GENEVA, SwitzerlandMaking the case was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, fresh from a mission to South Sudan, Chad and Niger; all countries where women and children are paying what she called the “stark cost” of conflict. For Bineta Diop, the AU Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, the mission highlighted the “heart-rending and poignant realities” of women and girls in places such as the Lake Chad Basin region, where the activities of the militant group Boko Haram have displaced millions. While the delegation met women terrorized by the extremists, or who had been married off while still girls, they encountered others who had stepped in to maintain livelihoods in the absence of men, as well as women religious leaders who are working to end child marriage and
LONDON, United KingdomAfrica Oil Week (AOW) has announced its programme for the 25th Africa Oil Week conference, to be held from 5th-9th November in Cape Town, South Africa. The event is spread across five days and promises to present a content and networking-rich summit programme featuring over 150 speakers from across the international oil and gas sector including industry leaders, 11 African Energy and Petroleum Ministers, Heads of NOCs, banks and PE Funds and CEOs from all major oil companies and independent operators. Addressing the latest developments and trends in Africa’s oil and gas sector, Africa Oil Week will explore and facilitate new opportunities, partnerships and deal-making through a high-profile summit, a dynamic exhibition and a roster of unrivalled networkin
NEW YORK, United States of America In her nets she has perhaps fifty fish, a good enough catch, given she started fishing just five hours earlier. But, it is not sufficient to feed her eleven children. “I can sell this fish and use that money to buy grain to feed my family,” she said, “but the grain doesn’t go far. I have been fishing for twenty years and it is becoming more difficult to catch fish.” Fishing has traditionally sustained communities in the Lake Chad Basin area, supporting nearly 30 million people living along its shores in Chad, but also Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger. However, the once huge lake which covered 250,000 km2 has now shrunk to one tenth of its original size, largely due to unsustainable water management and the corrosive effects of climate chang
BAMAKO, MaliMr Alioune Tine, who took office as Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali on 1st May 2018, has expressed serious concern over the continued deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the center of the country and in the region of Menaka. The gradual increase in human rights violations and abuses even since the beginning of 2018 is alarming. In the central and Ménaka regions, there are an increasing number of deadly and heinous acts of violence with extrajudicial executions, recurrent allegations of mass graves, not to mention the numerous injuries and other material damage caused by identity violence, the explosion of improvised devices whose victims are civilians. Added to this are the victims of attacks by arme
GENEVA, Switzerland The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas has highlighted the “immense” potential of the region – from natural resources and renewable energy to culture and tourism. “Such significant opportunities offer a path to prosperity – provided we also address the root causes of today’s crisis,” he said, on behalf of Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. “We are committed to working closely with all … countries of the Sahel and other partners whose initiatives fit under the Strategy.” Mr. Chambas also highlighted the importance of mobilizing private and public investments in the Sahel as well as to empower people, reduce inequalities and enable all people in the region to enjoy lives of dignity and peace.
CONAKRY, Guinea The President of the Republic of Guinea, Prof. Alpha Conde, has hailed the existing cordial relations that exist between his country and the Republic of Uganda. President Conde made these remarks after receiving letters accrediting Amb. Nelson Ocheger, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to the Republic of Guinea with residence in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The ceremony took place on 28 June, 2018 at State House in Conakry. He added that the state of the bilateral relations makes it possible for both countries to expand cooperation in the energy sector and initiate discussions in livestock production and marketing. The President emphasized the need for the two countries to immediately commence sharing information in ...
NAIROBI, KenyaMerck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany has announced the winners of ‘Merck More Than a Mother’ Media Recognition Awards 2017. The awards were initiated with the aim to recognize and appreciate professional journalists and students who have produced accurate, informative and compelling stories about infertility, infertile women or couples. The award ceremony will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on the 9th of July 2018. It will be attended by top fertility experts, eminent media personalities, policy makers, infertile women and other distinguished media people from across Africa. “I strongly believe that media has the power to bring in desired behavior change in the society. Media plays an important role in educating people around sensitive issu
WINDHOEK, Namibia Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany starts its first Merck Health Media Training on 10th of July 2018 from 10:00 to 17:30 at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi. The training program is part of ‘Merck more than a Mother’ community awareness initiative. It is being organized to emphasize the important role that media plays to influence our society to create a cultural shift with the aim to break the stigma around infertility in general and Infertile women in particular. During the training program, Merck Foundation will announce the start of new hashtags #MenToo and #NotoInfertilityStigma to invite media from all over Africa to share its opinions and stories on social media about the topic. “I am very happy to initiate this important