PEACE, SECURITY AND GOVERNANCE IN AFRICA -
  • Guterres condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan
    27 june 2018 05:10:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN chief on Tuesday condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Bangladesh, who was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe political parties sign peace pledge
    26 june 2018 12:47:48
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Zimbabwe political parties taking part in the 30 July presidential and general elections on Tuesday signed a peace pledge in Harare in which they made a public commitment to say no violence, force or intimidation, hate speech and inducing fear. Full text...

  • Security Council urged to act with ‘one strong voice’ on ills plaguing Middle East, North Africa
    25 june 2018 20:16:11
    New York, US (PANA) - Ambassadors in the UN Security Council have been urged by the United Nations Secretary-General to find ‘much-needed consensus’ to resolve the myriad challenges in the Middle East and North Africa. Full text...

  • Restoring gov't control across CAR is ‘key’ to lasting peace, stability – UN envoy
    22 june 2018 07:28:09
    New York, US (PANA) - While many positive steps have been taken in the Central African Republic (CAR), progress has been too slow and is continually under threat from “those who seek private gains through violence”, the United Nations envoy on the ground told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that restoring government authority is “key”, both now and in the long-term. Full text...

  • UN chief welcomes ‘positive steps’ towards peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia
    22 june 2018 07:22:33
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations has announced its readiness to support Eritrea and Ethiopia following recent peace overtures between the two neighbouring States in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • Peacekeeping chief highlights challenges facing UN Police
    22 june 2018 07:05:13
    New York, US (PANA) - Top cops from across the globe are meeting at United Nations Headquarters this week to chart a vision for the police components deployed to UN peacekeeping missions. Full text...

  • Some 30 million children forcibly displaced by conflict
    20 june 2018 08:24:31
    New York, US (PANA) – There are now more children forcibly displaced by conflict – an estimated 30 million – than at any other time since the Second World War, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on World Refugee Day on Wednesday. Full text...

  • ICRC report finds non-international armed conflicts more than doubled this century
    19 june 2018 09:58:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – The number of non-international armed conflicts have more than doubled from the beginning of the century, according to data from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Full text...

  • UN’s planned cuts to Darfur Mission risk rights protection - Human Rights Watch
    19 june 2018 07:23:58
    New York, US (PANA) – A human rights group has urged the United Nations Security Council to ensure that its peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region continues to conduct human rights monitoring and public reporting in all of Darfur. Full text...

  • UN human rights chief urges collective voice for global peace
    18 june 2018 17:05:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday appealed to members of the Human Rights Council to do more, to speak louder and work harder for the common purpose and for universal human rights law, to better chances for a global peace. Full text...

  • ‘True’ peace, requires standing up for human rights, says Guterres
    14 june 2018 06:05:47
    New York, US (PANA) - Achieving peace involves more than “laying down weapons”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, calling for intensified efforts to address the root causes of conflict. Full text...

  • UN chief condemns killing of second peacekeeper in CAR in a week
    12 june 2018 05:53:37
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations chief has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR), the second ‘blue helmet’ to lose his life there in the space of a week. Full text...

  • International Albinism Awareness Day: Expert urges reflection on rights of persons with albinism
    11 june 2018 18:05:17
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – As the world celebrates International Albinism Awareness Day on Wednesday, an Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism on Monday called on all nations to reflect on those who have been attacked and lost their lives or were mutilated because they have albinism. Full text...

  • President Ramaphosa hails South Africa's election to UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:13:50
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed gratitude to the UN General Assembly after South Africa was elected to serve in the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member on Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, four other countries are new members of UN Security Council
    09 june 2018 07:10:03
    New York, US (PANA) - In a single round of voting on Friday, the United Nations General Assembly elected five new non-permanent Members of the Security Council, who will each serve two-year terms on the body that sets the UN’s whole peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • South Sudan president agrees to meet rebel leaders in Khartoum
    06 june 2018 11:27:03
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit has agreed to meet his former deputy Riek Machar in Khartoum in response to an initiative by the Sudanese government to settle the armed conflict in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Members of Gambia’s constitutional commission take oath
    04 june 2018 18:21:40
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – President Adama Barrow on Monday presided over the swearing-in ceremony of members of Gambia’s Constitutional Review Commission, held at State House in Banjul. Full text...

