Security Council Press Statement on Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

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The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on 1 June 2016 perpetrated by Al-Shabaab on the Ambassador Hotel, Mogadishu which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Somalia. The members of the Security Council wished a speedy recovery to those injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice. The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for these killings should be held accountable, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council further stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of Al-Shabaab, and any other terrorist group in Somalia.

The members of the Security Council paid tribute to all Somali and international actors working to bring peace and stability in Somalia. The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to support the peace and reconciliation process in Somalia. They underlined that neither this nor any other terrorist attack would weaken that determination.

2 June 2016

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American Delegation Visits Liliesleaf Farm to Honor Leaders of the Anti-Apartheid Struggle: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s Visit to South Africa

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U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Patrick Gaspard led a delegation of American leaders — including Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and members of Congress Sen. Christopher Coons (D-DE), Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX), Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) – for a visit to Liliesleaf Farm for a discussion with CEO Nicholas Wolpe and distinguished anti-Apartheid struggle leaders. Among them were former President Motlanthe, former Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu, Women’s March leader Sophie de Bruyn, and anti-Apartheid activists Andrew Mlangeni, Mosie Moolla, Elinor Sisulu, and Mavuso Msimang. Representatives from the Kennedy family, RFK Human Rights, and the Faith & Justice Institute also joined the discussion.

Ambassador Gaspard said, “Liliesleaf is a place of remembrance and memorialization. It is a place where we strive to remember the past as accurately and fully as possible, but where we also memorialize those parts that should guide our present and our future. It is an honor to welcome Kerry Kennedy back to South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of her father, Robert F. Kennedy’s, visit to South Africa in 1966. Her visit, and that of a large delegation of Members of Congress, gives us an opportunity to honor the history our two countries have shared, and strengthen and enrich the partnership we have built.”

50th anniversary commemorative events have taken place this week across South Africa, including a panel presentation hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand entitled “Ripples of Hope: Robert F. Kennedy’s Historic 1966 Visit to South Africa – Its Significance Then and Now, a visit to the Luthuli Museum in Groutville (where Robert Kennedy met with banned ANC leader Albert Luthuli), and a public screening of the documentary “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope.” On June 4, Kerry Kennedy will deliver a keynote address at the University of Cape Town, site of her father’s famous speech about individuals rising against injustice and oppression. For more information about this 50thanniversary commemoration, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter at USEmbassySA and #Ripples2016.

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MSF Scientific Day Africa 2016, 9 June 2016

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Dear Media Colleagues

We cordially invite you to join us for MSF Scientific Day Africa 2016 to be held on Thursday 9th June 2016 at the University of Witswatersrand Medical campus, Johannesburg.

The full day event will be free of charge, with refreshments provided.

First launched in London in 2004, MSF Scientific Days represent peer-reviewed research from MSF’s medical operations around the world to an audience of medical practitioners, researchers, academics, partners and government representatives.

Last year’s MSF Scientific Days in the UK, TracyIndia and Zimbabwe attracted hundreds of attendees, with the UK event watched live online in 115 countries. Our vision is to be a ‘conference without borders’ that shares evidence of MSF experience in striving to improve the effectiveness of medical humanitarian aid.

We aim to propose new and innovative strategies for providing quality medical care for the people affected by armed conflict, healthcare exclusion, as well as natural and man made disasters.

What to expect?
Previous MSF Scientific Days have featured sessions on sexual and reproductive health, innovation, neglected tropical diseases, poverty, migration, related diseases including HIV/TB.

Posters, slides and videos from previous MSF Scientific Days in the UK can be viewed here.

Our selection process
All abstracts presented at MSF Scientific Days are submitted according to strict guidelines.
Selection is made by an editorial team drawn across MSF and partner orgnisations, including London Shcool of Tropical Hygiene & Medicine (LSHTM), Imperial College,London, The Lancet and PLOS.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Médecins sans frontières (MSF).

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FCO Press Release: Foreign Secretary arrives in Somalia on security visit

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Philip Hammond visits as British troops deploy to support UN security effort.

Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, visited Somalia on 2 June as part of a three day security visit to East Africa.

