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The Paris Climate Change Agreement – A Window for Africa’s Sustainable Development
December 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina – AfDB President. Dr. Akinwumi Adesina – AfDB President.[/caption] “The Adoption of the Paris Agreement shows that the world understands that with climate change there are no winners and no losers.  Either we all win together, or we all lose together”, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said Sunday. “And yesterday we all committed to win together.” “The Summit marked a historic moment, when 195 countries chose to stand on the side of justice and common sense.  And the voice of Africa has been heard – loud and clear. African countries came to COP21 well prepared with a unified narrative, a clear agenda, and a bottom line for a fair deal.” Adesina stressed that Africa has changed its narrative, coming to Paris as a solution provider whose voice must be heard.  He praised the coherent structure which was established through the African Group of Negotiators (AGN), the African Ministerial Conference of the Environment (AMCEN), and the Committee of African Heads of State and Government (CAHOSCC). Other developing countries have relied on Africa to lead the negotiations on their behalf, he said. “While the Agreement may not be perfect, it has largely reflected Africa’s specificities, while accommodating the needs of other developing regions. I have always said that a deal that is not good for Africa is no deal at all,” he went on. He set out the five characteristics that Africa expected from the Declaration: a binding agreement under the Climate Change Convention; an Agreement that respects the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities; an Agreement that creates parity between adaptation and mitigation; an Agreement that keeps global warming below 1.5oC; and an Agreement that creates greater ambition to progressively increase climate change financing to developing countries from a floor of US $100 billion per annum from 2020. The Africa Group of Negotiators went to Paris with two initiatives that would contribute to achieving the expected outcomes of the Paris Agreement, Adesina said.  These were the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and the Africa Adaptation Initiative. Both initiatives were launched at the COP, and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative has received strong support and financial pledges from partners. The Paris Agreement further acknowledges the need to promote universal access to sustainable energy in developing countries, in particular in Africa, through the enhanced deployment of renewable energy. “While the Agreement is indeed ambitious, we cannot rest on our oars,” Adesina concluded. “There is much more work to be done. Assessments have shown that current commitments in the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) will result in global warming of about 3oC. The Agreement includes a pledge to review and strengthen commitments every five years. It’s just the beginning. We need to build on its momentum to ensure that Africa transitions to a low-carbon and climate-resilient development pathway. The will is there. The commitment is there. This window of opportunity will not be open for much longer.  Let us seize it.” *AFDB]]>

