Huawei Recognized as a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center and Cloud Networking with the Highest Rating

SHENZHEN, China, Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, is excited to share that they were named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center and Cloud Networking for its CloudFabric Data Center Network (DCN) Solution. Huawei has a high […]

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Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic

Humanitarian operations in several parts of the Central African Republic are at a standstill due to ongoing election unrest and heightened insecurity, leaving many of the 2.8 million people in need of essential humanitarian aid without access to life-saving assistance. “Like most of the other humanitarian organisations, we have had to suspend our response in major parts of the country, including Nana Gribizi, Basse-Kotto and Mabere Kadei localities, where more than 120,000 displaced people rely on humanitarian assistance to survive. We are deeply worried about the consequences for civilians in…

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ECHO Factsheet – Health (Last updated 12/01/2021)

What is it? Health is a core sector of humanitarian assistance, but also a reliable measurement of its impact. The European Commission aims to provide high-quality humanitarian health assistance in fragile contexts, such as emergency medical assistance, outbreak preparedness and response, vaccination, hygiene promotion, and screening for malnutrition. Health is interconnected with other humanitarian sectors, such as water and sanitation, nutrition, and food. Why is this important? According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), before COVID-19, more than 76% of the world’s poorest were estimated to be…

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2021: International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour

Child labour has decreased by 38 per cent in the last decade but 152 million children are still affected. The COVID-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation, but joint and decisive action can reverse this trend. GENEVA (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the Alliance 8.7 global partnership, is launching the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour , to encourage legislative and practical actions to eradicate child labour worldwide. The International Year was unanimously adopted in a UN General Assembly resolution in 2019.…

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WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 15 January 2021

• The emergency committee met this week and made a series of recommendations about the COVID-19 outbreak. With almost two million deaths, and new variants appearing in multiple countries, the emergency committee emphasized the need for governments to do all they can to curb infections through tried and tested public health measures. • I was pleased that the emergency committee put a major emphasis on rolling out COVID-19 vaccines equitably. I want to see vaccination underway in every country in the next 100 days so that health workers and those…

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Refugee Numbers Soar as CAR Election-Related Violence Intensifies

GENEVA – The U.N. refugee agency is calling for an immediate stop to election-related violence in the Central African Republic that has sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring countries. Presidential and parliamentary elections in the Central African Republic on December 27 were meant to advance the peace process and unify the country’s warring factions. They have instead had the opposite effect. U.N. refugee agency spokesman Boris Cheshirkov says the situation has evolved for the worse as fighting among various armed groups has escalated, increasing instability in the…

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Al-Shabab Threat Rising in Kenya’s Northeast

NAIROBI – Friday marked two years since al-Shabab terrorists attacked the Dusit D2 hotel in central Nairobi, killing 22 people. The anniversary comes as Kenya’s Mandera, a county bordering Somalia, is seeing increased attacks from the Islamist militants amid fears they are gaining control of the area. The county’s governor, Ali Roba, said Friday he can no longer be silent on the militant group’s activities in his area. “Why do I keep quiet when out of 295 primary schools, 129 are not literally open? How do I keep quiet when…

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UN Slams Ethiopian Government for Blocking Aid to Conflict-Ridden Tigray

GENEVA – U.N. agencies are criticizing Ethiopian authorities for blocking most humanitarian aid from reaching civilians and refugees caught up in the fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray province. In early December, Ethiopian authorities struck a deal with the United Nations to allow unimpeded humanitarian supplies to reach the many people in need in Tigray. Unfortunately, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says most of that agreement has not been honored. OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke says the fighting in Tigray continues unabated and civilians continue to be killed…

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