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21 Oct 2016 description


  • The CO is still facing a total lack of funding for food assistance for assets interventions under the Country Programme (CP).

  • The Country Office has received confirmation of a USD 1.26 million in-kind contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan for school meals activities.

  • In September WFP assisted 25,447 people through nutrition activities.

WFP Assistance

21 Oct 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

20 Oct 2016 description
report UN Security Council


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Vitaly Churkin (Russian Federation):

13 Oct 2016 description

Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region during the past decade. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S.

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR


As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

12 Oct 2016 description

The Secretary-General welcomes the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau today in Guinea. The dialogue is the crucial first step in implementing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) roadmap to end the political crisis, which political leaders agreed to in Bissau on 10 September 2016.

09 Oct 2016 description

Mr. Mar’s two-day visit aimed at reaffirming and strengthening the support of the United Nations, and in particular UNDP, to the country's efforts in achieving its development priorities in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations will met with the Guinea-Bissau authorities, civil society representatives and the United Nations team in the country.

06 Oct 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

  • The investigation by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly on 30 September 2016. This is the first time that Zikarelated microcephaly cases have been confirmed in Southeast Asia. The mothers reported no travel history to areas outside of Thailand.

05 Oct 2016 description

Since August 2016 the Government of Niger has been implementing stricter measures to control irregular migration of ECOWAS migrants going into Libya or Algeria without valid documentation. To this end, control operations are in place in the region of Agadez with security forces controlling and turning back vehicles transporting migrants irregularly.

The presence of migrants at the flow monitoring points of Arlit and Séguédine has decreased following these measures with a marked decrease of migrants leaving Niger for Algeria or Libya.

05 Oct 2016 description


  • Satellite data analysis points to an above-average rice harvest in 2016
  • Food security situation remains difficult for large segments of population

Above-average harvest expected this year, reflecting favourable weather conditions

04 Oct 2016 description

El contexto de la situación actual

02 Oct 2016 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

01 Oct 2016 description

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

30 Sep 2016 description


Russia will have the presidency of the Council in October, when Council members will hold their first colour-coded straw poll for the position of the next Secretary-General, giving the first clear indication of which candidates could face a veto in a formal vote.

Russia has organised a debate on UN cooperation with regional and sub-regional organisations, in particular the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

30 Sep 2016 description


There will be two high-level briefings during New Zealand’s September presidency: one on the Middle East, with a Syria focus, chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and the other on counter-terrorism and aviation security, chaired by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
Council members are expected to continue to hold straw polls to gauge the viability of candidates that have been nominated for the position of the next Secretary-General.

29 Sep 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

  • None - Mosquito-borne Zika infections acquired by travelers returning from the Maldives were reported by Germany and Spain in the past week. Prior Zika cases were reported in January 2016.

28 Sep 2016 description


  • The Country Office expects to receive super cereal+ around mid-September which will allow resumption of activities for stunting prevention and moderate acute malnutrition treatment. The prolonged pipeline break could put nutrition gains at risk.

  • The CO is stepping up preparations for the rollout of the cash based transfers through mobile phones which aims at supporting malnourished people living with HIV and TB and their households during their treatment.