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02 Aug 2015 description

Situation Update

According to UNHCR, there are some 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mali and 16,000 returnees. Burkina Faso shelters some 34,000 Malian refugees, while Mauritania and Niger each host some 50,000 Malian refugees, respectively.

31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

31 Jul 2015 description

Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia

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Central Asia Weather Hazards

  1. High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.

30 Jul 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 02:28 GMT

by Ola Awoniyi

Nigeria on Thursday named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the Islamists, while the Nigerian military said it had rescued dozens of people held hostage by the militant group.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description

Niamey, Niger | AFP | Thursday 7/30/2015 - 00:00 GMT

The first round of Niger's presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country's election commission said Wednesday, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

"The first round of the presidential election, along with legislative elections, will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016," Ibrahim Boube, the president of the Independent National Electoral Commission (Ceni), announced at a press conference.

29 Jul 2015 description

Niamey, Niger | AFP | mercredi 29/07/2015 - 21:08 GMT

L'élection présidentielle au Niger va se tenir le 21 février 2016, a annoncé mercredi la Commission électorale (Céni) au moment où l'opposition accuse la Cour constitutionnelle, qui doit valider les candidatures, d'avoir fait "allégeance" au pouvoir en place.

Le premier tour de "l'élection présidentielle couplée aux législatives auront lieu le dimanche 21 février 2016", a indiqué le président de la Céni, le magistrat Ibrahim Boubé, lors d'une conférence de presse.

29 Jul 2015 description

Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region

Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.

29 Jul 2015 description

CAMEROON

33 KILLED IN SUICIDE BLASTS
On 25 July, 20 people were killed when a suicide attacker struck a bar in Maroua town, the capital of the Far North Region. The attack, the most deadly of its kind so far, was the third in the region in two weeks. Cameroon’s Far North Region has been repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram insurgents. No gap in terms of medication and medical material is reported so far, but MSF estimates that in case other attacks occur, capacity of health centres will be overwhelmed.

CHAD

29 Jul 2015 description

Yaoundé, Cameroon | Wednesday 7/29/2015 - 11:57 GMT

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in neighbouring Cameroon on Wednesday for talks on how to combat the escalating regional threat from Boko Haram Islamists.

Security was tight for the 24-hour visit, after a surge of Boko Haram violence in Cameroon including an unprecedented series of five suicide bombings in the far north.

29 Jul 2015 description

Rome, le 28 juillet 2015 – Le Gouvernement de la République du Niger et le Fonds international de développement agricole des Nations Unies (FIDA) ont signé un accord pour financer le Programme de développement de l'agriculture familiale (ProDAF) dans les régions de Maradi, Tahoua et Zinder. Le financement comprend un prêt de 24,25 millions d’USD, un don de 24,25 millions d’USD et un autre don supplémentaire de 13 millions d’USD du Programme d’adaptation de l’agriculture paysanne (ASAP).

29 Jul 2015 description

Rome, 28 July 2015 – Today the Republic of Niger and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement to finance the Family Farming Development Programme (FFDP) in Maradi, Tahoua and Zinder Regions. The funding comprises a US$24.25 million loan, a $24.25 million grant and an additional $13 million grant from IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP).

28 Jul 2015 description

International partners call for immediate increase in vaccine production to ward off danger

News release

​28 JULY 2015 | GENEVA - With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of people affected, four international public health organizations warned today.

28 Jul 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11983

7492nd Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Reiterating its strong condemnation of terrorist attacks, human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region, the Security Council today stressed the need to bring to justice those responsible.

28 Jul 2015 description

N’Djamena, 23 July 2015 - The Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel, Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, held discussions today with the Commander of Operation Barkhane, General Jean-Pierre Palasset, on the security situation in the Sahel and the support of Operation Barkhane to the efforts of the Sahel countries to address the challenges that they are facing.