Soka Gakkai Joins with ITTO to Support Forest Restoration in Togo, West Africa

TOKYO, July 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On July 1, 2020, Minoru Harada, President of the Soka Gakkai Buddhist organization, met with Dr. Gerhard Dieterle, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), for the signing of a memorandum to launch a reforestation project providing income opportunities for women’s groups in two rural areas of […]

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Cameroon English-Speakers Claim Harassment After Government Declares Security Alert

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON – Cameroon’s displaced Anglophones, who fled from the separatist war in western regions to the capital, are accusing authorities of harassment. Last week, the government declared a security alert following two explosions in Yaounde and began raids on houses in English-speaking majority neighborhoods. Many English-speaking Cameroonians in the capital say they have stories of ordeals with the police, either in their houses or along the streets. One of them is a 31-year-old journalist whom we’ll call Rose to protect her safety. She told VOA that since her national…

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COVID-19 Situation update for the WHO African Region, External Situation Report 18 (01 July 2020)

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak continues to grow in the WHO African Region since it was first detected in Algeria on 25 February 2020. Since our last External Situation Report 17 issued on 24 June 2020 (from 24 to 30 June 2020), a total of 67 077 new confirmed COVID-19 cases (a 28% increase) was reported from 45 countries. Of the 67 077 reported new cases in the region, 43% (45 101) were recorded in South Africa. South Africa remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region,…

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Global food commodity prices rebound in June

FAO expects new record-high global cereal production and comfortable stock levels for 2020/21, while food assistance needs up 2 July 2020, Rome – In June, global food commodity prices rose for the first time since the beginning of the year driven by a rebound in vegetable oils, sugar and dairy quotations. However, in the cereals and meat markets, most prices remained under downward pressure amid market uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAO Food Price Index**, **which tracks international prices of the most traded food commodities, averaged 93.2 points…

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The African Union needs to broaden its role in Somalia

Somalia’s historic one-person-one vote election, scheduled for late 2020, looks set to be postponed. Electoral commission chair Halima Ismail told the country’s federal Parliament on 29 June that the much-anticipated polls could not be carried out in less than 13 months. Somalia faces multiple threats from continued terrorist attacks, increased political polarisation, incomplete electoral laws, the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst desert locust invasion in decades, and floods. The result has been food insecurity for an estimated 1.3 million people and an increase in internally displaced persons. Given this dire situation,…

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Classifying Acute Food Insecurity Using the Household Hunger Scale: Evidence from Three Countries

The currently accepted means of categorizing household food insecurity and identifying famine or famine risk is the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) tool. IPC has been instituted in one form or another in nearly forty countries, including its adaptation as Cadre Harmonisé in West Africa. While it has helped the humanitarian community make great strides in assessing food security crises and in allocating resources impartially, recent IPC analyses in countries at risk of famine have had difficulty in particular areas. One of these is the classification of households in…

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WHO urges strong COVID-19 safety measures as African countries start to resume air travel

Brazzaville, 2 July 2020 – As African countries begin to reopen borders and air spaces, it is crucial that governments take effective measures to mitigate the risk of a surge in infections due to the resumption of commercial flights and airport operations. Many African governments acted swiftly, implementing confinement and travel restrictions in the early days of the pandemic. In the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region, 36 countries closed their borders to international travel, eight suspended flights from countries with high COVID-19 transmission and others had partial or no…

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Human Rights Council concludes interactive dialogue on the Annual Report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, hears presentations on Nicaragua, Venezuela, and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine

Begins Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children The Human Rights Council this morning heard presentations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of an oral update on Nicaragua, and of two reports on Venezuela and on the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine, after concluding an interactive dialogue on the annual report of the High Commissioner and on her oral update on the human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also started an interactive…

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