  • UN chief pays tribute to fallen 'blue helmets'
    01 june 2018 20:25:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Commemorating the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers at the Organization’s headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday paid tribute to the service and sacrifice made by UN “blue helmets” for the cause of peace around the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius launches new pictorial tobacco health warning labels
    01 june 2018 10:53:07
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health Ministry on Friday launched a new set of pictorial health warning labels on tobacco packages to sensitise the population on the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. The new labels will replace the existing once set which date back to 2009. Full text...

  • Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, inducted into 250-member American Academy of Arts and Letters
    31 may 2018 13:11:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The last is yet to be heard of the avalanche of accolades coming to renowned Ghanaian Artist/Sculptor, Professor El Anatsui. Full text...

  • Guterres honours dedication and sacrifice of UN peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 20:14:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday attended a ceremony at the base of UN peacekeepers in Mali called MINUSMA, in Bamako, to pay tribute to fallen peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN chief arrives in Mali to honour fallen peacekeepers
    29 may 2018 19:56:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres arrived in Mali on Tuesday to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world, marking the official International Day of UN Peacekeepers. Full text...

  • UN chief in Mali to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers (A UN feature)
    29 may 2018 06:04:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers. Full text...

  • Buhari's 3-year score-card: Info minister says Fed. Gov't delivering on campaign promises
    28 may 2018 14:07:13
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Presenting the three-year scorecard of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, to Nigerians, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Buhari Administration has kept its social contract with the Nigerian people by delivering on its campaign promises.Full text...

  • AfDB awards 2018 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy to Kenyan President Kenyatta
    24 may 2018 13:13:51
    Busan, South Korea (PANA) - The Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for the year 2018 has gone to the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, for "his distinguished leadership qualities and for the transformation of the road network in his country". Full text...

  • Peace, security challenges in Sahel region require ‘holistic approach’, says UN official
    24 may 2018 06:36:23
    New York, US (PANA) - A “holistic approach” is needed to the address peace and security challenges in Africa’s vast Sahel region, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the UN Security Council on Wednesday, calling for more investment in better government, social services and youth opportunities. Full text...

  • Liberia needs support of African, international partners to build lasting peace
    17 may 2018 11:17:37
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The withdrawal of United Nations peacekeepers soon after a successful election signals that Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but the country’s transition from war to sustained peace is far from over, the Liberia Peacebuilding Office, the African Union and the Institute for Security Studies said on Thursday in a joint press release. Full text...

  • Security Council extends support for African Union force in Somalia
    16 may 2018 03:57:58
    New York, US (PANA) - The Security Council on Tuesday gave its backing to the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, extending its deployment until at least the end of July. Full text...

  • Rwanda’s commitment to UN peacekeeping is "service born from sacrifice" (A UN feature)
    12 may 2018 08:01:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Over the years, African governments have led the way in contributing troops and police to United Nations operations to help save lives and keep the peace around the world. Today, one of the continent’s smallest countries is also one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping. Full text...

  • ‘Durable solutions’ needed for durable peace in Darfur, UN envoy tells Security Council
    10 may 2018 22:09:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The overall security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region “remains calm”, despite continuing low-level skirmishes, a top United Nations envoy said on Thursday, updating the Security Council on the UN mission’s work on the ground. Full text...

  • Commanders of African peacekeeping missions identify complex, deadly new threats
    10 may 2018 04:50:14
    New York, US (PANA) - Evolving and increasingly deadly threats, together with deepening humanitarian crises mean that United Nations peacekeeping missions around the world need more support for ‘blue helmets’ on the ground, Force Commanders of African peacekeeping missions told the Security Council on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali seeks to strengthen climate risk and early warning systems
    08 may 2018 19:16:01
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A new initiative to strengthen multi-hazard early warning systems and to boost resilience is underway in Mali, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Full text...

  • 'Africa loses $2 billion annually through brain drain in health sector'
    27 april 2018 10:07:30
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The new report on Good Governance released by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation indicates that only three African countries - Libya, Mauritius and Tunisia - have at least one doctor per 1,000 people, while Africa loses around $2 billion annually through brain drain in the health sector.Full text...

  • Ivorian President Ouattara in Rwanda for 'Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend'
    27 april 2018 09:48:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - President Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire has arrived in Rwanda to participate in the "Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend," the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation held every year in a different African country to debate issues of critical importance to Africa. Full text...

