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  •   The Israeli government on Friday welcomed the historic decision by the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy in Tel Aviv as Azerbaijan will become the first majority Shia Muslim country to send a high ranking diplomatic mission to Israel I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijan National Assembly to open an embassy in Israel Azerbaijan is an important partner of Israel and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement The decision reflects the depth of the relationship between the two countries and is the result of the Israeli government s efforts to build strong diplomatic bridges with the Muslim world the statement said Israel maintains an embassy in Baku the capital of Azerbaijan In June 2021 the two countries media reported on the opening of Azerbaijani trade and tourism offices in Tel Aviv almost 30 years after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992 The website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted high level exchanges between the leaders of the two states in recent years Jewish charities and socio cultural organizations in the country as well as bilateral agreements in various fields In early October Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz paid an official visit to Azerbaijan to discuss diplomatic and security issues Xinhua
    Israel welcomes Azerbaijan’s decision to open embassy in Tel Aviv
      The Israeli government on Friday welcomed the historic decision by the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy in Tel Aviv as Azerbaijan will become the first majority Shia Muslim country to send a high ranking diplomatic mission to Israel I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijan National Assembly to open an embassy in Israel Azerbaijan is an important partner of Israel and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement The decision reflects the depth of the relationship between the two countries and is the result of the Israeli government s efforts to build strong diplomatic bridges with the Muslim world the statement said Israel maintains an embassy in Baku the capital of Azerbaijan In June 2021 the two countries media reported on the opening of Azerbaijani trade and tourism offices in Tel Aviv almost 30 years after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992 The website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted high level exchanges between the leaders of the two states in recent years Jewish charities and socio cultural organizations in the country as well as bilateral agreements in various fields In early October Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz paid an official visit to Azerbaijan to discuss diplomatic and security issues Xinhua
    Israel welcomes Azerbaijan’s decision to open embassy in Tel Aviv
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Israel welcomes Azerbaijan’s decision to open embassy in Tel Aviv

    - The Israeli government on Friday welcomed the "historic" decision by the Azerbaijani parliament to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, as Azerbaijan will become the first majority Shia Muslim country to send a high-ranking diplomatic mission to Israel. .

    “I welcome the decision of the Azerbaijan National Assembly to open an embassy in Israel. Azerbaijan is an important partner of Israel and home to one of the largest Jewish communities in the Muslim world," Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement.

    The decision reflects the depth of the relationship between the two countries and "is the result of the Israeli government's efforts to build strong diplomatic bridges with the Muslim world," the statement said.

    Israel maintains an embassy in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. In June 2021, the two countries' media reported on the opening of Azerbaijani trade and tourism offices in Tel Aviv, almost 30 years after the two countries established diplomatic relations in 1992.

    The website of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted high-level exchanges between the leaders of the two states in recent years, Jewish charities and socio-cultural organizations in the country, as well as bilateral agreements in various fields.

    In early October, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz paid an official visit to Azerbaijan to discuss diplomatic and security issues. ■



