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Coronavirus – Africa: Statement on the Launch of United Nations Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

Coronavirus – Africa: Statement on the Launch of United Nations Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Africa

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CAIRO, Egypt, May 21, 2020/ -- By The Secretary-General As COVID-19 spreads across the continent, Africa has responded swiftly to the pandemic, and as of now reported cases are lower than feared.  Even so, much hangs in the balance. In recent years Africans have done much to advance the well-being of the continent’s people.  Economic growth has been strong.  The digital revolution has taken hold.  A free trade area has been agreed.  But the pandemic threatens African progress.  It will aggravate long-standing inequalities and heighten hunger, malnutrition and vulnerability to disease.  Already, demand for Africa’s commodities, tourism and remittances are declining.  The opening of the trade zone has been pushed back – and millions could be pushe...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNESCO and ICOM concerned about the situation faced by the world’s museums

Coronavirus – Africa: UNESCO and ICOM concerned about the situation faced by the world’s museums

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On the occasion of International Museum Day, two studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) confirm that museums have been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 90% of them, or more than 85,000 institutions, having closed their doors for varying lengths of time during the crisis. Furthermore, in Africa and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS), only 5% of museums were able to offer online content to their audiences. Nearly 13% of museums around the world may never reopen. The two studies, involving Member States and museum professionals, were aimed at assessing the impact of COVID-19 on museums and museum institutions. They also aimed to find out how the sector had adapted to the pandemic and explore ways to support institutions in its aft...
Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Media Compact hits 100-member mark

Coronavirus – Africa: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Media Compact hits 100-member mark

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The SDG Media Compact, an alliance of news and entertainment companies convened by the United Nations to drive coverage and mobilize action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), welcomed its 100thmember. From large broadcasters and established print media, to news agencies, radio stations and newer digital publishers, the SDG Media Compact spans 160 countries on five continents, reaching a combined audience of about 2 billion people through well over one hundred outlets owned by Compact members.  “Media play a crucial role in countering misinformation and galvanizing action for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis based on science, solidarity and our common roadmap, the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Commun...
Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

Coronavirus – Democratic Republic of the Congo: Child vaccinations down in DR Congo, and COVID-19 is not helping: UNICEF

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Fewer children are getting vaccinated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly going to make matters worse, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says. If the trend continues, it could trigger a resurgence in deadly childhood diseases such as polio, chickenpox, measles, yellow fever, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and meningitis. In a statement released on Friday, UNICEF said that a decline in vaccinations in January and February, compared to the same two months in 2019, was likely due to such established challenges as low coverage, insufficient supplies and a poor system for keeping vaccines cool whilst in storage and transit. Coronavirus effect COVID-19 will “almost certainly worsen the situation,” with ...
Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

Coronavirus – Libya: UNHCR provides emergency assistance to thousands in Libya as continued conflict and COVID-19 create more hardship

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Amidst deteriorating security conditions, as well as restrictions on movement due to COVID19, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has provided emergency assistance to some 3,500 refugees and internally displaced Libyans during the last two weeks. The assistance package helped some 1,600 urban refugees, more than 700 refugees being held in detention and close to 1,500 displaced Libyans in different sites across Libya, and included one month’s worth of food and hygiene kits. The distributions are supporting some of the most vulnerable people with help during Ramadan – an important moment to show solidarity as people a...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF appeals for $1.6 billion to meet growing needs of children impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

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UNICEF is appealing for US$1.6 billion to support its humanitarian response for children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, up from $651.6 million requested in a similar appeal late March. This increase reflects the devastating socioeconomic consequences of the disease and families' rising needs. As the outbreak enters its fifth month, the costs for supplies, shipment and duty of care are increasing dramatically. "The pandemic is a health crisis which is quickly becoming a child rights crisis," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Schools are closed, parents are out of work and families are under growing strain. As we begin to reimagine what a post-COVID world would look like, these funds will help us respond to the crisis, recover from its aftermath, and protect children fr...
Equity Bank Uganda Limited family contributes 2 Brand New Double Cabin Pickups and PPE totaling UGX 0.5 Billion towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

Equity Bank Uganda Limited family contributes 2 Brand New Double Cabin Pickups and PPE totaling UGX 0.5 Billion towards COVID-19 relief efforts.

