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24 Apr 2015 description

PRETORIA (ILO News) – HIV and AIDS workplace initiatives should be integrated into national AIDS programmes and a wide range of health approaches, including occupational safety and health, says a new report, "Effective Responses to HIV and AIDS at Work: A Multi-Country Study in Africa ", launched by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Sandton - Johannesburg, South Africa.

24 Apr 2015 description

Moroccan carrier RAM airlifted, on Wednesday, a royal donation made up of 15 tons of medicines and medical equipment to Guinea Conakry to help it fight Ebola epidemic.

The health ministry said, in a statement to MAP, that this humanitarian aid is part of Morocco's support for international efforts aimed at containing the virus, and of the reinforcement of solidarity and cooperation ties between Morocco and African countries in general, and Morocco and Guinea Conakry in particular.

15 Apr 2015 description

More resources and fresh policies needed to get children into school

BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.

14 Apr 2015 description
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OVERVIEW

Since 2000, Morocco has made significant progress at every level of education. Lower-secondary exclusion rates have tumbled and primary rates are approaching zero. Even at the pre-primary level, the percentage of out of school children has dropped by around a quarter.

At present, some 220,0005-year-oldswho should be in pre-primary are out of school (26%), along with nearly 83,000 primary school aged children (2%)and over 255,000 lower secondary school aged children (16%).

14 Apr 2015 description
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Preface

In the last decade, the countries of the Middle East and North Africa have invested considerable resources and political capital to bring more children into the classroom.
Most impressively, out-of-school rates for primary school children have plummeted, often by as much as half, bringing hope and new opportunity to millions.

10 Apr 2015 description

United Nations, United States | | Friday 4/10/2015 - 22:20 GMT

UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Friday for a new push to resolve the conflict over Western Sahara and stressed that cooperation to address human rights could help find a settlement.

In a report to the Security Council, Ban said Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front must "seriously engage" with his envoy and "intensify their efforts" to end the conflict over the north African territory.

10 Apr 2015 description

Since 2014 the Western Sahara situation has risen high on the agenda of the African Union (AU) with the former president of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano, appointed as the Special Envoy of the Chairperson for Western Sahara. The Peace and Security Council (PSC) has now decided to place the issue on its agenda at least twice a year.

09 Apr 2015 description

Abu Dhabi, 7th April, 2015 (WAM) -- The Emirates Red Crescent's higher committee for foreign aid has allocated AED 24. 6 million for international relief operations with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Iraq's Kurdistan region taking the lion's share of AED 18.1 million.

04 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italy | | Saturday 4/4/2015 - 20:04 GMT

Around 318 migrants in distress at sea between Sicily and the coast of Libya were rescued by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in an EU border patrol of the Mediterranean, Italian media reported Saturday.

The ship, the Landhelgisgaeslan, arrived in the evening at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with the rescued migrants, including 14 children and five pregnant women, who were hospitalised.

Italian police meanwhile have identified eight suspected Tunisian traffickers.

04 Apr 2015 description

Rome, Italie | | samedi 04/04/2015 - 19:21 GMT | 128 mots

Trois-cent dix-huit immigrés de treize nationalités différentes ont été secourus samedi par un navire militaire islandais dans le détroit de Sicile au large de la Libye, ont annoncé les médias italiens.

Le navire, le Landhelgisgaeslan, est arrivé dans la soirée dans le port sicilien de Pozzallo. Parmi les passagers, se trouvaient treize femmes, dont cinq enceintes, qui ont été hospitalisées, ainsi que 14 mineurs.

02 Apr 2015 description
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General Situation during March 2015 Forecast until mid-May 2015

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

I. INTRODUCTION

  1. This report is submitted in pursuance of the relevant decisions of both the Executive Council and the Assembly of the Union, requesting me to pursue my efforts with respect to the search for a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara and to provide regular updates on the evolution of the situation.

II. BACKGROUND

30 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

PEACE AND SECURITY COUNCIL
496TH MEETING
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

PSC/PR/COMM/1.(CDXCVI)

COMMUNIQUÉ

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 496th meeting held on 27 March 2015, adopted the following decision on the situation in Western Sahara:
Council,

11 Mar 2015 description

Rabat, Morocco | | Wednesday 3/11/2015 - 17:18 GMT

The bodies of four migrants bidding to reach Spain's Canary Islands were recovered off southern Morocco's Atlantic coast Wednesday, a day after 19 others were rescued from a rubber boat, officials said.

The four drowned migrants were found near Tan-Tan, across from the islands, said the officials, quoted by Morocco's MAP news agency.

Their nationalities were not immediately known.

11 Mar 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, March 11, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 150th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to US$201m will support the following projects:

Bangladesh 25.0

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SITUATION OVERVIEW

1 Strategic Response Plans in the MENA region received US$ 2.1 billion. The largest recipient was Syria, with US$ 1.08 billion, followed by Iraq with US$ 851.6 million. In total, the appeals and SRPs are 32.9% funded with a 67.1% shortfall.

2 The Syrian Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) jointly requested US$ 6.79 billion. The total amount received is US$ 1.18 billion (17.3%), which leaves a total shortfall of US$ 5.62 billion (82.7%).