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  •   Moderate to severe drought spread from the US West Coast to the Rocky Mountains with large areas of extreme drought and pockets of exceptional drought according to the latest monthly drought report from the National Centers for Environmental Information while many residents in the west became much more nervous than those cold words Our sagebrush is all dry all the grass and everything we have Michael Badback a 54 year old Ute Mountain Ute man said Sunday They re mugworts The roots go lower and lower to get water but they don t have the same color as before The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is one of three federally recognized tribes of the Nuche or Ute people Their tribal lands comprise 2 500 square kilometers in southwestern Colorado northwestern New Mexico and small isolated sections of Utah where the Badback community is located According to US Drought Monitor statistics the area of the western US experiencing moderate to exceptional drought was 73 5 percent at the end of October and the so called Four Corners states a region consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado the southeast corner of Utah the northeast corner of Arizona and the northwestern corner of New Mexico bore the brunt of the disaster Everything is dry and it s hard to live said Badback who grew up in White Mesa a rural community in southeastern Utah with about 300 Native American residents I know we have this climate change but they re sagebrush the last weed in a thousand years and they ve seen longer droughts Badback said that because of the drought that lasted about 20 years in the west many young members of the tribe left the community that was built in the 1950s and that the population had decreased year by year in the last two decades A study published this February by the University of California Los Angeles UCLA showed that the western US had spent the past two decades in the most extreme megadrought in at least 1 200 years Meanwhile the researchers noted that human caused climate change was a major driver of the destructive conditions and offered a bleak forecast drier decades still lie ahead We now know from these studies that it is dry not just in the context of recent memory but in the context of the last millennium said Park Williams a UCLA climate scientist and lead author of the study Spencer Dill a farmer living in western Colorado was also familiar with the word megadrought He said his hometown near the Rocky Mountains still had plenty of rain and snow and heard that many people recently moved from the South including the Colorado River Basin and Great Basin regions More and more farmland and ranches turned into deserts due to the scarcity of water According to American Rivers an influential Washington DC based river conservation organization mandatory cutbacks caused by water shortages caused western states to lose large amounts of water supply In Arizona s Pinal County alone more than 500 000 acre feet 616 7 million cubic meters of water were reduced Standing on the west bank of the Colorado River a vital lifeline to the Southwest and the entire nation near the Hite Crossing Bridge in Utah the place where the West s largest river flows into Lake Powell the second largest reservoir in the country Dill muttered he s really worried He said the upstream part of the river runs through his small town and news that the river s flows are at record lows kept coming up He drove a truck up the river for more than 60 hours to see what was happening downstream In the young man s eyes the Lake Powell reservoir is so low that the Hite area is just a river with no sign of the reservoir Dozens of empty campsites stood next to the dry lake area and a gas station for the recreation area was closed Including Hite several Lake Powell launch ramps have stopped operating due to low water levels The latest data released Thursday showed Lake Powell was 170 96 feet 52 1 meters below the full pool By content the lake is 23 77 percent of the pool filled It s really concerning Dill repeated noting that he knew the Colorado River provides drinking water for 40 million people irrigates 5 million acres of farm and ranch land and supports economic activities involving US 1 4 trillion The river serves major cities in the country such as Denver Salt Lake City Santa Fe Las Vegas Los Angeles San Diego Phoenix and Tijuana All of this is at risk due to rising temperatures and drought brought on by climate change combined with outdated river management and over allocation of limited water supplies We re seeing our water bank account go down Williams said And we know that eventually we need to reduce our spending before the account runs out Xinhua
    Residents in the western US concerned about the mega-drought
      Moderate to severe drought spread from the US West Coast to the Rocky Mountains with large areas of extreme drought and pockets of exceptional drought according to the latest monthly drought report from the National Centers for Environmental Information while many residents in the west became much more nervous than those cold words Our sagebrush is all dry all the grass and everything we have Michael Badback a 54 year old Ute Mountain Ute man said Sunday They re mugworts The roots go lower and lower to get water but they don t have the same color as before The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is one of three federally recognized tribes of the Nuche or Ute people Their tribal lands comprise 2 500 square kilometers in southwestern Colorado northwestern New Mexico and small isolated sections of Utah where the Badback community is located According to US Drought Monitor statistics the area of the western US experiencing moderate to exceptional drought was 73 5 percent at the end of October and the so called Four Corners states a region consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado the southeast corner of Utah the northeast corner of Arizona and the northwestern corner of New Mexico bore the brunt of the disaster Everything is dry and it s hard to live said Badback who grew up in White Mesa a rural community in southeastern Utah with about 300 Native American residents I know we have this climate change but they re sagebrush the last weed in a thousand years and they ve seen longer droughts Badback said that because of the drought that lasted about 20 years in the west many young members of the tribe left the community that was built in the 1950s and that the population had decreased year by year in the last two decades A study published this February by the University of California Los Angeles UCLA showed that the western US had spent the past two decades in the most extreme megadrought in at least 1 200 years Meanwhile the researchers noted that human caused climate change was a major driver of the destructive conditions and offered a bleak forecast drier decades still lie ahead We now know from these studies that it is dry not just in the context of recent memory but in the context of the last millennium said Park Williams a UCLA climate scientist and lead author of the study Spencer Dill a farmer living in western Colorado was also familiar with the word megadrought He said his hometown near the Rocky Mountains still had plenty of rain and snow and heard that many people recently moved from the South including the Colorado River Basin and Great Basin regions More and more farmland and ranches turned into deserts due to the scarcity of water According to American Rivers an influential Washington DC based river conservation organization mandatory cutbacks caused by water shortages caused western states to lose large amounts of water supply In Arizona s Pinal County alone more than 500 000 acre feet 616 7 million cubic meters of water were reduced Standing on the west bank of the Colorado River a vital lifeline to the Southwest and the entire nation near the Hite Crossing Bridge in Utah the place where the West s largest river flows into Lake Powell the second largest reservoir in the country Dill muttered he s really worried He said the upstream part of the river runs through his small town and news that the river s flows are at record lows kept coming up He drove a truck up the river for more than 60 hours to see what was happening downstream In the young man s eyes the Lake Powell reservoir is so low that the Hite area is just a river with no sign of the reservoir Dozens of empty campsites stood next to the dry lake area and a gas station for the recreation area was closed Including Hite several Lake Powell launch ramps have stopped operating due to low water levels The latest data released Thursday showed Lake Powell was 170 96 feet 52 1 meters below the full pool By content the lake is 23 77 percent of the pool filled It s really concerning Dill repeated noting that he knew the Colorado River provides drinking water for 40 million people irrigates 5 million acres of farm and ranch land and supports economic activities involving US 1 4 trillion The river serves major cities in the country such as Denver Salt Lake City Santa Fe Las Vegas Los Angeles San Diego Phoenix and Tijuana All of this is at risk due to rising temperatures and drought brought on by climate change combined with outdated river management and over allocation of limited water supplies We re seeing our water bank account go down Williams said And we know that eventually we need to reduce our spending before the account runs out Xinhua
    Residents in the western US concerned about the mega-drought
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Residents in the western US concerned about the mega-drought

    - Moderate to severe drought spread from the US West Coast to the Rocky Mountains with large areas of extreme drought and pockets of exceptional drought, according to the latest monthly drought report from the National Centers for Environmental Information, while many residents in the west became much more nervous. than those cold words

    "Our sagebrush is all dry, all the grass and everything we have," Michael Badback, a 54-year-old Ute Mountain Ute man, said Sunday. "They're mugworts. The roots go lower and lower to get water, but they don't have the same color as before."

    The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is one of three federally recognized tribes of the Nuche or Ute people. Their tribal lands comprise 2,500 square kilometers in southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and small, isolated sections of Utah, where the Badback community is located.

    According to US Drought Monitor statistics, the area of ​​the western US experiencing moderate to exceptional drought was 73.5 percent at the end of October and the so-called Four Corners states, a region consisting of the southwestern corner of Colorado, the southeast corner of Utah, the northeast corner of Arizona, and the northwestern corner of New Mexico, bore the brunt of the disaster.

    "Everything is dry and it's hard to live," said Badback, who grew up in White Mesa, a rural community in southeastern Utah with about 300 Native American residents. "I know we have this climate change, but they're sagebrush, the last weed in a thousand years, and they've seen longer droughts."

    Badback said that because of the drought that lasted about 20 years in the west, many young members of the tribe left the community that was built in the 1950s and that the population had decreased year by year in the last two decades.

    A study published this February by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) showed that the western US had spent the past two decades in the most extreme megadrought in at least 1,200 years. Meanwhile, the researchers noted that human-caused climate change was a major driver of the destructive conditions and offered a bleak forecast: drier decades still lie ahead.

