Secretary-General appoints Abiodun O. Bashua of Nigeria to lead the Special Investigation into the Malakal incident in South Sudan

The Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria to lead the Special Investigation into the attack against the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection of civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan.

The Special Investigation will undertake a detailed examination of the circumstances which led to the incident from 17 to 18 February in which at least 25 civilians in the site were killed and an additional 144 were injured. This investigation will complement the United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry announced on 11 March which is conducting an in-depth investigation into the overall response of UNMISS to the incident.

Mr. Bashua recently concluded his assignment as the Deputy Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, during which time he also served as the Acting Joint Special Representative in 2014 and 2015. In addition, he has extensive experience in several United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa, having served at senior levels in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan. Mr. Bashua has also served as Secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Report Launch: Transparency International to publish Middle East and North Africa corruption poll

Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) will publish on 3 May the results of a public opinion poll about people’s experiences and perceptions of corruption in 9 countries and territories in the Middle East and North Africa.

For the survey, Transparency International partnered with the Afrobarometer and several national partners of the Arab Barometer network who spoke to 10,797 adult respondents in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The new survey follows previous editions of the Global Corruption Barometer, last published in 2013.

People and Corruption: Middle East & North Africa Survey 2016 Global Corruption Barometer

3 May 2016
07:00 am Berlin time
Available online at
www.Transparency.org

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

Media contacts:
Chris Sanders
T: +49 30 34 38 20 666
E: press@transparency.org

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Report Launch: Transparency International to publish Middle East and North Africa corruption poll

Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) will publish on 3 May the results of a public opinion poll about people’s experiences and perceptions of corruption in 9 countries and territories in the Middle East and North Africa.

For the survey, Transparency International partnered with the Afrobarometer and several national partners of the Arab Barometer network who spoke to 10,797 adult respondents in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.

The new survey follows previous editions of the Global Corruption Barometer, last published in 2013.

People and Corruption: Middle East & North Africa Survey 2016 Global Corruption Barometer

3 May 2016
07:00 am Berlin time
Available online at
www.Transparency.org

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

Media contacts:
Chris Sanders
T: +49 30 34 38 20 666
E: press@transparency.org

Transparency International (www.Transparency.org) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption.

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On the Occasion of the United Republic of Tanzania’s Union Day

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State

Washington, DC

April 26, 2016

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Tanzania as you celebrate the 52nd anniversary of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Tanzania and the United States share a long history of cooperation and friendship. In the coming year, we will continue to work together to make progress in health and education, encourage economic growth, support democratic governance, and advance regional security.

As Tanzanians gather to celebrate Union Day, I share the hopes of the Tanzanian people for a peaceful and prosperous future.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of U.S. Department of State.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

The Secretary-General welcomes the return of Riek Machar to Juba and his swearing in as the First Vice President which marks a new phase in the implementation of the peace agreement. The Secretary-General calls for the immediate formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity. He commends the efforts of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson former President Festus Mogae and the AU High Representative former President Alpha Oumar Konaré. The Secretary-General also calls on the Security Council to work closely with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) to mobilize all the required support for the peace process.

New York, 26 April 2016

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UN and partners call for action and support to help 60 million people affected by strong El Niño

With millions of people across the world affected by droughts, floods and other extreme weather events triggered by El Niño, the international community must act now to address urgent humanitarian needs and support building communities’ resilience to future shocks, Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, has said.

The current El Niño is one of the strongest on record affecting an estimated 60 million people including some of the most vulnerable in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Pacific. The impact of El Niño-induced droughts is reaching an expected peak in late 2016 and early 2017. The situation could become even worse if a La Niña event – which often follows an El Niño – strikes towards the end of this year.

“We must act today to help people whose entire way of life and survival is threatened,” Mr. O’Brien said during a conference in Geneva today. “El Niño has already severely affected the health and food security of so many families and communities across the world. I am deeply worried about rising acute malnutrition among children under five and the increase in water- and vector-borne diseases. People urgently need food, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene as well as health services,” Mr. O’Brien said.