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AU Commission wins FAO Jacques Diouf Award 2014-2015
December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mr Erastus Mwencha: Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission Mr Erastus Mwencha: Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission[/caption] The new Government Complex Conference Centre of Lusaka, Zambia was full to capacity, with high profile representatives from different worldwide organisation as well as continental organisations dealing with various forms of child abuse including early marriages and related issues. The delegates converged in Lusaka on 26 and 27 November 2015, to discuss ways to eradicate the scourge of child marriage in Africa, within the framework of the First African Girls’ Summit, organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Zambia. The AUC Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, addressed the Summit participants in a recorded video message saying, “We must end child marriage and educate the girl child so that they can attain their full potentials….Girls who end up as brides at a tender age are coerced into having children while they are children themselves.” She stressed that cultural norms that undervalue girls and women are largely to blame. “Child marriage generates norms that have become increasingly difficult to exterminate – norms that undermine the value of our women.” The AUC Chairperson further stressed that child marriage is a critical problem that interrupts the education of girls and undermines their chance to develop and that child marriages take away girls chance to develop and get empowered. “Children’s rights should be respected. The future of our children must be protected because they are our assets for our development.” Dr. Dlamini Zuma underscored. Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs at the African Union represented the AUC Chair at this important Summit on ending child marriage in Africa.  He reiterated the importance of the AU Campaign on ending child marriage in accordance with the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. According to Commissioner Kaloko, the AUCampaign to End Child Marriage is aimed at raising awareness and accelerating change across the African continent. He noted that the adoption of the AU Common Position on this issue at the AU Summit last June, demonstrated commitment at the highest level in the continent. “Country-level launches of the AU Campaign are also helping to mobilise stakeholders, governments, civil society, traditional and religious leaders, men and boys, to contribute to national level action. Looking forward, we must focus on supporting countries to develop national-level strategies and policies to end child marriage that are realistic, well-resourced and effectively implemented,” underlined the Commissioner. Speaking while officially opening the First AU African Girl Summit on 26 November 2015 in Lusaka, H.E Edgar Changwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia reiterated that child marriages must come to an end. The Head of State said child marriages pose a greater challenge in Zambia just like other African Union member states. He urged AU Member countries to fight this scourge so as to create an ideal and safe environment for all children in the continent. The President stated that his government is working tirelessly to ensuring that child marriage is completely eradicated. “So far, the prevalence has reduced from 42 percent to 32 percent; let us join hands together and end the scourge,” he stressed.  President Lungu expressed appreciation to the African Union for choosing Zambia as the first country to host African Girls’ Summit on ending child marriage in Africa. The Zambian Minister of Gender, H.E. Prof. Nkandu Luo said there is need for everyone’s participation and commitment to curb child marriages. “Zambia is not spared, it is among other countries that are struggling with issues of child marriages”, the Minister noted. “The Government of Canada is committed to ending child, early and forced marriage because the impacts of this practice are so profound and so far-reaching. We all know the facts -15 million girls are married every year before they turn 18. That’s 15 million childhoods interrupted. 15 million futures forever changed. Child marriage is a violation of girls’ rights. It disrupts their access to education, jeopardizes their health and makes them vulnerable to violence. It also keeps girls from reaching their full potential and from fully contributing to the social and economic growth of their families, communities and countries. “Said the representative of the Canadian Government, Hon. Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament in her opening remarks.  (See complete statement of Hon. Murray on the AU Website: au.int ) The Summit brought together religious and traditional leaders, the youths, African First Ladies amongst other dignitaries. The event featured several short videos, parallel sessions and panel discussions on child marriage. The first panel discussion was animated by Dr. Olawale Maiyegun, AU Director for Social Affairs, Mrs. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill Ambassador on ending Child Marriage, Ms. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Famous Nollywood actress, Dr. Tererai Trent, Child marriage survivor and activist, Mrs. Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, the African Union and UNECA, and the representative of “Girls not Brides”. The issues discussed during the parallel sessions included: Changing the attitude on tradition and culture towards harmful traditional practices and the role of the media in the promotion of positive support for preventing child marriage and teen pregnancies, among others. The outcome document of the Summit stressed among others, on the critical need to recognize that everyone has a role to play in ending child marriage – from international organizations to continental, regional  and national organizations through concerted actions and strategies that holistically address the issue, to communities themselves, including religious and traditional leaders, parents, men and boys, and girls themselves. The Summit resolved that a multi-sectoral approach is needed to end child marriage. This interventions at multiple levels simultaneously such as mobilizing families and communities in order to change attitudes and reduce the acceptance of the practice; ensuring that girls have access to quality education and health services, including reproductive health services, as well and economic development opportunities; empowering girls to be able to say no to marriage; and establishing and implementing laws and policies that protect girls and help prevent child marriage. *AU/APO]]>

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AU celebrates one of Africa's longest serving women Diplomats, Amb. Kongit Sinegiorgis of Ethiopia
November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

