Goma, 17 January, 2017 – In the fight against HIV and AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), MONUSCO has been supporting national institutions as well as the initiatives of the United Nations system in its efforts to response to issues of HIV through the innovative programme of activities of its HIV/AIDS Section. This also includes the effort to overcome stigma and discrimination related to AIDS as well as capacity-building of people involved in the fight against HIV.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child today concluded its consideration of the combined third to fifth periodic report of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as its initial report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
Committee on the Rights of the Child
Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 44 of the Convention
On 21 January 2009, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo presented its second periodic report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC/C/COD /2) to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and responded to the Committee’s questions on the subject.
ACTED teams are mobilised to support displaced families in South Kivu, where villages are regularly looted by armed groups. ACTED teams, as part of a project funded by ECHO, provides food assistance to displaced households.
Emergency assistance delivered by plane to reach landlocked villages in the Shabunda territory
News in Brief
Congolese authorities are concerned about rumours that hundreds of ex-M23 elements came from Uganda to resettle in east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, negotiations continued between the Alliance of the Presidential Majority and the Rassemblement about what the Congolese government should look like.
By Junior Stephen Penibeck Matock
Towards the end of 2016, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) experienced floods, in two locations.
On 9 November, in Gemena, in the northeast of the DRC, over 2,000 people were affected by extensive floods that occurred in the neighbourhoods located on the banks of rivers Mombonga, Sukia and Labo.
More than 1,000 people were admitted to hospital in a remote area of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2015 after suffering toxic effects from "falsified" or wrongly labeled drugs, says Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in an article published in _The Lancet Global Health_ on January 17, 2017.
Disease outbreaks, massive arrival of South-Sudanese refugees and of Congolese fleeing massacres in North Kivu, floods, attacks against humanitarian actors: those events only represent the visible part of the long-lasting humanitarian crisis that marked North-East DRC in 2016.
"A worrying pattern is the way women have been targeted, both generally in the violence but also with sexual violence"
KINSHASA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - At least two dozen people, most of them women, have been killed over the past week in ethnic violence between Bantus and Pygmies in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a U.N. human rights official said on Monday.
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Kinshasa, 16 January 2017 - The United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Congo (MONUSCO), Maman Sidikou, kick-started a series of joint consultations in Goma and Kinshasa, DRC, on 12 January 2017, to address the presence of elements of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) in eastern DRC.
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Through its rapid response mechanism, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is providing an initial SEK 1.6 million (USD 175,000) to IOM’s assistance programme for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s eastern province of North Kivu.
(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries in Uvira, within South Kivu province if the Democratic Republic of Congo, are providing young children and older youth an opportunity to go to school. Many of these young students are former child soldiers, street children, children accused of witchcraft, abused women and single mothers who have had their rights violated and been denied a chance to gain an education – leaving them particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation.
7858th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council must continue to call on all political actors in the Democratic Republic of Congo to endorse the country’s new peace agreement, reached on 31 December 2016 under the auspices of the National Episcopal Conference of the Congo, stressed the United Nations peacekeeping chief as he briefed the 15-member body this morning.
4 January 2017 – The United Nations Security Council today welcomed a comprehensive political agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and called on all stakeholders to continue to exercise flexibility and compromise in their discussions to swiftly resolve all pending issues, particularly those related to the holding of elections in the country within 2017.
Addressing the Security Council, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today urged the international community to push for a swift endorsement of the so-called 31 December political accord in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and to put in place a transitional government of national unity.
“The signing of the 31 December accord gives hope for a peaceful resolution of the political impasse,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, told the 15-member Council.
by YVES WILLEMOT
KEY FIGURES – Health, nutrition, education, birth registrations, humanitarian crisis, …. Everything you should know about the situation of children in DRC.
104 deaths per 1,000 live births
Total affected population: 7.3 million
Total affected children: 4.4 million
Total people to be reached in 2017: 3 million
Total children to be reached in 2017: 1.8 million