The UK is the only EU country to maintain an Embassy in Somalia and has taken a lead in coordinating international support for the fledgling Somali government. The UK is providing around £200m of support toward a secure Somalia, including delivery of security sector reform augmented by the deployment of up to 70 extra UK military personnel to the UN’s Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), which provides crucial support to AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia).

The Foreign Secretary also expressed his sympathies for the families of those who lost their lives in yesterday’s Al Shabaab attack. The fatalities included two Somali MPs with dual British citizenship.

Following meetings with the Somali President and Prime Minister in Mogadishu, the Foreign Secretary said:

“A secure and stable Somalia is the UK’s top priority in East Africa and is in our own national security interests. Britain is providing security support to Somalia and to the African Union to tackle Al Shabaab, a terrorist organisation that cannot be allowed to take hold.

“This week’s Al Shabaab attack is yet another reminder of the importance of the work we are doing to support Somalia and to increase security across the region.”

“Britain is increasing its support to the UN peace operations, with around 70 British military personnel deploying to Somalia.

“I was encouraged to hear from Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on the progress that has been made towards a more inclusive electoral process for August 2016. This will be a key step towards one-person, one-vote elections in 2020 and agreement of an overall Federal settlement, which is also crucial to Somalia’s future stability.”

The Foreign Secretary arrived in Mogadishu having spent the previous day in Addis Ababa in discussions with the Ethiopian government and the African Union. He encouraged the Ethiopian government to maintain its commitment to the Somali Federal Government to help them cement the gains made so far.

Speaking about his visit to Addis Ababa, the Foreign Secretary said:

“In Addis Ababa I encouraged the Ethiopian government to maintain its commitment to Somalia. This is crucial for regional stability and to end the cycle of insecurity and under-development. The whole region must work together to combat the scourge of Al Shabaab and the religious extremism that has such a damaging effect on the lives of ordinary people.

“Britain will continue to work with Ethiopia to protect our national security interests and to help Ethiopia manage refugees in the country, and prevent their onward migration.”

The visit will conclude in Nairobi on 3 June.

Notes to editors:

Following his Gulf visit, the Foreign Secretary visited Addis Ababa on 1 June 2016, Mogadishu on 2 June 2016 and will be in Nairobi on 3 June 2016.

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Capital SME launch

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On Wednesday 1st June 2016, the British High Commission launched Capital SME, an initiative aimed at growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and boosting capital market activity in Ghana. The primary objective of the project is to encourage more small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to list on the Ghana Alternative Market (GAX). Capital SME is centred around a website which acts as a central hub for the project. The purpose of the website is to provide an information sharing platform to ensure SMEs can be fully informed about the options they have for accessing finance, and to build a networking community of businesses, financial professionals, and public sector actors in a cross-sector effort for stimulating capital market growth in Ghana. Further stages of the project include increased engagement with government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) and financial institutions to support capital market development; and hosting informative conferences and related networking events. Capital SME’s current target is to support a minimum of five SMEs to list on the GAX within one year of implementation.

The refreshingly ambitious project was launched at Alisa Hotel and the guest list brought together small business owners from a range of sectors as well as representatives from the financial and professional community and government officials. The event was opened by remarks from H.E. Mr. Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana; Mrs. Magdalene Apenteng, Director of the Financial Sector Division at the Ministry of Finance; and Dr. Adu Anane Antwi, Director General of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Tanya Williams, Head of Prosperity at the British High Commission, presented the project and inaugurated the website. Attendees then participating in an engaging discussion on “SMEs, capital markets, and accessing finance” exchanging opinions with panellists: Mr. Ekow Afedzie, GSE Deputy Managing Director and Mr. Armah Akotey, Head of Brokerage at Databank, along with two GAX listed SMEs, Mrs. Leticia Osafo-Addo, Founder and Managing Director of Samba Foods and Mrs. Angela Leibel, Deputy Managing Director at Bayport Financial Services. The discussion was moderated by Bernard Avle of CitiFM.

Capital SME was developed in partnership with InvestCorps, Databank Financial Services, and Barclays, with the endorsement of a number of partnering stakeholders from both the public and private sector notably including GSE, SEC, MoF, and Techno Serve who run the ENGINE programme for SMEs.

The launch was a success and the initiative holds great promise.

