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  •   The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS concluded a three day workshop in Mombasa Kenya to review the mission s financial management and audit status and update stakeholders on the implementation of the goals of The mission Participants in the three day workshop included representatives from ATMIS police and troop contributing countries namely Burundi Kenya Ghana Ethiopia Nigeria Sierra Leone Djibouti and Uganda ATMIS officials and key departments of the Commission of the African Union that are crucial for the management of peace support operations the management of human and financial resources and auditing During the workshop participants received an update on mission progress and financial management including processing death and disability liabilities troop assignments and third party claims Acting Special Representative of the Chair of the African Union Commission DSRCC for Somalia Fiona Lortan said the workshop provided stakeholders with an opportunity to address the challenges they face in managing the funds provided by the EU the UN and other partners in particular with respect to the processing of claims for death and disability missing in action and other liabilities ATMIS receives funding from the European Union In addition we have a financial package from the United Nations for logistical support So we are here to discuss management and accounting to ensure that the funds provided are properly accounted for Lortan said The workshop also examined the database management system identified ways to improve financial and internal control systems involving troop assignments death and disability compensation payments and reviewed mission assets Participants discussed the audit and funding status of ATMIS and were briefed on the mission s audit reports from key funding partners including the European Union and the United Kingdom Other topics discussed included a status report on ATMIS staff death and disability compensation including backlog elimination ATMIS Board of Inquiry challenges and ATMIS standard operating procedures Selidji Gbaguidi Chief of the AU Peace and Security Finance Division presented a status report on compensation for death and disability claims from 2007 to 2020 at the workshop Kenya Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla who officiated at the opening underscored the need for speedy processing of death and disability compensation
    Stakeholders review the audit and financial management of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)
      The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS concluded a three day workshop in Mombasa Kenya to review the mission s financial management and audit status and update stakeholders on the implementation of the goals of The mission Participants in the three day workshop included representatives from ATMIS police and troop contributing countries namely Burundi Kenya Ghana Ethiopia Nigeria Sierra Leone Djibouti and Uganda ATMIS officials and key departments of the Commission of the African Union that are crucial for the management of peace support operations the management of human and financial resources and auditing During the workshop participants received an update on mission progress and financial management including processing death and disability liabilities troop assignments and third party claims Acting Special Representative of the Chair of the African Union Commission DSRCC for Somalia Fiona Lortan said the workshop provided stakeholders with an opportunity to address the challenges they face in managing the funds provided by the EU the UN and other partners in particular with respect to the processing of claims for death and disability missing in action and other liabilities ATMIS receives funding from the European Union In addition we have a financial package from the United Nations for logistical support So we are here to discuss management and accounting to ensure that the funds provided are properly accounted for Lortan said The workshop also examined the database management system identified ways to improve financial and internal control systems involving troop assignments death and disability compensation payments and reviewed mission assets Participants discussed the audit and funding status of ATMIS and were briefed on the mission s audit reports from key funding partners including the European Union and the United Kingdom Other topics discussed included a status report on ATMIS staff death and disability compensation including backlog elimination ATMIS Board of Inquiry challenges and ATMIS standard operating procedures Selidji Gbaguidi Chief of the AU Peace and Security Finance Division presented a status report on compensation for death and disability claims from 2007 to 2020 at the workshop Kenya Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla who officiated at the opening underscored the need for speedy processing of death and disability compensation
    Stakeholders review the audit and financial management of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)
    Africa2 hours ago

    Stakeholders review the audit and financial management of the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS)

    The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) concluded a three-day workshop in Mombasa, Kenya, to review the mission's financial management and audit status and update stakeholders on the implementation of the goals of The mission.

    Participants in the three-day workshop included representatives from ATMIS police and troop-contributing countries, namely Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Djibouti and Uganda, ATMIS officials and key departments of the Commission of the African Union that are crucial for the management of peace support operations, the management of human and financial resources and auditing.

    During the workshop, participants received an update on mission progress and financial management, including processing death and disability liabilities, troop assignments, and third-party claims.

    Acting Special Representative of the Chair of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) for Somalia, Fiona Lortan, said the workshop provided stakeholders with an opportunity to address the challenges they face in managing the funds provided by the EU, the UN and other partners, in particular with respect to the processing of claims for death and disability, missing in action and other liabilities.

    “ATMIS receives funding from the European Union.

    In addition, we have a financial package from the United Nations for logistical support.

    So we are here to discuss management and accounting to ensure that the funds provided are properly accounted for,” Lortan said.

    The workshop also examined the database management system, identified ways to improve financial and internal control systems involving troop assignments, death and disability compensation payments, and reviewed mission assets.

    Participants discussed the audit and funding status of ATMIS, and were briefed on the mission's audit reports from key funding partners including the European Union and the United Kingdom.

    Other topics discussed included a status report on ATMIS staff death and disability compensation, including backlog elimination, ATMIS Board of Inquiry challenges, and ATMIS standard operating procedures.

    Selidji Gbaguidi, Chief of the AU Peace and Security Finance Division, presented a status report on compensation for death and disability claims from 2007 to 2020 at the workshop.

    Kenya, Lieutenant General Francis Omondi Ogolla, who officiated at the opening, underscored the need for speedy processing of death and disability compensation.