    "We now know from these studies that it is dry not just in the context of recent memory but in the context of the last millennium," said Park Williams, a UCLA climate scientist and lead author of the study.

    Spencer Dill, a farmer living in western Colorado, was also familiar with the word "megadrought." He said his hometown near the Rocky Mountains still had plenty of rain and snow and heard that many people recently moved from the South, including the Colorado River Basin and Great Basin regions. More and more farmland and ranches turned into deserts due to the scarcity of water.

    According to American Rivers, an influential Washington, DC-based river conservation organization, mandatory cutbacks caused by water shortages caused western states to lose large amounts of water supply. In Arizona's Pinal County alone, more than 500,000 acre-feet (616.7 million cubic meters) of water were reduced.

    Standing on the west bank of the Colorado River, a vital lifeline to the Southwest and the entire nation, near the Hite Crossing Bridge in Utah, the place where the West's largest river flows into Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the country, Dill muttered "he's really worried."

    He said the upstream part of the river runs through his small town and news that the river's flows are at record lows kept coming up. He drove a truck up the river for more than 60 hours to see what was happening downstream.

    In the young man's eyes, the Lake Powell reservoir is so low that the Hite area is just a river, with no sign of the reservoir. Dozens of empty campsites stood next to the dry lake area, and a gas station for the recreation area was closed.

    Including Hite, several Lake Powell launch ramps have stopped operating due to low water levels. The latest data released Thursday showed Lake Powell was 170.96 feet (52.1 meters) below the full pool. By content, the lake is 23.77 percent of the pool filled.

    "It's really concerning," Dill repeated, noting that he knew the Colorado River provides drinking water for 40 million people, irrigates 5 million acres of farm and ranch land, and supports economic activities involving US$1.4 trillion. The river serves major cities in the country, such as Denver, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, and Tijuana.

    All of this is at risk due to rising temperatures and drought brought on by climate change, combined with outdated river management and over-allocation of limited water supplies.

    “We're seeing our water bank account go down,” Williams said. "And we know that eventually we need to reduce our spending before the account runs out." ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Chinese Literature Readers Club in Tunis held an online meeting between Chinese author Zhang Wei and Tunisian literature lovers on Friday to promote his book The Fable of September Zhang shared his writing experience with readers through a video hoping that people in Tunisia and other Arab countries can have a deeper understanding of China and Chinese people s lives through the translation of his work Zahia Jouirou director of the Tunis Translation Institute said in her speech that more and more people in Tunisia have developed an interest in Chinese literature in recent years The institute will organize more activities on Chinese literature translation in 2023 to introduce Chinese literature and culture to Tunisians Jouirou added The event was attended by Tunisian literary critics translators lovers of Chinese literature and students of the Higher Institute of Languages of the University of Carthage Fable of September was translated and published by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in Tunis in 2021 The book was well received by Arab readers at the Tunis International Book Fair The Tunis Chinese Literature Readers Club was established by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in June with the goal of recommending excellent Chinese literary works to local readers and providing them with a platform to communicate with Chinese authors Xinhua
    Tunisia holds online meeting to promote Chinese literature
      The Chinese Literature Readers Club in Tunis held an online meeting between Chinese author Zhang Wei and Tunisian literature lovers on Friday to promote his book The Fable of September Zhang shared his writing experience with readers through a video hoping that people in Tunisia and other Arab countries can have a deeper understanding of China and Chinese people s lives through the translation of his work Zahia Jouirou director of the Tunis Translation Institute said in her speech that more and more people in Tunisia have developed an interest in Chinese literature in recent years The institute will organize more activities on Chinese literature translation in 2023 to introduce Chinese literature and culture to Tunisians Jouirou added The event was attended by Tunisian literary critics translators lovers of Chinese literature and students of the Higher Institute of Languages of the University of Carthage Fable of September was translated and published by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in Tunis in 2021 The book was well received by Arab readers at the Tunis International Book Fair The Tunis Chinese Literature Readers Club was established by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in June with the goal of recommending excellent Chinese literary works to local readers and providing them with a platform to communicate with Chinese authors Xinhua
    Tunisia holds online meeting to promote Chinese literature
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Tunisia holds online meeting to promote Chinese literature

    - The Chinese Literature Readers Club in Tunis held an online meeting between Chinese author Zhang Wei and Tunisian literature lovers on Friday to promote his book The Fable of September.

    Zhang shared his writing experience with readers through a video, hoping that people in Tunisia and other Arab countries can have a deeper understanding of China and Chinese people's lives through the translation of his work. .

    Zahia Jouirou, director of the Tunis Translation Institute, said in her speech that more and more people in Tunisia have developed an interest in Chinese literature in recent years.

    The institute will organize more activities on Chinese literature translation in 2023 to introduce Chinese literature and culture to Tunisians, Jouirou added.

    The event was attended by Tunisian literary critics, translators, lovers of Chinese literature and students of the Higher Institute of Languages ​​of the University of Carthage.

    Fable of September was translated and published by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in Tunis in 2021. The book was well received by Arab readers at the Tunis International Book Fair.