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The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre

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The Government of Japan has been providing funds to locally based non-profit organizations through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) since 1989.

The Ground Breaking Ceremony of “The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre” was held in Kapseret Division, Eldoret District, Uasin Gishu County on 31st May, 2016.

With the objective of improving learning environment to gain knowledge and skills for Women’s empowerment, the project received a grant amount of USD 119,490 (approx. Kshs 11.8 Million) which was used for the construction, furnishing and equipping of Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre which also includes child care section.

During the Grand Breaking Ceremony, Mr. Mikio Mori, Charge d’ Affairs ad interim of Japanese Embassy in the Republic of Kenya, congratulated Joyful Women Organization for initiating the project and encouraged the community to work together in order to successfully complete the project.

Mr. Mori said this project demonstrates the strong ties of friendship between Japan and Kenya, adding that Kenya is the largest recipient of Japan’s ODA in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also introduced other ODA projects for Women’s empowerment among them the ‘Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment Project’ and the fertilizer plant by Toyota-Tsusho located in the Eldoret airport vicinity.

He informed the audience that the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) would be held in Kenya in August. Not only would this TICAD have historical significance, it would also further strengthen the ties between Japan and Kenya.

Information of the Ceremony

Project :

The Project for the Construction of JOYWO Women Economic Empowerment Training Centre

Grantee:

Joyful Women Organization

Grant Amount:

US$119,490  (approx. Kshs 11.8 Million)

Event:

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Date:

31st May 2016

Time:

12:00 pm-14:00 pm

Venue:

Project Site : Kapseret, Eldoret-Kapsabet road, Kapseret Division,

Eldoret District , Uasin Gishu County

Joyful Women Organization Training Centre

(opposite to Eldoret International Airport)

Key Personalities:

H.E. Mrs. Rael RUTO

H.E. Mr. Daniel CHEMNO- Deputy Governor of Uasin Gishu County

Mr. Mikio MORI – Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of Japanese Embassy

in the Republic of Kenya

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Nigeria Launches $1 Billion Ogoniland Clean-up and Restoration Programme

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Nigerian Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, today set in motion a $1 billion clean-up and restoration programme of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta, announcing that financial and legislative frameworks had been put in place to begin implementing recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Speaking at an event in Port Harcourt attended by thousands, including international football star Joseph Yobo and Miss Nigeria Pamela Lessi, the Vice President said the Nigerian government was now delivering on what was one of President Buhari’s key election promises.

UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner travelled to Port Harcourt to join Vice President Osinbajo and other dignitaries for the launch ceremony.

The implementation will be based on recommendations from a 2011 UNEP report, commissioned by the Nigerian government, on the impact of oil extraction in Ogoniland. The report found severe and widespread contamination of soil and ground water across Ogoniland. In a number of locations public health was severely threatened by contaminated drinking water and carcinogens. Delta ecosystems such as mangroves had been utterly devastated. The report also found that institutional control measures in place both in the oil industry and the Government were not implemented adequately. The report proposed the establishment of a Restoration Authority with an explicit mandate to clean up Ogoniland and restore the ecosystems. The report also recommended the establishment of an Ogoniland Environmental Restoration Fund with an initial capitalization of 1 billion dollars to cover the clean-up costs.

Mr. Steiner said, “The people of Ogoniland have paid a high price for the success of Nigeria’s oil industry, enduring a toxic and polluted environment for decades. Today marks a historic step toward improving the situation of the Ogoni people, who have paid this high price for too long. A clean-up and restoration effort like this cannot happen overnight, but I am hopeful that the cooperation between the Government of Nigeria, oil companies and communities will result in an environmental restoration that benefits both ecosystems and the Ogoni people of the Niger Delta. UNEP has provided the scientific basis for this work, and will continue to offer its technical expertise as needed to help ensure a positive result for all involved.”

Requested by the Federal Government of Nigeria, UNEP’s Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland was released in August 2011. It examined over the course of two years the environmental impact of oil industry operations in the area since the late 1950s. It found that oil contamination in Ogoniland is extensive and is having a grave impact on the environment, with pollution penetrating further and deeper than previously thought.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, who will be stepping down from his position this month, was joined by Erik Solheim, UNEP’s incoming Executive Director. Since January 2013, Mr Solheim has been UNEP’s Special Envoy to Ogoniland, supporting negotiations between the Ogoni people, the Nigerian Government and oil companies. His role as UNEP’s future Executive Director will ensure UNEP’s continuity in supporting the programme.

