Secretary-General on Africa
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Africa moved a step closer towards continental unity with the establishment of the Pan-African Parliament in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in March. The body, created as an organ of the African Union (AU), is open to all 53 countries in the organization.
Women in Rwanda now top the world rankings of women in national parliaments, with 49 per cent of representation compared to a world average of 15.1 per cent. This year the country commemorates the genocide of 1994, when Rwandan women suffered death, humiliation, persecution and sexual abuse during a 100-day massacre that left more than 800,000 people dead.
Ten years after one of the most horrific genocides of the 20th century, Rwanda is still in the process of rebuilding its devastated society. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, meanwhile, is challenging the international community to take steps to avert any similar catastrophe anywhere in the world. On 7 April -- the anniversary of the start of the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda -- he will outline a UN plan of action to prevent genocide.
Antananarivo, 26 August 2016 – Starting the project phase of the involvement of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in Madagascar, the Malagasy Minister of Economy and Planning and General of the Army Corps, Herilanto Raveloharison, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN System, Violette Kakyomya, Thursday signed the official documents for two projects, amounting to $5 million.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo [scroll down for French version]
The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), in particular the political dialogue process. He takes note of today’s meeting of the preparatory committee to the national dialogue convened by the Facilitator of the African Union, Edem Kodjo.
The Secretary-General is disappointed that the Sudanese parties failed to reach an agreement on a cessation of hostilities in Darfur and the Two Areas of Blue Nile and South Kordofan States, during the last round of negotiations from 9 to 14 August 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) The Secretary-General is appalled by reports of the killing of at least 36 civilians on 13 August in the area of Rwangoma village, North Kivu province of the DRC, by suspected members of the Allied Defense Forces (ADF). The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms this latest attack in the Beni area where, since October 2014, several hundred civilians have been killed by suspected members of the ADF.
By: Pavithra RaoFrom Africa Renewal: August - November 2016page 39
The Africa 80 — Transformation through Collaboration
by 80 young African leaders
Success Climate Publishers, Harare, Zimbabwe; 2016, 267pp $20.00
There was something striking about the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa held in Cape Town, South Africa, in June. Alongside the African heads of state and government and other world leaders who regularly attend this prestigious event, sat some 80 young African men and women.
The forum set out to capture the essence of youth and innovation...
By: Africa RenewalFrom Africa Renewal: August - November 2016page 39
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his special envoys on El Niño and Climate. Ms. Robinson is currently the president of the Mary Robinson Foundation and Mr. Kamau the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations. Ms. Robinson, a former President of Ireland, had served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Mr. Ban’s special envoy for climate change. Mr. Kamau is a former president of the United Nations...
By: Pavithra RaoFrom Africa Renewal: August - November 2016page 3
Peace eludes the world’s newest nation
By Pavithra Rao
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence on 9 July, sporadic gunfire rent the air in Juba, the capital city.
What many assumed was a celebration of the world’s newest nation’s fifth anniversary turned out to be a precursor to a deadly clash pitting troops loyal to President Salva Kiir against those loyal to his deputy Riek Machar.
Fighting quickly spilled over, resulting in hundreds of deaths and causing...
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