Over the past months, governments, UN, NGOs and other humanitarian partners have stepped up El Niño-related preparedness and response work. Response plans have been completed in 13 countries, requesting some US$3.6 billion to meet critical needs for food and agricultural support, as well as nutrition, health and emergency water and sanitation needs. But the funding gap for the combined global El Niño-related response stands at over $2.2 billion. As some countries have not yet finalized their humanitarian response plans, this figure is expected to rise.

UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Assistant Administrator, Izumi Nakamitsu, said it was critical to invest now to help ensure vulnerable communities can cope better with the next El Niño or other crises.

“This shows again the importance of humanitarian and development agencies working together to support national and local governments during crises, to identify the risks for future disasters and build resilience. We can predict most crises, which gives us an opportunity to invest in prevention, preparedness and disaster risk reduction to reduce or end humanitarian need,” Ms Nakamitsu said.

Care International Secretary General and CEO, Dr. Wolfgang Jamann, said: “We need both the resources to respond now – and NGOs both local and international can respond at huge scale if provided with the funding we need – and the political will to break this cycle whereby early warning does not result in early response, despite the clear human and financial advantages of doing so”.

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Norway to step up drought response in Ethiopia

The drought in Ethiopia is having enormous consequences for the population. More than 15 million people are now dependent on food aid. ‘The number of people who need food aid may rise dramatically if the international community fails to provide enough aid quickly enough. Norway is now allocating an additional NOK 30 million in humanitarian assistance,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The drought is linked to the El Niño weather pattern, and according to the UN is one of the worst the international community has experienced. The Ethiopian authorities have been contributing to the emergency response, but the scale of the crisis means that further international assistance is vital. The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator has therefore convened a meeting in Geneva today to mobilise increased international support for the Ethiopian people.

‘Ethiopia is an important partner country for Norway. Norwegian NGOs have been working in the country for many years, and have built up knowledge and experience in the agricultural and water sectors that is very valuable in the response to the current crisis. We welcome the cooperation between leading Norwegian NGOs on the provision of emergency assistance to Ethiopia,’ said Mr Brende.

Norway has been cooperating with Ethiopia on climate-resilient agriculture for a number of years. However, the impacts of the current El Niño, one of the strongest on record, show that the progress Ethiopia has made is very fragile, and that the situation can deteriorate rapidly in poor rural areas. Norway increased the level of its humanitarian assistance to the country from autumn 2015, and recently provided an extra NOK 20 million to the World Food Programme to mitigate the impacts of the drought.

The additional NOK 30 million will be allocated partly to a consortium consisting of Norwegian Church Aid, the Norwegian Refugee Council, Norwegian People’s Aid and the Development Fund Norway. In addition, some funding will go to NORCAP (the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster), which can deploy experts as needed to support humanitarian crisis response.

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UK in Namibia celebrates Shakespeare Lives with film screenings

Shakespeare Lives in 2016

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of world’s greatest playwriter, William Shakespeare, on 23 April 2016, the British Council and British High Commission present two Shakespeare inspired films on 26 & 27 April 2016, as part of the global “Shakespeare Lives “ programme.

Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. It is an invitation to the world to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools. It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.

On 26th & 27th April 2016, the UK in Namibia presents Shakespeare Lives in Film with the following screenings:

Much Ado About Nothing: 26 April 2016

This witty and fast-paced version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, starring an amazing cast with Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Michael Keaton and Emma Thompson, is a testament to Kenneth Branagh’s extensive creative abilities, as well as arguably one of the best Shakespeare adaptations ever filmed. The cinematography accentuates the lush scan landscape in which Branagh as the humorous Benedick, and Emma Thompson, as the wilful and challenging Beatrice, bring this adaptation to life.

All Night Long: 27th April 2016

Othello is translated to the world of sixties London jazz clubs in the smoky and sensational All Night Long. During the anniversary celebration of the musical and romantic partners, Aurelius Rex and Delia Lane, a jealous, ambitious drummer, Johnny Cousin (Patrick McGoohan) attempts to tear the interracial couple apart. This daring psychodrama also features onscreen appearances by jazz legends Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Tubby Hayes and Johnny Dankworth. A must-see for film lovers, and lovers of music!