“The task to clean up Ogoniland will neither be easy nor fast, but it needs to be done,” Mr. Solheim said. “If we succeed here, it will demonstrate that degraded environments can be restored, sending a signal to many other communities around the world that peaceful co-operation can lead to positive outcomes.”

The clean-up is vital for the future of the region. It will help create new livelihoods, establish old livelihoods and change the lives of a million people. It will also establish a new model for working towards sustainable development, even in the most challenging of environments.

The environmental restoration of Ogoniland is likely to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long-term oil clean up exercise ever undertaken. Experts suggest that it may take up to 25 years until ecosystems are fully restored.

NOTES TO EDITORS

UNEP’s Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland is available online at: www.unep.org/nigeria. Further information, including site-specific fact sheets about 67 of the contaminated sites studied, is also available at this website.

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FAO calls countries in the Near East and North Africa to adhere to a groundbreaking agreement to combat illegal fishing

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The Near East and North Africa Regional Office of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called countries in the region to adhere to a new international agreement to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing (IUU).

FAO Regional Office call echoes one of the main recommendations of the 33rd Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC33), which was attended by representatives from 25 member nations from the region. The Regional conference noted the importance of fisheries, aquaculture and fishing-related activities and the sustainable benefits derived from the oceans, seas, coastal areas and inland water bodies, with a focus on marine fisheries to alleviate the pressure on other food production systems and with minimal use of fresh water resources.

The conference welcomed the efforts and actions undertaken by countries, FAO and partners on fisheries and aquaculture as the foundation for blue growth opportunities, and endorsed the application of the Blue Growth Initiative in the Region and its components, including ecosystem services, economic growth, environmental benefits and social development.

The conference urged countries to safeguard the interests of small-scale and traditional fishing communities in the face of multinational illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) and called on member countries to sign the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) Agreement.

IUU fishing is about to become much more difficult once the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO, enters into force on June 5th 2016.

In May 2016, FAO announced that 29 member countries and the European Union had formally deposited their instruments of adherence, and the count down to the entry into force of the PSMA was underway. On 5 June 2016 it will become the world’s first legally binding international accord specifically targeting IUU fishing.

With two countries from the region presenting their adherence documents to FAO Director-General, namely Oman and Sudan, the region has still a lot to do in order to make illegal fishing difficult to those who will visit its ports.

Collectively, the 29 countries and the European Union, which signed as a single party, have formally committed themselves through their instruments of adhesion account for more than 62 percent of worldwide fish imports and 49 percent of fish exports, which were $133 billion and $139 billion respectively, in 2013.

IUU fishing is responsible for annual catches of up to 26 million tons, with a value of up to $23 billion. It also undermines efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and responsible fish stock management around the world.

“While we praise Oman and Sudan who have already ratified this unique agreement, we know that all countries of our region would benefit from it, especially those with a long history of fishing and fish trading,” said FAO Assistant Director-General and NENA Regional Representative, Abdessalam Ould Ahmed.

“As this is a legally binding agreement, it is one that countries will need to take seriously and therefore the level of commitment needed to ensure implementation will need to be significant. At FAO, we stand ready to guide our member countries in this region to meet those commitments.” Ould Ahmed added.

Ould Ahmed warned that “when illegal fishing will be banned at the abiding ports, fishermen will migrate to non-adhering countries, destabilizing their marine ecosystems and depleting their fish stock.”

The new treaty on Port States measures requires that parties designate specific ports for use by foreign vessels, making control easier. Those ships must request permission to enter ports ahead of time, and provide local authorities with information, including on the fish they have on board, and allowing inspection of their log book, licences, fishing gear and actual cargo, among other things.

Importantly, the agreement calls on countries to deny entry or inspect vessels that have been involved in IUU fishing, and to take necessary action. To support this, the agreement also includes the obligation for parties to share information regionally and globally, regarding any vessels discovered to be involved in IUU fishing.

