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27 Million Tanzanians Currently are accessed to improved water services

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Access to basic and safely managed water services in Tanzania has improved, according to a new report released on Thursday this week by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. According to the report, in Tanzania, 1 in 2 people, or 27 Million Tanzanians have access to basic water services - that are within a 30-minute round trip collection time including queuing. However, progress on sanitation and hygiene has been slow as 63% of Tanzanians still have no access to improved sanitation. Worldwide some 3 in 10 people or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home and 6 in 10, or 4.4 billion, lack safely managed sanitation. The Joint Monitoring Programme report, Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sus...

Africa Needs to Work Closer Together on Climate Action and Sustainable Development

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COTONOU, Benin African countries must work closer together when implementing national climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement and mobilizing climate finance, whilst better integrating climate action into sustainable development planning. This was the key conclusion of ministers and key delegates who convened for the Africa Carbon Forum which ended today in Cotonou, Benin. Over 600 practitioners, experts and policy makers, including ministers from governments across Africa and other high level participants, met in Cotonou to take stock and align strategies on how financial resources should be mobilized to ensure sustainable development and emissions reduction on a continent-wide scale. "Africa is the continent most affected by climate change. Two ...

Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan

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NEW YORK, United States of America Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur. Over 16,600 cases of acute watery diarrhea in the past 10 months alone, were reported with 317 deaths, which is a rate double than the alert level.  White Nile State in central Sudan is the most affected with over 5,800 reported cases. Almost 20 per cent of the affected population are children. “The current number of weekly reported cases is similar to levels we had at the peak of the rainy season last year.  In the White Nile State, with almost 100

British High Commissioner visits BBC Tanzania

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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, British High Commissioner, Sarah Cooke visited the BBC and was interviewed on 'Niambie' where she talked about her mentorship programme At the start of British Week and ahead of Queen Elizabeth II official birthday on June 17th, 2017, British High Commissioner, Sarah Cooke, visited the BBC World Service and BBC Media Action in Dar es Salaam.During her visit, the High Commissioner got a chance to meet with the BBC production team and learn more about BBC’s work in Tanzania. She was also interviewed on Niambie, a BBC Media Action production for Tanzanian youth where she talked about her mentorship programme alongside her first mentee, Ms. Byera Rahel Mugini. The High Commissioner launched her mentorship programme on March 8th, 2017, International

Cessation of hostilities agreement between Dinka Bor and Murle

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JUBA, South Sudan, David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, was speaking during a visit to Bor and Pibor in former Jonglei State in the east of South Sudan A cessation of hostilities agreement between warring ethnic groups in the Jonglei region is a “first step to dialogue and engagement but we now need to build on that and show that there is a real dividend for peace,” the head of UN peacekeeping in South Sudan, UNMISS, has said.David Shearer, who is also the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, was speaking during a visit to Bor and Pibor in former Jonglei State in the east of South Sudan. “My hope is that the parties will follow through on their commitments,” Mr Shearer said. “Only through dialogue and engageme