Category Archives: Governance

Swiss government outlines strategic foreign policy for Africa

ACCRA, Jan 20 (NNN-GNA) — The Government of Switzerland says it will prioritise and promote issues of peace, security and human rights as strategic foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next four years (2021-2024). It has also identified the issues of migration, prosperity, sustainability and digitalization as core elements of the Swiss Government’s foreign

Refugee Numbers Soar as CAR Election-Related Violence Intensifies

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency is calling for an immediate stop to election-related violence in the Central African Republic that has sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. Presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic on December 27 were meant to advance the peace process and unify the country’s

Cameroon’s Ruling Party Scores Landslide Victory in Regional Elections

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroon’s ruling party scored a landslide victory in the country’s first regional elections, winning nine of the country’s 10 administrative regions. The victory has triggered fears the party will not relinquish some powers to regional governments – a promise made to end the ongoing separatist crisis in two western regions. Central government

Kidnapped Mali Politician, French Aid Worker and 2 Italians Freed

BAMAKO, MALI – Kidnapped Malian politician Soumaila Cisse, French aid worker Sophie Petronin and two Italians were freed Thursday, Mali’s presidency said, after lengthy periods in the hands of Islamist insurgents. Their release follows a tense few days, as reports that the Malian authorities had freed scores of suspected militants over the weekend fueled expectations

Ministry of Planning and FAO agree to strengthen cooperation for achievement of food security in Iraq

Baghdad-20 September 2020 – H.E. the Minister of Planning – Dr. Khalid Batal Najim Abdullah and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq – Dr. Salah ElHajj Hassan discussed FAO’s programs and support to rural livelihoods and collaborative efforts with national institutions to strengthen sustainable agriculture with a

Ex-presidential guard officer from Central African Republic arrested in France for war crimes

PARIS, Sept 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Police in France have arrested a former presidential guard from the Central African Republic (CAR) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Eric Danboy Bagale was taken to Paris after his arrest in eastern France on Tuesday. He is accused of leading a group of largely Christian militias which

Compensation Disparity Riles Victims of 1998 US Embassy Bombings

WASHINGTON – Doreen Oport was on a tea break when she heard the blast. A 15-year employee of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, she said she wasn’t fazed by the sound at first. She thought it was a tire bursting on a busy street. Moments later she felt the unmistakable force of a

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict: Attacks against schools as a grave violation of children’s rights

This is a summary of what was said by Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s Security Council Open Debate at the United Nations in New York. Checked against delivery. NEW YORK, 10 September 2020 – “Excellencies. SRSG Gamba. Civil society briefers. Council Members. “On behalf

Statement from the first ACT-Accelerator Facilitation Council meeting

As Members and Partners of the Facilitation Council of the ‘Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator’ (ACT- Accelerator), on the occasion of the Council’s launch meeting; We share the vision of the ACT-Accelerator as a unique international collaboration to fast-track the development and equitable deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics globally while strengthening related health