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  • UN: Libya 'needs to move ahead now, or risk division and collapse,' - UN envoy
    03 march 2016 07:30:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Libya needs to move ahead now or risk division and collapse, the top United Nations official in the country has warned the UN Security Council, while presenting the latest report on political and humanitarian developments. Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief links sustainable peace with progress on development
    02 march 2016 14:08:04
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Wednesday stressed the need for sustainable peace at both national and international levels in order to ensure progress on developmental issues.Full text...

  • Sudan: Will others follow suit after South Africa pulls out of Darfur? (News analysis by Anaclet Rwegayura, PANA Editor)
    25 february 2016 15:32:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s announcement on Wednesday that he had decided to withdraw the 800-odd South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops from the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, has raised doubt that South Africa could be retreating before the war is over.Full text...

  • Senegal: GGA says citizens raise concern over quality of governance in South Africa
    24 february 2016 15:36:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Good Governance Africa (GGA), a research and advocacy body, on Wednesday revealed that going by its survey in South Africa, 79 percent of citizens believe that the government is incompetent and corrupt. Full text...

  • US: World Travel Awards issues final call for Africa, Indian Ocean votes
    24 february 2016 14:07:15
    New York, US (PANA) - Travel industry operators, consumers and stakeholders from around the world are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016. Full text...

  • UN: 'Address root causes of conflict for sustainable peace' - UN advisory body
    24 february 2016 06:08:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The head of the United Nations advisory body tasked with making recommendations on post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development has stressed that building lasting peace requires predictable, sustained and adequate efforts and financing to help stop violence and address the root causes of conflict. Full text...

  • Sudan: Catholic organization denies any foul play in Darfur
    23 february 2016 11:46:17
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Catholic Relief Services (CRS), operating in Darfur, has categorically denied allegations that it was siding one of the parties to the conflict in Darfur, saying it has been and remains neutral in its humanitarian action there. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Will Ban Ki-moon's visit to Burundi make positive headway on current unrest? (News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent, Kigali)
    22 february 2016 18:22:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A two-day visit by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to Burundi is likely to bring out once again, leaders in Bujumbura’s reluctance to take part in joining international efforts dedicated to end the East African country's political crisis that has left several hundred people killed since the higly-contested presidential election.Full text...

  • UN: UN urges safety measures for those fleeing conflict
    19 february 2016 21:56:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Two children have drowned every day on average since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number is growing, three United Nations humanitarian agencies said on Friday, calling for enhancing the safety of those escaping conflict and despair. Full text...

  • Botswana: Syria, South China Sea conflicts worry Botswana
    17 february 2016 16:35:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has expressed concern over conflicts in Syria and territorial claims on the Islands in the South China Sea. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Int'l NGO moves to revive Africa's traditional system of dialogue for peace
    17 february 2016 12:51:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Worried by the troubling prevalence of violence and conflicts across the world, especially in Africa due to the erosion of moral values and collapse of the family system, a non-profit organization, Toguna for Peace and Development Foundation, is rallying stakeholders behind an initiative for the revival of the "African traditional method of promoting peace through dialogue". Full text...

  • CAR: UN mission in CAR aims to ensure victims of alleged abuse receive help
    17 february 2016 07:43:50
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is working to ensure that the victims involved in four new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have access to the help they need, a spokesperson for the world body said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Peacekeeping ‘a tool to advance political, not military, solutions’
    17 february 2016 06:32:47
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations peacekeeping is “a tool to advance political, not military solutions to conflict,” Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has told the UN Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, as the General Assembly subsidiary body opened its 2016 session. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAO, partners warn El Niño could have devastating impact on southern Africa's harvests, food security
    13 february 2016 09:27:21
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Over the coming year, humanitarian partners should prepare for food insecurity levels as food insecure population numbers in southern Africa can be at their highest levels since the 2002-2003 food crisis, the United Nations agriculture agency warned Friday, citing an 'intense' drought as the main cause. Full text...

  • UN: Ban appoints Senegalese General as MINUSCA commander
    12 february 2016 05:29:29
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Full text...

  • UN: Nigerian minister wins 2016 Woman of Distinction award
    10 february 2016 15:04:27
    New York, US (PANA) - The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), one of the three women’s committees of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO) that advocates for women’s rights and gender equality, has given the 2016 NGO CSW Forum Woman of Distinction Award to Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed. Full text...

