East Africa Food Security Outlook, October 2020 – May 2021

KEY MESSAGES • Protracted conflict, long-term macroeconomic challenges, the economic impacts of COVID-19, weather shocks, and desert locust are causing deterioration in acute food security outcomes in much of the region. Compounding the impact of other shocks, COVID-19 movement restrictions have disrupted demand for labor, export commodities, and services, constrained physical access to income sources, slowed cross-border trade flows, and reduced remittances. Multiple shocks are jointly leading to below-normal household income, higher food and seed prices, and reduced household purchasing power. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes and high…

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UNSOM Quarterly Newsletter ISSUE #17 | December 2020

HIGHLIGHTS • International partners call for ongoing dialogue among Somali leaders • Somalia Partnership Forum takes stock of country’s progress, identifies priorities • UN Special Representative briefs Security Council on the situation in Somalia • Somali government and international partners meet to improve security and rule of law • International partner representatives visit Somalia’s Federal Member States • UN Peacebuilding Commission holds first meeting on Somalia since 2015 • As poll preparations begin, Somali journalists undertake training on elections reporting • Somalia among Horn of Africa countries threatened by desert…

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Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan’s Darfur Ends

KHARTOUM – The United Nations-African Union mission in Darfur is set to end 13 years of peacekeeping in the vast Sudanese region Thursday, even as recent violent clashes leave residents fearful of new conflict. Fighting erupted in Darfur in 2003, when ethnic minority rebels rose up against the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum, which responded by recruiting and arming notorious Arab-dominated militia known as the Janjaweed. A total of 300,000 people were killed and 2.5 million displaced, according to the United Nations. “The last day for UNAMID is tonight at midnight,”…

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OKEx announces mainnet launch of OKExChain – and how to earn its native OKT token

VICTORIA, Seychelles, Dec. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKEx (www.okex.com), a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, is thrilled to announce the launch of OKExChain mainnet. Unlike other exchange chains, OKEx wanted to embody blockchain’s core qualities of openness and decentralization in OKExChain. After more than 10 iterations on the testnet and exhaustive ongoing development, this vision […]

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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (29 December 2020)

Global epidemiological situation Globally in the past week, over 4 million new cases were reported. Although this is a 12% decrease compared to the previous week, this and other short-term trends in data should be interpreted with caution over the end-of-year holiday season, as numbers may be influenced by presentation, testing and reporting delays. New deaths decreased by 8% to 72 730 (Figure 1, Table 1). The Region of the Americas accounts for 48% of all new cases and 42% of all new deaths globally. While new cases and deaths…

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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (24 – 30 Dec 2020)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC MORE THAN 55,000 PEOPLE FLEE AHEAD OF GENERAL ELECTIONS Insecurity and fear of attacks ahead of the general elections have led 55,000 to flee their home. Increase of violence has been observed in several parts of the country, attacks against humanitarian actors have also been noted, with17 incidents recorded this past week alone. This situation has prevented hundreds of thousand people in the west and center of the country from receiving urgent, life-saving assistance. The Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central African Republic has expressed her serious concern…

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WHO urges greater surveillance as new COVID-19 variants emerge

Brazzaville, 30 December 2020 – With the recent emergence in the African region of new COVID-19 variants which seem to have higher transmissibility, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls on countries to boost genomic surveillance and analysis through the African genome sequencing laboratory network to detect any new mutations and strengthen the efforts to curb the pandemic. South Africa recently detected a new SARS-CoV-2 variant, which appears to transmit more easily and is likely linked to the ongoing surge of COVID-19 infections in the country. Further analysis is underway to…

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Sustaining peace through the prevention of transhumance-related conflicts

1. The importance of addressing transhumance-related conflicts Often underestimated, transhumance is a key form of livelihood across the globe that is based on mobile livestock farming methods, with regular seasonal movements, that supports a substantial population in arid and semi-arid areas less suitable for crop production. It is particularly practiced across Africa and is one of the most integrated economic activities in West Africa. According to the African Union’s policy framework for pastoralism, there are 268 million herders who live in and travel across 43% of Africa’s land mass. Transhumance…

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