Monthly Archives: December 2020

East Africa Food Security Outlook, October 2020 – May 2021

KEY MESSAGES • Protracted conflict, long-term macroeconomic challenges, the economic impacts of COVID-19, weather shocks, and desert locust are causing deterioration in acute food security outcomes in much of the region. Compounding the impact of other shocks, COVID-19 movement restrictions have disrupted demand for labor, export commodities, and services, constrained physical access to income sources,

UNSOM Quarterly Newsletter ISSUE #17 | December 2020

HIGHLIGHTS • International partners call for ongoing dialogue among Somali leaders • Somalia Partnership Forum takes stock of country’s progress, identifies priorities • UN Special Representative briefs Security Council on the situation in Somalia • Somali government and international partners meet to improve security and rule of law • International partner representatives visit Somalia’s Federal

Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan’s Darfur Ends

KHARTOUM – The United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur is set to end 13 years of peacekeeping in the vast Sudanese region Thursday, even as recent violent clashes leave residents fearful of new conflict. Fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which responded by

OKEx announces mainnet launch of OKExChain – and how to earn its native OKT token

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Dec. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKEx (, a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, is thrilled to announce the launch of OKExChain mainnet. Unlike other exchange chains, OKEx wanted to embody blockchain’s core qualities of openness and decentralization in OKExChain. After more than 10 iterations on the testnet and exhaustive ongoing development, this vision […]

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (29 December 2020)

Global epidemiological situation Globally in the past week, over 4 million new cases were reported. Although this is a 12% decrease compared to the previous week, this and other short-term trends in data should be interpreted with caution over the end-of-year holiday season, as numbers may be influenced by presentation, testing and reporting delays. New

West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (24 – 30 Dec 2020)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC MORE THAN 55,000 PEOPLE FLEE AHEAD OF GENERAL ELECTIONS Insecurity and fear of attacks ahead of the general elections have led 55,000 to flee their home. Increase of violence has been observed in several parts of the country, attacks against humanitarian actors have also been noted, with17 incidents recorded this past week

WHO urges greater surveillance as new COVID-19 variants emerge

Brazzaville, 30 December 2020 – With the recent emergence in the African region of new COVID-19 variants which seem to have higher transmissibility, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries to boost genomic surveillance and analysis through the African genome sequencing laboratory network to detect any new mutations and strengthen the efforts to curb

Sustaining peace through the prevention of transhumance-related conflicts

1. The importance of addressing transhumance-related conflicts Often underestimated, transhumance is a key form of livelihood across the globe that is based on mobile livestock farming methods, with regular seasonal movements, that supports a substantial population in arid and semi-arid areas less suitable for crop production. It is particularly practiced across Africa and is one

WFP in 2020: Conflict, climate change, coronavirus and the Nobel Peace Prize… in pictures

A look back at the year in which WFP stepped up to unprecedented challenges and fed 100 million people in 88 countries January The World Food Programme marks the 2010 Haiti Earthquake anniversary—on 12 January that year, up to 300,000 people were killed following the magnitude 7.0 quake which struck at 4:53 p.m. Within 30