  •   Drug stockouts and medical equipment shortages in Rwandan health facilities are becoming a thing of the past thanks to an innovation that is addressing procurement constraints Viebeg Technologies a venture capital backed health technology company is helping expand access to affordable healthcare in Central and East Africa by helping healthcare facilities procure supplies in real time It uses artificial intelligence AI to manage supply chain processes from shipping to warehousing distribution and inventory management to ensure healthcare facilities have the right medical supplies in stock The Rwanda Innovation Fund funded in part by the African Development Bank invested in Viebeg s data driven logistics platform Tobias Reiter co founder and CEO of Viebeg Technologies says the company s AI powered medical procurement platform directly connects healthcare providers with manufacturers This removes brokers and middlemen from the value chain generating cost savings of up to 40 percent for customers We saw that many medical facilities did not have adequate supplies and also from reports that in Africa every five minutes people are dying from conditions that could be prevented if we had the right medical supplies Reiter said The company which was created in 2018 works with many health centers in Rwanda where two million people have been treated with Viebeg products according to Alex Musyoka its co founder and commercial director It is already making inroads in other parts of East Africa including Kenya Burundi and Congo serving more than 500 facilities The company plans to expand across Africa says Musyoka Viebeg is praised by many health centers in Rwanda as they can now find essential products for their specific fields at affordable prices One example is the Kivu Specialized Clinic established by Dr Amol Kulkarni one of only three maxillofacial surgeons in Rwanda Modern equipment is of paramount importance to specialists who treat defects and injuries of the mouth teeth and jaws but is often not affordable in Africa Dr Amol said that Viebeg helped his clinic acquire an orthopantomography machine a panoramic dental x ray of the upper and lower jaw thereby increasing his cutting edge capabilities He added In four months the clinic will have fully paid for the new OPG machine We are considered one of the best equipped clinics in Rwanda Viebeg helped me set up my clinic and now I am confident that I have Viebeg as my partner to keep it going Similarly the Ejo Heza Surgical Center in Kigali needed a new anesthesia machine as the old one had broken down But they didn t have the funds to buy a new one As Viebeg offers special payment terms for products Ejo Heza became a Viebeg customer and purchased the new equipment within three weeks This has allowed our facilities to continue to save lives says Dr Dominique Savio Mugenzi Orthopedic Surgeon and CEO of Ejo Heza Thanks to the Viebeg service we are now procuring our medical supplies and equipment through the platform and this has resulted in a significant reduction in medical supply procurement and stockout costs adds Mugenzi Mukando Cesarie is a patient who has experienced the power of a well equipped health center thanks to Viebeg innovation She was very ill but with the gynecological machines here the doctors were finally able to diagnose the problem I am now on the mend after four surgery sessions I am grateful for these services she said expressing satisfaction with the care she received at the Kigali based Best Care Hospital in July 2022 She previously underwent a 10 hour surgery at a local hospital but her condition worsened because the facility lacked the equipment necessary to accurately diagnose it Viebeg s annual revenue increased from 80 000 to 180 000 six months after funding from the Rwanda Innovation Fund representing a 125 growth Musyoka projects that figure will grow to 2 5 million by the end of 2022 In addition to improving revenue the funding has enabled the company to among other things conduct training for its employees access working capital and employ more workers The African Development Bank invested 30 million in the Rwanda Innovation Fund The Bank s support is in line with the country s III National Information and Communication Infrastructure Plan NICI which underlines the importance of ICTs to improve the provision of services to citizens Dr Abdu Mukhtar Director of Industrial and Business Development at the Bank said Digital innovation can transform sectors but it needs investment Viebeg is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with the right mix of innovation entrepreneurship and financial backing Tellingly the Rwanda Innovation Fund initiated by the Rwandan government and financed in part by the African Development Bank has been a catalyst in Viebeg s development Local investment in a local business has brought transformative local results It is an association model that can work well in other markets
    How Rwanda is using artificial intelligence to improve healthcare
      Drug stockouts and medical equipment shortages in Rwandan health facilities are becoming a thing of the past thanks to an innovation that is addressing procurement constraints Viebeg Technologies a venture capital backed health technology company is helping expand access to affordable healthcare in Central and East Africa by helping healthcare facilities procure supplies in real time It uses artificial intelligence AI to manage supply chain processes from shipping to warehousing distribution and inventory management to ensure healthcare facilities have the right medical supplies in stock The Rwanda Innovation Fund funded in part by the African Development Bank invested in Viebeg s data driven logistics platform Tobias Reiter co founder and CEO of Viebeg Technologies says the company s AI powered medical procurement platform directly connects healthcare providers with manufacturers This removes brokers and middlemen from the value chain generating cost savings of up to 40 percent for customers We saw that many medical facilities did not have adequate supplies and also from reports that in Africa every five minutes people are dying from conditions that could be prevented if we had the right medical supplies Reiter said The company which was created in 2018 works with many health centers in Rwanda where two million people have been treated with Viebeg products according to Alex Musyoka its co founder and commercial director It is already making inroads in other parts of East Africa including Kenya Burundi and Congo serving more than 500 facilities The company plans to expand across Africa says Musyoka Viebeg is praised by many health centers in Rwanda as they can now find essential products for their specific fields at affordable prices One example is the Kivu Specialized Clinic established by Dr Amol Kulkarni one of only three maxillofacial surgeons in Rwanda Modern equipment is of paramount importance to specialists who treat defects and injuries of the mouth teeth and jaws but is often not affordable in Africa Dr Amol said that Viebeg helped his clinic acquire an orthopantomography machine a panoramic dental x ray of the upper and lower jaw thereby increasing his cutting edge capabilities He added In four months the clinic will have fully paid for the new OPG machine We are considered one of the best equipped clinics in Rwanda Viebeg helped me set up my clinic and now I am confident that I have Viebeg as my partner to keep it going Similarly the Ejo Heza Surgical Center in Kigali needed a new anesthesia machine as the old one had broken down But they didn t have the funds to buy a new one As Viebeg offers special payment terms for products Ejo Heza became a Viebeg customer and purchased the new equipment within three weeks This has allowed our facilities to continue to save lives says Dr Dominique Savio Mugenzi Orthopedic Surgeon and CEO of Ejo Heza Thanks to the Viebeg service we are now procuring our medical supplies and equipment through the platform and this has resulted in a significant reduction in medical supply procurement and stockout costs adds Mugenzi Mukando Cesarie is a patient who has experienced the power of a well equipped health center thanks to Viebeg innovation She was very ill but with the gynecological machines here the doctors were finally able to diagnose the problem I am now on the mend after four surgery sessions I am grateful for these services she said expressing satisfaction with the care she received at the Kigali based Best Care Hospital in July 2022 She previously underwent a 10 hour surgery at a local hospital but her condition worsened because the facility lacked the equipment necessary to accurately diagnose it Viebeg s annual revenue increased from 80 000 to 180 000 six months after funding from the Rwanda Innovation Fund representing a 125 growth Musyoka projects that figure will grow to 2 5 million by the end of 2022 In addition to improving revenue the funding has enabled the company to among other things conduct training for its employees access working capital and employ more workers The African Development Bank invested 30 million in the Rwanda Innovation Fund The Bank s support is in line with the country s III National Information and Communication Infrastructure Plan NICI which underlines the importance of ICTs to improve the provision of services to citizens Dr Abdu Mukhtar Director of Industrial and Business Development at the Bank said Digital innovation can transform sectors but it needs investment Viebeg is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with the right mix of innovation entrepreneurship and financial backing Tellingly the Rwanda Innovation Fund initiated by the Rwandan government and financed in part by the African Development Bank has been a catalyst in Viebeg s development Local investment in a local business has brought transformative local results It is an association model that can work well in other markets
    How Rwanda is using artificial intelligence to improve healthcare
    Africa16 hours ago

    How Rwanda is using artificial intelligence to improve healthcare

    Drug stockouts and medical equipment shortages in Rwandan health facilities are becoming a thing of the past, thanks to an innovation that is addressing procurement constraints.

    Viebeg Technologies, a venture capital-backed health technology company, is helping expand access to affordable healthcare in Central and East Africa by helping healthcare facilities procure supplies in real time.

    It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to manage supply chain processes—from shipping to warehousing, distribution, and inventory management—to ensure healthcare facilities have the right medical supplies in stock.

    The Rwanda Innovation Fund, funded in part by the African Development Bank, invested in Viebeg's data-driven logistics platform.

    Tobias Reiter, co-founder and CEO of Viebeg Technologies, says the company's AI-powered medical procurement platform directly connects healthcare providers with manufacturers.

    This removes brokers and middlemen from the value chain, generating cost savings of up to 40 percent for customers.

    “We saw that many medical facilities did not have adequate supplies; and also from reports that in Africa, every five minutes, people are dying from conditions that could be prevented if we had the right medical supplies,” Reiter said.

    The company, which was created in 2018, works with many health centers in Rwanda, where two million people have been treated with Viebeg products, according to Alex Musyoka, its co-founder and commercial director.

    It is already making inroads in other parts of East Africa, including Kenya, Burundi and Congo, serving more than 500 facilities.

    The company plans to expand across Africa, says Musyoka.

    Viebeg is praised by many health centers in Rwanda as they can now find essential products for their specific fields at affordable prices.

    One example is the Kivu Specialized Clinic, established by Dr. Amol Kulkarni, one of only three maxillofacial surgeons in Rwanda.

    Modern equipment is of paramount importance to specialists who treat defects and injuries of the mouth, teeth and jaws, but is often not affordable in Africa.

    Dr. Amol said that Viebeg helped his clinic acquire an orthopantomography machine (a panoramic dental x-ray of the upper and lower jaw), thereby increasing his cutting-edge capabilities.

    He added: “In four months, the clinic will have fully paid for the new OPG machine.

    We are considered one of the best equipped clinics in Rwanda.

    Viebeg helped me set up my clinic and now I am confident that I have Viebeg as my partner to keep it going.” Similarly, the Ejo Heza Surgical Center in Kigali needed a new anesthesia machine as the old one had broken down.

    But they didn't have the funds to buy a new one.

    “As Viebeg offers special payment terms for products, Ejo Heza became a Viebeg customer and purchased the new equipment within three weeks.

    This has allowed our facilities to continue to save lives,” says Dr. Dominique Savio Mugenzi, Orthopedic Surgeon and CEO of Ejo Heza. “Thanks to the Viebeg service, we are now procuring our medical supplies and equipment through the platform, and this has resulted in a significant reduction in medical supply procurement and stockout costs,” adds Mugenzi.

    Mukando Cesarie is a patient who has experienced the power of a well-equipped health center thanks to Viebeg innovation.

    “She was very ill, but with the gynecological machines here, the doctors were finally able to diagnose the problem.

    I am now on the mend after four surgery sessions.

    I am grateful for these services,” she said, expressing satisfaction with the care she received at the Kigali-based Best Care Hospital in July 2022.

    She previously underwent a 10-hour surgery at a local hospital, but her condition worsened because the facility lacked the equipment necessary to accurately diagnose it.

    Viebeg's annual revenue increased from $80,000 to $180,000 six months after funding from the Rwanda Innovation Fund, representing a 125% growth.

    Musyoka projects that figure will grow to $2.5 million by the end of 2022.

    In addition to improving revenue, the funding has enabled the company to, among other things, conduct training for its employees, access working capital and employ more workers.

    The African Development Bank invested $30 million in the Rwanda Innovation Fund. The Bank's support is in line with the country's III National Information and Communication Infrastructure Plan (NICI), which underlines the importance of ICTs to improve the provision of services to citizens.

    Dr. Abdu Mukhtar, Director of Industrial and Business Development at the Bank, said: “Digital innovation can transform sectors, but it needs investment.

    Viebeg is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with the right mix of innovation, entrepreneurship and financial backing.

    Tellingly, the Rwanda Innovation Fund, initiated by the Rwandan government and financed, in part, by the African Development Bank, has been a catalyst in Viebeg's development.

