Jun 252014
 
Senior UN human rights official visits Burundi, 25 to 27 June 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, is visiting Burundi from 25 to 27 June to assess the human rights situation in the country. During his visit, Simonovic is scheduled to meet with the President of the Republic of Burundi and with senior [...]

Jun 252014
 
Joint Press Release OSRSG-CAAC/UNICEF/UNMISS: Government of South Sudan Recommits to Action Plan to End Recruitment and Use of Children

JUBA, South Sudan, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Juba this morning, the Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children [...]

Jun 252014
 
Canadian Renewable Energy Expertise Meeting the Needs of South Africans / Minister Fast welcomes Canadian company's donation to light lives of African children

OTTAWA, Canada, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today welcomed the announcement by SkyPower Global that the company is donating 5,000 solar-powered lights to South African villages without electricity so children can have light for reading and writing. The announcement was made during Minister Fast’s trade [...]

Jun 252014
 
Canada Deeply Concerned by Reports of Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria

OTTAWA, Canada, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “Canada is deeply concerned by reports that as many as 91 women and children have been abducted by Islamic extremists in Nigeria. “We strongly condemn these despicable acts of violence and call for the immediate and [...]

Jun 252014
 
IMF Executive Board Completes Seventh PSI Review for Senegal

DAKAR, Sénégal, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed today the seventh review of Senegal’s economic performance under the program supported by the Policy Support Instrument (PSI). The Board’s decision was taken on a lapse of time basis.1 The PSI was approved by the Executive [...]

Jun 252014
 
Novartis convenes 13th annual malaria expert panel with a focus on access to quality antimalarials across Africa

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, June 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — • Malaria experts and leaders meet to share innovative strategies in the fight against the disease • There is a need for quality-assured antimalarial treatments in both the private and public sectors • Half of patients in Africa buy antimalarials from the private sector(1) [...]

Jun 242014
 
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update

CONAKRY, Guinea, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — WHO Disease Outbreak News 24 June 2014 Guinea Between 18 and 20 June 2014, there were no new cases of Ebola virus disease, but 3 deaths were reported from Gueckedou (0 cases and 2 deaths) and Telimele (0 case and 1 death). This brings the cumulative [...]

Jun 242014
 
Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcomes release of Miraim Yahia Ibrahim

BERLIN, Germany, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Today (23 June) Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on the fringes of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg today (23 June) with regard to the release of the young Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan: It was with [...]

Jun 242014
 
Norway condemns violation of freedom of expression and other human rights in Egypt

OSLO, Norway, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — ‘I am deeply concerned about the trials that are taking place in Egypt and the sentences that are being imposed. Today’s judgment against three journalists is shocking and unacceptable. In addition, 183 death sentences that were pronounced earlier have been upheld,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs [...]

Jun 242014
 
Ireland / Nigeria / New Ambassador presents credentials

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — His Excellency the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria presented its Letters of Credence to the President at Áras an Uachtaráin today. H.E. Bolere Elizabeth Ketebu, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was accompanied by her three daughters, Ibiso Dokuboba, Daba Alaiyiba and Botoba [...]

Jun 242014
 
Is it time for African insurers to review their mobile strategies?

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In a report by Juergen Weiss based on the Gartner 2013 Global CIO survey, it is predicted that by 2015 at least 40% of the currently existing insurance-related, customer-facing mobile applications will be abandoned due to lack of demand. The reason for this low adoption is [...]

Jun 242014
 
Illegal Trade in Wildlife and Timber Products Finances Criminal and Militia Groups, Threatening Security and Sustainable Development  / New UNEP and INTERPOL Study Finds Environmental Crime Worth up to US$213 Billion Each Year

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 24, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The Environmental Crime Crisis, [...]