L’Ethiopian Skylight Hotel a été inauguré à Addis Ababa

SHENZHEN, Chine, 31 janvier 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Grand Skylight Hotel, une marque d’hôtellerie nationale réputée de Chine, a lancé avec succès son hôtel emblématique à Addis Ababa, la ville plateforme de l’Afrique de l’Est, avec la compagnie aérienne de renommée mondiale Ethiopian Airlines. Cette initiative marque la présence internationale de Grand Skylight en Afrique et […]

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CNH Industrial presents results of 3-year Tunisian Water Management Project

The project was co-sponsored through the Company’s New Holland Agriculture brand together with several prestigious partners. The results were presented at a ceremony held at the Italian Ambassador to Tunisia’s Residence in the capital city of Tunis. Tunis, January 31, 2019 CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI) hosted an event on the evening of January […]

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CNH Industrial présente les résultats de son projet triennal de gestion durable de l’eau en Tunisie

Le projet a été porté conjointement avec sa marque de matériel agricole New Holland Agriculture, en collaboration avec plusieurs partenaires prestigieux. Les résultats ont été présentés lors d’une cérémonie qui s’est tenue à la Résidence de l’Ambassadeur d’Italie en Tunisie, dans la capitale Tunis. Tunis, le 31 janvier 2019 CNH Industrial (NYSE : CNHI /MI : CNHI) a […]

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Completing Substantive Work, Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Presents Draft Report, Addresses Pending Applications

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today concluded substantive work of its 2019 regular session with the presentation of the subsidiary body’s draft report, which will be finalized for adoption in February.It also recommended 10…

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Sanofi: Fexinidazole, the first all-oral treatment for sleeping sickness, approved in Democratic Republic of Congo

Fexinidazole will contribute to international efforts to eliminate sleeping sickness, a fatal neglected tropical disease endemic to Africa, by 2020 It is the first all-oral treatment for sleeping sickness, and is effective for both stages of the disease Democratic Republic of Congo bears the majority of the sleeping sickness disease burden, with around 85% of […]

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Sanofi : Le fexinidazole, premier traitement entièrement par voie orale contre la maladie du sommeil, approuvé en République Démocratique du Congo

Le fexinidazole contribuera aux efforts déployés à l’échelle internationale en vue d’éliminer la maladie du sommeil – une maladie tropicale négligée, fatale et endémique en Afrique – à l’horizon 2020 Premier médicament entièrement par voie orale efficace contre les deux phases de la maladie du sommeil La République Démocratique du Congo est le pays où […]

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Nearly $4 billion needed to protect 41 million children from conflict and disaster

Speaking in Geneva, the agency’s Director of Emergency Operations, Manuel Fontaine, warned that conflict is at a 30-year high: “There’s never been as much conflict in the world in the past 30 years as this year, so it is obviously a particular threat,” he said.

”Eight years after the start of the conflict in #Syria, there are still 2.5 million Syrian #refugee children living in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Demand for services such as health and education far outstrips the existing capacities”, informs @UNICEF. pic.twitter.com/RAkoaQQdGq

— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) January 29, 2019

Amid countless reports of deadly attacks on civilians and places of shelter – both of which are prohibited under international law – Mr. Fontaine insisted that the long-held notion that children should be protected above all others is also being undermined.

He said it was “being accepted as a new normal of attacks on schools and hospitals and detention of children,” adding that increasingly, “children are being seen not only as victims, when they’ve been actually recruited by an armed group or used by a particular armed group, but also as a perpetrator and detained once they’ve been released by an armed group.”

A total of 59 countries are to benefit from UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2019 appeal, as the agency pursues its goal of providing 41 million children with safe water, food, education, health and protection.

Syria still number one concern

Child protection funding amounting to $385 million includes more than $120 million for youngsters affected by the Syria crisis, whose needs are estimated at $904 million – the largest part of UNICEF’s overall appeal.

“Nearly eight years after the conflict broke out, we still have 2.5 million Syrian children living as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey where demand for basic services such as health and education outstrip the capacity of institutions and infrastructure to actually respond,” Mr. Fontaine explained, noting that aid was needed for Syrian refugees and host communities.

Asked if he expected a significant number of Syrian families to return to the country, the UNICEF official replied that such a development was likely premature.

“There might be cases of some families, some children who decide they want to go back and we accompany them,” he said. “I think it’s a bit early right now to see how that’s going to happen in practice.”

Yemen: Two million children need food support

Needs in Yemen represent UNICEF’s second largest individual appeal, at just over $542 million, as a fragile and as-yet unimplemented ceasefire deal between Houthi militants and the internationally recognised government over the Red Sea port of Hudaydah continues to cause serious concern among humanitarians.

Nearly four years since conflict escalated, more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance, including two million Yemeni children who will require food assistance this year. “Projections from 2019 are that nearly 400,000 children will suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in Yemen during the course of the year,” Mr. Fontaine warned.