    Local investment in a local business has brought transformative local results.

    It is an association model that can work well in other markets”.

  •   The Human Rights Council this morning continued with its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building holding an interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in South Sudan and concluding the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Christian Salazar Volkmann Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities From January to August 2022 the Human Rights Division of the Mission delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8 874 participants These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent inclusive and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice constitutional making and electoral process Ruben Madol Arol Kachuol Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan speaking as a country concerned said to promote and protect human rights the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness advocacy monitor investigations and to provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country A technical committee was established which conducted public consultation throughout the country The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court In April 2022 the Council adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for implementation of the resolution In the discussion on South Sudan some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in the country The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed There should be urgent reforms to bring out better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms with free and transparent elections Some speakers said that the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council s attention and assistance whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country sovereignty and non interference in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country with genuine dialogue and cooperation without politicisation selectivity or double standards The establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan At the beginning of the meeting the Council concluded the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Marie Th r se Keita Bocoum Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks welcomed progress made on the issues raised but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community Transitional justice was important and should be better structured and lessons could be learned in this regard Abdul Aziz Thioye Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights based approach to elections It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress particularly concerning public demonstrations such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information Albert Fabrice Puela Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts it was not an easy task moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces Christian Salazar Volkmann Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in concluding remarks said this was a very delicate moment of transition The Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice and it was fragile and complex There were some signs of hope and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo In the discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the Team of International Experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing condemning the excessive use of force by all parties and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice administrative reform security and judicial sectors which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de escalation were welcomed and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Speaking in the interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo were Senegal Egypt Switzerland Ireland France Venezuela Russian Federation Mauritania China United Kingdom Benin South Sudan Belgium Angola Togo Netherlands Malawi Tanzania and United States Also speaking were Minority Rights Group International International Federation of ACAT Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture Lawyers for Lawyers Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l homme International Federation for Human Rights Leagues International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination International Bar Association World Organisation Against Torture Elizka Relief Foundation and Centre du Commerce International pour le D veloppement Speaking in the interactive dialogue on South Sudan were the European Union Iceland on behalf of a group of countries C te d Ivoire on behalf of a group of African States Sierra Leone Senegal Libya Costa Rica Egypt Ireland Democratic People s Republic of Korea United Nations Children s Fund Ethiopia Luxembourg Australia Russia Mauritania China Netherlands United States Sri Lanka United Kingdom Burundi Mali Sudan Eritrea Botswana Kenya Tanzania Saudi Arabia and Venezuela Also speaking were East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Organisation internationale pour les pays les moins avanc s Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l homme Elizka Relief Foundation Lawyers Rights Watch Canada International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Amnesty International and Meezaan Centre for Human Rights The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the Human Rights Council s fifty first regular session can be found here The Council will next hold an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia This will be followed by an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started in the previous meeting and a summary can be found here Discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo In the discussion some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the team of international experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo They welcomed the extension of the mandate to cover the whole of the Congolese territory Some speakers appreciated the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo aimed at achieving stable conditions in the country striving to preserve human rights and protecting civilians Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian and human rights law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing condemning the excessive use of force by all parties and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations The violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo particularly in the eastern region of the country was a serious concern and speakers called for a coordinated response Recent violence by armed groups especially the Allied Democratic Forces and M23 had led to human rights abuses jeopardising efforts to pursue peace and exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation There were also many cases of conflict related sexual violence This raised dire concerns about the protection of civilians in the conflict affected regions with some speakers stating that it was the Government s responsibility to protect its people and to take concrete action Speakers were also concerned about the recent violent protests against the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which resulted in the deaths of civilians and peacekeepers A number of speakers called on all armed groups to immediately cease violence and participate unconditionally in the political process and the disarmament demobilization and reintegration programme The importance of countering impunity to put an end to violence was crucial access to justice was a key tenant to combatting impunity and needed to be afforded priority Speakers were also alarmed by hate speech welcoming the bill to suppress hate speech calling on authorities to take all measures to implement the law once it had been enacted It was important for the Government to guarantee free and fair elections the protection of civic and democratic space was essential including in provinces under siege Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice administrative reform security and judicial sectors which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation All actors were urged to address the humanitarian impacts of the violence ensuring the affected people including the 5 9 million internally displaced civilians received the assistance they needed Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de escalation were welcomed and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Some speakers said they would stand by the Congolese Government to support it in improving human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Concluding Remarks MARIE TH R SE KEITA BOCOUM Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo welcomed progress made on the issues raised but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community The Government needed such support The international community should ensure that reparations for victims were taken into account and harmonised The funds for these reparations should be strengthened Ms Keita Bocoum said that transitional justice was important and should be better structured and lessons could be learned in this regard The mandate of the Human Rights Commission was not for human rights but for technical assistance in the area of transitional justice and therefore it was more difficult for her to comment on human rights conditions ABDUL AZIZ THIOYE Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights based approach to elections It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress particularly concerning public demonstrations such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information It was important for the Council to demonstrate support for those groups working to establish this Mr Thioye also called for members of the diaspora to take action against hate speech On the state of siege he said that the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would spare no effort to support the authorities in making the necessary adjustments and re establish civilian administrations ALBERT FABRICE PUELA Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appreciated the advice which had been provided by former High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet to manage the transitional justice system thanking her and assuring that her successor had the full cooperation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in promoting human rights in the future Mr Puela thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts it was not an easy task moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law The President and the Government had made respect of human rights the cause The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces A draft decree had been passed to provide protection for victims of violence and other serious crimes There was an indigenous representative in the provisional Government and an entire programme had been established for the protection of indigenous peoples The major enemy of the public was clear how could elections be organised in a climate of conflict Mr Puela thanked the Councill for the support asking for the Council s assistance to ensure decent prison facilities for children adapted to their needs CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was important for the Government to continue to push for compliance and oversight as it set the example for everyone else It was important for lasting peace but also to tell the people that times had changed It was a call to the Government civil society and political parties to stop hate speech Hate speech was divisive and dangerous and a situation which could really lead to backwards movements in many areas and was thus a whole society responsibility This was a very delicate moment of transition the Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice and it was fragile and complex There were some signs of hope and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo It was important to continue this both technically and financially Interactive Dialogue on the Oral Update by the High Commissioner on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for South Sudan Presentation of Oral Update CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presenting the oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges faced in the post conflict transition said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities From January to August 2022 the Human Rights Division of the Mission had delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8 874 participants The trainings included issues on international human rights law international humanitarian law conflict related sexual violence the South Sudan Police Defence Force Act 2009 and the rights of suspects during arrest and investigations The trainings delivered to personnel of the South Sudan People s Defence Forces and the National Police Service had improved their understanding of basic human rights and core principles as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of their actions These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights They were crucial for expanding and protecting civic space The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent inclusive and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice and the constitutional making and electoral process The activities would also help to strengthen and expand the Mission s Human Rights Division s local alert networks leading to an increased and timely sharing of early warning and human rights related information The Office of the High Commissioner and the Mission s Human Rights Division continued to support the Government to fully implement the Peace Agreement and advocated for an open and pluralistic civic space Statement by Country Concerned RUBEN MADOL AROL KACHUOL Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan said the challenges of a lack of financial resources and logistical and prolonged sanctions among others had made the parties to the agreement extend the transitional period for another 24 months The Government had recently graduated the first batch of about 20 000 unified national army police and other security forces which would strengthen capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights through putting an end to the ongoing intra and inter communal violence in the country To promote and protect human rights the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness advocacy monitor investigations and provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country A technical committee had been established which conducted public consultation throughout the country The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court A Judicial Reform Committee was established which would review the laws and structure of the judiciary and recommend the establishment of an independent constitutional court Several committees were established to investigate communal violence in several states These investigation committees were currently deployed to the sites and one had submitted its final report for consideration In April 2022 the Human Rights Council had adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan To date the Government was not aware of any mechanism set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to deliver technical assistance and capacity building to the Government of South Sudan However there had been some sporadic and uncoordinated efforts by various United Nations agencies operating in South Sudan in delivering some technical assistance and capacity building The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs requested the Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan to invite all the United Nations agencies in South Sudan for a joint meeting with the Government to discuss the establishment of a coordination mechanism To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for the implementation of the resolution Discussion on South Sudan In the discussion some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in South Sudan The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed There should be urgent reforms to bring about better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms with free and transparent elections Some speakers said food security continued to deteriorate exacerbated by the ongoing insecurity and displacement of civilians They said donor partners should fulfil their pledges under the Humanitarian Response Plan South Sudan remained one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarian workers and speakers urged the authorities to do all in their power to protect civilians and ensure safe and unhindered humanitarian access A number of speakers said the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council s attention and assistance whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country sovereignty and non interference in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country with genuine dialogue and cooperation without politicisation selectivity or double standards The Government of South Sudan and all actors involved should act swiftly ensure criminal accountability and work towards sustainable peace for the people especially women and girls of South Sudan Support for victims and survivors of sexual and gender based violence including conflict related sexual violence must also be provided The extension of the transitional governance arrangements and the postponement of elections until late 2024 should be used to shape the electoral system and create a conducive environment for a peaceful and stable South Sudan Together with the implementation of the peace agreement in its entirety these elections were what South Sudan needed for the completion of the transitional period and the establishment of lasting peace Some speakers said the establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan The seemingly perpetual humanitarian crises in South Sudan would not be addressed through humanitarian action alone long term and systemic investments were required to ensure the realisation of the rights of all in the country in particular with regard to social protection The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan should provide technical assistance bolstering further technical assistance in the country The international community should pursue the provision of technical support to allow the country to build its capacity to protect and promote human rights All parties to the Revitalised Peace Agreement should implement remaining benchmarks and ensure that free fair and secure elections were held according to the agreed timeframe The road to peace was long and challenging and the Government of South Sudan was encouraged to step up its efforts to prevent any further delay Concluding Remarks CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said one of the key topics had been the advancement on transitional justice and what could be done to establish this mechanism It was vital that the Government with support from regional and international actors acted swiftly to revitalise the agreement it was vital for effective accountability and transitional justice Sustainable peace in South Sudan was dependent on accountability for violations of human rights The Government had taken steps to develop enabling legislation but much more was needed to ensure rapid progress The international community should continue to engage in the high level discussion with the South Sudanese authorities to demonstrate commitment to accountability The African Union had an important role to establish the hybrid court for South Sudan The Government had requested technical assistance and capacity building and an overview had been drawn up to determine the technical support required Going forward the Office would continue to provide technical support for the drafting of legislation for the Commission on Truth Reconciliation and Healing and to address the capacity issues of the national justice system A letter had been sent to establish a coordination mechanism for technical assistance and capacity building and Mr Salazar Volkmann looked forward to further discussion on this request It was important that efforts were made to establish the hybrid court as soon as possible and whatever support was provided should allow victims to participate at all stages of the accountability mechanisms In terms of justice accountability the international community needed to continue to support the United Nations human rights work in the country Mr Salazar Volkmann acknowledged the Government s engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and human rights mechanisms The Office stood ready to continue to support the Government of South Sudan in its efforts towards lasting peace
    Human Rights Council Holds Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in South Sudan, Concludes Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
