PEACE, SECURITY AND GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA -
  • Eritrea peace deal prompts hope of internal reforms, to improve fundamental human rights
    19 september 2018 04:50:44
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has raised hopes that improving human rights will be front and centre on Eritrea’s path forward, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea declare end of war, turn to comprehensive economic ties
    18 september 2018 18:12:02
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki have signed an agreement, effectively ending the two-decade long war between the two neighbours and signalled the start of a comprehensive economic and political cooperation.Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes meeting between leaders of Djibouti and Eritrea
    18 september 2018 16:44:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the meeting between the Presidents of Djibouti and Eritrea, held on Monday in Saudi Arabia, as “yet another step in the consolidation of recent peace and security gains in the Horn of Africa region”. Full text...

  • EU Council extends mandate of its security mission in Sahel Niger for two years
    18 september 2018 16:21:06
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Council on Tuesday extended the mandate of the European Union Mission in Sahel Niger (EUCAP) until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020. Full text...

  • UNHCR calls on South Sudan parties to deliver lasting peace
    18 september 2018 11:37:58
    Addis Ababa (PANA) - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on 13 September in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan warring parties, describing it as a crucial milestone towards permanent ceasefire and lasting peace for millions of war beleaguered South Sudanese. Full text...

  • Barrow drops Gambia’s civil service chief
    15 september 2018 08:46:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow has dropped Mr. Habib Drammeh as Secretary General and Head of Gambia’s Civil Service. Full text...

  • Landmark South Sudan deal offers hope, but trust ‘still lacking’ between parties – UN envoy
    14 september 2018 06:28:01
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Rebuilding trust and overcoming suspicion will be key to ensure the success of Thursday’s landmark peace agreement between the South Sudanese Government and main political opposition, the top United Nations official in the country has said. Full text...

  • ‘Collective endeavour’ needed to strengthen peacekeeping further, says top UN official
    13 september 2018 06:29:45
    New York, US (PANA) - Highlighting complex and evolving challenges, the head of UN peacekeeping on Wednesday called for heightened vigilance and a more robust response to existential threats against both peacekeepers and those they strive to defend. Full text...

  • SADC workshop focuses on cyber security
    11 september 2018 06:53:16
    Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) capacity building workshop focusing on cyber security and the SADC Regional Cyber security Drill opened on Monday at Ebène, in the centre of the island, with the participation of some 50 delegates from 12 countries. Full text...

  • Medical charity calls for urgent evacuation of migrants, refugees from Libya
    10 september 2018 06:08:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Thousands of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers arbitrarily held in Libyan detention centres must be immediately released and evacuated to safety out of the country urges medical charity, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), as a fragile ceasefire in Tripoli has continued. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes Djibouti agreement between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia
    09 september 2018 07:33:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed Thursday's meeting in Djibouti of the foreign ministers of Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia with the Djiboutian head of diplomacy. Full text...

  • UN police investigating killing of displaced people in CAR
    08 september 2018 05:01:40
    Bangui, CAR (PANA) - Perpetrators behind the killing of a number of people displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) must be brought to justice, the UN peacekeeping operation in the country said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prisons Service bags 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
    07 september 2018 13:22:45
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for the ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’. Full text...

  • Peace must be built ‘block after block’ - UN General Assembly President
    06 september 2018 05:33:52
    New York, US (PA NA) - Under the theme of charting “A Credible Pathway to Sustaining Peace,” Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd General Assembly, convened this year’s one-day High-level Forum for Member States and others on Wednesday, to further promote a global culture of peace. Full text...

  • Libya has ‘lurched from one emergency to another,’ high-level UN official says
    06 september 2018 05:09:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The status quo in Libya is “untenable,” Ghassan Salamé, Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Over $2.1 billion pledged for comprehensive crisis response to Lake Chad Basin
    05 september 2018 06:46:19
    Berlin, Germany (PANA) - A United Nations-backed humanitarian conference to raise much needed resources for relief, development and peacebuilding programmes in the Lake Chad Basin concluded on Tuesday, raising some $2.17 billion in support and about $467 million in concessional loans for the crisis-ridden region. Full text...

