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  • France: Rival Libyan leaders meet in Paris to resolve crisis rocking their conflict-ridden country
    25 july 2017 12:25:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - Determined to bring back peace to their fatherland, Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, began a France-brokered meeting in Paris on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: UN Security Council urges South Sudan leaders to seize fresh opportunity for peace
    21 july 2017 19:33:23
    New York, US (PANA) - Members of the United Nations Security Council have urged South Sudanese leaders to seize the opportunity to revitalise the peace process offered by a new plan to bring “estranged” groups together, restore the ceasefire, and fully implement the 2015 peace deal. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Security Council mulls taking over administration in Libya
    21 july 2017 05:54:09
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A top Libyan politician, Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Hangari, has said that the United States and Russia, in cooperation with other members of the UN Security Council, are discussing a new resolution by the UN Security Council to take over the administration of Libya. Full text...

  • DR Congo: 'More flexibility, mobility for UN peacekeepers in DR Congo'
    19 july 2017 19:31:15
    North Kivu Province, DR Congo (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is changing how it operates to become more flexible and mobile, the head of the mission announced on Wednesday, saying the focus will be on rapid deployment of troops and air surveillance instead of fixed bases. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN chief for peacekeeping operations to visit South Sudan
    19 july 2017 19:24:51
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, will visit South Sudan next week to meet with political leaders, humanitarian actors, and internally displaced people living in sites for protection of civilians, it was officially announced here on Wednesday.. Full text...

  • US: 'Int'l community needs to 'change narrative' about Africa' – UN chief Guterres
    19 july 2017 19:23:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council on their strengthened collaboration, top officials from the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) on Wednesday highlighted their joint work on peace and security in the Gambia, Somalia and South Sudan, as well as other African countries, and urged adequate, timely and predictable funding. Full text...

  • CAR: Humanitarian group warns CAR 'spiralling into devastating crisis'
    17 july 2017 10:42:24
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Three years after armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) signed a ceasefire agreement, more than one million people are still displaced, an international humanitarian organisation said on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambia: No security threats from ex-president Jammeh's surrogates - Gov't
    14 july 2017 09:34:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The press secretary at the Office of the Gambian President has refuted reports that some ex-soldiers believed to be loyalists of former President Yahya Jammeh are posing external security threats to the government of President Adama Barrow.Full text...

  • Zambia: Zambia Parliament approves enhanced measures to preserve public security
    12 july 2017 07:01:20
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The National Assembly of Zambia has approved President Edgar Lungu’s promulgation of enhanced measures to enable security services to curb the rising cases of "politically-motivated fires and vandalism of vital electricity supply lines". Full text...

  • Sudan: UNAMID chief says situation in Darfur remains fragile
    10 july 2017 20:07:10
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Joint Special Representative of the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), Jeremiah Mamabolo, has said the overall situation in the region remains fragile and, therefore, UNAMID strategic priorities remain the same. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Interior minister denies invasion threat
    10 july 2017 14:15:23
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambian Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmed Fatty, has dismissed reports that former President Yahya Jammeh loyalist force is allegedly planning to attack The Gambia. Full text...

  • Sudan: US calls on South Sudan leader to return to dialogue
    09 july 2017 14:58:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The U.S. Department of State has called on South Sudanese leaders to end what it described as “self-destructive violence” and return to political dialogue, and to help South Sudan realise its full potential.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan curfew imposed after series of Al Shabaab attacks enforced
    09 july 2017 12:32:18
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on 16 locations worst-affected by Islamist terror attacks in north eastern and coastal region in Kenya, comes into effect on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: Strengthening UN peacekeeping tops agenda as chiefs of defence meet
    07 july 2017 20:14:51
    New York, US (PANA) – In the ongoing effort to improve the overall performance of United Nations peacekeeping missions, the heads of the armed forces of around 100 countries met at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday to discuss issues such as rapid deployment, training, increasing the number of female peacekeepers, and conduct and discipline. Full text...

  • Italy: FAO honours 10 for work to eradicate hunger, promote sustainable dev't
    05 july 2017 19:31:16
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday honoured 10 organizations and individuals for their work on pressing issues of food security and sustainable development Full text...

  • Switzerland: Half of all countries lack national plan on cybersecurity - UN agency
    05 july 2017 19:19:14
    Switzerland, US (PANA) – Only about half of all countries have a cybersecurity strategy or are in the process of developing one, the United Nations telecommunications agency on Thursday reported, urging more countries to consider national policies to protect against cybercrime. Full text...