Venue: FNCC Time: 18:30 Entrance fee: N$30 Persons under 18: Free Admission

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Message from HM Queen Elizabeth II to His Excellency President Jacob Zuma

It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my congratulations on the celebration of South Africa’s Freedom and Democracy Day, together with my best wishes for the good fortune and happiness of the people of South Africa in the coming year.

Elizabeth R.

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British Secretary of State for International Development visits Kenya

Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, has finished a two day visit to Kenya to discuss two key UK-Kenyan strategic objectives: the handling of refugees and UK support for Kenya’s rapidly growing economy.

Following the UK’s ground-breaking approach to protracted refugee crises, the Secretary of State met the Kenyan Government to discuss the possibilities for working more effectively in its own support for several hundred thousand refugees in Kenya. At the Kakuma Refugee camp in Turkana, accompanied by Governor Nanok, the Secretary of State heard first-hand about the challenges faced by refugees and host communities alike, and paid special tribute to the Government and people of Kenya for their long record of providing life-saving protection.

Alongside this vital shared priority, the Secretary of State also spent time discussing Kenya’s economic development, including a visit to Mombasa Port. The UK-driven Trade Mark East Africa has already achieved transformations which are a key strategic asset for Kenya and East Africa more broadly. The Secretary of State held discussions with business leaders on investment and growth opportunities to ensure Kenya benefits from its growing youth population and finished her visit at the Mombasa Youth Employment Programme (Kuza), which supports the economic empowerment of low-income youths to tackle violent extremism.

Speaking at the end of the visit, The Secretary of State said:

“It is vital that the UK works with countries such as Kenya on shared priorities like dealing more effectively with the challenges of refugees and shaping economic growth to create jobs – which is the best way to reduce extreme poverty. Investment in Mombasa Port is not just about Kenya but East Africa too. This smart UK aid delivers significant results on shared UK-Kenya priorities and is part of the doubling of DFID’s economic development programme over the last two years”.

The Secretary of State’s visit preceded that of Prime Minister David Cameron, which is planned for later in the year.

Notes to Editors

UK Support to Refugees :

The UK is committed to helping Kenya in providing assistance and protection to refugees. As the second largest bilateral donor in this area, the UK provides funding of £59m (Kes 8.7 billion Kes) to help deliver basic, life-saving assistance and protection to more than 530,000 refugees, from more than a dozen countries, both here in Kakuma and in Dadaab.

This includes support through our partners, UNHCR and WFP, in critical areas including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, environment, host community support, and food rations.

UK Support to Kuza (Mombasa Youth Employment Programme) :

DFID is supporting the economic empowerment of low-income youths through the Mombasa County Youth Employment programme – ‘Kuza’ in collaboration with the Mombasa Government.

Kuza is a three-year (2014-2017) £5m (Kes740m) programme which aims to both equip youths with the skills needed to take up jobs, and to support the development of long-term economic opportunities in the County – such as those in construction, maritime, manufacturing and waste management sectors.

The project aims to create up to 5,000 new jobs for young people over three years (2014-2017) and train 8,000 young people.

Results:

Kuza has equipped over 2900 poor Mombasa youths with business and skills training to prepare them for the job market, and created over 712 new jobs for those previously excluded from the labour market – 312 of these for young women.

In 2015, Kuza and Mombasa County launched its inaugural Labour Market Training and Information Centre – “Imarisha Vijana” – in Likoni, and has since established 6 other centres in the following sub-counties: Changamwe, Mvita, Kisauni (two centres) and Jomvu.

Kuza has supported the County’s Department of Trade, Energy and Industry’s (DTEI) to establish an Investment Promotion Unit – Mombasa Invest – to generate investments in emerging industrial sectors. Priority sectors include tea processing, apparel, construction and industrial fishing. Supporting investment in these high growth-potential sectors will generate job opportunities for youth that we hope will last long into the future.

