Category Archives: General

EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North Africa

Today, as part of the EU’s global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU – through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) – has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa. This package includes €80 million in new funds as well as €30

Protecting agro-pastoral livelihoods: a case of Kerio ward, Turkana County

ACTED is supporting the establishment of desert locust surveillance and control teams, supporting the efforts in ensuring that the desert locust invasion is controlled effectively in six affected counties in Kenya, including Turkana. In the affected areas, desert locusts pose a great risk to food security, not only for people but for their livestock as

WFP complements Kenya Government emergency response with food for 9,000 families

NAIROBI – The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food to 9,000 families affected by floods in Garissa, Mandera, Tana River, and Turkana counties in coordination with the National Disaster Operations Centre, the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, and county governments. This complements other food distributions funded and managed by national and county governments. With

Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogues on violence against children and on children and armed conflicts

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held separate interactive dialogues with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict. Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, noted that the measures taken in response to the COVID-19

United Nations in West and Central Africa Concerned Over Increased Vulnerabilities of Migrants Amid COVID-19

Dakar – The Regional United Nations Network on Migration together with the Regional UN-SDG COVID-19 Executive Committee in West and Central Africa are concerned with the wellbeing of millions of migrants across the region amid the COVID-19 crisis. While they face the same health threats from COVID-19 as any other human being, migrants may be

Human Rights Council begins dialogue with Special Rapporteur on education, concludes discussion with Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons

The Human Rights Council this morning began an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education after concluding an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. Koumbou Boly Barry, Special Rapporteur on the right to education, said it was crucial to act within the framework

Statement of the twenty-fifth polio IHR Emergency Committee

The twenty-fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened and opened by the Director General on 23 June 2020 with committee members attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO Secretariat. Dr Tedros in his opening remarks said that while there has been

Food security of people at risk in Ethiopia due to WFP funding crises

ADDIS ABABA – A funding shortfall of US$158 million this year is threatening millions of people in Ethiopia who depend on food and nutrition assistance for their very survival. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that 700,000 refugees, 1.15 million children aged between 6 and 59 months, and 750,000 pregnant and nursing

Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 2, July 2020

COUNTRIES REQUIRING EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD FAO assesses that globally 44 countries, of which 34 are in Africa, continue to be in need of external assistance for food. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are causing wide ranging and severe negative impacts on food security, particularly through the loss of income. Conflicts and weather shocks