      The Human Rights Council this morning continued with its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building holding an interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in South Sudan and concluding the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Christian Salazar Volkmann Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities From January to August 2022 the Human Rights Division of the Mission delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8 874 participants These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent inclusive and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice constitutional making and electoral process Ruben Madol Arol Kachuol Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan speaking as a country concerned said to promote and protect human rights the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness advocacy monitor investigations and to provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country A technical committee was established which conducted public consultation throughout the country The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court In April 2022 the Council adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for implementation of the resolution In the discussion on South Sudan some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in the country The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed There should be urgent reforms to bring out better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms with free and transparent elections Some speakers said that the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council s attention and assistance whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country sovereignty and non interference in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country with genuine dialogue and cooperation without politicisation selectivity or double standards The establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan At the beginning of the meeting the Council concluded the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Marie Th r se Keita Bocoum Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks welcomed progress made on the issues raised but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community Transitional justice was important and should be better structured and lessons could be learned in this regard Abdul Aziz Thioye Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights based approach to elections It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress particularly concerning public demonstrations such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information Albert Fabrice Puela Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in concluding remarks thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts it was not an easy task moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces Christian Salazar Volkmann Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in concluding remarks said this was a very delicate moment of transition The Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice and it was fragile and complex There were some signs of hope and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo In the discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the Team of International Experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing condemning the excessive use of force by all parties and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice administrative reform security and judicial sectors which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de escalation were welcomed and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Speaking in the interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo were Senegal Egypt Switzerland Ireland France Venezuela Russian Federation Mauritania China United Kingdom Benin South Sudan Belgium Angola Togo Netherlands Malawi Tanzania and United States Also speaking were Minority Rights Group International International Federation of ACAT Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture Lawyers for Lawyers Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l homme International Federation for Human Rights Leagues International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination International Bar Association World Organisation Against Torture Elizka Relief Foundation and Centre du Commerce International pour le D veloppement Speaking in the interactive dialogue on South Sudan were the European Union Iceland on behalf of a group of countries C te d Ivoire on behalf of a group of African States Sierra Leone Senegal Libya Costa Rica Egypt Ireland Democratic People s Republic of Korea United Nations Children s Fund Ethiopia Luxembourg Australia Russia Mauritania China Netherlands United States Sri Lanka United Kingdom Burundi Mali Sudan Eritrea Botswana Kenya Tanzania Saudi Arabia and Venezuela Also speaking were East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project Organisation internationale pour les pays les moins avanc s Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l homme Elizka Relief Foundation Lawyers Rights Watch Canada International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Amnesty International and Meezaan Centre for Human Rights The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here All meeting summaries can be found here Documents and reports related to the Human Rights Council s fifty first regular session can be found here The Council will next hold an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia This will be followed by an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started in the previous meeting and a summary can be found here Discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo In the discussion some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the team of international experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo They welcomed the extension of the mandate to cover the whole of the Congolese territory Some speakers appreciated the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo aimed at achieving stable conditions in the country striving to preserve human rights and protecting civilians Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian and human rights law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing condemning the excessive use of force by all parties and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations The violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo particularly in the eastern region of the country was a serious concern and speakers called for a coordinated response Recent violence by armed groups especially the Allied Democratic Forces and M23 had led to human rights abuses jeopardising efforts to pursue peace and exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation There were also many cases of conflict related sexual violence This raised dire concerns about the protection of civilians in the conflict affected regions with some speakers stating that it was the Government s responsibility to protect its people and to take concrete action Speakers were also concerned about the recent violent protests against the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which resulted in the deaths of civilians and peacekeepers A number of speakers called on all armed groups to immediately cease violence and participate unconditionally in the political process and the disarmament demobilization and reintegration programme The importance of countering impunity to put an end to violence was crucial access to justice was a key tenant to combatting impunity and needed to be afforded priority Speakers were also alarmed by hate speech welcoming the bill to suppress hate speech calling on authorities to take all measures to implement the law once it had been enacted It was important for the Government to guarantee free and fair elections the protection of civic and democratic space was essential including in provinces under siege Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice administrative reform security and judicial sectors which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation All actors were urged to address the humanitarian impacts of the violence ensuring the affected people including the 5 9 million internally displaced civilians received the assistance they needed Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de escalation were welcomed and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Some speakers said they would stand by the Congolese Government to support it in improving human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Concluding Remarks MARIE TH R SE KEITA BOCOUM Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo welcomed progress made on the issues raised but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community The Government needed such support The international community should ensure that reparations for victims were taken into account and harmonised The funds for these reparations should be strengthened Ms Keita Bocoum said that transitional justice was important and should be better structured and lessons could be learned in this regard The mandate of the Human Rights Commission was not for human rights but for technical assistance in the area of transitional justice and therefore it was more difficult for her to comment on human rights conditions ABDUL AZIZ THIOYE Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights based approach to elections It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress particularly concerning public demonstrations such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information It was important for the Council to demonstrate support for those groups working to establish this Mr Thioye also called for members of the diaspora to take action against hate speech On the state of siege he said that the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would spare no effort to support the authorities in making the necessary adjustments and re establish civilian administrations ALBERT FABRICE PUELA Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo appreciated the advice which had been provided by former High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet to manage the transitional justice system thanking her and assuring that her successor had the full cooperation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in promoting human rights in the future Mr Puela thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts it was not an easy task moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law The President and the Government had made respect of human rights the cause The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces A draft decree had been passed to provide protection for victims of violence and other serious crimes There was an indigenous representative in the provisional Government and an entire programme had been established for the protection of indigenous peoples The major enemy of the public was clear how could elections be organised in a climate of conflict Mr Puela thanked the Councill for the support asking for the Council s assistance to ensure decent prison facilities for children adapted to their needs CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was important for the Government to continue to push for compliance and oversight as it set the example for everyone else It was important for lasting peace but also to tell the people that times had changed It was a call to the Government civil society and political parties to stop hate speech Hate speech was divisive and dangerous and a situation which could really lead to backwards movements in many areas and was thus a whole society responsibility This was a very delicate moment of transition the Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice and it was fragile and complex There were some signs of hope and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo It was important to continue this both technically and financially Interactive Dialogue on the Oral Update by the High Commissioner on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for South Sudan Presentation of Oral Update CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presenting the oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan including the challenges faced in the post conflict transition said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities From January to August 2022 the Human Rights Division of the Mission had delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8 874 participants The trainings included issues on international human rights law international humanitarian law conflict related sexual violence the South Sudan Police Defence Force Act 2009 and the rights of suspects during arrest and investigations The trainings delivered to personnel of the South Sudan People s Defence Forces and the National Police Service had improved their understanding of basic human rights and core principles as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of their actions These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights They were crucial for expanding and protecting civic space The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent inclusive and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice and the constitutional making and electoral process The activities would also help to strengthen and expand the Mission s Human Rights Division s local alert networks leading to an increased and timely sharing of early warning and human rights related information The Office of the High Commissioner and the Mission s Human Rights Division continued to support the Government to fully implement the Peace Agreement and advocated for an open and pluralistic civic space Statement by Country Concerned RUBEN MADOL AROL KACHUOL Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan said the challenges of a lack of financial resources and logistical and prolonged sanctions among others had made the parties to the agreement extend the transitional period for another 24 months The Government had recently graduated the first batch of about 20 000 unified national army police and other security forces which would strengthen capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights through putting an end to the ongoing intra and inter communal violence in the country To promote and protect human rights the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness advocacy monitor investigations and provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country A technical committee had been established which conducted public consultation throughout the country The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court A Judicial Reform Committee was established which would review the laws and structure of the judiciary and recommend the establishment of an independent constitutional court Several committees were established to investigate communal violence in several states These investigation committees were currently deployed to the sites and one had submitted its final report for consideration In April 2022 the Human Rights Council had adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan To date the Government was not aware of any mechanism set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to deliver technical assistance and capacity building to the Government of South Sudan However there had been some sporadic and uncoordinated efforts by various United Nations agencies operating in South Sudan in delivering some technical assistance and capacity building The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs requested the Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan to invite all the United Nations agencies in South Sudan for a joint meeting with the Government to discuss the establishment of a coordination mechanism To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for the implementation of the resolution Discussion on South Sudan In the discussion some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in South Sudan The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender based violence The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed There should be urgent reforms to bring about better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms with free and transparent elections Some speakers said food security continued to deteriorate exacerbated by the ongoing insecurity and displacement of civilians They said donor partners should fulfil their pledges under the Humanitarian Response Plan South Sudan remained one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarian workers and speakers urged the authorities to do all in their power to protect civilians and ensure safe and unhindered humanitarian access A number of speakers said the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council s attention and assistance whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country sovereignty and non interference in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country with genuine dialogue and cooperation without politicisation selectivity or double standards The Government of South Sudan and all actors involved should act swiftly ensure criminal accountability and work towards sustainable peace for the people especially women and girls of South Sudan Support for victims and survivors of sexual and gender based violence including conflict related sexual violence must also be provided The extension of the transitional governance arrangements and the postponement of elections until late 2024 should be used to shape the electoral system and create a conducive environment for a peaceful and stable South Sudan Together with the implementation of the peace agreement in its entirety these elections were what South Sudan needed for the completion of the transitional period and the establishment of lasting peace Some speakers said the establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan The seemingly perpetual humanitarian crises in South Sudan would not be addressed through humanitarian action alone long term and systemic investments were required to ensure the realisation of the rights of all in the country in particular with regard to social protection The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General in South Sudan should provide technical assistance bolstering further technical assistance in the country The international community should pursue the provision of technical support to allow the country to build its capacity to protect and promote human rights All parties to the Revitalised Peace Agreement should implement remaining benchmarks and ensure that free fair and secure elections were held according to the agreed timeframe The road to peace was long and challenging and the Government of South Sudan was encouraged to step up its efforts to prevent any further delay Concluding Remarks CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said one of the key topics had been the advancement on transitional justice and what could be done to establish this mechanism It was vital that the Government with support from regional and international actors acted swiftly to revitalise the agreement it was vital for effective accountability and transitional justice Sustainable peace in South Sudan was dependent on accountability for violations of human rights The Government had taken steps to develop enabling legislation but much more was needed to ensure rapid progress The international community should continue to engage in the high level discussion with the South Sudanese authorities to demonstrate commitment to accountability The African Union had an important role to establish the hybrid court for South Sudan The Government had requested technical assistance and capacity building and an overview had been drawn up to determine the technical support required Going forward the Office would continue to provide technical support for the drafting of legislation for the Commission on Truth Reconciliation and Healing and to address the capacity issues of the national justice system A letter had been sent to establish a coordination mechanism for technical assistance and capacity building and Mr Salazar Volkmann looked forward to further discussion on this request It was important that efforts were made to establish the hybrid court as soon as possible and whatever support was provided should allow victims to participate at all stages of the accountability mechanisms In terms of justice accountability the international community needed to continue to support the United Nations human rights work in the country Mr Salazar Volkmann acknowledged the Government s engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and human rights mechanisms The Office stood ready to continue to support the Government of South Sudan in its efforts towards lasting peace
    Human Rights Council Holds Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in South Sudan, Concludes Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
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    Human Rights Council Holds Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in South Sudan, Concludes Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    The Human Rights Council this morning continued with its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building, holding an interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in South Sudan and concluding the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Christian Salazar Volkmann, Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries, particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities. 