H.E. Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorgis H.E. Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorgis[/caption] The African Union (AU) has honoured and celebrated the distinguished career of one of Africa’s longest serving women Diplomats, H.E. Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorgis of Ethiopia. Ambassador Kongit spent 52 years and 10 months in the Foreign Service of Ethiopia, during which she witnessed the historic creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963, and its transformation into the African Union on 9 July 2002. The formal, but entertaining ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the AU on 16 November 2015, and was co-hosted by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and H.E. Mr. Mull Sebujja Katende, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the AU and Dean of the East African Region. In her speech to honour the veteran Diplomat, the AU Commission Chairperson described Ambassador Kongit as “one of the finest daughters of our continent. An African Diplomat par excellence, who loves her country and also loves her continent.”  She said that Amb. Kongit has not only fought hard for Ethiopia’s firm positions, but also for Africa’s interests. Speaking on behalf of the East African Group of Ambassadors, H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende, said Amb. Kongit’s passion over the years has never waned, describing her as a distinguished historic figure with a lot to share. This was a sentiment and a sense of admiration that were equally emphasized by all speakers, even describing her as a “walking encyclopaedia of OAU/AU.” “It is a great honour to pay tribute to you,” said the French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Amb. Brigitte Collet, noting the remarkable contribution of Amb. Kongit to Ethiopia and Africa. The tributes were furthermore echoed online by colleagues around the world. On his Twitter account, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Russia, Amb. Mike Nicholas Sango, described Amb. Kongit as “a remarkable patriot, diplomat and all-round human being. She sets a high bar for us all to aspire to.” H.E. Amb. Kongit was the former Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the AU and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Tedros Adhanom, and Executive Secretary of the UNECA also paid tribute to the diplomacy legend. Dr. Carlos Lopes announced that Amb. Kongit would be associated to a $46 million project to transform into a museum the Africa House at UNECA, where the OAU was founded. Her Pan-Africanism will inform the museum project expected to be completed in 2018. 16854-au_celebrates_one_of_africas_longest_serving_women_diplomats_amb._kongit_sinegiorgis_of_ethiopia_555On her part, the guest of honour, Amb. Kongit, expressed her emotion-filled gratitude for the tributes paid to her while still alive. “I feel greatly honoured and deeply touched… There is no greater honour than serving one’s country to the fullest,” she remarked. She said that it was time to turn the page and have a good rest with her loving son. The ceremony brought together members of the Diplomatic community in Addis Ababa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and the staff of the African Union. H.E. Amb. Kongit Sinegiorgis was born in Harar, Ethiopia, in 1940. She obtained a BA in International Relations from the London University College, and shortly thereafter joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she spent over 52 years and 10 months with different duties and responsibilities. *APO/AU]]>

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China contributes 2 USD million to support the establishment of the Africa’s Centre for Disease Control
November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

H.E Mr. Erastus Mwencha H.E Mr. Erastus Mwencha[/caption] The People’s Republic of China has donated 2 USD million to the African Union Commission to support the establishment of the African Center for Disease Control (ACDC). The grant documents were signed today 13th November 2015 at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa by the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Mr. Erastus Mwencha and the Vice Minister of Commerce, H.E Mr. Qian Keming who was leading a high level Chinese delegation. H.E Mr. Mwencha, on behalf of the AUC Chairperson, H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for the financial support of the 2 USD million for the inception of the African CDC project and also for the donation of IT equipment to the Commission. Furthermore, the Deputy Chairperson acknowledged the strong and fruitful cooperation between Africa and china highlighting the impressive growing economic relations between China and Africa. “In 2012, the volume of trade was 198.5 USD billion and is estimated to reach 385 USD billion by end of 2015 if the current trends continue” He said. “These relations are mutually beneficial to both parties and are underscored by a sense of mutual respect. While Africa gains by the injection of technical and financial support, China also gains the access to Africa’s vast consumer market and to reserves of natural resources, which are needed to support China’s growing industrial sector.” He continued. The Deputy Chairperson also noted that since the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000, it has provided a valuable platform for Africa-China dialogue on key issues of development for both parties. He appreciated the ongoing partnership in various sectors including economic cooperation, trade, industrial investments, infrastructure and aviation, with transformational benefits over the last decade has made on bilateral basis with African countries. H.E Mr. Qian Keming, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China expressed the readiness of his country to strengthen and broaden the areas of cooperation with Africa. The Vice Minister of Commerce highlighted that the Africa’s Agenda 2063 its First ten-year implementation Plan can be compared to China’s thirteenth five-year plan, which aims at boosting China’s long-term social and economic policies. He reiterated the commitment of China to fully supporting the African Union in the implementation process of Agenda 2063. He also said that the upcoming Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) that will take place is South Africa would be a critical step in demonstrating the will of the two partners to testify their excellent cooperation. H.E Mr. Qian Keming also said that H.E Xi Jin, President of the People’s Republic China would announce the Africa-China Cooperation for the next three years. He added that Plan would focus on development areas industrialization, infrastructure, and agriculture modernization. The discussions between the two delegations also included, among others, the regional aviation cooperation between China and Africa, the establishment of the Pan African Television and Radio and  the construction of the High Speed Train network. The 6th FOCAC will take place in December 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the margins of the Summit, the 5th Africa-China Entrepreneur Summit, the China Manufacturing Expo will be organized APO]]>