Preventing unscrupulous fishers from landing their ill-gotten hauls makes it much harder for such catches to enter national and international markets. Compared to most monitoring, control and surveillance schemes, port state measures act as highly effective deterrents to IUU fishing activities.

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Ongoing conflicts and droughts exacerbate food needs

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Drought linked to El Niño and civil conflict have pushed the number of countries currently in need of external food assistance up to 37 from 34 in March, according to a new FAO report.

The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, adds Papua New Guinea, Haiti and Nigeria to the list of countries requiring outside help to feed their own populations or communities of refugees they are hosting.

In Haiti, output of cereals and starchy roots in 2015 dropped to its lowest level in 12 years. Around 3.6 million people, more than one-third of the population, are food insecure, almost half of them “severely”, while at least 200 000 are in an extreme food emergency situation, according to the report.

Haiti’s woes are largely due to El Niño, which has also exacerbated the worst drought in decades in Central America’s dry corridor.

In Southern Africa, El Niño impacts have significantly worsened food security and the 2016 cereal harvest currently underway is expected to drop by 26 percent from the already reduced level of the previous year, triggering a “substantial rise” in maize prices and import requirements in the coming marketing year.

Prolonged drought in Papua New Guinea last year has been followed by heavy rains and localized flooding in early 2016, affecting around 2.7 million people. Cereal output in the country’s Highland region is expected to suffer a severe shortfall, while the harvest in neighboring Timor-Leste is expected to be reduced for the second year in a row.

While El Niño is now over, the World Meteorological Organization forecasts a 65 percent chance it will be followed by a La Niña episode, which typically triggers the opposite precipitation patterns — potentially a boon for parched land but also posing the risk of flooding.

Conflicts are taking an increasing toll

Civil conflicts and their displacement of populations have worsened the food security situation in 12 of the 28 countries on the watch list.

About 13.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, with caseloads increasing. This year’ s harvest is forecast to drop by around 9 percent, due to irregular rainfall in parts of the country, combined with a lack of agricultural inputs and damage to farm infrastructure, according to FAO.

The new report adds Nigeria, home to Africa’s largest economy and population, to the list of countries needing external help, due to large-scale internal displacement of people stemming from ongoing conflict in northern districts, which also led to increased number of refugees and food insecurity in neighboring Cameroun, Chad and Niger. About 3.4 million people, mostly in the states of Borno and Yobe, are estimated to be in need of food assistance.

In Yemen, where over14.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure – half of them severely so – there is a high risk that desert locust swarms will increase in hard-to-reach interior regions from early June onwards.

Global cereal output on the rise

FAO raised its forecast for global cereal production in 2016 to 2 539 million tonnes, up 17.3 million tonnes from its previous May projection and up 0.6 percent from last year’s harvest.
Aggregate cereal production in Low-Income Food-Deficit Countries (LIFDCs) is also forecast to increase to 420 million tonnes in 2016, led by a recovery in rice and wheat production in India after last year reduction due to El Niño-related drought. That would be a 2.5 percent increase from last year’s “sharply reduced” level.

In spite of the improved world production prospects in 2016, output would still fall slightly short of the projected demand in 2016/17, meaning global stocks would need to be drawn down from their near-record level.

The 37 countries currently in need of external food assistance are Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya , Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

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Uber launches in Kampala, Uganda as 462 city in Uber’s global network

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Today, Uganda joins Uber’s growing African network (www.Uber.com). With the launch of Uber, the innovative technology platform, Kampala joins the list of smart transportation hubs in Africa. Following the success of Uber in many other growing cities, Uber is excited to launch its ride-sharing platform to the people of Kampala.

Uber Kampala

Uber provides a platform to connect drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. Whether you’re going to work or going out with friends, Uber provides an affordable, safe and reliable way to get across the city. Kampala is a growing city in the heart of Uganda, a country with a fast-growing economy. The World Bank forecasts that the Ugandan economy is growing at a positive and upward trajectory. This is owing to targeting development of Uganda’s infrastructure and intensified investment in the private sector. The World Bank also notes that Uganda is one of the world’s youngest populations, with 700,000 new people entering the workforce each year. With its people, energy, innovation, entrepreneurial and rapidly growing economy, Kampala is an exciting place for Uber to bring its services.

Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa says, “We’re really excited to be launching Uber in Kampala, a world-class African city. We are inspired by the city’s rapidly developing infrastructure and spirit of entrepreneurship and look forward to giving people in the city an affordable, easy and flexible choice to move around the city safely and reliably.”

“At Uber, we are proud to connect millions of global citizens every to affordable and reliable rides. By offering a friendly and reliable complement to existing transport options, we can help improve urban mobility in Kampala. We are mindful of the city’s current traffic congestion, and we aim to be part of the solution in improving it, while creating new, fruitful opportunities for drivers. Ultimately, we hope to reduce the strain on the city’s roads, and minimise the environmental impact of traffic congestion that is part of a growing economy.”

Get Your Ride

  • No more street hails or waiting outside to find a ride. You can start the Uber app from anywhere and wait safely for your car to arrive. That means no standing on the street to hail a cab or struggling to find the nearest bus stop late at night.
  • You can easily identify the driver and car coming to pick you up. When a driver accepts your request, you see his or her first name, photo, and license plate number. You can also check whether others have had a good experience with him or her. In addition, the driver can see your first name and rating.
  • You can contact the driver—and vice versa— through the app if there is any confusion around pick-up details.

Share Your Ride Details

  • Share your ETA and location. You can easily share your ride details, including the specific route and estimated time of arrival, with friends or family for extra peace of mind.
  • They’ll receive a link where they can see in real time the name and photo of the driver, their vehicle, and where you are on the map until you arrive at your destination—and they can do all of this without having to download the Uber app themselves.

After the Ride

  • Feedback and ratings after every trip. After every ride, you and your drivers need to rate each other and provide feedback. Our safety team reviews this information and investigates any issues.
  • 24/7 Support. If something happens in a car, whether it’s a traffic accident or altercation between you and your driver, our customer support staff are ready to respond to any issues 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Rapid Response. We have a dedicated Incident Response Team to answer any more urgent issues. If we receive a report that a driver or rider has acted dangerously or inappropriately, we suspend their account, preventing him or her from accessing the platform while we investigate.

Behind the Scenes

  • Always on the map. Accountability is one of the things that makes riders feel safe in an Uber. We use GPS to keep a record of where a driver goes during the ride, allowing us to verify that the most efficient routes are being used, which creates accountability and a strong incentive for good behaviour.
  • Working with law enforcement. In cases where law enforcement provides us with valid legal process, we work to get them the facts, for example by providing trip logs. Again, transparency and accountability are at the heart of the Uber experience.
  • Pre-screening drivers. All drivers must undergo a screening process before they can use the Uber app.

Lits adds, “Uber is part of a broader evolution in transportation. It is a new and exciting platform that is changing the way we travel and shaping the future of cities across the world. Kampala is a progressive, forward-thinking city that is ready for safe, reliable and efficient transportation and we are so excited to be launching here.”

To celebrate Uber’s launch in Kampala, Uber will be providing free rides for all Ugandans to enjoy in the city of Kampala. Free rides can be accessed on the Uber app between 1pm Thursday 2 June 2016, and midnight on Sunday 5 June 2016.

THE FINE PRINT (Terms and Conditions for free rides)

  • You must download the Uber application and enter the promo code MoveUganda in order to receive the free rides
  • Free rides are available from Thursday, 02 June 2016 at 1:00pm until Sunday, 05 June 2016 at midnight
  • Users are limited to a total of 6 free rides and each trip is limited to maximum of USh 20 000 each
  • Note that free rides are only valid for trips that start & end in the Kampala in the coverage area.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Uber.

Media Contacts
Samantha Allenberg – Uber Communications Africa
Tel: +27 82 453 7495
Email: [email protected]

About Uber
Uber (www.Uber.com) is a technology company that connects riders and drivers at the touch of a button. Available in 462 cities across 71 countries, the Uber platform is evolving the way the world moves. Uber’s mission is to change the way citizens of the world move, work and live. It aspires to transform the way people connect with their communities and to bring reliability, convenience and opportunity to transport systems.