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Contribution includes two vehicles from Equity Bank Uganda Ltd and 100M worth of PPE from Equity Bank Uganda staff Equity Bank Uganda’s Board Chairman Mr. APollo Makubuya and his team handover a dummy Cheque to Uganda's Prime Minister Tr.Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kampala, May 12, 2020: Equity Bank Uganda Limited has contributed 2 brand new Toyota double cabin pickups valued at UGX 400 Million and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth UGX 100 Million to the COVID -19 National Response Task Force. “This contribution comprises 1 brand new Toyota double cabin pickup from the Bank, a similar one from the family of Dr. James Mwangi, the Group Managing Director and CEO of Equity Group Holdings and PPE worth UGX 100 Million donated by the staff of...
On UN Global Compact Forum, panelists urge robust multi-stakeholder response to the coronavirus pandemic

On UN Global Compact Forum, panelists urge robust multi-stakeholder response to the coronavirus pandemic

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The African Development Bank is ready to be a partner in coordinated international responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and can offer expertise on the ground in Africa, an emerging and critical battleground in defeating the worldwide crisis. This was the top line message Acting Senior Vice President Bajabulile Swazi Tshabalala delivered during a United Nations Global Compact virtual panel titled Global Cooperation for Crisis Response to discuss strategies and recommendations for mounting a global response. In her opening statement, the acting SVP drove home the imperative for close cooperation at every level. “No country is exempt or immune from the health and economic consequences which are unraveling. COVID-19 affects us all whether we are in a developed or developing countries,” she ...
Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID and United Nations Country Team (UNCT) sign Financial Agreement to support Government of Sudan in its fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID and United Nations Country Team (UNCT) sign Financial Agreement to support Government of Sudan in its fight against COVID-19

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“UNAMID, in consultation with Government and in partnership with the UN Agency, Funds and Programmes (AFPs) implementing the Joint State Liaison Functions (SLFs) in Darfur, have agreed to allocate almost two million US dollars to support the Transitional Government of Sudan’s COVID-19 National Response Plans focusing on Darfur. Projects covered under this Financial Agreement will contribute to and support the Government’s preparedness and response to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan, with a focus on hotspots in Darfur,” UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative, Ms Anita Kiki Gbeho stated at the virtual signing ceremony of the Financial Agreement held on 4 May at the Mission’s Headquarters in Zalingei, Central Darfur. Mr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Resident Representative for Sudan...
Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID and United Nations Country Team (UNCT) sign Financial Agreement to support Government of Sudan in its fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Sudan: UNAMID and United Nations Country Team (UNCT) sign Financial Agreement to support Government of Sudan in its fight against COVID-19

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“UNAMID, in consultation with Government and in partnership with the UN Agency, Funds and Programmes (AFPs) implementing the Joint State Liaison Functions (SLFs) in Darfur, have agreed to allocate almost two million US dollars to support the Transitional Government of Sudan’s COVID-19 National Response Plans focusing on Darfur. Projects covered under this Financial Agreement will contribute to and support the Government’s preparedness and response to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan, with a focus on hotspots in Darfur,” UNAMID’s Deputy Joint Special Representative, Ms Anita Kiki Gbeho stated at the virtual signing ceremony of the Financial Agreement held on 4 May at the Mission’s Headquarters in Zalingei, Central Darfur. Mr. Selva Ramachandran, UNDP Resident Representative for Sudan...
United Nations Resident Coordinator Office signs Letter of Understanding with Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

United Nations Resident Coordinator Office signs Letter of Understanding with Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