  • UN: Seasoned official to help curb sexual abuse by peacekeepers
    09 february 2016 07:35:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge of a series of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers. Full text...

  • CAR: 'Strengthen peacekeepers to prevent renewed violence' - Amnesty
    08 february 2016 07:35:35
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Civilians in Central African Republic (CAR) remain at risk of deadly violence and instability unless serious weaknesses in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, MINUSCA, are urgently addressed, Amnesty International said in a new report published on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Rwandan FM dismisses alleged training of Burundian insurgents
    05 february 2016 10:31:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Louise Mushikiwabo, has dismissed allegations that her country is training Burundian refugees to oust Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi faces growing international pressure on AU peacekeepers (A News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA correspondent, Kigali)
    05 february 2016 10:20:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - With the death toll of killings in the Burundian the capital, Bujumbura, rising by the day, since the recent disputed presidential election, the international community is stepping up pressure on President Pierre Nkurunziza to accept the deployment of African Union peacekeepers. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina soldiers ready to counter terrorist attacks - Minister
    04 february 2016 16:22:05
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso has deployed a strong military system along its borders ready to wipe out any foreign attackers, Territorial Administration and Home Security minister Simon Compaoré said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: AfDB loans Tanzania US$16.5 million to finance good governance project
    04 february 2016 12:35:44
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Wednesday a loan of US $16.5 million to finance the Tanzania Institutional Support Project for Good Governance (ISPGG III), which aims to promote inclusive growth and macroeconomic stability by enhancing economic and financial governance through more effective public financial management and improved business environment. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Two Rwandan peacekeepers killed in Haiti buried with police honours
    03 february 2016 16:40:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two Rwandan female peacekeepers killed on 29 December 2015 while serving on a peacekeeping mission in Haiti were buried in their home country Wednesday with full police honours, the Rwanda National Police said in a statement.Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius issues travel warning against Zika virus
    03 february 2016 12:42:20
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health Ministry on Wednesday warned travellers to countries with active Zika transmission, advising them to take the necessary precautions as there is no vaccine against the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari to address EU parliament
    27 january 2016 23:41:07
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is to address a special session of the European Union (EU) parliament and European Commission next Wednesday in Strasbourg, France, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: UN expresses concern over ongoing hostilities in Darfur
    27 january 2016 18:49:02
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations has expressed grave concern over the impact of the ongoing hostilities in Sudan's restive Darfur area on thousands of civilians who have been forced to flee their homes since the latest conflict began two weeks ago. Full text...

  • US: Thomas Cook Airlines pulls out of Tunisia due to security concerns
    27 january 2016 14:50:19
    New York, US (PANA) - A British private airline based in Manchaster, Thomas Cook Airlines, said it will withdraw operations in Tunisia, citing security concerns. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Executive Council meeting opens with focus on conflict prevention
    27 january 2016 10:56:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Foreign ministers forming the Executive Council of the African Union met on Wednesday to prepare the main agenda of the AU Summit at a ministerial meeting dominated by the need to address conflicts which have made Africa unattractive for foreign investments. Full text...

  • Mali: Senior UN relief official urges 'full commitment' to Mali peace process
    26 january 2016 05:14:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, has said that he has seen both progress and challenges on security and access to basic services for crisis-affected communities in Mali, while underscoring the importance of full commitment – from national authorities and the international community – to move the country forward. Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges African partners to revive South Sudan peace process
    26 january 2016 05:13:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With South Sudan’s parties missing last week’s deadline to set up the Transitional Government of National Unity amid deadlock over establishing 28 states, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on the war-torn country’s African partners to save the peace process. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari identifies cause of inter-, intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria
    25 january 2016 17:27:19
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, said here Monday that poverty, injustice and the lack of job opportunities were mainly responsible for inter-communal and intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria.Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council delegation visits Burundi
    22 january 2016 18:30:14
    New York, US (PANA) - A delegation from the UN Security Council is in Burundi Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari rewards laurel-winning Nigerian athletes
    21 january 2016 15:39:00
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday fulfilled his promise to financially reward sportsmen and women who won laurels for Nigeria at international competitions. Full text...

  • UN: UN Security Council reduces UN peacekeepers in Cote d'Ivoire
    20 january 2016 18:45:07
    New York, US (PANA) - Reflecting the considerable and continued progress in consolidating Full text...