Social Links:
Twitter: @Uber_Uganda (https://twitter.com/uber_uganda)

Instagram: @Uber_Uganda (https://www.instagram.com/uber_uganda/?hl=en)

Facebook: UberUganda (https://www.facebook.com/UberUganda)

uberX fare prices (Kampala)

  • USh1 300 Base Fare + USh 900 per kilometer + USh 200 per minute
  • Minimum Fare: USh 5 000
  • Cancellation Fee: USh 5 000

Source:: Uber launches in Kampala, Uganda as 462 city in Uber’s global network

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Japan-Chad Summit Meeting

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On May 28, commencing at around 9:00 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Chad Summit Meeting and issued a joint statement with H.E. Mr. Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad, who was visiting Japan to attend the outreach meeting of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows:

1. Opening remarks

(a) Prime Minister Abe expressed his gratitude for President Deby Itno’s contribution to the outreach meeting held on May 27.He expressed his intention to make use of the outcomes of this G7 Summit at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) , which will be held in Kenya in August, and requested cooperation from President Deby Itno.

(b) President Deby Itno expressed his appreciation for the G7 Summit on behalf of Africa, and his satisfaction with its outcomes. The President also displayed his gratitude for the support that Japan had been extending for Chad’s socio-economic development.

2. Bilateral relations and other issues

(a) President Deby Itno stated that high quality infrastructure was important for Africa and asked Japan to share its experience and to provide support in fields such as roads, water, health, food security and women’s education. President Deby Itno also outlined the role that Chad has been playing in ensuring regional stability.

(b) Prime Minister Abe expressed his respect for Chad’s contribution to regional stability, and explained Japan’s decision in January this year to extend approximately 8.45 million USD of emergency and humanitarian assistance to Chad through international organizations, for purposes such as food security and countering extremism, as well as Japan’s intention to provide approximately 3.2 million USD worth of agriculture-related equipment in order to improve the productivity of Chad’s agriculture and livestock industries. In addition, Prime Minister Abe stated that he intends to discuss such issues as health systems and women’s empowerment at TICAD VI as well.

3. Cooperation in the international arena

The two leaders concurred that they would promote cooperation in United Nations Security Council reform and other issues in the international area.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

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Suzanna Owiyo Joins John Baraza and Other Footballers in Star-Packed Celebration of World Environment Day

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MEDIA INVITATION: CONCERT & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES

Who
Ibrahim Thiaw – Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Sahle-Work Zewde – Director General, UN Office in Nairobi
Suzanna Owiyo – Singer-songwriter and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador
Kenyan Football Stars, including:
John Baraza, Innocent Mutiso, James Situma, Wilson Oduor Obungu, Victor Ashinga,
Dan Makori, Sharon Achieng, Teresa Ouko Calleb, Doreen Nabwire Omondi,
Jerry Evan Santo, Cheri Avilia Salano, Sharon Jepkirui Bushienei

A concert by Kenyan musical superstar Suzanna Owiyo and talented young rappers from Mathare’s Sejorooney Kids will kick off Nairobi celebrations of 2016’s World Environment Day (WED) on Friday. Kenya’s football greats, including John Baraza and Tusker’s captain James Situma, will also be on hand to sign footballs, take selfies and give interviews.

Celebrated annually on June 5th, this year’s WED will mobilize tens of thousands of people around the world to stand up to poaching and the illegal trade in ivory and other wildlife products. Hundreds of activities, from official celebrations in WED’s 2016 host-country Angola to the motorcycle Grand Prix in Barcelona and street festivals featuring Bollywood stars in Mumbai, will be held worldwide in a show of solidarity for species threatened by wildlife crime.

The events will support the United Nations’ Wild for Life Campaign, promoted by UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors Gisele Bündchen and Yaya Touré among other celebrities, which encourages people to find their kindred species and pledge action to end the illegal trade in wildlife.

Important Note:
Kindly confirm your participation by EOB, Thursday, 2 June. For reasons of security, only journalists carrying original and valid ID/passport and press cards will be allowed on the compound. Kindly arrive at least one hour in advance to ensure timely accreditation.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Source:: Suzanna Owiyo Joins John Baraza and Other Footballers in Star-Packed Celebration of World Environment Day

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