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On Thursday 23, April 2020 Mrs. Nathalie Fustier from The United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Mr. Ayman Sejiny, the CEO of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of Islamic Development Bank Group, signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) to conduct a study on the potential of Awqaf in contributing to the achievement of Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Programme (NTP) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in KSA. UNRCO and ICD have identified Awqaf as a potential accelerator and a crucial source of sustainable financing for KSA’s Vision 2030, NTP, the UN 2030 Agenda and (SDGs). In addition, the research findings will support the government’s broad efforts to res...
Uganda printing and publishing  Corporation contributes 5tonnes of Maize flour towards the covid 19 task force.

Uganda printing and publishing Corporation contributes 5tonnes of Maize flour towards the covid 19 task force.

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KAMPALA ,Uganda.  By Ronald Kabuubi, KMA Updates. Today Uganda printing and publishing  Corporation team led by the Chairman Board of Directors Mr. Musubire Vicent, contributed 5tonnes of Maize flour towards the COVID 19 task force. They requested that their contribution should be directed to the lawyers. (L-R) Aga Sekala, Member of the National Response Fund to Covid19, the Political overseer of the Fund Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Chairman Board of Directors Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation Mr. Musubire Vincent, the Managing Director, Dr. Tom Waswa,Finance and Accounting Manager Mr. Kasekendde Mujuzi Aristaco and the Sales and Marketing Manager UPPC,Najjemba Sarah.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Manging director, Dr Tom Waswa, Finanace and Acco...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNAIDS urges countries to stay focused on HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Africa: UNAIDS urges countries to stay focused on HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Overstretched health systems, lockdowns, loss of livelihoods and fewer employment opportunities could increase unprotected sex, sexual violence and exploitation, transactional sex and sex work, leading to an increase in new HIV infections. Despite the global progress made in HIV prevention, with new HIV infections falling by 40% since the peak in 1997, hard-won gains are in danger of being reversed by the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping around the world. In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNAIDS is urging countries to remain steadfast in their HIV prevention efforts and ensure that people can continue to access the services they need to stay HIV-free, discrimination-free and violence-free and to be able to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health and rights. “COVID-19 is impacti...
Coronavirus – Africa: UN teams step up efforts to protect rights in prisons, as revolts intensify worldwide

Coronavirus – Africa: UN teams step up efforts to protect rights in prisons, as revolts intensify worldwide

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As senior UN officials spread the alarm over the rapid spread of COVID-19 through prisons – where physical distancing is nigh on impossible, and hygiene is often inadequate – UN Corrections, Justice and Human Rights teams are working to protect prison staff and detainees from the ravages of the virus. On Tuesday, Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, expressed concern that in the Americas, infections are spreading rapidly amid chronic overcrowding and unhygienic conditions, coupled with the lack of proper access to healthcare. Mr. Colville cited a violent prison revolt in Venezuela over the weekend that reportedly resulted in 47 inmates losing their lives, and a prison riot on 27 April in Peru, that left nine inmates dead, calling on governments ...
Coronavirus – Somalia: UNHCR provides critical assistance to flood victims in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – Somalia: UNHCR provides critical assistance to flood victims in Somalia amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have airlifted vital humanitarian assistance to approximately 8,100 Somalis affected by flooding in South-West,Jubaland and Puntland States this past week. UNHCR is one of the first responders to lead delivery of emergency kits that include jerry cans, soap, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets and plastic sheets to Baidoa, Bardheere and Qardho. During the first phase of the airlift, the FGS provided a cargo plane to deliver essential items from the UNHCR warehouses in Mogadishu to Garowe (destined for Qardho) and Bardheere, while UNHCR airlifted the supplies to Baidoa. The second phase of the airlift will commence later this week and target 17,000 people in affected areas including Qardho, Bardheere, Beletwe...
Coronavirus – Nigeria: 19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019 is highest number ever, says UNICEF

