Ministry of Planning and FAO agree to strengthen cooperation for achievement of food security in Iraq

Baghdad-20 September 2020 – H.E. the Minister of Planning – Dr. Khalid Batal Najim Abdullah and the Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Iraq – Dr. Salah ElHajj Hassan discussed FAO’s programs and support to rural livelihoods and collaborative efforts with national institutions to strengthen sustainable agriculture with a focus on enhancing food security and improving the productivity of main crops in Iraq. During the meeting, FAO also discussed H.E. participation in the FAO’s Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NERC…

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Covid-19: WHO sets rules for testing African herbal remedies

BRAZZAVILLE (Congo Republic), Sept 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed rules for the testing of African herbal remedies to fight Covid-19. Sound science would be the sole basis for safe and effective traditional therapies to be adopted, it said. Any traditional remedies that are judged effective could be fast-tracked for large-scale manufacturing. Madagascar’s leader has been promoting an untested product he says can cure the disease despite the WHO warning against using untested remedies. The WHO said the new rules were aimed at helping and empowering…

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Ex-presidential guard officer from Central African Republic arrested in France for war crimes

PARIS, Sept 21 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Police in France have arrested a former presidential guard from the Central African Republic (CAR) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Eric Danboy Bagale was taken to Paris after his arrest in eastern France on Tuesday. He is accused of leading a group of largely Christian militias which carried out revenge killings after the CAR’s president was ousted in 2013. Thousands of people died in the violence that followed. The CAR has faced instability since gaining independence from France in 1960. But in…

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Near East and North Africa countries discuss responses to COVID-19 and how to transform food systems during FAO Regional Conference

21 September 2020, Muscat/Rome — The 35th FAO Regional Conference for the Near East started today with the topics of transforming food systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the centre of the discussions. The COVID-19 pandemic “is primarily a health crisis, but its impact has touched all parts of our lives, most importantly food security and incomes,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu. He noted that the pandemic, and measures to contain it, pose significant challenges especially to the…

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Where climate change is reality: Supporting Africa’s Sahel pastoralists to secure a resilient future

One morning in February, in Kaffrine Region, Senegal, Kaffia Diallo emerged from her tent. She is happy; her new grandson was born just two days earlier. “A beautiful baby,” she said, “although I wish he weighed a little more.” Following tradition, they will wait seven days before giving him a name. Surrounded by their herds of cows, sheep and goats, Kaffia helped her daughter with the birth in their tent in the middle of the brush, far from the closest medical center. This is nothing new for Kaffia. She comes…

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QRCS supports Coronavirus control efforts in 22 countries [EN/AR]

September 21st, 2020 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is working on its large-scale project to support Coronavirus control efforts for the benefit of 320,000 people in 22 countries (Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Laos, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Sierra Leone, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru, Panama, and Vanuatu. In Palestine, QRCS’s representation mission in the West Bank and Jerusalem is working together with Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to provide medications, equipment, and medical consumables, to enable the host National Society in…

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The Responsibility to Protect at 15: A Promise Unfulfilled

by Dr. Alex Bellamy, Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect The Responsibility to Protect was adopted unanimously and without equivocation by the UN General Assembly in 2005. States accepted that each of them had a responsibility to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity – hitherto referred to as ‘atrocity crimes.’ They acknowledged their responsibility to assist one another to fulfil this primary responsibility. They declared they had a collective responsibility to protect populations in other countries using diplomatic,…

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Huawei FusionServer Pro 2488H V5 établit un nouveau record dans SAP® BWH Benchmark

SHENZHEN, Chine, 20 septembre 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Dans la récente version 3 de SAP® BWH Benchmark, Huawei FusionServer Pro 2488H V5, avec 5,2 milliards d’enregistrements initiaux, a battu le record des serveurs à 4 sockets en délivrant 5 293 requêtes par heure dans la phase 2 (exécutions de requêtes par heure). Le Huawei FusionServer Pro 2488H V5 abrite quatre processeurs évolutifs […]

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