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Other emergency situations include the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a vast country facing a significant escalation of violence and armed conflict linked to terrible rights abuses. An ongoing outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in the east of the country has made matters worse.

“Violations against children include forced recruitment by armed groups and rampant sexual abuse,” the UNICEF official explained. “The insecurity has also seriously hindered the response to the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri and aggravated disastrous malnutrition conditions across the country.”

According to the UNICEF appeal, an estimated 1.4 million children – over three times the number at risk in Yemen – are projected to require lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2019.

Venezuela’s adolescents in dire need of protection

Turning to Venezuela, where 40 people have died in recent clashes between demonstrators and security forces, according to UN human rights office, (OHCHR), Mr. Fontaine appealed for children to be protected.

“We are very concerned about the risk of violence,” he said. “We are obviously calling on everyone to protect children in this particular moment and adolescents in particular.”

The UNICEF official confirmed that an estimated three million people have left the troubled South American country in recent years, and that the agency is “working in the neighbouring countries, in Colombia, Brazil Ecuador and other countries to help the struggling host communities receiving families and children that are crossing the border”.

‘Toxic stress’ last longer than physical wounds

Faced with such unprecedented needs, UNICEF is appealing for funding that can be allocated where it is needed most urgently, not least to under-reported emergencies including the Lake Chad region, where nearly 21 million people in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Niger and Nigeria have been affected by ongoing conflicts.

Despite the challenges, Mr. Fontaine insisted that the agency has been successful in helping vulnerable children, not least those whose mental scars caused by the “toxic stress” of conflict often take longer than physical wounds to heal.

“At the same time, I would say we’ve also made great progress,” he insisted. “It is the behaviour of parties to conflict that actually creates this kind of situation. Should they give us more access, should they give us more ways to protect children and should they themselves respect the sanctity of the protection of children, things would actually go a lot better.”

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Hengtong Aberdare réaffirme sa volonté d’aider les étudiants en Afrique du Sud

IMBALI, Afrique du Sud, 29 janvier 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Hengtong Aberdare (Aberdare), une filiale de Hengtong Group, chef de file de l’innovation en Chine qui se concentre sur la fibre optique, la construction et les opérations liées aux réseaux électriques et techniques, a promis de faire don d’un centre informatique de pointe (« le centre ») à […]

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Suntech Awarded “Top Brand PV” Seal in Europe from EuPD Research

WUXI, China, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, EuPD Research announced that Suntech has been awarded the “Top Brand PV” honor in Europe. Since the expiry of the “MIP” in the EU, the competition of the PV industry in Europe has increased. Suntech was awarded the “Top Brand PV,”  which is not only the recognition of top market performance […]

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30,000 fled Nigerian town in two days amid Boko Haram threat: UN

NNA – Over 30,000 people fled the Nigerian town of Rann and across the border to Cameroon over the weekend amid fears of renewed attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN said Tuesday.

“All the population seems to be panicking and they are on the run as a preemptive measure to save their lives,” UN refugee agency spokesman Babar Baloch told reporters in Geneva.

Rann, near the border with Cameroon in northern Borno state, already saw an exodus of some 9,000 people earlier this month after a Boko Haram attack on January 14 left 14 people dead.

Baloch said that Cameroon had sent back the 9,000 refugees and had initially sent in troops that are part of a multinational taskforce to protect the town.

“It was a bit peaceful, but as far as we understand now, that multinational taskforce has left,” he said.

Refugees had told aid workers that Boko Haram militants had “promised to return to Rann,” he said, explaining the panic.

He said UNHCR was reiterating its call to Cameroonian authorities “to keep the borders open, as we see thousands fleeing every day.”

Baloch said that a recent upsurge in violence in northeastern Nigeria had already driven more than 80,000 civilians to seek refuge in already crowded camps or in towns in Borno State, “where they are surviving in tough living conditions.”

Rann, he said, had already been housing some 80,000 displaced people.

“The escalation in the conflict has thwarted people’s intention of returning to their homes,” he said, adding that some refugees who had attempted to return home from Cameroon had been displaced multiple times inside Nigeria or forced to become refugees again in Cameroon.

“The hostilities have strained humanitarian operations there and forced aid workers to pull out from some locations,” he said.

Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN humanitarian agency, meanwhile told reporters that we have “260 aid workers who were withdrawn from three locations in Borno state” since early December.–AFP

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Hengtong Aberdare Recommits to Assisting Students in South Africa

IMBALI, South Africa, Jan. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Hengtong Aberdare (Aberdare), a subsidiary of Hengtong Group, an innovation leader in China that focuses on fiber optic, electrical and technical network construction and operations, has pledged to donate a hi-tech computer center (“the Center”) to the Siqongweni Secondary School in Imbali Township, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The […]

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