West Africa Seasonal Monitor (01-10 July 2020)

Highlights • Despite the improvement in rainfall conditions since mid-June followed by mostly well distributed rainfall in early July, rainfall amounts remain low in many areas. Thus in early mid-season, West African region remains characterized by very high variability and wide areas of the region continue to experience rainfall deficits. • The vegetation dynamics are still significantly impacted by rainfall deficits. Noticeable below average vegetation can be seen across most of West Africa region. However, rainfall in June and improvements in early July maintained and improved water resources throughout the…

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UNICEF Angola Humanitarian Situation Report No.2 for the period 1 Jan – 30 June 2020

Highlights 350,396 people reached with agreed quantity of water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene; 3,098,035 children aged 0 to 59 months vaccinated against Polio Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rates in provinces worst affected by drought remain persistently high in 2020, with a 120 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2019. Admissions in treatment centres in April represented only 24 per cent of the monthly burden, estimated at 11,749 children, reflecting low coverage of SAM treatment and increased importance of immediate humanitarian life-saving interventions to reduce the…

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WHO, Africa CDC in joint push for COVID-19 traditional medicine research in Africa

Addis Ababa/Brazzaville – In a joint effort to enhance research and development of traditional medicines for COVID-19 in Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) today launched an expert advisory committee/panel to provide independent scientific advice and support to countries on the safety, efficacy and quality of traditional medicine therapies. The 25-member Regional Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine for COVID-19 will support countries in collaborative efforts to conduct clinical trials of traditional medicines in compliance with international standards. By pooling…

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UNHCR Niger Update Agadez: Refugees and asylum seekers in Agadez, July 2020

Background Niger is situated in a geopolitically sensitive area linking the Sahara Desert with the Sahel, and West with Central Africa. The country has become a major hub for mixed movements northwards to Libya, Algeria and the Mediterranean while at the same time witnessing an increasing number of people fleeing Libya or being deported from Algeria on Nigerien territory. In response to the complex humanitarian and security situation in Libya, Niger is increasingly turning into an alternative space for protection, including for the asylum-seekers and refugees who fail to reach…

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Childcare in a global crisis: the impact of COVID-19 on work and family life

40 million children miss out on early education in critical pre-school year due to COVID-19 NEW YORK, 22 July 2020 – At least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on early childhood education in their critical pre-school year as COVID-19 shuttered childcare and early education facilities, according to a new research brief published today by UNICEF. Produced by UNICEF’s Office of Research – Innocenti, the research brief looks at the state of childcare and early childhood education globally and includes an analysis of the impact of widespread COVID-19 closures…

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Recover better: Economic and social challenges and opportunities

A compilation of the High-level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs By Liu Zhenmin INTRODUCTION The United Nations High-level Advisory Board (HLAB) on Economic and Social Affairs was established in June 2018 to help strengthen the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) in the context of United Nations development system reform, and as a key part of efforts to enhance support to Member States of the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLAB consists of sixteen globally renowned experts in…

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Africa’s digital solutions to tackle COVID-19, July 2020

United Nations Development Programme and EIB identify effective digital response to COVID-19 in Africa The health, economic and social impact of COVID-19 across Africa continues to evolve with more than 12,000 deaths, in excess of 540,000 confirmed cases and the livelihoods of millions of Africans damaged. In recent weeks the European Investment Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and BearingPoint have analysed the impact of COVID-19 with policy makers and business leaders across Africa and identified digital solutions that can be shared to strengthen resilience and better address the impact…

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Palestinians Witnessing ‘Crushing of Their Dream’ of Own Independent, Sovereign State, Veteran Academic Tells Security Council

Support has gradually tilted in favour of a one-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past decade among Palestinians due to the grim reality on the ground, a veteran researcher told the Security Council in a 21 July videoconference meeting*. “Palestinians witness the crushing of their dream of one day seeing the ending of the Israeli occupation of their land and the building of their own independent and sovereign State,” said Khalil Shikaki, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. In…

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