    The Tunis Chinese Literature Readers Club was established by Oriental Knowledge Publishing House in June, with the goal of recommending excellent Chinese literary works to local readers and providing them with a platform to communicate with Chinese authors. ■



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  •   Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis discussed the Russia Ukraine conflict and new aid for kyiv on Friday the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported Speaking at a news conference after their talks Shmyhal said Russia s attacks have disabled about 50 percent of Ukraine s energy infrastructure Due to the current energy crisis Ukraine needs more support from partners including the supply of energy equipment and additional financial assistance Shmyhal said For his part Dombrovskis said the European Union EU plans to provide up to 18 billion euros about 18 65 billion US dollars in financial aid to Ukraine next year The assistance will be approved next month and Ukraine may receive the first tranche in January 2023 Dombrovskis said Dombrovskis arrived in kyiv earlier in the day for talks with Ukrainian authorities Xinhua
    Ukrainian PM, top EU official discuss Russia-Ukraine conflict, new aid
      Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis discussed the Russia Ukraine conflict and new aid for kyiv on Friday the Interfax Ukraine news agency reported Speaking at a news conference after their talks Shmyhal said Russia s attacks have disabled about 50 percent of Ukraine s energy infrastructure Due to the current energy crisis Ukraine needs more support from partners including the supply of energy equipment and additional financial assistance Shmyhal said For his part Dombrovskis said the European Union EU plans to provide up to 18 billion euros about 18 65 billion US dollars in financial aid to Ukraine next year The assistance will be approved next month and Ukraine may receive the first tranche in January 2023 Dombrovskis said Dombrovskis arrived in kyiv earlier in the day for talks with Ukrainian authorities Xinhua
    Ukrainian PM, top EU official discuss Russia-Ukraine conflict, new aid
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Ukrainian PM, top EU official discuss Russia-Ukraine conflict, new aid

    - Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis discussed the Russia-Ukraine conflict and new aid for kyiv on Friday, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.

    Speaking at a news conference after their talks, Shmyhal said Russia's attacks have disabled about 50 percent of Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

    Due to the current energy crisis, Ukraine needs more support from partners, including the supply of energy equipment and additional financial assistance, Shmyhal said.

    For his part, Dombrovskis said the European Union (EU) plans to provide up to 18 billion euros (about 18.65 billion US dollars) in financial aid to Ukraine next year.

    The assistance will be approved next month, and Ukraine may receive the first tranche in January 2023, Dombrovskis said.

    Dombrovskis arrived in kyiv earlier in the day for talks with Ukrainian authorities. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   More than three months since devastating floods began in Pakistan the catastrophe is far from over a UN spokesman said on Friday Access to safe drinking water sanitation and hygiene remains a challenge as flooding and standing water have led to an increase in water borne and vector borne diseases said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for the secretary general of the UN Antonio Guterres Millions of people face increased food insecurity as families return to destroyed homes ruined crops and dead livestock he told a daily news briefing As winter begins with snow already affecting some areas people affected by flooding are even more vulnerable and many need adequate shelter food and support to prepare for the winter he said More than 5 million people remain displaced as the floods have affected 33 million people and caused destruction in the agriculture health and education sectors Haq said Food and livelihood assistance has reached 4 1 million people while 1 5 million people have received emergency shelter kits blankets bedding and kitchen sets Aid workers and UN partners have provided medical assistance to 1 5 million people while more than 1 7 million people have received clean water she said We are requesting additional funds to sustain the life saving response The US 816 million humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations and the Pakistani government is currently only 21 percent funded the spokesperson said Xinhua
    Pakistanis still suffering aftermath of devastating floods: UN
      More than three months since devastating floods began in Pakistan the catastrophe is far from over a UN spokesman said on Friday Access to safe drinking water sanitation and hygiene remains a challenge as flooding and standing water have led to an increase in water borne and vector borne diseases said Farhan Haq deputy spokesman for the secretary general of the UN Antonio Guterres Millions of people face increased food insecurity as families return to destroyed homes ruined crops and dead livestock he told a daily news briefing As winter begins with snow already affecting some areas people affected by flooding are even more vulnerable and many need adequate shelter food and support to prepare for the winter he said More than 5 million people remain displaced as the floods have affected 33 million people and caused destruction in the agriculture health and education sectors Haq said Food and livelihood assistance has reached 4 1 million people while 1 5 million people have received emergency shelter kits blankets bedding and kitchen sets Aid workers and UN partners have provided medical assistance to 1 5 million people while more than 1 7 million people have received clean water she said We are requesting additional funds to sustain the life saving response The US 816 million humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations and the Pakistani government is currently only 21 percent funded the spokesperson said Xinhua
    Pakistanis still suffering aftermath of devastating floods: UN
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    Pakistanis still suffering aftermath of devastating floods: UN

    - More than three months since devastating floods began in Pakistan, the catastrophe is far from over, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

    Access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene remains a challenge as flooding and standing water have led to an increase in water-borne and vector-borne diseases, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the secretary-general of the UN, Antonio Guterres.

    Millions of people face increased food insecurity as families return to destroyed homes, ruined crops and dead livestock, he told a daily news briefing.

    As winter begins, with snow already affecting some areas, people affected by flooding are even more vulnerable and many need adequate shelter, food and support to prepare for the winter, he said.

    More than 5 million people remain displaced as the floods have affected 33 million people and caused destruction in the agriculture, health and education sectors, Haq said.

    Food and livelihood assistance has reached 4.1 million people, while 1.5 million people have received emergency shelter kits, blankets, bedding and kitchen sets. Aid workers and UN partners have provided medical assistance to 1.5 million people, while more than 1.7 million people have received clean water, she said.

    "We are requesting additional funds to sustain the life-saving response. The US$816 million humanitarian appeal launched by the United Nations and the Pakistani government is currently only 21 percent funded," the spokesperson said. ■



