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PAM Afrique de l’Ouest Newsletter - avril 2014

Au sommaire :

  • Le Sahel menacé par l’oubli et la banalisation, un éditorial signé par la directrice régionale du PAM, Denise Brown

  • Les Nigériens nourrissent les Nigériens, une initiative gouvernementale soutenue par les Nations Unies et L’union européenne.

  • Centrafrique : L’économie à genou, une crise humanitaire de longue durée

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Western Sahara + 3 others
Family visit flights resume in Western Sahara

Following many months of suspension, family visit flights under the UNHCR's Confidence Building Measures programme resumed yesterday. People from Dakhla city in Western Sahara Territory and from the refugee camps in near Tindouf, Algeria were brought together with a total of 192 people taking part in the visits.

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World + 4 others
The African Union commemorates International Mine Awareness Day

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African Union

Addis Ababa, 4 April 2014: The Commission of the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS), the United Nations Office to the AU (UNOAU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), today, marked the International Mine Awareness and Assistance Day. To this end, an event was organized at the AU Headquarters.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Food Crisis Overshadowed by Regional Conflict

By Matthew Newsome

TUNIS, Mar 28 2014 (IPS) - Still not enough is being done to improve the food emergency in Africa’s Sahel Region as conflict and instability continue to exacerbate any response towards aiding a region where one in eight people suffer from food insecurity.

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World + 1 other
Mauritanian President to support African leadership in AIDS response as new AU Chair

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UNAIDS

The President of Mauritania and new Chair of the African Union (AU) will support African leaders in increasing action in the response to HIV. President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz met with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé on 20 March in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Mr Sidibé congratulated the President on his recent election to the rotating presidency of the AU and urged him to lead efforts to accelerate transformative reforms in the responses to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

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World + 29 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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World + 8 others
Réduire les risques de catastrophes en Afrique de l'Ouest

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IRIN

DAKAR, 18 mars 2014 (IRIN) - Des chercheurs de DARA, une organisation de recherche humanitaire à but non lucratif basée à Madrid, ont développé une nouvelle méthodologie : l'indice de réduction des risques (RRI, selon le sigle anglais). Selon eux, cet indice pourrait aider davantage de pays à évaluer et à réduire les risques d'aléas et de catastrophes naturelles. Une évaluation réalisée dans six pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest avec cet indice a cependant mis en lumière des risques omniprésents et une capacité limitée à réduire la vulnérabilité.

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Mauritania + 1 other
IOM organizes evacuation flights for Mauritanians fleeing CAR violence

Central African Republic - IOM organized an evacuation flight on Wednesday morning for 106 Mauritanians fleeing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Over half of the evacuees were children. A second flight for another 101 Mauritanians is scheduled for this morning (14/3).

The flights, which are sponsored by the Government of Mauritania, rely on IOM to provide registration, fit for travel health screening, ground transportation, boarding assistance, coordination with airport authorities and civil-military coordination.

International Organization for Migration:

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Western Sahara + 3 others
Resumption of family visit flights

The UN refugee agency today announced that the family visit flights under the Confidence Building Measures programme will resume. The first series of flights scheduled for 17 April includes four flights suspended in August 2013. UNHCR is in the process of submitting a list of applicants and the flights schedule for the rest of the year.

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“A turning point in the fight against slavery in Mauritania” - UN expert greets adoption of road map

GENEVA (10 March 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on slavery, Ms. Gulnara Shahinian, hailed as “an essential step forward in the fight against slavery” the formal adoption by the Mauritanian Government of the road map prepared in cooperation with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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« Un tournant dans la lutte contre l’esclavage en Mauritanie » - experte de l’ONU salue l’adoption de la feuille de route

GENEVE (10 Mars 2014) – La Rapporteuse spéciale des Nations Unies sur l’esclavage, Mme Gulnara Shahinian, a salué comme « une étape essentielle dans la lutte contre l’esclavage » l’adoption formelle par le gouvernement mauritanien de la feuille de route pour la mise en œuvre de ses recommandations, préparée en coopération avec le Bureau du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l’homme.

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Mali + 12 others
African Union Launches Regional Initiative to Stabilize Sahel

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Voice of America

Peter Clottey March 06, 2014

An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.

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Mauritania + 3 others
Funds urgently needed to continue providing vital assistance to Malian refugees

DAKAR, March 4, 2014 – Humanitarian assistance provided to some 167,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Niger since 2012 has significantly improved living conditions in camps and has had a major impact on children's health. Without additional financial support, however, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) fear that the progress made last year may be lost.

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Mauritania + 3 others
Un besoin urgent de fonds pour poursuivre l’assistance vitale aux réfugiés maliens

DAKAR, 4 mars 2014 - Depuis 2012, l’assistance humanitaire apportée à quelque 167.000 réfugiés maliens vivant au Burkina Faso, en Mauritanie et au Niger a amélioré de façon significative les conditions de vie des réfugiés dans les camps et a eu un impact majeur sur la santé des enfants. Cependant, sans un appui financier additionnel, le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les Réfugiés (HCR) et le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) craignent que les progrès accomplis l’année dernière ne soient vains.

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World + 27 others
Major Donation From Japan Helps Feed Millions Of Hungry People In 26 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$88.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide urgently-needed food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to supporting special humanitarian logistics operations in four of those countries.

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UN rights expert urges Mauritania to turn pledges into deeds in the fight against slavery

NOUAKCHOTT (27 February 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on slavery, Gulnara Shahinian, today hailed Mauritania’s commitment and progress in the fight against slavery, but called on the authorities “to take more vigorous measures to eliminate slavery and to fully implement the laws and policies.”

Ms. Shahinian's call comes at the end of a follow-up official visit to the country to assess new developments and the initiatives taken by the Mauritanian authorities in response to her previous recommendations.

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Mali + 3 others
Bulletin d’information : CICR au Mali - décembre 2013

Les fins d'années se prêtent toujours à un moment de réflexion, d'analyse, voire d'introspection. C'est l'occasion de jeter un regard sur le passé mais aussi vers le futur, d'évaluer le chemin parcouru, les difficultés rencontrées et les succès remportés. C'est aussi le moment de se projeter et d'envisager les voies et moyens de répondre efficacement aux dé¬fis qui nous attendent.

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Cameroon + 5 others
Arrivée de près de 20 000 réfugiés centrafricains à l'est du Cameroun ce mois-ci

GENÈVE, 21 février (HCR) – Le HCR a signalé vendredi une forte hausse ce mois-ci du nombre de réfugiés ayant fui au Cameroun depuis la République centrafricaine (RCA), avec près de 20 000 personnes arrivées dans l'est. Elles ont fui les violences dans leur pays d'origine.