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21 Jan 2015 description
report Amnesty

Gambian authorities should either charge or release family members of people suspected to be involved in December’s alleged failed coup, and grant them immediate access to lawyers, Amnesty International said today.

12 Jan 2015 description
report UN Security Council

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West Africa’s political landscape remained delicate as nations across the region continued to grapple with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a busy election cycle, the United Nations senior official there told the Security Council this afternoon.

07 Jan 2015 description

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Tuesday 1/6/2015 - 22:17 GMT

Less than a week after an abortive coup attempt, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh handed the foreign and communications portfolios to journalists in a government reshuffle, officials said Tuesday.

Sheriff Bojang, publisher of The Standard newspaper, enters government as minister of information and communications, according to a presidential decree.

The post had been vacant since his predecessor was sacked in late 2013.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

05 Jan 2015 description

Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. The WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical training, for immediate emergency response and communication.

Mamo Jatta is a Regional Public Health and Surveillance Officer in The Gambia and, like many people living near Ebola affected countries, he is concerned the disease will enter his own country, “I recently visited the town where I grew up and wondered what would happen if Ebola were to hit us here, would we be ready for it?”

05 Jan 2015 description

Les pays d’Afrique s’emploient à améliorer leur préparation en cas de flambée d’Ebola. Les équipes de l’OMS ont procédé à des exercices de simulation dans les hôpitaux et dispensé une formation technique concernant l’intervention d’urgence et la communication.

04 Jan 2015 description

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Sunday 1/4/2015 - 21:09 GMT

Authorities in Gambia ordered the closure of a popular radio station as part of a crackdown following a failed attack on the presidential palace, a source close to the government said Sunday.

Security agents ordered the manager of Teranga radio station, Alagie Ceesay, "to stop broadcasting with immediate effect", said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The independent station, which translates news from English into local languages, was taken off air Saturday.

03 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

2 January 2015 – The top United Nations official in West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today condemned the recent attempt to seize power through unconstitutional means in The Gambia.

“As an Organization whose primary objective is the maintenance of peace and security, the UN does not condone attempts to upset constitutional order,” said Mr. Chambas, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

01 Jan 2015 description

Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Friday 1/2/2015 - 15:02 GMT

Gambian security forces went door-to-door in the capital Banjul on Friday in search of participants in a failed coup against the west African country's strongman President Yahya Jammeh, residents said.

Witnesses said the troops, who also set up checkpoints on roads leading out of the coastal city, were searching for suspects from Tuesday's assault on the presidential palace.

31 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

31 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his “principled condemnation” of all attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means following reports of an attempted coup in The Gambia.

Gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in the capital of Banjul on 30 December while President Yahya Jammeh was out of the country, according to press reports.

Mr. Jammeh has since returned and media suggest that the coup attempt has been thwarted with the situation in the city now “calm.”

19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.

17 Dec 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia

12 Dec 2014 description

Italy - Days before International Migrants Day – observed on December 18th – Italy’s Ministry of the Interior has released November and year-to-date data on migrant arrivals by sea. Through November 30, 2014 Italy reports 163,368 migrants have been rescued at sea this year.

02 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

The Ebola crisis remains a global concern. 600 new Ebola cases were reported in the past week and almost 7,000 people have died from the virus to date.

Oxfam is on the ground in Sierra Leone and Liberia, providing equipment, water and sanitation for medical facilities, and working with communities to help stop the spread. We're also raising awareness about Ebola and sharing prevention messages and hygiene kits in at risk countries including, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal, and in Mali where there have been eight Ebola cases so far.

30 Nov 2014 description

La FAO honore les réalisations du Brésil, du Cameroun, de l’Ethiopie, du Gabon, de la Gambie, de l’Iran, du Kiribati, de la Malaisie, de Maurice, de la Mauritanie, du Mexique, des Philippines et de l’Uruguay

30 novembre 2014, Rome - Treize pays ont obtenu aujourd'hui la reconnaissance de la FAO pour les progrès exceptionnels qu'ils ont réalisés dans la lutte contre la faim et qui leur ont permis d'atteindre les objectifs internationaux avant la date limite de fin 2015.

30 Nov 2014 description

FAO honors achievements of Brazil, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, the Gambia, Iran, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, the Philippines and Uruguay

30 November 2014, Rome - Thirteen countries today won recognition from FAO for outstanding progress in fighting hunger, an achievement which includes reaching international targets ahead of the end-of-2015 deadline.

29 Nov 2014 description

28 November 2014 – The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) officially concluded yesterday at a ceremony in Manila, the Philippines, attended by representatives from a range of partners in rural development. The event capped a year in which the importance of family farming to reduce poverty and improve global food security became a centrepiece of worldwide attention and action.

28 Nov 2014 description

Italy - IOM’s team providing assistance to migrants arriving in Europe by sea from North Africa and the Middle East recorded another 18 migrants reported missing, and presumed dead this week. The reports came from fellow passengers rescued by commercial and military vessels patrolling increasingly wintery and dangerous Mediterranean routes.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.