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AU welcomes newly elected President of Tanzania, re-elected Presidents of Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea
November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alpha Conde was reelected for a second term in Guinea Alpha Conde was reelected for a second term in Guinea[/caption] The African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has welcomed the newly elected President of Tanzania, H.E. John Magafuli, who was sworn in on Thursday, 5 November 2015, following his victory at the general elections that took place on Sunday, 25 October 2015. The AUC Chairperson also congratulated Presidents Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and Alpha Condé of Guinea for their re-election in office in their respective countries. “I am greatly pleased to send this congratulatory message to President John Magafuli and the people of Tanzania. It was refreshing to witness the peaceful transition which took place in the country on the 25 October and it is my hope that this great nation will continue moving forward in this trajectory,” Dr Dlamini Zuma said. She has also congratulated outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete for his statesmanship, leadership and contribution to Tanzania and the African Union during his tenure of office. H.E. Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, and current Chairperson of the African Union and other Heads of State and Government attended the inauguration ceremony, to equally welcome the new President Magafuli in Tanzania. The AU Commission Chairperson also congratulated President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire and President Alpha Condé of Guinea for their re-election to the Presidency in their respective countries, stating: “I am also delighted to congratulate Presidents Alassane Ouattara and Alpha Condé of Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea as they begin their second and final terms in this high office”. Save for very few exceptions, elections in Africa in 2015 have gone very well, reflecting a very positive trajectory for the continent. The AU Commission Chairperson expressed her fervent hope that the remaining elections for this year and about twenty others planned for next year will be organised peacefully and in a democratic manner wherein the People of the continent fully exercise their sovereign right in determining their leaders. *AUC/APO]]>

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Curtain falls on 10th African Economic Conference in Kinshasa
November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

logoo-AEC– Leaving no one behind in the development agenda will require taking bold steps by African governments including strengthening the role of state in economic transformation to address poverty and inequality on the continent. This is in addition to accelerating the process of structural transformation and making it more equitable, inclusive, resilient and sustainable, integrating the green dimensions. This was underscored during the closing ceremony of the 10th African Economic Conference that opened on Monday and concluded Wednesday in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Congo. “The state should play a critical role in the transformation of economies. It has to be visionary, provide leadership in planning and execution and intervene when markets fail,” participants said in a joint statement issued at the end of the three-day conference held under the theme “Addressing Poverty and Inequality in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.” Addressing poverty and inequality, they argued, is central to achieving Agenda 2030 and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. Policymakers, donor organizations and international economic policy planners agreed that nurturing of strong and inclusive developmental states and transformational leadership were essential for planning, implementing and monitoring development programs. They also emphasized the need for bold steps to diversify the economies away from primary commodities to avoid the challenges associated with natural resources overdependence. In the Kinshasa Consensus, the economic experts have underscored using agriculture and the extractive sectors as the linchpin of economic transformation. Agriculture, they argued, remains a major source of livelihoods for the majority of African poor and still remains the core of the employment and income generation for most of the African economies. “It is therefore imperative to pursue an agriculture-led industrial development as it provides much needed capital,” the Kinshasa Consensus reads in part. However, as countries transform they need to put in place measures to adequately manage the transition and especially counter the resulting special inequalities that are likely to occur. In particular, governments need to prioritize bridging the current huge infrastructure deficits, especially electricity, as well as reduce African economies’ vulnerability to external shocks and domestic conflicts. This, coupled with deepening decentralization and initiatives aimed at empowering sub-national jurisdictions to deliver basic social services to their communities, may be useful in addressing spatial inequalities. Effective mobilization and efficient utilization of domestic resources were also underscored, as Africa should be able to use development aid to scale up domestic resources mobilization. The annual conference is organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Economic Commission of Africa (ECA). *AFDB]]>

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AU report cites mass graves, cannibalism in South Sudan
October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