Coronavirus – Nigeria: 19 million children internally displaced by conflict and violence in 2019 is highest number ever, says UNICEF

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On Tuesday, 5th May 2020, UNICEF warned that internally displaced children – including in Nigeria - are among the world’s most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The warning came as the organization released a report looking at the risks and challenges facing internally displaced children, and the urgent actions needed to protect them. In north-east Nigeria, there are currently 1.9 million people displaced from their homes. Sixty percent of them are children, with 1 in 4 under the age of five. Globally, an estimated 19 million children - more than ever before, according to UNICEF - were living in displacement within their own countries due to conflict and violence in 2019 – some of them for years. The report, ‘Lost at Home’, looks at the risks and challenges i...
Coronavirus – Africa: Humanitarian Air Deliveries to Africa ramped up with dispatch from UN’s New Cargo Hub in Belgium

Coronavirus – Africa: Humanitarian Air Deliveries to Africa ramped up with dispatch from UN’s New Cargo Hub in Belgium

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A WFP-contracted Boeing 757 cargo flight departed the newly-established Global Humanitarian Response Hub in Liège, Belgium The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has kick-started a network of global logistics hubs that will support the entire aid community and ensure the delivery of vital medical and humanitarian supplies to developing countries at a time when commercial air transport is at a virtual standstill. “The window of opportunity to surge medical and humanitarian equipment into Africa to curb the pandemic is closing fast,” said Amer Daoudi, WFP’s COVID-19 Response Director. “Our global logistics support system is up-and-running, and this delivery marks the first of many cargo shipments we will fly to all corners of the globe,” he added. A WFP-contracted Boeing...
Bishop Sebuchu donates to fight Covid19 in Uganda.

Bishop Sebuchu donates to fight Covid19 in Uganda.

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Bishop Sebuchu has donated 10 Million following President Yoweri' Museveni's appeal to the rich individuals and Companies to donate in the fight against Covid19. The Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary Karooro Okurut (right) with Bishop Sebuchu (middle) on Thursday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The cheque was handed over to the Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary arooro Okurut on Thursday Evenning. The Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon Mary Karooro Okurut (right) with Bishop Sebuchu on Thursday.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Bishop Sebuchu of Kampala International Christian Centre (KICC) also donated Maize Flour worth 25 million shillings.He requested that it shou...
Coronavirus – Africa: Futures of 370 million children in jeopardy as school closures deprive them of school meals – UNICEF and WFP

Coronavirus – Africa: Futures of 370 million children in jeopardy as school closures deprive them of school meals – UNICEF and WFP

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ROME, Italy, April 29, 2020/ -- As the COVID-19 crisis pushes up levels of hunger among the global poor, the World Food Programme and UNICEF are urging national governments to prevent devastating nutrition and health consequences for the 370 million children missing out on school meals amid school closures. “For millions of children around the world, the meal they get at school is the only meal they get in a day. Without it, they go hungry, they risk falling sick, dropping out of school and losing their best chance of escaping poverty. We must act now to prevent the health pandemic from becoming a hunger catastrophe,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. WFP Executive Director David Beasley School meals are especially critical for girls. In many poor countries, the promise ...
Coronavirus: Zimbabwe rated as one of the world’s top global food crises in new United Nations report

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe rated as one of the world’s top global food crises in new United Nations report

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Zimbabwe is also one of 10 countries where fewer than 20% of children between 6-23 months received a minimally adequate diet further compromising their lifelong quality of life Zimbabwe remains in the grip of severe food insecurity, with millions of people already requiring humanitarian assistance due to prolonged drought, climate-related shocks, economic deterioration and the situation set to worsen as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, according to the new Global Food Crisis Report Forecast (GFCRF). The joint report, released by the European Union, FAO, OCHA, UNICEF, USAID and WFP anticipates a worsening food insecurity situation in 2020 with an estimated 4.3 million rural Zimbabweans, including children, are in need of urgent action. On top of environmental factors, this is main...