  • Lake Chad crisis risks new, protracted conflict in Africa, warns humanitarian charity
    04 september 2018 07:29:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Dependent on aid, neglected and affected by climate change and conflict, millions of people are fighting a daily battle to survive in northeastern Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon - the four countries that surround Lake Chad. Full text...

  • South Sudan opposition leaders initial final peace document
    31 august 2018 07:14:00
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan’s main opposition group, SPLM-IO led by Riek Machar and the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) on Thursday initialled the final document of the revitalized peace agreement, stressing they did it after a commitment by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir to raise their concern with IGAD leaders. Full text...

  • Guterres stresses 'diplomacy for peace' as conflicts become more complex
    30 august 2018 06:24:39
    New York, US (PANA) - As war and the mediation of peace have become increasingly complex, innovative thinking is needed to save and improve the lives of millions, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN condemns attack that leaves one ‘blue helmet’ dead in Central African Republic
    25 august 2018 19:16:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned the attack on 23 August by presumed anti-Balaka elements on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) in which one peacekeeper from Burundi was killed. Full text...

  • Buhari meets with security chiefs, orders curtail of deteriorating security situation
    20 august 2018 16:13:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja convened a meeting of the nation’s Defence and Security Council during which participants reviewed the security challenges facing the country and advanced strategies for surmounting them, particularly in Northeast Nigeria. Full text...

  • UN Security Council concerned by 'grave security situation' in Central Africa
    11 august 2018 07:43:53
    New York, US (PANA) - With Central African countries beset by ongoing terrorist activity, instability and the effects of climate change, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to review the work of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), and recommend areas for improvement. Full text...

  • UN envoy urges Burundi leaders to ‘seize opportunities for national unity and peace’
    10 august 2018 05:16:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burundi, Michel Kafando, has called on the country’s leaders to “seize the opportunity” offered by the recent adoption of a new constitution, to create a new political environment that is “conducive to the consolidation of national unity and peace”. Full text...

  • LIA forced to abandon its Tripoli HQ due to militia coercion
    09 august 2018 13:19:07
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) has been forced to abandon its headquarters at the downtown Tripoli Tower due to persistent militia coercion and interference in its internal affairs. Full text...

  • Libya ranked 7th most dangerous country in the world
    08 august 2018 15:57:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Global Peace Index 2108, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, has ranked Libya the 7th most dangerous country in the world. Full text...

  • Chad, Libya, Niger and Sudan border security committee to meet in Khartoum
    08 august 2018 13:24:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The 3rd ministerial meeting aimed at strengthening the security of the joint border among Sudan, Libya, Chad and Niger will be preceded on Wednesday by a meeting of their experts in Khartoum, Sudan. Full text...

  • AU hails South Sudan peace deal
    07 august 2018 15:57:57
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Tuesday described an agreement concluded in Khartoum, Sudan by South Sudanese rivals as “an important step in ending the conflict in South Sudan and the suffering inflicted on its people”. Full text...

  • HRW criticises Congolese court for lenient sentences handed down to peacekeepers for murders
    07 august 2018 11:43:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – A human rights group has criticised the three-year prison sentences handed down to three Congolese peacekeepers convicted for the 2014 murder of 11 civilians in the Central African Republic saying they do not reflect the gravity of the crime. Full text...

  • Buhari meets defence chiefs over worsening security challenges
    02 august 2018 16:38:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Amidst worsening security challenges in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday summoned a National Security Council meeting in Abuja, before his departure to London on a 10-day vacation. Full text...

  • ADEA, partners launch 2017-18 Africa Education Reserach Award
    01 august 2018 13:10:50
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The competition for the 3rd and 4th editions of the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA) is now open, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Wednesday. Full text...

  • AI says herdsmen, banditry violence killed 371 in Northwest Nigeria since January
    31 july 2018 19:22:58
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – International human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), on Tuesday said that 371 people were killed in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, since January this year. Full text...

