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08 Dec 2016 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to ‘end all wars in Africa by 2020.’

But the high ideals of Vision 2020 – also referred to as ‘Silencing the Guns’ – can only become a reality if pragmatic steps are taken to curb the misuse and uncontrolled spread of arms. One such measure is the enforcement of United Nations (UN)-imposed arms embargoes.

21 Dec 2014 description
report Al Jazeera

African Union blocks troops rotation over Ebola fears, forcing Sierra Leone to withdraw its 850 soldiers from Somalia.

Sierra Leone is withdrawing its troops from Somalia after the African Union blocked the West African country from rotating its soldiers over fears for the Ebola virus.

Sierra Leone sent 850 troops to Somalia for a 12-month deployment to fight the al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, in Somalia in 2013.

01 Oct 2014 description
  • Favorable, late-season rains continued throughout many regions of West Africa during the last week.
  • Significantly heavy rainfall forecast over northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

21 May 2013 description
  • A wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case has been confirmed in Kenya, the first WPV in the country since July 2011, with onset of paralysis 30 April. The location is a refugee camp in the Dadaab area, close to the border with Somalia, where a child was paralysed by polio near the capital Mogadishu on 18 April. Outbreak response activities are being planned. See ‘Horn of Africa’ section for more.

01 Nov 2012 description
  • Tropical Storm Murjan brings heavy rains and flash flooding to northern Somalia.

  • Flooding continues across portions of Nigeria and Ghana as heavy rains impact the region.

1) With seasonal rains ending and as vegetation dries out, locust swarms have formed in Chad and are expected to form in Niger and Mali. Swarms are expected to migrate towards the north as well as potentially into cropping areas in western/central Mali.

24 Oct 2012 description

1) With seasonal rains ending and as vegetation dries out, locust swarms have formed in Chad and are expected to form shortly in Niger and Mali. Swarms are then expected to migrate towards the north as well as potentially into cropping areas in western/central Mali.

04 Oct 2012 description

Assemblée générale Soixante-septième session Conseil de sécurité Soixante-septième année Point 64 b) de l’ordre du jour provisoire**
Nouveau Partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique : progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre et appui international : les causes des conflits et la promotion d’une paix et d’un développement durables en Afrique

Résumé

03 Oct 2012 description

General Assembly
Sixty-seventh session
Item 64 (b) of the provisional agenda**
New Partnership for Africa’s Development: progress in
implementation and international support: causes of
conflict and the promotion of durable peace and
sustainable development in Africa

Security Council
Sixty-seventh year

Summary

03 Oct 2012 description

1) Both anomalous seasonal rainfall and the northward position of the Inter-Tropical front during the past several months have favored breeding conditions for desert locusts over southeast Mauritania-western Mali, central Niger-eastern Mali, Chad, and east-central Sudan. With seasonal rains ending and as vegetation dries out, locusts are expected to concentrate and migrate towards the north as well as potentially into cropping areas in Mali and Niger.

04 Jul 2012 description

The 22nd meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) on Somalia was held from 2-3 July 2012 in Rome under the chairmanship of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Dr Augustine Mahiga, together with the ICG Co-chairs (Norway and the USA).

30 Jan 2012 description
report World Concern

By cathyh on January 27, 2012

This week we received a donation of $60. While that might not seem worthy of its own blog post, it is. Trust me.

The check was sent by Kim Kargbo, the director of Women of Hope International, a fellow Christian nonprofit that helps women with disabilities in Sierra Leone improve their lives. I called Kim to learn why another humanitarian agency would send us a donation instead of putting it toward their own programs.

The story she told me confirmed my belief that anyone, in any circumstances, can be changed by giving.

12 Jan 2012 description
report UN Security Council

SC/10519

Security Council
6702nd Meeting (AM & PM)

Secretary-General, South Africa’s President, African Union Commissioner For Peace and Security, Nine Ministers Address Council at High-level Meeting

19 Oct 2010 description

19 Oct 2010 17:53:19 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Fears impact if Western austerity aid will hit aid

* Global currency face-off could also dent growth

* Believes African countries institutionally stronger

By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - States like Somalia and Sierra Leone could ultimately cost the international community more money if they were destabilised by short-term cuts in Western aid, Africa's main representative to the IMF said on Tuesday.

Executive director Samuel Itam, who represents 20 African countries at the IMF board …

26 Jan 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Agenda items 33 and 146

Comprehensive review of the whole question of
peacekeeping operations in all their aspects

Administrative and budgetary aspects of the financing

31 May 2009 description

Note: Document is 6 pages and includes maps for UNHAS routes in Somalia, Ethiopia, Chad, Central African Republic, West African Coastal Countries, and Sudan
Note: Map production dates vary by map