Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Election of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UN Human Rights Council

Statement by Ambassador Haley on the Election of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UN Human Rights Council:

Today’s election is yet another example of why the Human Rights Council (HRC) lacks credibility and must be reformed in order to be saved. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country infamous for political suppression, violence against women and children, arbitrary arrest and detention, and unlawful killings and disappearances, has been elected to serve on what is supposed to be the world’s preeminent human rights body. In fact, the DRC – a country under investigation at the Human Rights Council – ran unopposed. That calls into serious question the General Assembly’s methods of selecting membership in the Human Rights Council.

The HRC cannot endure many more blows to its credibility before it is rendered absolutely meaningless. That is why the United States is leading an effort to reform the HRC, most recently through a ministerial meeting during UN General Assembly High-Level week, where more than 40 countries called for a more effective HRC. Countries that aggressively violate human rights at home should not be in a position to guard the human rights of others. Human rights are too important to let a backward and broken system go unchecked and unreformed.

People around the world are losing their inalienable rights and freedoms at the hands of oppressive regimes. We need a unified voice of moral clarity with backbone and integrity to call out abusive governments. This election has once again proven that the Human Rights Council, as presently constituted, is not that voice.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Regional Media Hub.

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5th Biennial Carbon Capture and Storage Conference

The South African Centre for Carbon Capture & Storage (SACCCS), in partnership with the Department of Energy, supported by the KZN:EDTEA extends an invitation to you to attend the 5TH Biennial CCS Conference.

The Conference is scheduled for 18 -19 October 2017 at the Coastlands Hotel & Convention Centre in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The theme of the conference is titled: “Carbon Capture & Storage: National Energy and Climate Change: The value-add of Clean Energy solutions towards a new sustainable economy that is built upon principles of equity, community participation and human rights”.

The 5th Biennial CCS Conference is aimed at galvanising society to actively participate in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) as a roadmap towards radical socioeconomic transformation and social cohesion. The conference will focus on providing an update on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) especially progress made since the 4th Biennial CCS Conference held in Johannesburg during 2015. In addition the focus will be on Safety issues, environmental risk associated with CCS, technical capacity, CCS regulatory framework, and Stakeholder engagement/public education, legacy for the affected communities and skills transfer.

The Deputy Minister of Energy, Ambassador Thembisile Majola will do the keynote address at this auspicious event which is organised as follows:
Date: 18 -19 October 2017
Time: 8:30
Venue: The Coastlands Hotel & Convention Centre in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

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Growing Russian demand for SA wines good news for local producers

The increase in the demand for the South African wines in Russia provides a good opportunity for the local companies to penetrate the Russian market. This is the view of the Managing Director of the Stellenbosch wine company, Thandi Wines, Mr Vernon Henn. He is one of the 20 businesspeople who will be travelling to Russia this weekend to participate in the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Novosibirsk taking place from 24-26 October 2017.

The mission is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) with the aim increasing the volume of exports of agro-processing and clothing and textile products, as well as built environment and capital equipment goods and services to the Russian market. Eight of the companies participating in the mission are wine producers from the Western Cape.

“The Russian market for the SA wines is growing remarkably fast. There is big demand for our wines in Russia as a result of the European Union’s economic sanctions against that country. The Russians were importing most of their wines from European countries such as France, Italy and Spain. Now that the Russians have been exposed to the SA wine they are increasingly falling in love with its taste and quality. This has resulted in an increase in exports of both bulk and bottled SA wines to Russia,” says Henn.

Two weeks ago the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe told a gathering of the Western Cape wine producers and a Russian wine buyer that compared to 2015, SA’s wine exports to Russia increased by 58% in 2016, amounting to a total of R273 million.

Henn adds that the Russian economy has shown positive signs of improvement which will lead to an increase in the consumption of wine and is hopeful that the SA wines will be high on the consumers’ wine shopping lists.

“The continuous interactions that are taking place between South Africa and Russia within the Brics platform also provide us with a perfect opportunity to make inroads into the Russian market. This is the most opportune time for the SA winemakers to be there and capitalise on these positive developments. We are confident that we will benefit from participating in the ITI,” says Henn.

He acknowledges that the international exhibitions and missions that the dti funded him to participate in have impacted positively on his company. The company’s products are already exported to Europe and Asia as a result of the assistance from the department.

“We are a small but internationally-focused company with limited budget, but 95% of our business is generated through international sales. We would not have been able to penetrate these exports markets without the assistance of the dti. About 50-60% of our export business is coming from the dti-funded international exhibitions and trade missions,” says Henn.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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UN Migration Agency Providing Emergency Support to Thousands of Migrants Affected by Sabratha Conflict

In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing support to more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps and now transferred to Zuwara and an assembly point in Sabratha.

Since the outbreak of the crisis in recent weeks, 6,700 migrants have received core relief packages, which include mattresses, blankets, pillows and hygiene kits at six separate locations and more than 100,000 meals (including water and juice) have been provided in Zuwara and Sabratha. IOM has also responded to the vast health needs and conducted 1,631 medical interventions and treated 23 injury cases. In addition, 21 women have received pregnancy care including deliveries, while 476 migrants (250 men, 161 women and 65 children) have received psychosocial support.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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