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17 Aug 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Poor Record in Several Member States

(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.

13 Aug 2015 description

International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi

05 Aug 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

Youth living on the streets of South Africa are often faced with severe poverty, lack of education, abandonment, abuse and exploitation. Many have also been affected by HIV/AIDS as the country has been the hardest hit by the epidemic. To address these issues, the Salesian-run Life Choices organization has been providing health education, leadership classes, life skills training and HIV/AIDS services that have impacted more than 138,000 youth since its inception in 2005. Originally started with the support of the U.S.

23 Jul 2015 description
report UNAIDS

Leading HIV researchers describing results from multiple clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa report that innovative service delivery models are achieving results across the HIV treatment cascade that approach or exceed the 90–90–90 target.

21 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:07 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

MUTARE, Zimbabwe, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After her husband died in 2011, Theresa Matanda looked for a job in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, but with no success despite being a qualified accountant.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

07 Jul 2015 description

Pretoria – The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged drought remains severe.

MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said the province would need weeks and weeks of sustained rainfall to refill its fast declining water reservoirs to return to water levels considered safe and sustainable.

29 Jun 2015 description

Pretoria - South Africa needs to reduce the rate of HIV transmission amongst its youth, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Speaking at the 7th South African Aids Conference, in Durban, the Deputy President said the results of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey raised a deep concern about the rate of new HIV infections in the country.

A quarter of new HIV infections in the world occur in South Africa, sadly.

The HSRC survey also showed that one in four of these new infections occurs among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.

29 Jun 2015 description

Pretoria – Government has warned that crop yields are estimated to be low for this year, as compared to last year.

This is due to late rains in some summer rainfall areas during the 2014/15 summer season and the very dry conditions that were experienced during January and February 2015 which affected crop production in some parts of the country.

These conditions mostly affected rain-fed farmers, rather than those farming under irrigation.

29 Jun 2015 description

Pretoria – Despite widespread outrage over Operation Fiela, the operation is making inroads in maintaining peace and order, while creating a conjunctive environment for all the people who are living in South Africa to participate freely in economic and social activities.

The operation, which was launched in April following the outbreak of attacks against people from other countries, has seen 3 914 arrested.

These include 1 650 foreign nationals who were arrested for not being documented as well as 2 264 South African citizens arrested in connection with various crimes.

17 Jun 2015 description

NAIROBI, 17 June 2015 - World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.

16 Jun 2015 description

APRES- MIDI

15 juin 2015

Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations

Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.

15 Jun 2015 description

AFTERNOON

15 June 2015

The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.

11 Jun 2015 description
report The Global Fund

The Stop TB Partnership launched an online consultation process today to engage a wide group of stakeholders in developing the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020. The development of the Global Plan seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and the online consultation (http://stoptbplan2020.org/) aims to reflect a diverse range of input, including the voices of people, professional groups and TB constituencies who may not have been reached previously. The consultation process will run from 10 June to 10 August 2015.

30 May 2015 description

Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.

The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.

30 May 2015 description

Rainfall deficits persist in areas of Ethiopia, West Africa, and Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

27 May 2015 description

On Friday 29 May 2015, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) is scheduled to discuss the issue of migration, under the theme of ‘poverty and security in Africa'. The African Union (AU) has several instruments that deal with migration and is cooperating closely with the European Union (EU) regarding the current migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

26 May 2015 description

DURBAN, South Africa, May 26 (UNHCR) – Approximately 1,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who sought new lives in South Africa are turning to the UN refugee agency for help, after xenophobic violence forced them to flee their homes last month.

22 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.