By JASON PATINKIN* [caption id="attachment_21939" align="alignleft" width="300"]FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 file photo, a man walks in a ward of mainly soldiers with gunshot wounds inside the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. A report by African Union investigators, released lated Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015 says mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan and cites horrific crimes against civilians, including forced cannibalism. The report also disputes that there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former Vice President Riek Machar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File) FILE – In this Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 file photo, a man walks in a ward of mainly soldiers with gunshot wounds inside the Juba Military Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. A report by African Union investigators, released lated Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 2015 says mass graves have been discovered in South Sudan and cites horrific crimes against civilians, including forced cannibalism. The report also disputes that there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former Vice President Riek Machar. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)[/caption] JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — African Union investigators discovered mass graves in South Sudan and found evidence of horrific crimes, including forced cannibalism, according to a long-awaited report. President Salva Kiir’s faction in the conflict is also accused of recruiting an irregular tribal force before the outbreak of war in December 2013.

The report, released late Tuesday, also disputes that there was a coup attempt in December 2013 by former Vice President Riek Machar. Government troops carried out organized killings of members of the ethnic Nuer in Juba, the capital, the report said. When violence broke out, Machar, a Nuer, became a rebel leader. He and Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, recently signed a peace agreement.

The African Union investigators, led by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, found that the conflict began on Dec. 15, 2013, as a skirmish broke out between Dinka and Nuer soldiers of the presidential guard following political tension between Kiir and Machar, who had been fired as Kiir’s deputy the previous July.

The report was scheduled for release months ago but its release was delayed by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council. Hundreds of Nuer men were rounded up and shot, and mass graves were discovered. Perpetrators — described as government forces or their allies — allegedly tortured their victims, including by forcing them to jump in fires or eat human flesh, according to the report. The killings were “an organized military operation that could not have been successful without concerted efforts from various actors in the military and government circles,” the report said. “Roadblocks or checkpoints were established all around Juba and house to house searches were undertaken by security forces. During this operation male Nuers were targeted, identified, killed on the spot or gathered in one place and killed.” The report said Minister of Defense Kuol Manyang Juuk described a shadowy “group (that had) organized itself as Rescue the President. It killed most people here (in Juba) — from 15th to 18th. It was even more powerful than organized forces.”

The group comprised some Dinka soldiers who had been mobilized following a 2012 border crisis with northern neighbor Sudan. Some of these soldiers were moved south to Kiir’s private farm near Juba in 2013 and later participated in the killings, the report said, citing interviews with informants.

Amid the Juba killings, Machar fled the capital and mobilized an insurgency which committed revenge attacks against the Dinka, sparking a cycle of violence in Bor, Malakal, and Bentiu towns which also included rape and murder of people in churches and hospitals, according to the report. Those revenge attacks occurred so quickly they were also likely coordinated, it added.

Kiir and Machar signed a peace agreement in August but fighting continues.

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AU Commission Chairperson congratulates Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania for conducting peaceful General Elections
October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan led the Commonwealth Observer Mission Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan led the Commonwealth Observer Mission[/caption] The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma congratulates the governments and the peoples of both the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the United Republic of Tanzania for holding serene and peaceful elections on 25 October, 2015. The AU Commission Chairperson said the massive participation by the Ivoirians and Tanzanians in the general elections reflects their understanding of the importance of exercising their civic duty and fundamental rights. It is an indication of the maturation of the democratization process on the continent. The regularity of conducting elections in African countries, and the active citizen engagement in electoral processes clearly demonstrate the citizens’ commitment to upholding the principles enshrined in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. This commitment enhances prospects for peace, political stability and development in Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania. It is adequately indicative that through the ballots, the guns will be silenced by 2020. As the votes are being counted, the AU Commission Chairperson calls on all  Ivoirian and  Tanzanian stakeholders to respect the voice of the electorate, to remain calm, with the same serenity they demonstrated on the day of the voting. She urges all political actors to always put the interest of their country above all other interests. The AU Commission Chairperson also reiterates the need for stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania to resort to officially recognised peaceful disputes resolution mechanism, should there be any election-related disputes. *AUC/APO]]>

