Written question – VP/HR – Cameroon crisis – E-006379/2017

On 1 October 2017, the Ambazonia Governing Council (self-appointed in July 2017) declared the English-speaking regions in south-west and north-west Cameroon independent. This followed a year of protests, during which campaigners called for the return of the federal system in force between 1961 and 1972, and for the English language and the English-speaking community to be better represented in institutions and national oil companies.

The independence declaration flew in the face of efforts made by Cameroon’s government: on 23 January 2017, a ‘National Commission on the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism’ was established, despite the fact that 80% of the population in Cameroon — which has been a member of the International Organisation for the French-Speaking World (OIF) since 1975 — is French-speaking.

This secession poses a risk to the presidential and general elections due to be held in 2018 and is compromising the stability of the country, which has been resisting the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram since 2013.

Looking ahead to the 2018 elections and with a view to bringing about a fair and balanced political solution — with particular regard to the French-speaking majority in Cameroon — is the EU intending to support the OIF’s mediation efforts?

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Foton Motor signs MOU with TDG to identify smart city solutions, during President Donald Trump’s first visit to China

BEIJING, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On November 8-10, 2017, US President Trump took a delegation of nearly 30 CEOs from major American companies to make three-day state visit to China. In this period, US and China had in-depth talks about deepening economic and trade ties between the two parties. On November 8, as a […]

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Le programme de formation spécialisé de CMPort atteint son paroxysme lors d’une cérémonie de clôture émouvante

SHENZHEN, Chine, 14 novembre 2017 /PRNewswire/ — La cérémonie de clôture de C Blue 2017, un programme de formation social organisé en collaboration par China Merchants Port Holdings Company Ltd. (« CMPort ») et Shenzhen Polytechnic, s’est tenue au CMPort Plaza de Shenzhen le 10 novembre, concluant un mois fructueux de camaraderie interculturelle au cours duquel des professionnels […]

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Study: Better Soil Could Trap as Much Planet-warming Carbon as Transport Produces

ROME Improving soil health in farmlands could capture extra carbon equivalent to the planet-warming emissions generated by the transport sector, one of the world’s most polluting industries, experts said Tuesday.

Soil naturally absorbs carbon from the atmosphere through a process known as sequestration, which not only reduces harmful greenhouse gases but also creates more fertile soil.

Better soil management could boost carbon stored in the top layer of the soil by up to 1.85 gigatons each year, about the same as the carbon emissions of transport globally, according to a study published in the journal Nature.

“Healthier soils store more carbon and produce more food,” Louis Verchot of the Colombia-based International Center for Tropical Agriculture, and one of the study’s authors, said in a statement.

“Investing in better soil management will make our agricultural systems more productive and resilient to future shocks and stresses.”

Using compost, keeping soil disturbance to a minimum, and rotating crops to include plants such as legumes can help restore organic matter in the soil, Verchot told Reuters.

The extra carbon that could be stored from rejuvenated soil is equivalent to 3 to 7 billion tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide, he said.

“The U.S. emits around 5 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year. So [emissions] equivalent of a major economy could be sequestered in soils each year with changes in farming practices,” he added.

The study found the United States has the highest total annual potential to store carbon in the soil, followed by India, China, Russia and Australia, if soil management is improved.

Carbon sequestration could be increased intensively in parts of southern Africa, Ethiopia and Sudan too, Verchot said in a phone interview.

The Earth’s soils contain more carbon than the planet’s atmosphere and vegetation combined, but when land is overexploited or degraded, trapped carbon is released back into the atmosphere, resulting in planet-warming emissions.

About a third of the world’s soils are degraded because of soil erosion � the loss of the topsoil by wind, rain or use of machinery � and other practices, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Agriculture, forestry and changes in land use together produce 21 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, making them the second-largest emitter after the energy sector, FAO said.

Source: Voice of America

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10 NORTH AFRICAN, EUROPEAN NATIONS DISCUSS NON-MILITARY AIR THREATS

ALGIERS, An international seminar on regulatory initiatives in the management of non-military air threats is being held here this week at the Army National Club of Algiers as part of the implementation of the plan of action drawn up under activities of the multilateral military co-operation of the 5 5 Defence Initiative which involves five African and five European Mediterranean nations.

Algeria’s Ministry of National Defence said in a statement here that the two�day seminar which began Monday, is organized by the Algerian Air Defence Command and is in line with the action plan adopted by defence ministers of the the 5 5 Defence Initiative member countries and as instructed by Deputy Minister for National Defence and Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaid Salah.

The meeting is intended to help draw up an approach aiming at regulating the measures necessary to counter non-military air threats. “These measures should be based on efficient and flexible laws in order to ensure optimum readiness for immediate and effective response in case of non-military air threats,” the statement said.

Conferences and interventions will be held on “the definition and identification of different types of non-military air threats, including air safety in the 5 5 Defence Initiative’s common interest area, as well as the study and analysis of different legal and organizational procedures to deal with these threats in real time”.

The member countries of the 5 5 Defence Initiative are Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritania, Libya, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Malta.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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Stars Sign On to Support UNICEF World Children’s Day

NEW YORK David Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown and Hugh Jackman are among celebrities and world leaders announced Tuesday as participants and official supporters of the UNICEF initiative World Children’s Day.

The organization said events around the globe will focus on child takeovers to mark the day Monday, including a gathering at the United Nations in New York. That’s where U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will welcome children, and singer-songwriters Chloe x Halle will perform a new track written for the occasion.