    From January to August 2022, the Human Rights Division of the Mission delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8,874 participants. 

     These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights. 

    The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent, inclusive, and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice, constitutional-making and electoral process. 

    Ruben Madol Arol Kachuol, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan, speaking as a country concerned, said to promote and protect human rights, the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness, advocacy, monitor investigations and to provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country. 

    A technical committee was established which conducted public consultation throughout the country. 

    The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court. 

    In April 2022, the Council adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan. 

    To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan, the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for implementation of the resolution. 

    In the discussion on South Sudan, some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in the country. 

    The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling, especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender-based violence. 

    The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed. 

    There should be urgent reforms to bring out better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, with free and transparent elections. 

    Some speakers said that the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council’s attention and assistance, whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country, sovereignty and non-interference, in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country, with genuine dialogue and cooperation, without politicisation, selectivity or double standards. 

    The establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan.

    At the beginning of the meeting, the Council concluded the enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Marie Thérèse Keita-Bocoum, Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in concluding remarks, welcomed progress made on the issues raised, but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community. 

    Transitional justice was important and should be better structured, and lessons could be learned in this regard. 

    Abdul Aziz Thioye, Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in concluding remarks, welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights-based approach to elections. 

    It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress, particularly concerning public demonstrations, such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information. 

    Albert Fabrice Puela, Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in concluding remarks, thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts; it was not an easy task, moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law. 

    The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces. 

    Christian Salazar Volkmann, Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in concluding remarks, said this was a very delicate moment of transition. 

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice, and it was fragile and complex. 

    There were some signs of hope, and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    In the discussion on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the Team of International Experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing, condemning the excessive use of force by all parties, and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations. 

    Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice, administrative reform, security and judicial sectors, which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory. 

    Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation. 

    Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de-escalation were welcomed, and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Speaking in the interactive dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo were Senegal, Egypt, Switzerland, Ireland, France, Venezuela, Russian Federation, Mauritania, China, United Kingdom, Benin, South Sudan, Belgium, Angola, Togo, Netherlands, Malawi, Tanzania, and United States.

    Also speaking were Minority Rights Group International, International Federation of ACAT (Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture), Lawyers for Lawyers, Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l'homme, International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, International Bar Association, World Organisation Against Torture, Elizka Relief Foundation, and Centre du Commerce International pour le Développement.

    Speaking in the interactive dialogue on South Sudan were the European Union, Iceland on behalf of a group of countries, Côte d’Ivoire on behalf of a group of African States, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Libya, Costa Rica, Egypt, Ireland, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, United Nations Children’s Fund, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, Australia, Russia, Mauritania, China, Netherlands, United States, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Burundi, Mali, Sudan, Eritrea, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela.

    Also speaking were East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, Organisation internationale pour les pays les moins avancés, Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l'homme, Elizka Relief Foundation, Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Amnesty International, and Meezaan Centre for Human Rights.

    The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here. 

    All meeting summaries can be found here. 

