Africa

UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack.

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Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.

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With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

African countries individually represent relatively small markets, but collectively, they represent enormous market potential, the United Nations deputy chief told an Africa Week event in New York on Wednesday.

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UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.

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UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic, where crisis is 'far from media spotlight'

Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”

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UN health agency supports yellow fever immunization for 874,000 people in Nigeria

A 10-day campaign launched by the Government of Nigeria will immunize nearly 874,000 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi, according to the United Nations health agency.

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Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies

After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.

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South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them.

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Kicking off ‘Africa Week’ at UN, Guterres says women and youth can unleash continent’s potential

Africa must focus on young people, empower women and girls, and be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday as the United Nations kicked off Africa Week.

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Lift protest ban, protect judiciary and preserve civil society role, UN rights experts urge Kenya

Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans.

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