Gao town in the north of Mali. He is saddened by the violence that surrounded the demonstration and the reported death of at least 3 protesters and the injury of several others. The Secretary-General has decided to launch an inquiry to determine the facts surrounding this tragic incident. The United Nations will collaborate with the Government of Mali and all parties on the ground in this effort.

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The Secretary-General presents his sincere condolences to the families of those who have died, and wishes a prompt recovery to those injured.

 

The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ commitment to supporting the stabilization of Mali. He remains deeply concerned over the continued fighting in many parts of the country. The Secretary-General reminds all parties of the need to respect their ceasefire commitments to enable the urgent resumption of peace talks in Algiers.

Source:: Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali

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Call for applications: Cartier seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs for the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

GENEVA, Switzerland, January 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Cartier Women’s Initiative Award (http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com) is a business plan competition aimed at supporting creative, financially sustainable and responsible women-led companies, in all countries and industries.

 

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is looking for committed female entrepreneurs heading initiatives with the potential to grow significantly in the years to come. To apply for the 2015 edition, fill out the application form on https://application-form.cartierwomensinitiative.com/

 

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Influential and enterprising women have always inspired the creativity of Cartier.

 

Joining forces with the Women’s Forum, INSEAD and McKinsey & Company, Cartier created in 2006 the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an annual international business plan competition to accompany and guide initiatives by women entrepreneurs.

 

The Awards will be given this year to six Laureates one by geographical region, who will receive a year of coaching, US$ 20,000 in funding, valuable networking opportunities as well as media exposure. The six world regions are Latin America, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East & North Africa, and Asia-Pacific.

 

Applications will be accepted until February 27, 2015 at 10am Paris time (CET).

 

Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a short business plan using the online application form.

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

The business project to be considered for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards must be:

 

• An original for-profit business creation,

• In the start-up phase: between one and three years of operation,

• The main leadership position must be filled by a woman.

 

The competition is open to women from any country, nationality and industry.

 

The Mission

 

The mission of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards is threefold:

• To identify and support women entrepreneurs in the start-up phase through funding and coaching,

• To foster the spirit of enterprise by celebrating role models in entrepreneurship,

• To create an international network of women entrepreneurs and encourage sharing of experience and peer support.

 

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Download the full list of questions online: http://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/sites/default/files/uploads/pdf/Application-form-questions-2015.pdf

 

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Source:: Call for applications: Cartier seeks Exceptional Entrepreneurs for the 2015 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

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Reported Release on Bail of Six Journalists in Eritrea

WASHINGTON, January 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement

Jen Psaki

Department Spokesperson

Washington, DC

January 27, 2015

 

The United States welcomes reports of six journalists released on bail in Eritrea. We note with deep concern that the government continues to detain other journalists, reportedly as many as 17. We encourage the government to take immediate steps to release these additional detainees, all persons detained on the basis of their religious beliefs, members of the G-15, and all other political prisoners. The United States continues to urge that the Government of the State of Eritrea take comprehensive steps to respect human rights and avail its citizens of their fundamental freedoms.

Source:: Reported Release on Bail of Six Journalists in Eritrea

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Baird Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Libya

OTTAWA, Canada, January 28, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is outraged at today’s terrorist attack on the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, which left several people killed and others injured.

“This cowardly and reprehensible attack illustrates the readiness of extremists to capitalize on the instability in Libya and their firm opposition to a peaceful, secure and prosperous Libya.

“As UN-led talks continue this week in Geneva, Switzerland, Canada urges all parties to come together, to reject terrorism and to commit to dialogue and reconciliation.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my condolences to the families and friends of those killed in this attack and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”

Source:: Baird Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Libya

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