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Millions of Ghanaians not benefiting from booming economy—UN

The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said millions of people in Ghana are not benefiting from the country’s booming economy, but remain mired in poverty. This came in a report compiled after a 10-day fact-finding mission to Ghana in April by UN Investigator Philip Alston. The report was submitted to the […]

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G5-Sahel military force needs reinforced mandate for effective intervention

Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel military force, Maman Sidikou, on Wednesday (May 23) called on the Security Council for “a reinforced mandate” for this nascent anti-jihadist unit, a request that was immediately rejected by the United States, which refuses any increased involvement of the UN in the G5-Sahel force. “We are still far from having […]

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Morocco Hosts UN Public Service Forum 2018

The Moroccan city of Marrakech will host the United Nations Public Service forum June 21- 23 to be held under the theme: “Transforming governance to realize the Sustainable Development Goals”. The event will bring together ministers and senior decision-makers to discuss how to transform governance and innovate the way governments, institutions and public administrations are […]

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Revamped UN strategy aims to address root causes of Sahel crisis

The United Nations has reset its action plan to address the root causes of the complex crisis in Africa’s Sahel, a region now home to one out of five people worldwide requiring humanitarian assistance, the UN deputy chief said earlier this week. “The Sahel is a priority for the Secretary-General and the entire United Nations […]

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UN, AU voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau

The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United […]

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UN needs record $22.5 bln aid in 2018 to assist war victims, mostly in Africa

The United Nations on Friday launched a record humanitarian appeal for $22.5 billion aid to assist about 90.1 million war-victims in Africa and Middle East in 2018. According to the UN, needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan, and remain exceptionally high in Nigeria, […]

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South Sudan: Security improving, UN envoy says

The security situation in north-western South Sudan has improved with displaced people returning home, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the African country has said, holding he situation in Wau as a “model” for other parts of the country where displacement rose so far this year. “I am pleased to see that […]

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Fight against Boko haram not over, UN political official

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman warned that the fight against the terrorist Boko haram group is not over, although the coordinated efforts among the region’s Governments, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had “without question” yielded encouraging progress in the fight against the group. Addressing the UN Security Council this week, […]

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DRC: Over 500 people killed by cholera epidemic – WHO

A cholera outbreak has killed about 528 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, citing DRC government sources. According to the UN’s health outlet, the outbreak has now affected 20 of the 26 provinces in the country. “The risk of spread remains very high toward […]

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UN sends Special Representative to Togo as political crisis worsens

The United Nations Secretary-General Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Dr. Ibn Chambas, arrived in Togo on Thursday as anti-Gnassingbé dynasty protests in the country and abroad, called for President Faure to step down. Dr. Ibn Chambas first met with the opposition leader and encouraged him “to engage in discussions with the government […]

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