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  • Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report
    10 december 2017 16:00:10
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – The armed conflict in Somalia continues to exact a heavy toll on civilians, damaging infrastructure and livelihoods, displacing millions of people, and impeding access to humanitarian relief for communities in need, according to a United Nations report launched on Sunday in the country's capital, Mogadishu. Full text...

  • Campaign to mark 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights starts
    10 december 2017 04:40:33
    New York, USA (PANA) - This year, Human Rights Day, which falls on Sunday, kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Full text...

  • UN honours victims of genocide
    10 december 2017 04:36:33
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations office that coordinates efforts on genocide prevention has launched an appeal for Member States to ratify the 1948 genocide convention by the end of 2018 if they haven't done so. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for US$1 billion in donor contributions to emergency response fund
    09 december 2017 04:17:03
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday called for US$1 billion in donor contributions to the Organization’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – a pool of funding that supports critical relief operations in crises around the world – as humanitarian needs have increased from US$5.2 billion in 2005 to over US$24 billion today. Full text...

  • IOM begins assisting thousands of West African migrants to leave Libya
    09 december 2017 04:10:22
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations migration agency and the Government of Niger have welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants. Full text...

  • Security Council considers measures to support regional force in Sahel
    09 december 2017 04:04:22
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution clarifying the ways in which the international community, including the UN mission in Mali – known by its French acronym MINUSMA – is expected to provide support to a multi-country joint military force conducting counter-terrorist operations in the Sahel. Full text...

  • Over a dozen UN peacekeepers killed in DRC
    09 december 2017 03:57:46
    New York, USA (PANA) – At least 15 United Nations ‘blue helmets’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been killed and many more injured, in what the Secretary-General António Guterres described on Friday as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers in recent history. Full text...

  • UN moves country offices to Tanzania’s new capital
    08 december 2017 08:43:25
    Dodoma, Tanzania (PANA) - The United Nations became the first international organization to move its country offices from Dar es Salaam to Tanzania’s new capital, Dodoma, on Thursday where it has, so far, relocated eight of its 23 agencies currently operating in the country. Full text...

  • Torture, militia violence, child marriage head rights concerns in Burkina Faso
    08 december 2017 06:39:25
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Amndesty International has urged the authorities in Burkina Faso to tackle violence by local self-defence groups, investigate alleged torture by police and protect women and girls at risk of early and forced marriages. Full text...

  • Hunger crisis, scarce funds could push Kasais in DRC to brink of catastrophe - UN agency
    07 december 2017 22:48:40
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – An acute hunger emergency ravaging Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s strife-torn Greater Kasai region could transform into a long-term disaster if additional resources are not made available urgently, the United Nations food relief agency warned Thursday. Full text...

  • Security Council condemns reported slave trade of migrants in Libya
    07 december 2017 22:42:09
    New York, USA (PANA) – The United Nations Security Council on Thursday condemned the slave trade of African migrants in Libya as “heinous human rights abuses which may also amount to crimes against humanity,” and called on those responsible to be held to account. Full text...

  • ‘Zero tolerance’ for sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff in South Sudan - senior UN official
    07 december 2017 22:37:26
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The relationship between United Nations peacekeepers and civilian staff and the vulnerable people in South Sudan they are working for must be one of mutual trust and confidence, said a senior UN official, noting that instances of sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel not only break down that relationship, but also destroy the trust communities have in the Organization. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to do more to protect civilians, help end violence in South Sudan
    07 december 2017 22:30:47
    New York, USA (PANA) – With the conflict in South Sudan entering its fifth year, senior United Nations officials on Thursday expressed concern about the precarious security situation and bleak humanitarian conditions in the world’s youngest country. Full text...

  • Islamic movements reject Trump's decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
    07 december 2017 18:01:08
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan’s Islamic Movement and the Muslim Brothers have rejected the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital and to move his country’s embassy there. Full text...

  • Rwandan court stops nepotism proceedings against former minister of mining
    07 december 2017 16:25:21
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A Rwandan court on Thursday decided to stop tribunal proceedings against the country's former Mining minister Evode Imena, who was accused of nepotism and favouritism. Full text...

  • Alarm over threats to leading journalists in South Africa
    07 december 2017 13:46:04
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has expressed alarm at reports that police are investigating leading journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both reportedly published damning articles about President Jacob Zuma’s alleged corrupt dealings. Full text...