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  •   The 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine one of eight monuments within the Osun Osogbo Grove has now been completed Supported through the U S Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation AFCP the project titled Digital Documentation Training and Conservation Planning for National Heritage Busanyin Shrine within the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove was awarded to CyArk a California based nonprofit At the public presentation in Osogbo U S Consul General Will Stevens explained that the 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine provides the most accurate record of the current conditions of the site to effectively plan a restoration project He thanked CyArk Adunni Olorisa Trust and their local partners for working so hard to preserve a valuable national heritage He also lauded their efforts in providing training to local professionals to build capacity in digital documentation skills and cultural heritage management The United States Mission to Nigeria has a long history of supporting the protection and preservation of Nigerian cultural heritage through the Ambassador s Fund for Cultural Preservation Consul General Stevens said We have funded over 1 million for preservation projects across Nigeria through the AFCP in the last 10 years The public presentation was attended by Nigerian alumni of U S government exchange programs senior government officials media leaders representatives of cultural institutions as well as officials of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments In addition to the Busanyin Shrine project additional AFCP projects include documentation and conservation of the 14th century Sungbo Eredo earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in southwest Nigeria documentation of the Ifa oral traditions in Oyo State rock art preservation project in Cross River and Jigawa states among many others The AFCP program was established in 2001 by the U S Congress to assist countries in cultural heritage preservation while also demonstrating American respect for other cultures The U S Mission to Nigeria continues to explore opportunities to support the preservation of Nigeria s rich cultural heritage using the AFCP and other partnership mechanisms
    United States (U.S.) Mission Celebrates 3D Documentation of Busanyin Shrine at Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove
      The 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine one of eight monuments within the Osun Osogbo Grove has now been completed Supported through the U S Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation AFCP the project titled Digital Documentation Training and Conservation Planning for National Heritage Busanyin Shrine within the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove was awarded to CyArk a California based nonprofit At the public presentation in Osogbo U S Consul General Will Stevens explained that the 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine provides the most accurate record of the current conditions of the site to effectively plan a restoration project He thanked CyArk Adunni Olorisa Trust and their local partners for working so hard to preserve a valuable national heritage He also lauded their efforts in providing training to local professionals to build capacity in digital documentation skills and cultural heritage management The United States Mission to Nigeria has a long history of supporting the protection and preservation of Nigerian cultural heritage through the Ambassador s Fund for Cultural Preservation Consul General Stevens said We have funded over 1 million for preservation projects across Nigeria through the AFCP in the last 10 years The public presentation was attended by Nigerian alumni of U S government exchange programs senior government officials media leaders representatives of cultural institutions as well as officials of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments In addition to the Busanyin Shrine project additional AFCP projects include documentation and conservation of the 14th century Sungbo Eredo earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in southwest Nigeria documentation of the Ifa oral traditions in Oyo State rock art preservation project in Cross River and Jigawa states among many others The AFCP program was established in 2001 by the U S Congress to assist countries in cultural heritage preservation while also demonstrating American respect for other cultures The U S Mission to Nigeria continues to explore opportunities to support the preservation of Nigeria s rich cultural heritage using the AFCP and other partnership mechanisms
    United States (U.S.) Mission Celebrates 3D Documentation of Busanyin Shrine at Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove
    Africa2 weeks ago

    United States (U.S.) Mission Celebrates 3D Documentation of Busanyin Shrine at Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove

    The 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine, one of eight monuments within the Osun-Osogbo Grove, has now been completed.

    Supported through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the project titled, “Digital Documentation, Training and Conservation Planning for National Heritage Busanyin Shrine within the Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove” was awarded to CyArk, a California-based nonprofit.

    At the public presentation in Osogbo, U.S. Consul General Will Stevens explained that the 3D documentation of the Busanyin Shrine provides the most accurate record of the current conditions of the site to effectively plan a restoration project.

    He thanked CyArk, Adunni Olorisa Trust and their local partners for working so hard to preserve a valuable national heritage.

    He also lauded their efforts in providing training to local professionals to build capacity in digital documentation skills and cultural heritage management.

    “The United States Mission to Nigeria has a long history of supporting the protection and preservation of Nigerian cultural heritage through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation,” Consul General Stevens said.

    “We have funded over $ 1 million for preservation projects across Nigeria through the AFCP in the last 10 years.”The public presentation was attended by Nigerian alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, senior government officials, media leaders, representatives of cultural institutions, as well as officials of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

    In addition to the Busanyin Shrine project, additional AFCP projects include documentation and conservation of the 14th-century Sungbo Eredo earthworks of the Yoruba Ijebu Kingdom in southwest Nigeria; documentation of the Ifa oral traditions in Oyo State; rock art preservation project in Cross River and Jigawa states, among many others.

    The AFCP program was established in 2001 by the U.S. Congress to assist countries in cultural heritage preservation while also demonstrating American respect for other cultures.

    The U.S. Mission to Nigeria continues to explore opportunities to support the preservation of Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage using the AFCP and other partnership mechanisms.

