South Sudan: UN chief urges all sides to ‘show leadership’ in quest for peace

South Sudan: UN chief urges all sides to ‘show leadership’ in quest for peace

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese political rivals President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek ...

UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today demanded the ...

Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity

Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The overall situation in Libya is “deteriorating rapidly” amid a growing terrorist threat and continuing violence, the United Nations envoy ...

IMF Staff Concludes Staff Visit to Madagascar

IMF Staff Concludes Staff Visit to Madagascar

WASHINGTON, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. George Tsibouris visited Antananarivo during February 18-March 4, 2015. It held ...

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Cabo Verde

Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Cabo Verde

WASHINGTON, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Ulrich Jacoby, visited Cabo Verde from February 19-March 4, 2015, to conduct ...

African Development Bank SME Program: Enhancing Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in Zambia

African Development Bank SME Program: Enhancing Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in Zambia

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) through its private sector window approved on March ...

Speech by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Speech by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

BERLIN, 3 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- Mr President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honour for me to speak to you today. And I also feel a need to ...

South Sudan: UN chief urges all sides to ‘show leadership’ in quest for peace

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged South Sudanese political rivals President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline. In a statement issued late yesterday evening, the UN spokesperson's office said the Secretary-General strongly ...

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UN special envoy joins demands for release of child soldiers by all parties in South Sudan

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, today demanded the release of hundreds of child soldiers forcibly recruited by militias and groups aligned with the warring factions or the South Sudan Government, saying “there needs to be accountability for child recruiters and those who commit grave ...

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Libya crisis ‘festering,’ UN envoy warns, urging decisive action to build national unity

NEW YORK, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The overall situation in Libya is “deteriorating rapidly” amid a growing terrorist threat and continuing violence, the United Nations envoy to the country warned the Security Council today, as he urged national stakeholders to move firmly in defining the country's future. “Libya can no longer afford to allow the political crisis and armed conflict that has ...

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IMF Staff Concludes Staff Visit to Madagascar

WASHINGTON, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Mr. George Tsibouris visited Antananarivo during February 18-March 4, 2015. It held discussions with the government on reforms aimed at addressing the macroeconomic pressures, accelerating growth, and achieving a durable reduction in poverty that could be supported by the IMF's Extended Credit Facility (ECF)1. ...

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Statement at the Conclusion of an IMF Mission to Cabo Verde

WASHINGTON, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, led by Mr. Ulrich Jacoby, visited Cabo Verde from February 19-March 4, 2015, to conduct discussions on the 2015 Article IV Consultation. The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Planning Cristina Duarte, Central Bank Governor Joao Serra, other government officials, parliamentarians, representatives of civil ...

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African Development Bank SME Program: Enhancing Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in Zambia

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) through its private sector window approved on March 2, 2015 a US $3 million line of credit (LoC) equivalent in the local currency (Zambian Kwacha) to Madison Finance Company Ltd. Madison Finance Company (MFC) is a rapidly growing financial institution targeting local small and ...

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Speech by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council

BERLIN, 3 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- Mr President, High Commissioner, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honour for me to speak to you today. And I also feel a need to do so, as the tasks ahead of us are colossal. We are confronted with a multitude of international crises and conflicts that is unprecedented in the recent past. The world seems to be out of joint. And this is by no means an ...

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Appeals decision on reparations in Lubanga case opens the way to implementation of first ICC reparation orders

PARIS, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its ruling yesterday on reparations in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, convicted in 2012 of using child soldiers in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) between 2002 and 2003. The Appeals Chamber defined the principles of reparation to victims and amended the decision of the ...

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International Women’s Day 2015 – Celebrate progress, evaluate gaps that impede gender equality

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- International Women's Day (IWD) will be marked globally on March 8, 2015. This year, the African Development Bank will be marking the International Women's Day with the theme “Empowering Women – Empowering Economies: Make it Happen!” The focus emphasises how gender equality, women's empowerment, women's full enjoyment of human ...

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STATEMENT BY H.E MINISTER MAITE NKOANA-MASHABANE, MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION AT THE HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE 28TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, TUESDAY, 03 MARCH 2015, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

PRETORIA, South Africa, 4 March 2015 / PRN Africa / -- Mr President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers present, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me take this opportunity, at the outset, to congratulate you, Mr. President, and the Bureau, on your election. I would also like to extend my congratulations to the new High Commissioner, Mr. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and we wish him all the success in the ...

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