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13 Jan 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12681

SECURITY COUNCIL
7862ND MEETING (AM)

Amid a “rising tide of democracy” across the African continent, the United Nations must continue to support regional efforts to ensure that the Gambia’s recent election results were upheld, stressed the Organization’s senior official in West Africa and the Sahel as he briefed the Security Council this morning.

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children and women in West and Central Africa remain vulnerable to multiple threats, including insecurity, conflict, drought, flooding and epidemics. In the Central African Republic and the Lake Chad basin, widespread violence and armed conflict characterized by grave human rights violations have led to mass displacement both internally and across borders.

31 Dec 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.

23 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • A delegation from Togo visited the Country Office to discuss the multisectoral implementation of the school feeding programme in Benin.

  • The Country Office organized events during the campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence day to sensitize the staff and partners on this issue.

  • To date, WFP has assisted 96,765 children with school meals. However, starting next January, the programme will experience severe funding constraints.

Operational Updates

22 Dec 2016 description

1. Summary

In November 2015, more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported to be camped out at the Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama. In view of requirements for entering the country and the fact that these migrants did not meet them, a significant amount of people began to congregate in this border community, taking to living in the streets while they waited for a solution to their immigration status. The Costa Rican government issued permits allowing migrants to enter the country and continue on their way to the United States.

20 Dec 2016 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 20 Dec 2016.

The map below shows asylum applications by under age 18 year olds and gender. Darker colours mean more people have applied in a certain country. Use the slider to select a year or the drop down menus below to display data for different age groups or different home countries.

13 Dec 2016 description

“Not to take our eyes off the ball”

It is well known that the overall security situation in the Lake Chad Basin area remains precarious and volatile. The efforts exerted by the international community to confront and curb the horrendous violence perpetrated by Boko Haram are commendable, yet the group is still able to continue its campaign of terror. While it is avoiding direct combat, it relies on ambushes, use of Improvised Explosive Devices and suicide bombers targeting vulnerable groups.

09 Dec 2016 description
report European Commission

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 9 December 2016

Mr Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, today signed a new package of financial support worth EUR 184 million in the presence of the President of Benin, Mr Patrice Talon.

The package consists of direct support to the national budget and support for the decentralisation process.

08 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Faits saillants :

  • Les 27 cas rapportés ont été recensés en provenance de la prison de Kribi. Les prélèvements sont revenus négatifs. Toutefois, les autorités remontent qu’il y a eu un problème de délai d'acheminement (4 jours) et du milieu de transport (pas de cary blair). Aucun conclusion ne peut être donné sur la confirmation ou non de ces cas.

08 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Alert in Cameroun: 27 suspected cases notified from the Prison of Kribi. Samples were tested negative although issues in sampling were registered (lack of Cary-Blair and delays in transport – 4 days). No definitive conclusion can then be drawn upon these analyses.

Congo Basin: Significant incidence notified from Kongo Central (Gombe Matadi), and from the provinces of Taganyika (Kabalo, Kalemie, Nyemba), South Kivu (Fizi, Kimbi Lilenge) and Haut Katanga (Kilwa).

08 Dec 2016 description

Key Messages

  • Aggregate regional cereal production is expected to be above average in 2016/17, contributing to generally stable supply and prices. Regional maize and rice production reached record high levels.

  • Areas experiencing below average production include import-dependent Gambia, Liberia, and Mauritania. While national-level production in Nigeria is expected to reach record-high levels, production in conflict affected Northeastern Nigeria (Borno States) is expected to be well below average, but slightly above 2015/16 levels.

01 Dec 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 Dec 2016 description

Although challenges remain, ECOWAS has done well to implement the AU’s Peace and Security roadmap.

BY AMANDA LUCEY

26 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Prospects favourable for 2016 cereal harvests due to adequate rainfall during cropping season

  • Significant downward pressure on coarse grain prices due to increased supplies from first season crop harvests

  • About 77 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food

Overall prospects favourable for 2016 food crops production

24 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • The country office has just launched its first cash distribution using mobile money for asset creation activities in Malanville. Nearly 850 people will receive conditional cash.

  • The United Nations day has been celebrated in a school supported by WFP. This has been a great opportunity to increase the visibility of WFP’s interventions in Benin.

  • To date, nearly 99,000 school children have been provided with school meals. However, starting next January, the programme will experience severe funding constraints.