  •   Held in Lagos Nigeria the first UNWTO Global Conference on Linking Tourism Culture and Creative Industries celebrated the close ties between the two major sectors Around 40 of all tourists cite culture as the main motivation for travelling and UNWTO is leading the way in bridging the two areas including through strategic partnerships with Affiliate Members such as Netflix Opening the event UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili told delegates The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked When one thrives the other does too He urged the public and private sectors to work together to create decent jobs grow investments and embrace innovation and digital transformation The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked When one thrives the other does too Tourism and culture in the spotlight Representing the Government of Nigeria Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo addressed the Conference stating Our desire to diversify our economy and explore other sustainable sources of revenue has led us to rank the tourism culture and the creative sector among the priority sectors of the economy Specifically tourism has been recognized for its resilience and dynamism The Vide President also highlighted the ability of music to serve as a global language bringing people together and allowing them to learn more about the culture and ideas of others Nigeria s Minister of Tourism Lai Mohammed added Today more than ever tourism and the creative industry due to their economic viability are in the global spotlight and have their place at the forefront of national and international development agenda As well as meeting with the Vice President and the Minister of Tourism UNWTO Secretary General Pololikashvili met with the Governor of Lagos Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu to explore new ways of harnessing the power of culture and tourism to create jobs and business opportunities and to drive inclusive development both in Nigeria and across Africa On the sidelines of the Conference the Secretary General also met with Aliko Dangote a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who has served as a UNWTO Ambassador since 2018 Investments youth empowerment and gastronomy The two day Conference focused on several of UNWTO s key strategic objectives most notably youth empowerment and boosting investments in tourism On the first day UNWTO hosted a special interactive session with youth from across Nigeria fulfilling the commitments made in the Sorrento Call to Action to make young people active participants in decision making in the sector Also in Lagos a panel discussion on Stimulating the Creative Industries for Social Entrepreneurship focused on the importance of supporting MSMEs and innovators in order to enhance competitiveness across the tourism sector Against the backdrop of the Global Conference on Linking Tourism Culture and Creative Industries UNWTO celebrated the richness of African gastronomy a growing force within the continent s tourism sector A Flavors of the World exhibition showcased the very best culinary talent and local gastronomy star Chef Coco Reinarhz joined a workshop and panel discussion focused on realizing the potential of gastronomy tourism to grow destinations and drive inclusive and sustainable development
    United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Connects Tourism and Culture in Nigeria
      Held in Lagos Nigeria the first UNWTO Global Conference on Linking Tourism Culture and Creative Industries celebrated the close ties between the two major sectors Around 40 of all tourists cite culture as the main motivation for travelling and UNWTO is leading the way in bridging the two areas including through strategic partnerships with Affiliate Members such as Netflix Opening the event UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili told delegates The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked When one thrives the other does too He urged the public and private sectors to work together to create decent jobs grow investments and embrace innovation and digital transformation The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked When one thrives the other does too Tourism and culture in the spotlight Representing the Government of Nigeria Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo addressed the Conference stating Our desire to diversify our economy and explore other sustainable sources of revenue has led us to rank the tourism culture and the creative sector among the priority sectors of the economy Specifically tourism has been recognized for its resilience and dynamism The Vide President also highlighted the ability of music to serve as a global language bringing people together and allowing them to learn more about the culture and ideas of others Nigeria s Minister of Tourism Lai Mohammed added Today more than ever tourism and the creative industry due to their economic viability are in the global spotlight and have their place at the forefront of national and international development agenda As well as meeting with the Vice President and the Minister of Tourism UNWTO Secretary General Pololikashvili met with the Governor of Lagos Babajide Olusola Sanwo Olu to explore new ways of harnessing the power of culture and tourism to create jobs and business opportunities and to drive inclusive development both in Nigeria and across Africa On the sidelines of the Conference the Secretary General also met with Aliko Dangote a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who has served as a UNWTO Ambassador since 2018 Investments youth empowerment and gastronomy The two day Conference focused on several of UNWTO s key strategic objectives most notably youth empowerment and boosting investments in tourism On the first day UNWTO hosted a special interactive session with youth from across Nigeria fulfilling the commitments made in the Sorrento Call to Action to make young people active participants in decision making in the sector Also in Lagos a panel discussion on Stimulating the Creative Industries for Social Entrepreneurship focused on the importance of supporting MSMEs and innovators in order to enhance competitiveness across the tourism sector Against the backdrop of the Global Conference on Linking Tourism Culture and Creative Industries UNWTO celebrated the richness of African gastronomy a growing force within the continent s tourism sector A Flavors of the World exhibition showcased the very best culinary talent and local gastronomy star Chef Coco Reinarhz joined a workshop and panel discussion focused on realizing the potential of gastronomy tourism to grow destinations and drive inclusive and sustainable development
    United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Connects Tourism and Culture in Nigeria
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    United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Connects Tourism and Culture in Nigeria

    Held in Lagos, Nigeria, the first UNWTO Global Conference on Linking Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries, celebrated the close ties between the two major sectors.

    Around 40% of all tourists cite culture as the main motivation for travelling, and UNWTO is leading the way in bridging the two areas, including through strategic partnerships with Affiliate Members such as Netflix.

    Opening the event, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told delegates: “The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked. 

    When one thrives, the other does too.” He urged the public and private sectors to work together to create decent jobs, grow investments and embrace innovation and digital transformation.

    The fortunes of tourism and culture are closely linked.

    When one thrives, the other does too.

    Tourism and culture ‘in the spotlight’Representing the Government of Nigeria, Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo addressed the Conference, stating: “Our desire to diversify our economy and explore other sustainable sources of revenue has led us to rank the tourism, culture and the creative sector among the priority sectors of the economy.

    Specifically, tourism has been recognized for its resilience and dynamism.” The Vide President also highlighted the ability of music to serve as a “global language”, bringing people together and allowing them to learn more about the “culture and ideas” of others.

    Nigeria’s Minister of Tourism, Lai Mohammed, added: “Today, more than ever, tourism and the creative industry, due to their economic viability, are in the global spotlight and have their place at the forefront of national and international development agenda.”As well as meeting with the Vice President and the Minister of Tourism, UNWTO Secretary-General Pololikashvili met with the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, to explore new ways of harnessing the power of culture and tourism to create jobs and business opportunities and to drive inclusive development, both in Nigeria and across Africa.

    On the sidelines of the Conference, the Secretary-General also met with Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist who has served as a UNWTO Ambassador since 2018.

    Investments, youth empowerment and gastronomyThe two-day Conference focused on several of UNWTO’s key strategic objectives, most notably youth empowerment and boosting investments in tourism.

    On the first day, UNWTO hosted a special interactive session with youth from across Nigeria, fulfilling the commitments made in the Sorrento Call to Action to make young people active participants in decision-making in the sector.

    Also in Lagos, a panel discussion on Stimulating the Creative Industries for Social Entrepreneurship focused on the importance of supporting MSMEs and innovators in order to enhance competitiveness across the tourism sector.

    Against the backdrop of the Global Conference on Linking Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries, UNWTO celebrated the richness of African gastronomy, a growing force within the continent’s tourism sector.

    A “Flavors of the World” exhibition showcased the very best culinary talent, and local gastronomy star Chef Coco Reinarhz joined a workshop and panel discussion focused on realizing the potential of gastronomy tourism to grow destinations and drive inclusive and sustainable development.