  • Gambian President to attend ECOWAS Summit in Togo
    28 july 2018 15:49:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow will attend the joint Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and Economic Community of West African States Authority of Heads of States (ECOWAS) and government summit on Security, Stability and fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism slated to run from 30th – 31st July in Togo. Full text...

  • Barrow spells out moves towards digital revolution in Gambia
    27 july 2018 09:29:42
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - President Adama Barrow has spelt out the communications and digital policy of his government geared towards digital revolution and connecting the Gambia to the world’s digital economy. Full text...

  • IFAD ready to partner G20 in attaining sustainable food production
    26 july 2018 15:55:07
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has offered the institution's full support for efforts to increase the sustainable production of nutritious foods.Full text...

  • Buhari calls for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling insecurity
    26 july 2018 15:00:53
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday called for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling the problem of insecurity in the continent. Full text...

  • US to re-establish Military Relations with Gambia
    25 july 2018 16:07:14
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, United States Africa Command (AfriComm), on Wednesday announced that the US is committed to supporting Gambia’s Security Sector Reform program. Full text...

  • Kenyan lawyer honoured for AIDS pro-bono work
    24 july 2018 15:04:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan lawyer, Allan Achesa Maleche, has been named winner of the Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister turns away late comers to the office
    23 july 2018 14:16:23
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo, on Monday sent away civil servants who came late for work at the Lusaka provincial administration office in the capital, Lusaka. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts International Peace Summit
    16 july 2018 17:42:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – South Africa will play host to “African Leaders of Peace Summit” which will gather ministers, civil society organisations, youth, Nobel laureates, among others, to discuss in August: “Achieving Peace in Our Lifetime”, organisers confirmed on Monday. Full text...

  • Security Council downsizes AU-UN mission in Darfur, eying eventual exit
    14 july 2018 07:01:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Friday extended the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur until the end of June next year, but reduced the number of troops deployed in the field with an eye towards the mission’s eventual exit, a UN statement said. Full text...

  • President Barrow to meet police chief
    13 july 2018 10:22:24
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow will on Friday receive in audience the county’s newly-appointed police chief at State House in Banjul.Full text...

  • Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ Ethiopia, Eritrea peace declaration
    11 july 2018 06:20:57
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond. Full text...

  • 7 years after South Sudan's independence, humanitarian needs are unprecedented - NRC
    10 july 2018 07:04:57
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - Humanitarian charity, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has called for the recent peace deal in South Sudan to deliver real change. Full text...

  • ‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa - Guterres
    10 july 2018 05:58:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Eritrea sign end of war declaration in Asmara
    09 july 2018 15:25:01
    Asmara, Eritrea (PANA) - Visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Eritrean host President, Isias Aferweki, have signed a declaration to end two decades of "No-war-No peace", setting the stage for the normalisation of strained diplomatic relations, both sides announced on Monday. Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s new Cabinet take oath
    09 july 2018 09:19:20
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow is expected to preside over the swearing-in ceremony of the new Vice President, cabinet ministers and other top senior officials on Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan asks EU, Troika to support South Sudanese peace negotiations
    06 july 2018 14:16:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has called on the European Union (EU) and the Troika countries (US, Britain and Norway) to offer the necessary support to the South Sudanese peace negotiations currently being held in Khartoum. Full text...

  • UN expert raises red flags about deteriorating rights situation in Mali
    04 july 2018 19:26:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A senior United Nations rights expert on Wednesday decried the “alarming” deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of Mali. Full text...

  • 'We will not give up on looking for peace for South Sudan': UN deputy chief
    04 july 2018 06:31:33
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - In a visit to South Sudan on Tuesday, the UN Deputy Secretary-General spoke mother-to-mother with displaced women, pledging that she and other senior women leaders from the international community will not give up on the hope for peace for their nation. Full text...

  • UN launches plan to promote peace, inclusive growth in Africa’s Sahel
    01 july 2018 06:31:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The United Nations has launched a major support plan to promote sustainable peace and inclusive growth as well as empower women and youth in Africa's vast Sahel region. Full text...

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