    Documents and reports related to the Human Rights Council’s fifty-first regular session can be found here.

    The Council will next hold an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia. 

    This will be followed by an interactive dialogue with the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia.

    Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of the CongoThe enhanced interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started in the previous meeting and a summary can be found here.

    Discussion on the Democratic Republic of the CongoIn the discussion, some speakers commended the High Commissioner and the team of international experts for their efforts towards the continuous improvement of the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    They welcomed the extension of the mandate to cover the whole of the Congolese territory. 

    Some speakers appreciated the efforts of the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo aimed at achieving stable conditions in the country, striving to preserve human rights and protecting civilians.

    Some speakers noted with concern that violations of humanitarian and human rights law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo were ongoing, condemning the excessive use of force by all parties and calling on authorities to protect civilian populations. 

    The violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly in the eastern region of the country, was a serious concern and speakers called for a coordinated response. 

    Recent violence by armed groups, especially the Allied Democratic Forces and M23, had led to human rights abuses, jeopardising efforts to pursue peace, and exacerbating the already severe humanitarian situation. 

    There were also many cases of conflict-related sexual violence. 

    This raised dire concerns about the protection of civilians in the conflict-affected regions, with some speakers stating that it was the Government's responsibility to protect its people and to take concrete action. 

    Speakers were also concerned about the recent violent protests against the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which resulted in the deaths of civilians and peacekeepers.

    A number of speakers called on all armed groups to immediately cease violence and participate unconditionally in the political process and the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme. 

    The importance of countering impunity to put an end to violence was crucial; access to justice was a key tenant to combatting impunity and needed to be afforded priority. 

    Speakers were also alarmed by hate speech, welcoming the bill to suppress hate speech, calling on authorities to take all measures to implement the law once it had been enacted. 

    It was important for the Government to guarantee free and fair elections; the protection of civic and democratic space was essential, including in provinces under siege. 

    Authorities were encouraged to continue their efforts on transitional justice, administrative reform, security and judicial sectors, which would contribute to dialogue and national reconciliation throughout the Congolese territory.

    Some speakers said that the international community should provide constructive assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for maintaining peace and security and improving the human rights situation. 

    All actors were urged to address the humanitarian impacts of the violence, ensuring the affected people, including the 5.9 million internally displaced civilians, received the assistance they needed. 

    Diplomatic efforts to pursue dialogue and de-escalation were welcomed, and the High Commissioner was called on to continue its technical assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    Some speakers said they would stand by the Congolese Government to support it in improving human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    Concluding RemarksMARIE THÉRÈSE KEITA-BOCOUM, Member of the Team of International Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomed progress made on the issues raised, but reiterated that what was needed was practical funding from the international community. 

    The Government needed such support. 

    The international community should ensure that reparations for victims were taken into account and harmonised. 

    The funds for these reparations should be strengthened. 

    Ms. Keita-Bocoum said that transitional justice was important and should be better structured, and lessons could be learned in this regard. 

    The mandate of the Human Rights Commission was not for human rights but for technical assistance in the area of transitional justice, and therefore it was more difficult for her to comment on human rights conditions. 

    ABDUL AZIZ THIOYE, Director of the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, welcomed the convergence of ideas to establish a peaceful and human rights-based approach to elections. 

    It was important that the Democratic Republic of the Congo adopted the necessary legislative bills for democratic progress, particularly concerning public demonstrations, such as against hate speech and promoting freedom of association and access to information. 

    It was important for the Council to demonstrate support for those groups working to establish this. 

    Mr. Thioye also called for members of the diaspora to take action against hate speech. 

    On the state of siege, he said that the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would spare no effort to support the authorities in making the necessary adjustments and re-establish civilian administrations.

    ALBERT FABRICE PUELA, Minister of Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, appreciated the advice which had been provided by former High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet to manage the transitional justice system, thanking her and assuring that her successor had the full cooperation of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in promoting human rights in the future. 

    Mr. Puela thanked all those who had spoken and congratulated the Democratic Republic of the Congo on their human rights efforts; it was not an easy task, moving from a repressive regime to one that was respectful of the rule of law. 

    The President and the Government had made respect of human rights the cause. 

    The Government wished for transitional justice to become truly effective and national conversations were underway in several provinces. 

    A draft decree had been passed to provide protection for victims of violence and other serious crimes. 

    There was an indigenous representative in the provisional Government and an entire programme had been established for the protection of indigenous peoples. 

    The major enemy of the public was clear; how could elections be organised in a climate of conflict? 

    Mr. Puela thanked the Councill for the support, asking for the Council’s assistance to ensure decent prison facilities for children adapted to their needs.

    CHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN, Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said it was important for the Government to continue to push for compliance and oversight, as it set the example for everyone else. 

    It was important for lasting peace, but also to tell the people that times had changed. 

    It was a call to the Government, civil society and political parties to stop hate speech. 

    Hate speech was divisive and dangerous, and a situation which could really lead to backwards movements in many areas, and was thus a whole-society responsibility. 

    This was a very delicate moment of transition; the Democratic Republic of the Congo was pushing for accountability of transitional justice, and it was fragile and complex. 

    There were some signs of hope, and the international community should continue to support the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United Nations Organization Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

    It was important to continue this both technically and financially.

    Interactive Dialogue on the Oral Update by the High Commissioner on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building for South SudanPresentation of Oral UpdateCHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN, Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, presenting the oral update on the human rights situation in South Sudan, including the challenges faced in the post-conflict transition, said the activities of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan continued to yield positive impact on the beneficiaries, particularly in terms of heightened awareness of human rights concerns in the different communities. 

    From January to August 2022, the Human Rights Division of the Mission had delivered 225 capacity building and sensitisation activities to a total of 8,874 participants. 

    The trainings included issues on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, conflict-related sexual violence, the South Sudan Police Defence Force Act 2009, and the rights of suspects during arrest and investigations. 

    The trainings delivered to personnel of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces and the National Police Service had improved their understanding of basic human rights and core principles, as well as in the monitoring and evaluation of their actions.

    These technical assistance and capacity building activities were strengthening the human rights architecture of South Sudan as well as networks to promote freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly and other rights. 

    They were crucial for expanding and protecting civic space. 

    The support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan to the rule of law institutions would contribute towards the creation of a conducive environment for transparent, inclusive, and genuine consultations in relation to transitional justice, and the constitutional-making and electoral process. 

    The activities would also help to strengthen and expand the Mission’s Human Rights Division’s local alert networks, leading to an increased and timely sharing of early warning and human rights-related information. 

    The Office of the High Commissioner and the Mission’s Human Rights Division continued to support the Government to fully implement the Peace Agreement, and advocated for an open and pluralistic civic space.

    Statement by Country ConcernedRUBEN MADOL AROL KACHUOL, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs of South Sudan, said the challenges of a lack of financial resources and logistical and prolonged sanctions, among others, had made the parties to the agreement extend the transitional period for another 24 months. 

    The Government had recently graduated the first batch of about 20,000 unified national army, police and other security forces, which would strengthen capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights through putting an end to the ongoing intra and inter-communal violence in the country. 

    To promote and protect human rights, the President had established a National Human Rights Council to conduct public awareness, advocacy, monitor investigations and provide advice towards addressing human rights violations in the country. 

    A technical committee had been established which conducted public consultation throughout the country. 

    The Government was consulting with the African Union Commission on the guidelines for the establishment of the Court. 

    A Judicial Reform Committee was established which would review the laws and structure of the judiciary and recommend the establishment of an independent constitutional court. 

    Several committees were established to investigate communal violence in several states. 

    These investigation committees were currently deployed to the sites and one had submitted its final report for consideration.

    In April 2022, the Human Rights Council had adopted a resolution to urgently provide technical assistance and capacity building to South Sudan. 

    To date, the Government was not aware of any mechanism set up by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to deliver technical assistance and capacity building to the Government of South Sudan. 

    However, there had been some sporadic and uncoordinated efforts by various United Nations agencies operating in South Sudan in delivering some technical assistance and capacity building. 

    The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs requested the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan to invite all the United Nations agencies in South Sudan for a joint meeting with the Government, to discuss the establishment of a coordination mechanism. 

    To have meaningful technical assistance and capacity building for South Sudan, the Government was requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to set up a mechanism for the implementation of the resolution.

    Discussion on South SudanIn the discussion, some speakers remained shocked and deeply concerned about the ongoing grave human rights violations in South Sudan. 

    The excessive use of repression and force by State security forces against civilians was appalling, especially reports on widespread and systematic sexual and gender-based violence.

    The perseverance of the Government to lower levels of violence and to bring about peace and stability was welcomed. 