  • UN: UN deputy chief tasks UN Security Council on civilians in armed conflicts
    20 january 2016 16:04:50
    New York, US (PANA) - With scores of civilians being killed in conflicts worldwide, tens of thousands facing starvation in besieged cities, and hospitals under attack, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, has urged UN Security Council for greater accountability and expanded use of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to protect civilians.Full text...

  • Senegal: MFWA salutes Ghana's President, others on UN appointment
    20 january 2016 12:54:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has congratulated Ghana's President, John Dramani Mahama, on his appointment by the UN Secretary General as co-chair for a group of eminent advocates for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Full text...

  • Libya: Authorities delay unveiling members of the coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 12:19:01
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The presidential council of the Libyan national coalition government has delayed, by 48 hours, the unveiling of the list of members of national unity government, saying it needed time to complete other procedures related to the announcement. Full text...

  • Libya: UN Chief urges support to Security Committee formed by coalition govt.
    17 january 2016 11:46:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has urged all Libyans to back and facilitate the work of the Ad hoc Security Committee established by the national unity government. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Composition of new Ivorian government
    12 january 2016 15:36:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Secretary General of the Ivorian presidency, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, on Tuesday made public the composition of the new Ivorian government which includes 36 ministers.Full text...

  • UN: Challenges in Mali need to be ‘urgently defeated’ – UN peacekeeping chief
    12 january 2016 05:40:34
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping chief on Monday warned that the peace process in the West African state of Mali remains fragile despite considerable progress, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: President Kaboré orders audit of transition management
    11 january 2016 15:49:41
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso on Monday ordered an audit of the activities of members of the country's transition committee, who were in power for 13 months following the overthrow of President Blaise Compaoré.Full text...

  • Libya: Arab League calls for quick formation of Libyan coalition govt.
    11 january 2016 13:52:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Council of Arab League States has called for the quick completion of the formation of the national coalition government in Libya, within the framework of the deal signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, "so that it can immediately assume its responsibilities".Full text...

  • Rwanda: Burundi will benefit from deployment of AU peacekeepers (A News analysis by Aimable Twahirwa, PANA Correspondent in Kigali)
    11 january 2016 11:07:54
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After Ugandan Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga stressed that there is goodwill in Burundi to accept the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers, Burundian authorities have now the biggest interest in welcoming the 5,000 strong force as the only effective solution toward lasting peace in the tiny East African nation, analysts say.Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: New Burkina Faso PM promises popular govt.
    08 january 2016 13:50:29
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Appointed on Wednesday evening, the Burkinabe Prime Minister, Paul Kaba Thiéba, has pledged to form a government that will meet the expectations of the people. Full text...

  • Senegal: Sacked minister regains post in Gambia
    06 january 2016 13:25:21
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) The Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has reappointed Mr. Ismaila Sanyang to his former post of Minister of Agriculture, eight days after sacking him in a minor cabinet reshuffle. Full text...

  • CAR: Fresh sexual abuse allegations emerge against blue berets in CAR
    06 january 2016 09:19:17
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse and other misconduct by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR), this time by forces under the world body’s flag, the top UN official in CAR said on Tuesday, as further steps are being put in place to combat the scourge. Full text...

  • Libya: UNSMIL chief wishes Libyans courage to unite in peace
    02 january 2016 08:28:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Expressing optimism about the unity and peace of the Libyan nation in the new year, UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Martin Kobler has called on all peace-loving Libyans to embrace the recently signed Libyan Political Agreement and to support the Government of National Accord. Full text...

  • UN: Security Council stresses improved dialogue between UN and troop- and police-contributors
    01 january 2016 09:00:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Thursday, noting “frustrations on all sides,” highlighted the need to improve dialogue between the United Nations Secretariat and the countries that provide troops and police personnel for the numerous peace operations deployed around the world. Full text...

  • UN: South African to head UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo
    30 december 2015 06:05:17
    New York, US (PANA) - A former South African special forces commander with previous United Nations peacekeeping experience has been appointed to lead the troops serving with the world body’s mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), it was announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Ethiopia to form joint-committee on handling security breaches
    28 december 2015 14:58:42
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to form a “joint mechanism” to handle security problems along their joint borders, which recently witnessed gangster activities. Full text...

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