Japan Backs IOM Community Stabilization Project in Northern Kenya

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM has received USD 1 million from Japan to support a project that aims to enhance community stabilization for mobile populations and communities that host them in Northern Kenya.

The project was launched yesterday (14/4) by Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada and will be implemented in close cooperation with the local (county) governments of Turkana, Marsabit, Uasin Gishu and Garissa.

Turkana County is currently grappling with drought and an influx of refugees from South Sudan. The targeted counties have also had to contend with severe flooding, landslides and recurrent inter-communal conflicts.

About 30 per cent of people in the region are dependent on food aid in the course of a normal year, and conflict and sudden changes in the environment can have an immediate and devastating effect on their lives and livelihoods.

This project will contribute towards building the resilience of vulnerable mobile communities through improved human security. This will be achieved by addressing their shelter needs and improving small-scale infrastructure, such as livestock markets and water treatment systems, to support their livelihood activities.

Speaking at the launch, Ambassador Terada underscored the need to improve the livelihoods of women and youth in the region.

“Kenya’s government is tackling inequality and poverty through (its) Kenya Vision 2030 (development blueprint). This project will support that effort by improving the resilience of pastoralists affected by natural disasters and conflicts, and providing emergency aid to improve human security. It will offer practical, appropriate and affordable help, but will also give local communities the knowledge that they need to improve their lives by themselves,” he said.

The project will also emphasize the importance of peace and livelihood creation opportunities will aim to reduce resource-based conflict. There will also be a focus on the special needs of women and young people.

Japan has funded IOM projects to enhance peace-building and livelihood opportunities for migrants and host communities affected by natural and man-made disasters in Kenya since 2009.

Source: APO

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Tunisia, Council of Europe, IOM Host Counter Trafficking Conference

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Tunisia’s Ministry of Justice, the Council of Europe and IOM will today (15/4) open a two-day international conference on “The Fight against Human Trafficking: A Multiple Response to a Multi-faceted Challenge”. The event will take place through April 16th at the Golden Tulip, El Mechtel Hotel in Tunis.

Participants will discuss the human trafficking in Tunisia, the Mahgreb and the Western Mediterranean and international measures to combat the problem, including the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. They will also share practical experiences and best practices.

Source: APO

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USG JEFFREY FELTMAN VISITS WEST-AFRICA

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, will pay a four-day visit to West Africa.

His tour, which will start tomorrow, will include stops in Senegal, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea Bissau.

Mr. Feltman will meet with senior government officials to discuss peace and security issues in West Africa, including the situation in the Sahel region and Guinea.

For his first stop tomorrow, Mr. Feltman will meet in Dakar with the President of Senegal Mr. Macky Sall (Tuesday 15 April 2014 – 11:00). He will also meet with the leadership of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and other UN officials.

In Mauritania, he will meet with the current Chairman of the African Union, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, to discuss UN-AU collaboration.

Source: APO

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‘SHOCKED AND SADDENED’, SECRETARY-GENERAL STRONGLY CONDEMNS DEADLY BOMB ATTACK AT BUS STATION IN NIGERIAN CAPITAL

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is shocked and saddened by the many lives lost today in a bomb attack at a bus station in the Nyanyan neighbourhood, close to the Nigerian capital, Abuja. He offers his condolences to the bereaved families and to those injured.

The Secretary-General strongly condemns all indiscriminate killings and acts of violent extremism. The perpetrators of this attack, and those responsible for the continuing brutal attacks in the north-east of the country, must be brought to justice.

Source: APO

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SECURITY COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACKS IN NIGERIA

NEW YORK, April 15, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria):

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the multiple terrorist attacks committed by Boko Haram that occurred in Nigeria on 13 and 14 April, causing numerous deaths and injuries.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.

The members of the Security Council reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the Charter of the United Nations.

Source: APO

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