    There should be urgent reforms to bring about better living conditions in the country and ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, with free and transparent elections. 

    Some speakers said food security continued to deteriorate, exacerbated by the ongoing insecurity and displacement of civilians. 

    They said donor partners should fulfil their pledges under the Humanitarian Response Plan.  South Sudan remained one of the most dangerous countries in the world for humanitarian workers, and speakers urged the authorities to do all in their power to protect civilians and ensure safe and unhindered humanitarian access.

    A number of speakers said the situation in South Sudan clearly continued to require the Council’s attention and assistance, whilst respecting the cultural and social specificities of the country, sovereignty and non-interference, in respect of the United Nations Charter and the territorial integrity of the country, with genuine dialogue and cooperation, without politicisation, selectivity or double standards. 

    The Government of South Sudan and all actors involved should act swiftly, ensure criminal accountability and work towards sustainable peace for the people, especially women and girls, of South Sudan. 

    Support for victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence, must also be provided. 

    The extension of the transitional governance arrangements, and the postponement of elections until late 2024, should be used to shape the electoral system and create a conducive environment for a peaceful and stable South Sudan.

    Together with the implementation of the peace agreement in its entirety, these elections were what South Sudan needed for the completion of the transitional period and the establishment of lasting peace.

    Some speakers said the establishment of the National Human Rights Advisory Council was an important step in achieving lasting peace and stability in South Sudan. 

    The seemingly perpetual humanitarian crises in South Sudan would not be addressed through humanitarian action alone: long-term and systemic investments were required to ensure the realisation of the rights of all in the country, in particular with regard to social protection. 

    The Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan should provide technical assistance, bolstering further technical assistance in the country. 

    The international community should pursue the provision of technical support to allow the country to build its capacity to protect and promote human rights. 

    All parties to the Revitalised Peace Agreement should implement remaining benchmarks and ensure that free, fair and secure elections were held according to the agreed timeframe. 

    The road to peace was long and challenging, and the Government of South Sudan was encouraged to step up its efforts to prevent any further delay.

    Concluding RemarksCHRISTIAN SALAZAR VOLKMANN, Director of the Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said one of the key topics had been the advancement on transitional justice and what could be done to establish this mechanism. 

    It was vital that the Government, with support from regional and international actors, acted swiftly to revitalise the agreement; it was vital for effective accountability and transitional justice. 

    Sustainable peace in South Sudan was dependent on accountability for violations of human rights. 

    The Government had taken steps to develop enabling legislation, but much more was needed to ensure rapid progress. 

    The international community should continue to engage in the high-level discussion with the South Sudanese authorities to demonstrate commitment to accountability. 

    The African Union had an important role to establish the hybrid court for South Sudan. 

    The Government had requested technical assistance and capacity building, and an overview had been drawn up to determine the technical support required. 

    Going forward, the Office would continue to provide technical support for the drafting of legislation for the Commission on Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing and to address the capacity issues of the national justice system. 

    A letter had been sent to establish a coordination mechanism for technical assistance and capacity building, and Mr. Salazar Volkmann looked forward to further discussion on this request. 

    It was important that efforts were made to establish the hybrid court as soon as possible, and whatever support was provided should allow victims to participate at all stages of the accountability mechanisms. 

    In terms of justice accountability, the international community needed to continue to support the United Nations’ human rights work in the country. 

    Mr. Salazar Volkmann acknowledged the Government’s engagement with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and human rights mechanisms. 

    The Office stood ready to continue to support the Government of South Sudan in its efforts towards lasting peace.

  •  The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC and other Africa Deposit Insurance agencies will explore the role of deposit insurance in early detection and timely intervention in resolving bank failures A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu the Director Communication and Public Affairs Department of NDIC said on Sunday in Abuja that the move would be at the forthcoming regional workshop Nuhu said the event scheduled to hold between Oct 4 and Oct 7 was a Technical Assistance Workshop TAW under the auspices of the African Regional Committee ARC of the International Association of Deposit Insurers IADI He said the workshop tagged Normality in Turbulent Periods The Stabilising Role of Deposit Insurance would also explore management and strengthening of operational resilience of deposit insurance agencies According to Nuhu deposit insurance organisations from more than 15 African countries including Angola Botswana Burundi Ghana Kenya Senegal Somalia Sudan Tanzania Uganda and Zimbabwe are expected to attend The director said that representatives of deposit insurance agencies from Chinese Taipei Indonesia USA the Financial Stability Institute FSI and the IADI Secretariat in Basel Switzerland are expected as resource persons He said the workshop would take place against the backdrop of the 20th Anniversary of IADI established in May 2002 with the aim of sharing deposit insurance expertise with the world As a deposit insurer and member of the financial safety net in Nigeria NDIC is a founding member of IADI pioneer member of its executive council and founding chairperson of the Africa Regional Committee ARC The hosting of the IADI ARC TAW by the NDIC is a recognition of the Corporation s international standing and significant achievements It is also in recognition of the Corporation s expertise in the implementation of the Deposit Insurance System in Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDIC, others explore early detection, timely intervention in resolving bank failures 
     The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC and other Africa Deposit Insurance agencies will explore the role of deposit insurance in early detection and timely intervention in resolving bank failures A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu the Director Communication and Public Affairs Department of NDIC said on Sunday in Abuja that the move would be at the forthcoming regional workshop Nuhu said the event scheduled to hold between Oct 4 and Oct 7 was a Technical Assistance Workshop TAW under the auspices of the African Regional Committee ARC of the International Association of Deposit Insurers IADI He said the workshop tagged Normality in Turbulent Periods The Stabilising Role of Deposit Insurance would also explore management and strengthening of operational resilience of deposit insurance agencies According to Nuhu deposit insurance organisations from more than 15 African countries including Angola Botswana Burundi Ghana Kenya Senegal Somalia Sudan Tanzania Uganda and Zimbabwe are expected to attend The director said that representatives of deposit insurance agencies from Chinese Taipei Indonesia USA the Financial Stability Institute FSI and the IADI Secretariat in Basel Switzerland are expected as resource persons He said the workshop would take place against the backdrop of the 20th Anniversary of IADI established in May 2002 with the aim of sharing deposit insurance expertise with the world As a deposit insurer and member of the financial safety net in Nigeria NDIC is a founding member of IADI pioneer member of its executive council and founding chairperson of the Africa Regional Committee ARC The hosting of the IADI ARC TAW by the NDIC is a recognition of the Corporation s international standing and significant achievements It is also in recognition of the Corporation s expertise in the implementation of the Deposit Insurance System in Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDIC, others explore early detection, timely intervention in resolving bank failures 
    Economy5 days ago

    NDIC, others explore early detection, timely intervention in resolving bank failures 

    The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), and other Africa Deposit Insurance agencies will explore the role of deposit insurance in early detection and timely intervention in resolving bank failures.

    A statement by Mr Bashir Nuhu, the Director, Communication and Public Affairs Department of NDIC, said on Sunday in Abuja, that the move would be at the forthcoming regional workshop.

    Nuhu said the event, scheduled to hold between Oct. 4 and Oct. 7, was a Technical Assistance Workshop (TAW) under the auspices of the African Regional Committee (ARC) of the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI).

    He said the workshop tagged: ‘Normality in Turbulent Periods: The Stabilising Role of Deposit Insurance”, would also explore management and strengthening of operational resilience of deposit insurance agencies.

    According to Nuhu, deposit insurance organisations from more than 15 African countries including Angola, Botswana, Burundi,Ghana,  Kenya, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania,  Uganda and Zimbabwe are expected to  attend.

    The director said that representatives of  deposit insurance agencies from Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, USA, the Financial Stability Institute (FSI) and the IADI Secretariat in Basel, Switzerland are expected as resource persons.

    He said the workshop would take place against the backdrop of the 20th Anniversary of IADI, established in May 2002 with the aim of sharing deposit insurance expertise with the world.

    ”As a deposit insurer and member of the financial safety net in Nigeria, NDIC is a  founding member of IADI, pioneer member of  its executive council and founding chairperson of the Africa Regional Committee (ARC).

    ”The hosting of the IADI-ARC TAW by the NDIC is a recognition of the Corporation’s  international standing and significant  achievements.