  •   The President of the ECOWAS Commission H E Dr Omar Alieu Touray met with H E Mr Humphrey D Geiseb the High Commissioner of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Representative to ECOWAS today November 18 2022 at the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja Nigeria H E Mr Humphrey D Geiseb in his remarks stressed the need for women to be meaningfully involved in the affairs of peace and security It is in our interest that women are involved in conflict resolution peacekeeping and peace and security issues he added He said Namibia is willing to cooperate with ECOWAS on that While thanking the High Commissioner for his visit H E Dr Omar Alieu Touray President of the ECOWAS Commission highlighted the need for ECOWAS to have more structured interactions with observer ambassadors He also stressed the that it is important for women to be involved in development issues and peace and security He added that the ECOWAS Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security will work with the High Commission of Namibia on areas of cooperation They also discussed the political situations in Mali Guinea and Burkina Faso
    President Touray Met with the High Commissioner of Namibia, Discussed Areas of Cooperation
      The President of the ECOWAS Commission H E Dr Omar Alieu Touray met with H E Mr Humphrey D Geiseb the High Commissioner of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Representative to ECOWAS today November 18 2022 at the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja Nigeria H E Mr Humphrey D Geiseb in his remarks stressed the need for women to be meaningfully involved in the affairs of peace and security It is in our interest that women are involved in conflict resolution peacekeeping and peace and security issues he added He said Namibia is willing to cooperate with ECOWAS on that While thanking the High Commissioner for his visit H E Dr Omar Alieu Touray President of the ECOWAS Commission highlighted the need for ECOWAS to have more structured interactions with observer ambassadors He also stressed the that it is important for women to be involved in development issues and peace and security He added that the ECOWAS Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security will work with the High Commission of Namibia on areas of cooperation They also discussed the political situations in Mali Guinea and Burkina Faso
    President Touray Met with the High Commissioner of Namibia, Discussed Areas of Cooperation
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    President Touray Met with the High Commissioner of Namibia, Discussed Areas of Cooperation

    The President of the ECOWAS Commission H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray met with H.E. Mr. Humphrey D.

    Geiseb, the High Commissioner of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, today, November 18, 2022, at the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.

    H.E. Mr. Humphrey D.

    Geiseb in his remarks stressed the need for women to be meaningfully involved in the affairs of peace and security.

    “It is in our interest that women are involved in conflict resolution, peacekeeping and peace and security issues” he added.

    He said Namibia is willing to cooperate with ECOWAS on that.

    While thanking the High Commissioner for his visit, H.E. Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, highlighted the need for ECOWAS to have more structured interactions with observer ambassadors.

    He also stressed the that it is important for women to be involved in development issues and peace and security.

    He added that the ECOWAS Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security will work with the High Commission of Namibia on areas of cooperation.

    They also discussed the political situations in Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso

  •   A breakthrough has been made on hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Russian made fertilizer blocked in European ports vital to averting a global food insecurity crisis next year a senior United Nations official said on Friday Nearly 11 2 million tons of essential food items have been shipped from three Ukrainian ports since Turkey Ukraine Russia and the United Nations signed the Black Sea Grain Initiative on July 22 The agreement aims to guarantee food supplies to world markets amid the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine However 300 000 tons of Russian fertilizer are still stranded in various European ports according to the secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD Rebeca Grynspan Grynspan welcomed Thursday s extension of the initiative which expires Saturday by 120 days As negotiated through the UN World Food Program WFP a ship loaded with Russian fertilizer will leave the Netherlands for Malawi via Mozambique next Monday WFP is in charge of getting the fertilizer from the ports to the countries that need it Grynspan said Responding to questions about the reopening of an ammonia pipeline from Russia to the Black Sea the UNCTAD secretary general said she was optimistic that this could happen with the Russia Ukraine deal Ammonia is included in the Black Sea Grain Initiative explicitly in the Memorandum of Understanding with Russia he said adding that this meant a new deal was not necessarily necessary The goal is to ease the pain that many developing countries are feeling from the food and fertilizer energy and financial crisis we are experiencing right now he said Xinhua
    Blocked Russian fertilizer to be shipped to stave off global food insecurity: UN
      A breakthrough has been made on hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Russian made fertilizer blocked in European ports vital to averting a global food insecurity crisis next year a senior United Nations official said on Friday Nearly 11 2 million tons of essential food items have been shipped from three Ukrainian ports since Turkey Ukraine Russia and the United Nations signed the Black Sea Grain Initiative on July 22 The agreement aims to guarantee food supplies to world markets amid the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine However 300 000 tons of Russian fertilizer are still stranded in various European ports according to the secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD Rebeca Grynspan Grynspan welcomed Thursday s extension of the initiative which expires Saturday by 120 days As negotiated through the UN World Food Program WFP a ship loaded with Russian fertilizer will leave the Netherlands for Malawi via Mozambique next Monday WFP is in charge of getting the fertilizer from the ports to the countries that need it Grynspan said Responding to questions about the reopening of an ammonia pipeline from Russia to the Black Sea the UNCTAD secretary general said she was optimistic that this could happen with the Russia Ukraine deal Ammonia is included in the Black Sea Grain Initiative explicitly in the Memorandum of Understanding with Russia he said adding that this meant a new deal was not necessarily necessary The goal is to ease the pain that many developing countries are feeling from the food and fertilizer energy and financial crisis we are experiencing right now he said Xinhua
    Blocked Russian fertilizer to be shipped to stave off global food insecurity: UN
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    Blocked Russian fertilizer to be shipped to stave off global food insecurity: UN

    - A breakthrough has been made on hundreds of thousands of tonnes of Russian-made fertilizer blocked in European ports, vital to averting a global food insecurity crisis next year, a senior United Nations official said on Friday. .