  • CAR: Former UN envoy urges continued vigilance in fight against sexual exploitation, abuse
    05 july 2017 19:17:27
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – While a number of steps have been taken to address the scourge of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), the former deputy head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged continued vigilance to ensure that the world body’s personnel do no harm while carrying out their duties. Full text...

  • Kenya: Rights group says civilians targeted in CAR war
    05 july 2017 06:33:49
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic have killed civilians with wholesale impunity, spurring more violence in the war-torn country, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Summit unhappy over weak UN Security Council nod in terror fight
    04 july 2017 16:42:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union (AU) Summit has slammed the UN Security Council for passing a “weak” resolution backing the deployment of a military force to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region, saying the growing terrorism threat in the region could not be tackled conventionally. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AUC chief challenges Executive Council on peace restoration
    30 june 2017 19:58:49
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has challenged the Executive Council, the second highest decision-making body comprising foreign ministers, whose meeting opened here Friday, to discuss new measures to end African conflicts. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: ECOWAS Commission to honour 20 deserving African Companies, individuals
    30 june 2017 13:57:36
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The maiden edition of the ECOWAS Quality Awards will be given on Friday, 30 June, 2017, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to deserving companies and individuals. Full text...

  • US: UN chief voices support for sustaining ‘hard-won peace’ after mission’s closure
    29 june 2017 20:36:48
    New York, US (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the closure of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which will take place on Friday, and reiterated the UN family’s commitment to helping the people and Government of the West African nation to sustain their hard-won peace. Full text...

  • US: ‘Disproportionate emphasis on security would undercut sustaining peace in Sahel'
    29 june 2017 05:43:16
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday stressed the need to “avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security” when carrying out a strategy to help Africa’s Sahel region achieve sustained peace and development. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB President, Adesina, wins 2017 World Food Prize
    28 june 2017 13:11:14
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - For helping Africa get it right in agriculture and making it a key player of securing food for the world, the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has been awarded "The World Food Prize 2017". Full text...

  • US: Despite progress, challenges remain for Liberia to consolidate peace gains - UN envoy
    28 june 2017 05:42:38
    New York, US (PANA) - In spite of “remarkable” progress in Liberia since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 2003, the presence of challenges that risk a reversal of the gains made warrant continued international support and attention, the United Nations envoy for the country has cautioned. Full text...

  • France: Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to be awarded on Tuesday
    27 june 2017 06:28:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize has decided to award the Prize to Mrs Giuseppina Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy), and to the non-governmental organization, SOS Méditerranée (France), for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants, and to welcome them with dignity. Full text...

  • Gambia: ECOWAS committed to consolidate development, democratization in Gambia
    23 june 2017 16:42:08
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The special representative of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) President in The Gambia on Friday reiterated the commitment of the regional block in its efforts to consolidate development and democratization in the country.Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU asks member states to assist Gambia's security sector reform
    21 june 2017 17:43:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Gambia needs personnel support from the African Union Commission (AUC) and AU member states for reforming its security sector and the newly initiated process of transitional justice, according to the AU Peace and Security Council.Full text...

  • Kenya: Norwegian refugee body calls for scaling up of aid to DRC crisis victims
    21 june 2017 10:20:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Norwegian Refugee Council says it is disturbed by the international community's slow and inadequate response to the crisis in DR Congo. Full text...

  • CAR: With armed groups spreading in CAR, UN expert urges action
    20 june 2017 21:12:18
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) – The situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is “unsustainable,” an independent United Nations expert on Tuesday warned, urging the Government to stop the spread of armed groups and increasing human rights violations. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU strengthens support to security in Mali and Sahel region
    20 june 2017 16:26:51
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Council on Tuesday adopted a decision to support the regionalisation of EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions in the Sahel region, namely EUCAP Sahel Mali, EUCAP Sahel Niger and EUTM Mali. Full text...

  • US: UN Peacebuilding Commission Chair says body ready to help sustain peace
    20 june 2017 05:14:07
    New York, US (PANA) – Briefing the Security Council on Monday, the Chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission – an intergovernmental advisory body that supports peace efforts in conflict-affected countries – highlighted that partnerships, coherence, transparency and a focus on the gender dimensions of its work will be its key priorities for the upcoming session. Full text...

  • US: Disarming, reintegrating fighters into society key to sustaining peace – UN officials
    20 june 2017 05:07:02
    New York, US (PANA) – Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the development of United Nations standards for having former combatants lay down weapons and reintegrate into society, senior UN officials on Monday highlighted how crucial the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) processes are to sustaining peace. Full text...

