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  • 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...

  • Kenya: 'Inclusive finance key to food security in East, Southern Africa' - IFAD
    22 may 2017 14:03:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ugandan Government have brought together policy makers and development practitioners for a three-day meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: UN chief welcomes return to calm after unrest in Cote d'Ivoire
    17 may 2017 13:27:50
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has commended the Ivorian government for restoring security following a mutiny over pay, his spokesperson said. Full text...

  • Mali: New peacekeeping chief praises Mali's support for UN mission
    17 may 2017 06:28:12
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – During his first working visit to Mali, United Nations peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix on Tuesday met in the capital, Bamako, with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and other senior Malian officials, whom he thanked for their constructive and sustained cooperation with the UN integrated mission in the country, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN honours fallen ‘blue helmets’
    13 may 2017 07:47:55
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) – The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) held a memorial ceremony on Friday in honour of five peacekeepers who lost their lives after their convoy was attacked in the south-eastern part of the country earlier this week. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to introduce single biometric identification system
    12 may 2017 11:12:54
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana intends to upgrade the country’s biometric platform to accommodate all identification requirements of various government departments. Full text...

  • CAR: Rights groups, public demand accountability for crimes in CAR armed conflict
    11 may 2017 06:57:24
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International and civil society organisations in Central African Republic (CAR) are on Thursday launching a national campaign urging authorities in the country to tackle a deeply entrenched culture of impunity which has prevented thousands of victims of human rights abuses and crimes under international law from receiving any form of justice. Full text...

  • US: UN boss Guterres condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers in CAR
    10 may 2017 19:04:50
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned an attack against a convoy of the UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) that left four dead, one missing and 10 others evacuated. Full text...

  • US: EU an ‘indispensable’ UN partner, Security Council told
    10 may 2017 05:53:11
    New York, (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has become over the past 60 years of its existence, a “superpower for peace” focused not only on regional stability and security but also on sustainable development for all, the EU’s senior most diplomat told the Security Council on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Central African Republic: UN Mission condemns deadly attack on peacekeepers
    09 may 2017 18:24:36
    Bangui, Central African Republic (PANA) - The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has strongly condemned Monday's attack on one of its convoys in the country’s south that killed one Cambodian peacekeeper. Full text...

  • Sudan: Complications face formation of new accord gov't - Spokesman
    09 may 2017 17:39:34
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese Information Minister and official spokesman of the government, Ahmed Bilal Osman, has stated that the expected formation of the long-awaited National Accord government (NAG) is facing a number of complications.Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyans arrested in South Sudan enroute ISIS camp
    09 may 2017 15:51:38
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Four people, three of them Kenyans and a Somali national, have been arrested in Juba, South Sudan, on their way to Libya, where security forces believed they planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe to join the Islamic State (ISIS), Kenyan Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer WC: FIFA announces individual, collective awards
    09 may 2017 10:18:24
    Nassau, Bahamas (PANA) - Following the conclusion of the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, the World Soccer Governing Body has announced awards to the 3 best players of the tournament, 3 top goal scorers, and the best goalkeeper. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UN peacekeepers deployed to enable aid delivery to Upper Nile's Aburoc area
    07 may 2017 16:33:13
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has deployed peacekeeping troops to Aburoc in the Upper Nile region to help enable the delivery of much needed humanitarian assistance to the 50,000 people displaced from their home, the Mission announced on Sunday.Full text...

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