West African Development Bank (BOAD) Selects APO for Newswire Distribution of its Press Releases in Africa

DAKAR, Sénégal, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release newswire in Africa and a global leader in media relations relating to Africa, today announced that it has been selected by the West African Development Bank (BOAD) to be the bank’s exclusive supplier of press release wire distribution and monitoring services in Africa.

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) is the development financing institution of the West African Economic Monetary Union (WEAMU) and operates in eight West African member states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Mali and Guinea-Bissau.

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BOAD’s press releases will be distributed via Africa Wire

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, IN TWENTIETH GENOCIDE COMMEMORATION MESSAGE, HAILS RWANDA PEOPLE’S CAPACITY FOR RECONCILIATION AFTER ‘MONUMENTAL TRAGEDY’

NEW YORK, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the twentieth commemoration of the Rwanda genocide, to be observed on 7 April:

This year marks 20 years since the genocide in Rwanda. Around the world people are coming together to “Remember, Unite, Renew”.

We will always remember the more than 800,000 innocent people so brutally murdered as we pay tribute to the bravery and resilience of the survivors. We draw inspiration from the ability of the Rwandan people to unite and show that reconciliation is possible even after a monumental tragedy. And we pay tribute to their determination to renew their country and pave the way to a secure and prosperous future.

I am honoured to be invited to take part in the commemoration and will be in Rwanda to mark this solemn moment with the people of the country. I will encourage the people and Government of Rwanda to continue promoting the inclusive spirit needed for healing and reconciliation, and to deepen respect for human rights. This will set the country firmly on course for a peaceful future and benefit the wider Great Lakes region, which continues to cope with the impact of the genocide.

Together, let us commit to remember, unite and renew for the people of Rwanda and for our actions to prevent genocide around the world.

Source: APO

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23rd ORDINARY SESSION OF THE AFRICAN COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS ON THE RIGHTS AND WELFARE OF THE CHILD 07 – 16 April, 2014, African Union Conference Centre

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 2, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) would like to inform the media and the general public, that its 23rd Ordinary Session will take place from 07 – 16 April, 2014, at the African Union Commission New Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Examination of State Party and Civil society complementary reports on the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) will be at the heart of this Session. Reporting under the African children Charter is crucial to the Committee of Experts as it enable the effective monitoring of the implementation of the Charter, and the Committee of Experts can then issue recommendations to State Parties on legislative and other measures to be adopted for the full realization of children rights and welfare in Africa. Moreover, reporting under the Charter is mandatory for State parties. Communications received against State Parties as well as investigation requests will also be considered by the Committee during this Session. In addition, a Day of General Discussion will be held on 11 April, 2014 will specifically address the issue of child marriage.

Interpretation of the provisions of the Charter being one of its mandate, a General Comment on article 6 (Name and Nationality) of the ACRWC will be adopted and State parties as well as other relevant stakeholders are called upon to assist in its operationalization on the ground. The right to birth registration is provided for under Article 6 (2) of the African Children’s Charter. Despite its heading, Article 6 recognizes three interlinked rights namely the right to a name (Art 6 (1)), the right to birth registration (Art 6 (2)) and the right to a nationality (Art 6 (3)). This General Comment will give the meaning and scope of these rights and explain the corresponding obligations of the States parties to the Charter for their implementation. The development of a General Comment in collaboration with the African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACmHPR) will equally be discussed during this Session. This synergizing of work between ACERWC and other AU Organs with Human Rights mandate, has been recently furthered by a collaboration meeting with the AU Peace and Security.

The ACERWC was established in virtue of article 32 of the ACRWC with a mandate to promote and protect the rights enshrined in the Charter. The African Children’s Charter was adopted by the Head of States of the former Organization of African Unity (OAU), on July 1st, 1990, and came into force on November 29, 1999.

Media are invited to attend this event.

Source: APO

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ViiV Healthcare announces new initiatives to improve access to dolutegravir: licence to the Medicines Patent Pool

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ —

• Timely collaborations underscore ViiV Healthcare’s commitment to increase access to life-saving HIV medicines for children and adults in the developing world

• Agreement with MPP supports access in developing world countries where 99% of children and 93.4% of adults with HIV live

ViiV Healthcare (http://www.viivhealthcare.com) today announced new collaborations with the goal of increasing access to its HIV medicine, dolutegravir (marketed under the name Tivicay

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EU military operation in the Central African Republic launched

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, April 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Council today launched an EU military operation to contribute to a secure environment in the Central African Republic, as authorised by the UN Security Council in resolution 2134 (2014).

EUFOR RCA is to provide temporary support in achieving a safe and secure environment in the Bangui area, with a view to handing over to a UN peacekeeping operation or to African partners. The force will thereby contribute both to international efforts to protect the populations most at risk and to the creation of the conditions for providing humanitarian aid. EUFOR RCA will operate in Bangui and in the capital’s airport.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton, said: “The launch of this operation demonstrates the EU’s determination to take full part in international efforts to restore stability and security in Bangui and right across the Central African Republic. It forms a key part of our comprehensive approach to solving the huge challenges faced by the Central African Republic. I’d like to thank all the Member States and non-EU countries which are working together to make this operation a success. It is vital that there is a return to public order as soon as possible, so that the political transition process can be put back on track.”

Source: APO

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