    Nearly 11.2 million tons of essential food items have been shipped from three Ukrainian ports since Turkey, Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations signed the Black Sea Grain Initiative on July 22. The agreement aims to guarantee food supplies to world markets amid the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

    However, 300,000 tons of Russian fertilizer are still stranded in various European ports, according to the secretary general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Rebeca Grynspan.

    Grynspan welcomed Thursday's extension of the initiative, which expires Saturday, by 120 days.

    As negotiated through the UN World Food Program (WFP), a ship loaded with Russian fertilizer will leave the Netherlands for Malawi, via Mozambique, next Monday.

    "WFP is in charge of getting the fertilizer from the ports to the countries that need it," Grynspan said.

    Responding to questions about the reopening of an ammonia pipeline from Russia to the Black Sea, the UNCTAD secretary-general said she was "optimistic that this could happen" with the Russia-Ukraine deal.

    "Ammonia is included in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, explicitly, in the Memorandum of Understanding with Russia," he said, adding that this meant a new deal was not necessarily necessary.

    “The goal is to ease the pain that many developing countries are feeling from the food and fertilizer, energy and financial crisis we are experiencing right now,” he said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The Directorate of Political Affairs DPA Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission will commence a series of training and interactive workshops on dialogue and mediation for political actors and stakeholders on the 22nd of November 2022 in Lagos Nigeria The workshop which is part of its strategic and operational support for the country s peaceful 2023 General Elections is a follow up to the ECOWAS October 23rd November 12th 2022 Pre election Fact Finding Mission to Nigeria which among others assessed the level of preparation by relevant stakeholders for the forthcoming general elections while mapping out areas of potential support by ECOWAS The workshop series billed to hold in some selected states across the six geo political zones of the country targets the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC among others and is aimed at strengthening their capacity to prevent and mitigate potential pre and post election related disputes and violence in order to ensure peaceful electoral outcomes The program is being held against the backdrop that electoral contestations have become a major source of conflicts in West Africa with potentials for violence triggered or heightened by the high premium on political power and incendiary rhetoric in political discourse It is expected that this series of training and interactive workshops will also create opportunities for stakeholders to understand better the ECOWAS normative principles and frameworks for democracy and good governance sustain and enhance ECOWAS strategic engagement with the political process in Nigeria as well as its commitment and determination to promote dialogue and mediation in resolving electoral disputes and conflicts It would be recalled that similar workshops were organized in the lead up to the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and around the electoral processes of a number of other Member States The training and interactive workshops are being supported with funding from the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark under the DANISH Africa Programme for Peace
    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Holds Workshop on Dialogue and Mediation as Tools for Preventing and Mitigating Election-Related Disputes and Violence
      The Directorate of Political Affairs DPA Department of Political Affairs Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission will commence a series of training and interactive workshops on dialogue and mediation for political actors and stakeholders on the 22nd of November 2022 in Lagos Nigeria The workshop which is part of its strategic and operational support for the country s peaceful 2023 General Elections is a follow up to the ECOWAS October 23rd November 12th 2022 Pre election Fact Finding Mission to Nigeria which among others assessed the level of preparation by relevant stakeholders for the forthcoming general elections while mapping out areas of potential support by ECOWAS The workshop series billed to hold in some selected states across the six geo political zones of the country targets the leadership of the Inter Party Advisory Council IPAC among others and is aimed at strengthening their capacity to prevent and mitigate potential pre and post election related disputes and violence in order to ensure peaceful electoral outcomes The program is being held against the backdrop that electoral contestations have become a major source of conflicts in West Africa with potentials for violence triggered or heightened by the high premium on political power and incendiary rhetoric in political discourse It is expected that this series of training and interactive workshops will also create opportunities for stakeholders to understand better the ECOWAS normative principles and frameworks for democracy and good governance sustain and enhance ECOWAS strategic engagement with the political process in Nigeria as well as its commitment and determination to promote dialogue and mediation in resolving electoral disputes and conflicts It would be recalled that similar workshops were organized in the lead up to the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and around the electoral processes of a number of other Member States The training and interactive workshops are being supported with funding from the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark under the DANISH Africa Programme for Peace
    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Holds Workshop on Dialogue and Mediation as Tools for Preventing and Mitigating Election-Related Disputes and Violence
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    Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Holds Workshop on Dialogue and Mediation as Tools for Preventing and Mitigating Election-Related Disputes and Violence

    The Directorate of Political Affairs (DPA), Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Commission, will commence a series of training and interactive workshops on dialogue and mediation for political actors and stakeholders on the 22nd of November 2022 in Lagos, NigeriaThe workshop which is part of its strategic and operational support for the country’s peaceful 2023 General Elections, is a follow up to the ECOWAS’ October 23rd-November 12th, 2022  Pre-election Fact-Finding Mission to Nigeria which among others, assessed the level of preparation by relevant stakeholders for the forthcoming general elections  while mapping out areas of potential support by ECOWAS.

    The workshop series, billed to hold in some selected states across the six geo-political zones of the country, targets the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) among others and is aimed at strengthening their capacity to prevent and mitigate potential pre- and post-election-related disputes and violence, in order to ensure peaceful electoral outcomes.

    The program is being held against the backdrop that electoral contestations have become a major source of conflicts in West Africa, with potentials for violence, triggered or heightened by the high premium on political power and incendiary rhetoric in political discourse.

    It is expected that this series of training and interactive workshops will also create opportunities for stakeholders to understand better, the ECOWAS normative principles and frameworks for democracy and good governance, sustain and enhance ECOWAS’ strategic engagement with the political process in Nigeria as well as its commitment and determination to promote dialogue and mediation in resolving electoral disputes and conflicts.

    It would be recalled that similar workshops were organized in the lead-up to the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and around the electoral processes of a number of other Member States.

    The training and interactive workshops are being supported with funding from the Government of the Kingdom of Denmark under the DANISH Africa Programme for Peace.

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