  • UN, rights group tell Cameroon to end torture in anti-terror fight
    07 december 2017 10:39:36
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Cameroon must act swiftly on the recommendations published by the UN Committee against Torture and put an end to the widespread use of torture by security forces fighting Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said. Full text...

  • EU regrets Chad’s failure to surrender Sudan’s leader to ICC
    06 december 2017 18:55:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union has regretted that Chad, a State party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), did not comply with its obligations under international law and as a State Party to the ICC to surrender Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir to the Court. Full text...

  • President Barrow visits Dakar
    06 december 2017 18:11:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow of The Gambia on Wednesday left Banjul for a working visit to Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • DR Congo mega-crisis forcing millions to flee
    06 december 2017 16:37:05
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Figures released Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) have revealed a grim reality inside the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with over 1.7 million people fleeing their homes this year. Full text...

  • 2,778 Nigerians in accessible detention camps in Libya to be repatriated soon
    06 december 2017 14:51:06
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Government has confirmed that about 2,778 registered Nigerians are in accessible detention camps in Libya and will be repatriated soon. Full text...

  • DR Congo 'mega crisis' forcing millions to flee
    06 december 2017 10:22:16
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Nowhere have more people been forced to flee in the first six months of this year than in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), according to a major report released on Wednesday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). Full text...

  • Donors make initial pledges of US$857 million to fund UNHCR's work in 2018
    06 december 2017 05:51:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Donor governments on Tuesday pledged an initial US$857 million to fund the United Nations refugee agency’s work to help some 67 million displaced or stateless people worldwide in 2018. Full text...

  • Young students getting better at reading, finds international study
    05 december 2017 21:35:15
    Paris, France (PANA) – Reading literacy levels are on the rise across the globe, giving young students a set of strong skills to serve them in their futures as well as contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular those related to inclusive and quality education. Full text...

  • Ending child marriage could generate US$3bn annually for Uganda’s population by 2030
    05 december 2017 20:05:54
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - Ending child marriage today could generate US$3 billion per year for Uganda by 2030, said a new report released on Tuesday by the World Bank. Full text...

  • Experts discuss ways to combat terrorism in Central African region
    05 december 2017 16:38:57
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - In order to build an integrated and prosperous Africa, governments have to put forward different approaches to prevent the damaging consequences caused by terrorist groups and set disarmament initiatives, said some officials and experts attending the 45th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) which started on Tuesday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • Anniversary of Mandela's death marred by graft probe
    05 december 2017 09:51:39
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Tuesday’s fourth anniversary of the death of world statesman Nelson Mandela has been overshadowed by the release of a damning probe revealing evidence of massive inflation of prices, misappropriation of funds, poor planning by the government for his high-profile memorial and funeral services. Full text...

  • Rights group criticises Mauritania on new ‘Apostasy’ Draft Law
    05 december 2017 07:12:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday asked Mauritanian parliamentarians to reject a new draft law that would make the death penalty mandatory for the crime of “insulting” or “mocking” God, the Quran, or the Prophet Muhammad. Full text...

  • UN chief urges universal ratification of ICC founding treaty
    05 december 2017 06:58:28
    New York, USA (PANA) – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday stressed the importance of all States ratifying the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) as the central institution of the global criminal justice system, known as the Rome Statute. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of ‘blue helmet’ in east CAR
    05 december 2017 05:38:26
    New York, USA (PANA) – UN Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the killing on Monday of a Mauritanian peacekeeper and the wounding of three others of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) by anti-Balaka militia in Bria in the country’s east. Full text...

  • Recognise migration’s positive impact, urges senior UN official
    04 december 2017 21:39:58
    Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (PANA) – Noting that the movement of people across borders is a global reality, a senior United Nations official has stressed that policy decisions governing migration must be based on fact and not on perception or myth. Full text...

  • UN voices support for Somali govt's efforts at first-ever security conference
    04 december 2017 21:27:26
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – At Somalia's first-ever security conference, hosted by the country’s Federal President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed “Farmaajo” in the capital, Mogadishu, participants have agreed to speed up security sector reform and develop a plan to transfer primary responsibility for the country’s security from the United Nations-backed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to its own security forces. Full text...

  • IMF chief appoints Kenyan to head Office of Internal Audit
    04 december 2017 19:00:39
    Washington, US (PANA) - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Monday announced the appointment of Nancy Asiko Onyango as Director of the Fund’s Office of Internal Audit and Inspection (OIA), which conducts independent examinations of the IMF’s internal control and governance processes. Full text...