Young people in Geneva, meanwhile, will take over the Palais des Nations to perform a special cover of Pink’s hit What About Us.

In Spain, children will join Leo Messi and others on the powerhouse soccer team FC Barcelona for a practice session, while in India, cricket will be the game for 22 child athletes who will play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar.

Brown, who appears on the Netflix series Stranger Things, will kick off the day in Australia. Jackman is lending his voice via video to a fundraiser focused on providing clean water to those in need, to take place in gyms around the world on Saturday.

‘It’s our day’

“I am so excited for the first-ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it � in our schools, with our friends, with our families!”

Beckham, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, will appear in a short film with children. Other events are planned for Copenhagen and Accra, where 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the continent in a series of TED Talk-style appearances called Africa Dialogues.

More than 50 companies and organizations around the world will turn over key roles to children, including LEGO, Qantas and the H&M Foundation. In schools, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and raise funds in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF deputy executive director.

Source: Voice of America

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Stars Sign On to Support UNICEF World Children’s Day

NEW YORK David Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown and Hugh Jackman are among celebrities and world leaders announced Tuesday as participants and official supporters of the UNICEF initiative World Children’s Day.

The organization said events around the globe will focus on child takeovers to mark the day Monday, including a gathering at the United Nations in New York. That’s where U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will welcome children, and singer-songwriters Chloe x Halle will perform a new track written for the occasion.

Young people in Geneva, meanwhile, will take over the Palais des Nations to perform a special cover of Pink’s hit What About Us.

In Spain, children will join Leo Messi and others on the powerhouse soccer team FC Barcelona for a practice session, while in India, cricket will be the game for 22 child athletes who will play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar.

Brown, who appears on the Netflix series Stranger Things, will kick off the day in Australia. Jackman is lending his voice via video to a fundraiser focused on providing clean water to those in need, to take place in gyms around the world on Saturday.

‘It’s our day’

“I am so excited for the first-ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it � in our schools, with our friends, with our families!”

Beckham, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, will appear in a short film with children. Other events are planned for Copenhagen and Accra, where 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the continent in a series of TED Talk-style appearances called Africa Dialogues.

More than 50 companies and organizations around the world will turn over key roles to children, including LEGO, Qantas and the H&M Foundation. In schools, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and raise funds in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF deputy executive director.

Source: Voice of America

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Stars Sign On to Support UNICEF World Children’s Day

NEW YORK David Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown and Hugh Jackman are among celebrities and world leaders announced Tuesday as participants and official supporters of the UNICEF initiative World Children’s Day.

The organization said events around the globe will focus on child takeovers to mark the day Monday, including a gathering at the United Nations in New York. That’s where U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will welcome children, and singer-songwriters Chloe x Halle will perform a new track written for the occasion.

Young people in Geneva, meanwhile, will take over the Palais des Nations to perform a special cover of Pink’s hit What About Us.

In Spain, children will join Leo Messi and others on the powerhouse soccer team FC Barcelona for a practice session, while in India, cricket will be the game for 22 child athletes who will play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar.

Brown, who appears on the Netflix series Stranger Things, will kick off the day in Australia. Jackman is lending his voice via video to a fundraiser focused on providing clean water to those in need, to take place in gyms around the world on Saturday.

‘It’s our day’

“I am so excited for the first-ever global celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20th with UNICEF,” Brown said in a statement. “It’s our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let’s do it � in our schools, with our friends, with our families!”

Beckham, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, will appear in a short film with children. Other events are planned for Copenhagen and Accra, where 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the continent in a series of TED Talk-style appearances called Africa Dialogues.

More than 50 companies and organizations around the world will turn over key roles to children, including LEGO, Qantas and the H&M Foundation. In schools, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and raise funds in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

“It’s a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential.” said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF deputy executive director.

Source: Voice of America

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HAWKS BEAT ARMED FORCES TO WIN GAMBIA SUPER CUP

Hawks FC on Saturday (11 November 2017) overcame rivals Armed Forces 4 -3 on penalties in Banjul to win the Gambia Super Cup.

The one-off match, the curtain raiser to the 2017/18 pitted Hawks, winners of last season’s domestic knockout competition against league champions Armed Forces, with the game being decided via penalties after a barren stalemate in regulation time.

Hawks controlled possession but failed to make best use of their numerous created chances.

Alagie Kujabi had a long curling right footed kick hit the woodwork at the half hour mark and Matarr Badjie failed to tap home Kabba Gibba’s in swinging cross from the right in the 67th minute.

Armed Forces, who looked unconvincing in the game, saw striker Adama Jammeh wasted their closest chance of the game with glancing free header after 70 minutes.

Both sides played defensively and ground out a tiresome goalless draw before the Reds emerged winners on a shootout.

Hawks pocketed 75,000 GMD (US$1,587) as winners whiles Armed Forces went home with 50,000 GMD (US$1,058) as runner up.

Armed Forces and Hawks will be Gambia’s representatives at next year’s CAF champions League and Confederations Cup competitions respectively.

Meanwhile, the Gambia Football Federation 2017 � 2018 Division One League season will be in full swing this weekend as three time champions, Armed Forces look to defend the title, while Hawks will hope to continue their resurgence.

Interior FC Ladies are reining supreme in Gambia’s Female League Division One as they won seven domestic trophies from December 2015 to date.

In a related development, Interior FC humbled Immigration 4-0 to win the Women’s Super

Cup. Captain Mama Saidy, Catherine Jatta, Mbassey Darboe and an own-goal by Awa Trawally ensured victory for the reigning domestic champions.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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