  • South Africa: SA golf legend nominated for Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award
    19 june 2017 14:38:37
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African golfing legend, Ernie Els, has been nominated for the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. Full text...

  • US: AfDB President Adesina receives Life-time Award for Child Nutrition
    15 june 2017 08:16:50
    Washington, US (PANA) - The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, was Tuesday honoured with the 2017 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF) in Washington D.C., US.Full text...

  • US: Put peace first, UN chief says
    14 june 2017 18:42:18
    New York, US (PANA) – True peace requires building bridges, combating discrimination and standing up for the human rights of the world's people United Nations Secretary-General said on Wednesday, kicking off the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, with a strong appeal to citizens, governments and leaders everywhere to “put peace first.” Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition leader says ECOMIG forces not a threat to national security
    12 june 2017 14:52:13
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition leader, Halifa Sallah, has said that the West African States Intervention forces (ECOMIG) is not a threat to the country’s security. Full text...

  • Sudan: FM condemns killing of Nigerian peacekeeper
    03 june 2017 11:45:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday condemned the killing of a Nigerian soldier with the UN-AU peace keeping Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and the carjacking of a UNAMID vehicle.Full text...

  • US: UN envoy hails Ivorians for turning page on conflict to peaceful future
    03 june 2017 04:34:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Briefing the Security Council for the final time as the United Nations mission in Côte d'Ivoire draws down, the UN envoy for the country thanked the Ivorian Government for its support and said that though more needs to be done, the West African nation has shown its resolve for a peaceful, stable and prosperous future.Full text...

  • US: Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and 3 others elected to UN Security Council
    03 june 2017 03:44:59
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland as non-permanent members of the Security Council for the next two years.Full text...

  • Sudan: Security council condemns attack against UNAMID Peacekeepers in Darfur
    02 june 2017 19:27:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The UN security Council has condemned the recent killing of a Nigerian peacekeeper in Darfur, calling on the government to expediently probe the matter and bring the culprit to justice.Full text...

  • US: UN peacekeepers need resources to build sustainable peace - UN chief
    29 may 2017 14:51:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Monday, Secretary-General António Guterres said peacekeepers must have the tools and rules they need to adapt to the dangerous and challenging environments they face. Full text...

  • India: AfDB announces winners of Africa Development Impact Awards
    25 may 2017 19:56:07
    Ahmedabad, india (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday unveiled winners of the Africa Development Impact during its Annual Meetings in Ahmedabad, India, with Lerato Mbele acting as master of ceremony and Nollywood actress, Omotola J. Ekeinde, handing over the awards.Full text...

  • UN: Security Council urged to advance ‘common strategy’ on South Sudan political process
    25 may 2017 05:18:14
    New York, US (PANA) – The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has urged the Security Council to unite behind a common strategy for advancing the political process and peace in the crisis-torn country. Full text...

  • US: UN honours dedication and service of peacekeepers
    24 may 2017 20:00:01
    New York, US (PANA) – While the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is 29 May, the Organization on Wednesday held ceremonies to pay tribute to the more than 3,500 people who have died on duty since 1948 and acknowledge the dedication and courage of those serving on the ground. Full text...

  • India: AfDB unveils winners of 2017 African Bankers Awards
    24 may 2017 16:36:05
    Ahmedabad, India (PANA) - Winners of the 2017 African Banker Awards were announced at a prestigious Gala Dinner in Ahmedabad, India, venue of the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Full text...

  • Jordan: Conflicts threaten lives of 24 million children in the Middle East, North Africa
    24 may 2017 16:26:13
    Amman, Jordan (PANA) - Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Full text...

  • US: UN announces new secure Internet app to aid UN peacekeeping
    24 may 2017 05:13:27
    New York, US (PANA) – The United Nations peacekeeping office has announced a new software application that is enhancing efficiency and situational awareness in the field. Full text...

  • Mali: Two UN ‘blue helmets’ killed in attack in northern Mali
    23 may 2017 19:57:11
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Two peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed and another injured on Tuesday morning in an ambush in the northern Kidal region.Full text...

  • South Africa: South African film scoops major awards
    22 may 2017 14:07:54
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Nigerian-born South African filmmaker, Akin Omotoso, has expressed disbelief after his latest film, Vaya, received 11 nominations in all the top categories of the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaas) – the most any film on the continent has received. Full text...

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