TMEA support (Mombasa Port Modernisation Project)

UKAid through Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) is providing support to the Mombasa Port modernisation project, and in reducing the cost of trade with a view to supporting trade and economic growth in the EAC.

UK support to date stands at around Ksh 10 billion, targeted at addressing short term efficiency improvement at the Port as well as planning for the longer term.

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First Great Green Wall Conference

http://www.fao.org/africa/events/detail-events/en/c/411909/

http://www.fao.org/africa/events/detail-events/fr/c/411912/

What: 1st Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI)

When: 2 – 7 May 2016

Where: King Fahd Hotel, Dakar, Senegal

Who: Organized by the African Union Commission in collaboration with the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (GM-UNCCD), the Central and West Africa Programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN-PACO), the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS), and the World Bank Group (WBG).

During the Conference over 20 countries north and south of the Sahara, international organizations, research institutes, civil society and grassroots organizations will come together to discuss the way forward to help the Great Green Wall initiative realize its full potential as Africa’s largest rural sustainable development programme.

The Conference will consist of a one-day High Level segment on May 3 bringing together African Ministers and Development Partners and a three-day Technical segment on May 4-6 to exchange and share knowledge across the Great Green Wall and beyond.

Objectives: The Conference builds on the political momentum gathered at the Climate Change Summit in Paris, December 2015, where world leaders renewed their commitment to the Great Green Wall initiative, pledging USD 4 billion over the next 5 years for the restoration of Africa’s landscapes.

During the Conference, partners will define a roadmap for how to implement the Paris pledges to boost livelihood opportunities for local communities and establish greater resilience against climate change in the region.

At the same time, nearly 10 years since the initiative was launched by African Heads of State and Government in 2007, the Conference will take stock of the results achieved in sustainable land management and restoration.

To further strengthen the GGWSSI Community of Practice the Conference will provide a space to share knowledge among partners through technical thematic panel discussions led by experts, practical interactive seminars and show-casing project best practices.

For more information visit:

http://www.greatgreenwallinitiative.org/ggw-conference-restoring-africas-landscapes-way-forward
http://www.fao.org/in-action/action-against-desertification/news-and-multimedia/detail/en/c/410205/
www.sawap.net

Journalists are invited to cover the high level segment at the King Fahd Hotel on May 3rd

Time: from 09:00 – 18:30

A press conference will follow

Time: from 18:30 – 19.30

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UK Business Director: “UK key to Egypt’s energy future”

Jason Ivory, Director of UK Trade and Investment, today said that British companies can be the key to unlock Egypt’s energy potential.

Ivory’s remarks came at the conclusion of the Mediterranean Offshore Conference and Exhibition taking place this week in Alexandria.

Ivory said:

Egypt is an exciting prospect for British energy companies. Energy demand is set to rise, and Egypt needs to make the most of its great natural wealth, for instance new discoveries like the Zohr gas field and also Egypt’s unique renewable assets in the wind and solar sectors.

Attending the exhibition in Alexandria this week were 16 Scottish oil and gas companies, brought to Egypt by Scottish Development International, the international economic arm of the Government in Scotland.

Ivory said:

Having benefited from over 40 years’ worth of cutting-edge oil and gas engineering in the North Sea, Scotland and Scottish energy companies offer unparalleled experience, technology, and expertise. As Egypt looks to boost its energy production and turn great potential into reality, it has no better partners than these Scottish companies in Alexandria this week.

The UK is already a leader in Egypt’s oil and gas sector. BG and BP are two of Egypt’s most important long-term, committed investors. They have together invested almost $40bn.

BP’s $12bn investment in the West Nile Delta project, announced in March 2015, was the largest investment deal in Egypt’s history and the project is expected to produce the equivalent of 25% of Egypt’s current gas supply.

The UK is also a significant player in the renewable energy sector. In February, Jeffrey Donaldson MP, UK trade envoy to Egypt, witnessed the signing of a $350m deal between the Ministry of Electricity and British company Actis to commence work on a 250MW wind power station in the Gulf of Suez area.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of British Embassy Cairo.

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