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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia
UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

UN fast tracks $10 million loan to scale up FAO action against Desert Locusts in East Africa

FAO is further scaling up its activities to fight the Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa with a $10 million loan approved by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).   This loan will supplement the $10 million grant that CERF contributed to FAO in January to fight the outbreak which is threatening to […]

Burundi election countdown amid ‘deteriorating’ human rights situation – UN

Two months ahead of Burundi’s planned local and presidential elections, senior UN-appointed independent rights investigators have urged the Government to reopen the “democratic, civil and political space” there. “These are not only basic human rights, they are also an absolute requirement for the holding of free, transparent and credible elections in a peaceful climate”, said […]

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EU mobilizes additional €10 million to respond to severe Desert Locust outbreak in East Africa

The European Commission announced Friday it was mobilizing an additional €10 million to respond to one of the worst Desert Locust outbreaks in decades in East Africa. The outbreak could have devastating consequences on food security in an already vulnerable region where 27.5 million people suffer from severe food insecurity and at least 35 million […]

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UN Secretary-General “strongly” condemns violent attack in Burkina Faso

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly” condemned the violent attack carried out by unidentified gunmen in northern Burkina Faso that left dozens dead, including 31 women. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery […]

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Tanzania gets AfDB’s $55 million facility to jumpstart private sector-led economic growth

The African Development Bank has approved a $55 million facility to strengthen implementation of reforms to enhance Tanzania’s economic competitiveness and private sector participation in the country’s growth. These critical reforms will lead to a more vibrant economy, which will improve the living conditions of Tanzanians, particularly the poor and vulnerable, and including women and […]

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Africa calls for action as COP25 kicks off in Madrid

The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has kicked off this week in Madrid. The 197 Parties that make up the treaty – 196 nations plus the European Union – will seek to move towards the implementation of the agreements that have […]

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UN mission in DR Congo appeals for calm as violent protests continue

The head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has met with national authorities in the wake of an attack against its headquarters in Beni on Monday, which left the building badly damaged. An angry crowd set fire to the UN office and the town hall in the eastern […]

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Support ‘winds of change’ in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief

Winds of change are blowing on DR Congo, said Leila Zerrougui, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), listing some of these developments which have occurred since the installation of new President Félix Tshisekedi this past January, and urging the entire DRC political class to support these winds of change. “Regional diplomatic […]

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Guterres: Security Council’s African alliances ‘needed and appreciated more than ever’

The Security Council’s strong engagement with its Member States, partner organizations and institutions in conflict prevention efforts on the African continent is needed “more than ever”, the Secretary-General told the 15-member peace and security body on Monday. Seeing the eradication of conflict across Africa, “depends on the engagement of the parties involved”, and prevention and […]

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Zimbabwe must act quicker on democratic reform, urges UN-appointed independent expert

Zimbabwe should do more to embrace and safeguard democracy, the UN-appointed independent expert on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association said on Friday, at the end of his first visit there. In a statement, Clément Nyaletsossi Voule expressed his support for the Government’s stated commitment to democratization. But two years since Emmerson […]

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