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UN Secretary-General and AUC Chairperson appoint Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria as Joint Special Representative for the UNAMID
October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, president of the United Nations Human Rights Council, answers questions during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi is on four-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)[/caption] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma announced today the appointment of Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria as their Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), with responsibilities including those of African Union-United Nations Joint Chief Mediator. He replaces Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria, to whom the Secretary-General and the Chairperson wish to reiterate their deep appreciation for his dedicated service during his tenure as Acting Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator. Mr. Uhomoibhi brings to his new position extensive experience after a long and distinguished career in international forums. Most recently, he has served as the Founder and President of the Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy. During his over 30 years of service in the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Uhomobihi served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Ambassador of Nigeria to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva. He also held positions in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York, Consulate-General of Nigeria in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, and its Embassies in Ethiopia and Yugoslavia. From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Uhomoibhi served as the third President of the United Nations Human Rights Council and Chairman of the World Intellectual Property Organisation General Assembly. Mr. Uhomoibhi holds a doctorate degree in modern history and international relations from Oxford University, United Kingdom, a master’s degree in history and political science and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Mr. Uhomoibhi was born Ewatto, Nigeria, in 1954. He is married with children. *AUC/APO]]>

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African Development Bank provides US $5 million to Malawi for an Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project in Mzimba
October 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

download (6)The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessionary arm of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, on Friday, October 23, 2015 approved an African Development Fund loan of US $5.0 million to Malawi for a water and sanitation project in the town of Mzimba. 

The four year project, co-financed with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), will contribute to socio-economic growth in Mzimba Town by increasing the capacity of its water supply system to provide adequate clean water and improved sanitation for growing numbers of people and new demands. The town’s current ageing water supply system, with a capacity of1,500m3/day, is severely stretched. There are considerable water losses due to dilapidated pipes, and inadequate service reservoirs, unable to meet today’s demands for 2,600m3/day of water to city residents. Consequently, consumers only have access to water services between 6 and 12 hours per day, and the coverage area is only 65%.

The investment comes at a time when the Government of Malawi is planning to build a new university in Mzimba Town which will attract students and staff from across and outside the country. In addition to a further rise in population, the university is expected to stimulate socio-economic development of the region.

The AfDB supported project will assist Mzimba Town Council in preparing its Sanitation and Hygiene Investment Plan and Strategy, in order to comprehensively address its sanitation and hygiene challenges. It will also provide valuable river flow data from newly installed gauging stations on the Mzimba River, in support of a Government project to build a dam.

Mohamed El Azizi, AfDB Director of the Water and Sanitation Department, said, “The AfDB is an active partner to the Government of Malawi in both urban and rural water and sanitation programs and deploys a lessons-learnt approach to improving institutional capacity for sustainable development of the sector.”   

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Electrify Africa in 10 Years? No Problem Says Head of AfDB
October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments
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AU flag hoisting ceremony at the African Institute for Remittances
October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

H.E Dr Mustapha S. Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs AUC H.E Dr Mustapha S. Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs AUC[/caption] Today H.E Dr Mustapha S. Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs AUC, performed the flag hoisting ceremony to mark the Operationalization of the African Institute for Remittances (AIR) in Nairobi, Kenya. The ceremony was witnessed by a number of Senior Government Officials of the Republic of Kenya and representatives from the African Diplomatic Corp and International Organizations in Nairobi. In his address, the Commissioner emphasized the key role the AIR will be playing in helping African countries develop proactive policies aimed at leveraging remittances for social and economic development. H.E. Amb Ben Ogutu, Political and Diplomatic Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, representing the Cabinet Secretary, reaffirmed the commitment of the Government of the Republic of Kenya to make available to the Institute the US$ 5 Million grant pledged by the government. Ambassador Abdoul Wahab Haidara, Ambassador of Senegal and Permanent Representative to UNEP & UN-Habitat in Nairobi, as well as the High Commissioner of Zambia H.E. Brenda Muntemba expressed their readiness to support the Institute. Others present included the Interim Executive Director of the African Institute for Remittances, Mr. Amadou Cisse, the Project Manager Mr. Abia Udoh and the Remittance Consultant Mr. Hailu Kinfe and many other government functionaries. It will be recalled that the African Institute for Remittances, an AU Specialized Technical Office, was officially launched in November 2014. *Source APO/AUC]]>

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