The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
On the eve of the presidential election in Togo, the Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to recommit themselves to ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner and reflects the will of the people of Togo.
The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders and their supporters to resolve any disputes that may arise from the electoral process through constitutional and peaceful means.
Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia
Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.
Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.
Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.
In the eight years since we commemorated the first World Malaria Day, millions of women and children have continued to die from a disease that is both preventable and treatable. Malaria takes the lives of more than 1,200 children under the age of 5 every day – the staggering equivalent of 50 children every hour.
Addis Ababa, 16 April 2015: As the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Benin prepares for their presidential and parliamentary elections to be held on 25th and 26th April 2015 respectively, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of African Union Election Observation Missions (AUEOM) to Togo and Benin.
Au 22 mars 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 7,037 cas et 138 décès (Let = 2.0%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
*Ces chiffres ne comprennent pas les données de la RD Congo de la semaine 12.
As of 22nd March 2015, 7,037 cases and 138 deaths (CFR=2.0%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.
*The figures are not taking into account DRC data for week 12.
The ECOWAS Commission is to deploy 100-member Election Observation Mission headed by former Liberian Interim President, Prof. Amos Sawyer to monitor Togo’s 25th April 2015 Presidential elections.
Twelve Long-term observers, which are part of the larger Mission, and made up of experts in various disciplines, including conflict prevention, election operation and analysis, as well as security, gender and media specialists are already in Togo.
DAVID J. OLSON
“In Mali, at a family planning clinic, I saw a woman who couldn't afford the services so the clinic staff were sending her home. I said to the staff ‘Do you have a sliding scale [for paying the fee]? She's poor. She needs this. It's good for her. It's good for your country.’”
The 2014-2015 Cereal production, revised in March 2015, for the Sahel and West Africa stands at 61,612,000 metric tons. It is 7 % higher than the one for last year and 10 % higher than the average production for the last five (5 ) years. Maize ranks number one with a production estimated to 20, 385,000 tons, followed by rice (17,325,000 tons), sorghum (13,664,000 tons) and millet (9,183,000 tons).
Editorial: "The Sahel, a threatening and threatened space"
The Sahel is not a region like any other.
Long regarded as one of the poorest in the world, the Sahel is now simultaneously faced with the adverse effects of climate change, terrorism, the rise of cross-border organized crime, and the proliferation of weapons and militias, affecting countries lacking the required administrative, economic, military, police and customs capacity to deal with these multiple perils.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Lome, Togo | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 21:11 GMT
Togo's presidential election has been postponed by 10 days to April 25, the communications minister announced on Friday, after calls for a delay over claims the voter register was flawed.
"The presidential election will be held on April 25, 2015 and not April 15, the initial date," said a presidential decree read on state television in the small West African country by Communications Minister Germaine Koumealo Anate.
As of 08th March 2015, 6,482 cases and 134 deaths (CFR=2.1%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.
*The figures are not taking into account cholera cases and deaths notified in Ghana.
Au 08 mars 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 6,482 cas et 134 décès (Let=2.1%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
*Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les cas et décès rapportés au Ghana.
Lome, Togo | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 16:02 GMT |
Clashes between restive school pupils and police in southern Togo have left 43 people injured, the government of the west African country said.
Violence erupted Wednesday in the small town of Glei when security forces moved in to disperse students demanding the resumption of classes halted by a long teachers' strike, according to an official statement read on state television.
A la semaine 8 de la saison épidémique 2015, trois (3) districts ont franchi le seuil épidémique et trois (3) autres le seuil d’alerte au Ghana et au Nigeria.
Ghana : Le district de Nadom qui avait franchi le seuil épidémique à la semaine 2 est repassé à nouveau en phase épidémique avec un TA de 19.3 et, le district de Daffiama-Buissie-Issa a franchi le seuil d’alerte avec un TA de 6.0
A call for national and regional containment, recovery and prevention
West African nations that experienced low or zero incidence of Ebola have already been affected by the Ebola crisis because of their deep connections with the three most affected countries.
“The consequences of Ebola are vast,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Stigma and risk aversion have caused considerable amounts of damage, shutting down borders and indirectly affecting the economies of a large number of countries in the sub-region”.
Au 22 février 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 5,051 cas et 99 décès (Let=2.1%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les cas et décès rapportés au Ghana.
As of 22th February 2015, 5,051 cases and 99 deaths (CFR=2.1%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.
The figures are not taking into account cholera cases and deaths notified in Ghana.