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UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

21 October 2017 – Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt’s El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice. According to reports, more than 50 police personnel were killed and many injured. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” reaffirmed the Security Council members in a press statement issued today. “Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and...

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losing UN’s ‘Africa Week,’ Assembly President says continent’s vision getting close to reality

20 October 2017 – Addressing the final event of this year’s Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák on Friday highlighted the continent’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency. “First, I want to acknowledge the importance of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD),” Mr. Lajčák told an Assembly plenary meeting, referring to the programme first established in 2001 and then integrated into the African Union’s structure to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional priority projects. “NEPAD was something of a trailblazer […] Since its adoption in 2001, NEPAD...

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UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

19 October 2017 – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are among the host of UN entities already on the ground. More...

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Africa’s rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

19 October 2017 – A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent’s rapid urban transition to drive industrial development. “African urbanization has not been driven by improving agricultural productivity or increased industrial output, as has been the case elsewhere,” said Giovanie Biha, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) during the launch of the 2017 Economic Report on Africa by the ECA Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Kigali (SRO-EA). “On the contrary,” she added, “it has been dominated by the expansion...

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With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

18 October 2017 – African countries individually represent relatively small markets, but collectively, they represent enormous market potential, the United Nations deputy chief told an Africa Week event in New York on Wednesday. “The continent’s large and growing population represents enormous market potential, especially with growing urbanization contributing to rapid growth in consumption by households and businesses,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed in her keynote address to the event, titled ‘Regional and Economic Integration in Africa: How to Effectively Involve Africa’s Youth across National Borders.’ Yet, despite this potential, she continued, intra-African trade represents only about 13 per cent of...

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