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Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO).
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Women empowerment in Africa has received a boost, with the approval by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment of 8.20 million euros to support 31 projects in Sub-Saharan African countries.
A statement from the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, made available to PANA here Friday, said the funding support came on the heels of the celebration of the 2012 International Women’s Day, marked across the world 8 March.
Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is to leverage the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations starting on Saturday to pep up the fight against HIV/AIDS on the continent.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday that the 16-nation tournament, to be hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 21 Jan-12 Feb., ''provides an exceptional opportunity to mobilize and re-energize Africans against AIDS as millions tune in and turn up to support their teams''.
Ruth Nabakwe, PANA Correspondent
GENEVA, Switzerland (PANA) - The Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organisation, G. Obasi, has called for increased application of science and technology to mitigate the impact of natural disasters that are costing the world economy some 50 billion dollars annually.
Obasi made the call during the five-day International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction: Partnership for a Safer World in the 21st Century conference, that opened in Geneva Monday.