  • UN chief calls for ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities to prevent conflict
    26 april 2018 06:38:36
    New York, US (PANA) - Peacebuilding and sustaining peace require a more coherent United Nations strategy, as well a ‘quantum leap’ in funding activities that prevent the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • WAEMU Security ministers meet in Ouagadougou
    25 april 2018 13:47:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A conference of the Security ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), on peace and security, opens on Thursday in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou,oOrganizers said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • World leaders gather at UN to renew commitment to build, sustain peace
    25 april 2018 04:51:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Calling for more diplomacy, dialogue and mediation to head off conflicts before they break out, United Nations officials urged a gathering of world leaders on Tuesday to help strengthen a new approach to sustaining peace, which aims to put prevention at the heart of the UN’s work. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host high-level meeting on anti-terrorism on 26 April
    24 april 2018 13:36:09
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The ministers in charge of Religious affairs of G5 Sahel member countries will on 26-27 April meet in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou, take part in the high-level meeting on anti-terrorism, an official statement said on Tuesday.Full text...

  • Security sector reform ‘core element’ of sustaining peace, say top UN officials
    24 april 2018 05:56:17
    New York, US (PANA) - Top United Nations officials have underscored the importance of security sector reform, which they say could mean the difference between peace and conflict, and between life and death. Full text...

  • Youth ‘the missing peace’ to tackling global challenges, UN envoy tells Security Council
    23 april 2018 18:22:12
    New York, US (PANA) - Tapping the potential and creativity of young people is indispensable to prevent conflict and build peace, the United Nations youth envoy said Monday, urging governments to create conditions that allow their meaningful participation in civic and political lives. Full text...

  • Germany, World Bank agree on new strategic partnership for peace in MENA
    21 april 2018 16:08:27
    Washington, US (PANA) - The World Bank Group and the Government of Germany announced on Saturday a strategic partnership to work towards a new and updated approach to reconstruction for peace building in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Full text...

  • President Barrow thanks Commonwealth for readmitting Gambia
    20 april 2018 12:44:17
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President, Adama Barrow, has thanked the Commonwealth for re-admitting his country into the fold of nations of mainly former British colonies. Full text...

  • Governance weaknesses debilitate Congo’s economy - IMF
    20 april 2018 09:38:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission and the authorities in Congo have reached broad understanding on policies that could be supported by the IMF under a financial arrangement to foster sustained and inclusive growth by restoring fiscal sustainability and enhancing governance.Full text...

  • Japan gives Mali 1 billion CFAF for food security
    19 april 2018 13:25:30
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Japanese government, through the World Food Programme (WFP), has given Mali a financial aid of US$ 2 million (about 1.046 billion CFAF), to enable the African country to take food assistance to about 25,000 food-insecure people in the country, the Malian food security commission told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Barrow addresses UK gathering on Gambia
    18 april 2018 22:21:31
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday addressed a gathering in London, UK, on Gambia’s future. Full text...

  • Two Rwandan soldiers who crossed border into DR Congo repatriated
    17 april 2018 11:55:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Two Rwandan soldiers, who "accidentally" crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last weekend, have been repatriated, the Defence and Military Spokesperson, Lt. Col. Innocent Munyengango, said in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda deports Burundian policeman who illegally entered Rwanda
    16 april 2018 12:32:39
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan security agents on Monday deported Burundian police officer, APC Theogene Irakoze, three days after he illegally crossed into Rwanda, a senior administrative official in the region confirmed to PANA in Kigali.Full text...

  • AU chief urges UN Security Council to find political solution to Syrian conflict
    15 april 2018 13:39:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Underlining its concern about the ongoing developments regarding Syria, the African Union on Sunday strongly condemned any use of chemical and other weapons prohibited under international law. Full text...

  • ‘Time to move from promises to action;’ UN envoy urges Malian parties to peace accord
    11 april 2018 22:38:53
    New York, US (PANA) - While Malians must ensure the successful holding of elections this year, their priority should be the implementation of the 2015 peace agreement, a senior United Nations official said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania, IFAD co-host regional forum on food security, poverty reduction in West Africa
    05 april 2018 18:51:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritania and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will co-host a four-day forum for policymakers, development practitioners, rural producers and farmers organizations to find ways to strengthen food security and poverty reduction at country and regional levels in West and Central Africa. Full text...

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