  • UNN Arts professor, El Anatsui, honoured by Alma-mater in Ghana
    04 december 2017 15:40:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Prof. El Anatsui, the globally-celebrated Ghanaian Sculptor and Emeritus Professor in Sculpture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), has added an honorary Doctor of Letters award by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Ghana, to his bag full of honours. Full text...

  • Build inclusive societies 'for, by and with persons with disabilities' – UN
    03 december 2017 17:47:44
    New York, USA (PANA) – Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations said on Sunday. Full text...

  • US, UK, raise alarm over alleged terrorist plot to bomb Abuja
    03 december 2017 14:50:43
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The British and the United States governments have warned their citizens of terrorist groups’ threat to carry out bomb attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the Yuletide. Full text...

  • 13 killed, 53 injured in twin Boko Haram suicide attacks in Nigeria
    03 december 2017 11:01:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) –Thirteen persons were killed on Saturday in twin Boko Haram suicide attacks in Biu, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, the Nigeria police confirmed on Sunday. Full text...

  • UN relief wing appeals for record US$22.5 billion in aid for 2018
    03 december 2017 05:08:03
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – A record level of aid funding – more than US$22.5 billion – is needed to deliver lifesaving assistance around the world in 2018, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator has said. Full text...

  • UN marks International Day of Disabled Persons
    03 december 2017 04:53:58
    New York, USA (PANA) - As the world marks International Day of Disabled Persons on Sunday, the United Nations is stressing that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development pledges to “leave no one behind”. Full text...

  • Media coverage frames public thinking on migrants, migration – UN report
    02 december 2017 19:30:10
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Changes in traditional media and growing use of social media are offering new avenues for “migrant-led” media and journalism as well as a unique opportunity for migrants to highlight their concerns and contributions – in their own words – the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said. Full text...

  • Army kill three Boko Haram terrorists in Dikwa, Northeast Nigeria
    02 december 2017 15:40:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Army said on Saturday that its troops killed three Boko Haram insurgents at Gajibo village in Dikwa, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • Botswana denies deporting Zimbabwe’s former VP
    02 december 2017 15:34:09
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has allayed media reports suggesting that Zimbabwe’s former vice President Phekezela Mphoko was deported from the country. Full text...

  • UN agency to fly 15,000 migrants home from Libya in wake of reported abuses
    02 december 2017 12:52:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations migration agency plans to fly 15,000 more migrants home from detention centres in Libya before the end of the year in the wake of shocking reports of rampant migrant abuse and squalid and overcrowded conditions at these facilities across the North African country. Full text...

  • Massive underfunding hampering relief efforts for the displaced in DRC, Zambia – UNHCR
    02 december 2017 12:20:13
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - With millions displaced within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and thousands more forced to flee across the border into Zambia, the United Nations refugee agency is appealing for urgent resources to make sure that relief programmes – hanging on by threads – do not collapse. Full text...

  • MFWA condemns closure of radio station in Guinea
    01 december 2017 18:43:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has condemned the closure of a radio station in Guinea calling it “a serious act of censorship.” Full text...

  • 1,295 Nigerians voluntarily return from Libya in November
    01 december 2017 15:51:15
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said that a total of 1,295 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya in November after being stranded in the volatile North African country, enroute to Europe. Full text...

  • IOM says arrivals of migrants, refugees in Europe down
    01 december 2017 11:59:51
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, said on Friday that 164,654 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Full text...

  • Some 12,000 Congolese flee to Zambia
    01 december 2017 09:48:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – The number of refugees fleeing militia violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and arriving in neighbouring Zambia has crossed the 12,000 mark – with more than 8,400 arrivals in the last three months, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC). Full text...

  • Tanzania, Finland sign 20.8m Euros pacts for sustainable development
    01 december 2017 09:40:59
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania and Finland have signed three agreements under which 28.8 million Euros will be made available to Tanzania in support of sustainable development. Full text...

  • USADF, Citi Foundation provide seed capital for youth-led enterprise in Africa
    01 december 2017 09:00:25
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - On the occasion of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), held in India, the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Citi Foundation announced late on Thursday their commitment of over US$1 million dollars in seed capital funding for youth-led enterprises in Africa. Full text...

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