    ”It is also in recognition of the Corporation’s expertise in the implementation of the Deposit Insurance System in Africa.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Burundi s economy remains resilient although it faces headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine Real GDP is projected to continue growing in 2022 and beyond Inflationary pressures remain elevated driven by rising food and energy prices The current account deficit is expected to widen in 2022 mainly due to higher import bills for fuels consumer goods and capital goods Foreign exchange reserves have fallen The fiscal deficit is estimated to have narrowed in 2021 22 driven by lower current spending especially transfers and strong revenue collection supported by revenue measures An International Monetary Fund IMF team led by Ms Mame Astou Diouf Chief of Mission for Burundi visited Burundi from September 26 30 2022 to discuss recent macroeconomic and policy developments and engage with new leadership in the Ministry of Finance Budget and Economic Planning and the central bank Bank of the Republic of Burundi At the end of the mission Ms Diouf issued the following statement IMF staff had productive discussions with the authorities on recent macroeconomic and policy developments and the authorities key policy priorities including how to address the persistent fuel shortages and food inflation Burundi s economy remains resilient despite headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine Higher commodity prices food and fuel have increased inflation 19 6 at the end of August 2022 while aggravating the country s vulnerable external position Foreign exchange reserves have fallen to 1 6 months of imports at the end of June 2022 from 2 2 months at the end of 2021 as the increase in the import bill is not matched by capital inflows Fuel shortages persist despite an increase in imported volume However economic activity continues to recover from the impact of COVID 19 with agricultural production supported by government efforts to improve farmers access to better quality fertilizers and seeds public investment projects boosting activities of the secondary sector and services that benefit from travel facilitation restrictions In the medium term GDP growth is expected to strengthen as the effects of COVID 19 diminish and the investment projects and reforms underway begin to generate the expected impact Increased foreign financing resulting from Burundi s reintegration into the international community would support GDP growth However there are downside risks to this outlook including due to uncertainties about the war in Ukraine and the end of the pandemic Accommodative monetary policy has supported the economy during shocks However caution is required as inflation has remained high and inflationary pressures from the war in Ukraine are persistent External sustainability challenges have worsened and the current account deficit is projected to widen to 14 9 percent of GDP in 2022 mainly due to higher imports of fuels consumer goods and capital goods The current account deficit combined with record FDI and other external inflows would continue to put pressure on foreign exchange FX reserves The fiscal deficit was reduced to 4 1 of GDP in 2021 22 7 8 in 2020 21 thanks to a reduction in current spending especially transfers and strong revenue collection in particular a higher income tax collection supported by recent revenue measures The execution of investments was accelerated Public finances have been resilient despite the shock to commodity prices The authorities have ensured a transfer of global prices to local ones even for regulated prices thus containing subsidies However the government decided to waive certain taxes on petroleum products which has contributed to a drop in tax revenues from these products Public investment is projected to increase further in 2022 23 and in the medium term leading to a higher fiscal deficit in 2022 23 Strong donor funding and the impact of recent revenue measures and reform plans to improve public financial management and spending efficiency would help contain the fiscal deficit in the medium term The authorities implemented various measures to contain the secondary effects of the war in Ukraine In the first half of 2022 they used part of their SDR allocation SDR 57 million to ease import restrictions due to limited foreign exchange availability They began to intervene in the fuel sector with direct fuel imports to circumvent fuel import bottlenecks and lifted import restrictions on corn seeds flour sugar and cement to alleviate domestic shortages However the unintended effects of such measures may require mitigation Going forward Burundi will continue to grapple with the challenges of balancing priority development and social spending with the need to maintain macroeconomic stability and address debt vulnerabilities and weak external position A multi pronged policy recalibration is essential including i addressing inflationary pressures with a careful recalibration of the current accommodative monetary policy stance ii revenue driven fiscal consolidation and prudent borrowing to reduce vulnerabilities debt while creating fiscal space for development and social spending and iii a recalibrated exchange rate policy and modernized monetary policy framework while attuned to exchange rate related vulnerabilities in the financial sector Accelerated implementation of reforms to alleviate inclusive growth bottlenecks including improving competitiveness and improving the governance framework will be key The IMF remains committed to supporting the efforts of the Burundi authorities for a prosperous future including through a Fund supported program requested by the authorities at the end of the staff visit macroeconomic surveillance and capacity building The mission met with HE President Evariste Ndayishimiye HE Prime Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca a delegation from Parliament HE Audace Niyonzima Minister of Finance Budget and Economic Planning MFBPE the Hon Mr Ibrahim Uwizeye Minister of Hydraulics Energy and Mines Mr Dieudonn Murengerantwari Governor of the Bank of the Republic of Burundi BRB Mr D sir Musharitse First Deputy Governor of the BRB Mrs Francine Inarukundo Permanent Secretary of the MFBPE The mission also met with other government and BRB officials as well as representatives of commercial banks the private sector non governmental organizations and the donor community The mission would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the Burundian authorities for their hospitality and for their cooperation and fruitful and open discussions
    Staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes visit to Burundi
      Burundi s economy remains resilient although it faces headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine Real GDP is projected to continue growing in 2022 and beyond Inflationary pressures remain elevated driven by rising food and energy prices The current account deficit is expected to widen in 2022 mainly due to higher import bills for fuels consumer goods and capital goods Foreign exchange reserves have fallen The fiscal deficit is estimated to have narrowed in 2021 22 driven by lower current spending especially transfers and strong revenue collection supported by revenue measures An International Monetary Fund IMF team led by Ms Mame Astou Diouf Chief of Mission for Burundi visited Burundi from September 26 30 2022 to discuss recent macroeconomic and policy developments and engage with new leadership in the Ministry of Finance Budget and Economic Planning and the central bank Bank of the Republic of Burundi At the end of the mission Ms Diouf issued the following statement IMF staff had productive discussions with the authorities on recent macroeconomic and policy developments and the authorities key policy priorities including how to address the persistent fuel shortages and food inflation Burundi s economy remains resilient despite headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine Higher commodity prices food and fuel have increased inflation 19 6 at the end of August 2022 while aggravating the country s vulnerable external position Foreign exchange reserves have fallen to 1 6 months of imports at the end of June 2022 from 2 2 months at the end of 2021 as the increase in the import bill is not matched by capital inflows Fuel shortages persist despite an increase in imported volume However economic activity continues to recover from the impact of COVID 19 with agricultural production supported by government efforts to improve farmers access to better quality fertilizers and seeds public investment projects boosting activities of the secondary sector and services that benefit from travel facilitation restrictions In the medium term GDP growth is expected to strengthen as the effects of COVID 19 diminish and the investment projects and reforms underway begin to generate the expected impact Increased foreign financing resulting from Burundi s reintegration into the international community would support GDP growth However there are downside risks to this outlook including due to uncertainties about the war in Ukraine and the end of the pandemic Accommodative monetary policy has supported the economy during shocks However caution is required as inflation has remained high and inflationary pressures from the war in Ukraine are persistent External sustainability challenges have worsened and the current account deficit is projected to widen to 14 9 percent of GDP in 2022 mainly due to higher imports of fuels consumer goods and capital goods The current account deficit combined with record FDI and other external inflows would continue to put pressure on foreign exchange FX reserves The fiscal deficit was reduced to 4 1 of GDP in 2021 22 7 8 in 2020 21 thanks to a reduction in current spending especially transfers and strong revenue collection in particular a higher income tax collection supported by recent revenue measures The execution of investments was accelerated Public finances have been resilient despite the shock to commodity prices The authorities have ensured a transfer of global prices to local ones even for regulated prices thus containing subsidies However the government decided to waive certain taxes on petroleum products which has contributed to a drop in tax revenues from these products Public investment is projected to increase further in 2022 23 and in the medium term leading to a higher fiscal deficit in 2022 23 Strong donor funding and the impact of recent revenue measures and reform plans to improve public financial management and spending efficiency would help contain the fiscal deficit in the medium term The authorities implemented various measures to contain the secondary effects of the war in Ukraine In the first half of 2022 they used part of their SDR allocation SDR 57 million to ease import restrictions due to limited foreign exchange availability They began to intervene in the fuel sector with direct fuel imports to circumvent fuel import bottlenecks and lifted import restrictions on corn seeds flour sugar and cement to alleviate domestic shortages However the unintended effects of such measures may require mitigation Going forward Burundi will continue to grapple with the challenges of balancing priority development and social spending with the need to maintain macroeconomic stability and address debt vulnerabilities and weak external position A multi pronged policy recalibration is essential including i addressing inflationary pressures with a careful recalibration of the current accommodative monetary policy stance ii revenue driven fiscal consolidation and prudent borrowing to reduce vulnerabilities debt while creating fiscal space for development and social spending and iii a recalibrated exchange rate policy and modernized monetary policy framework while attuned to exchange rate related vulnerabilities in the financial sector Accelerated implementation of reforms to alleviate inclusive growth bottlenecks including improving competitiveness and improving the governance framework will be key The IMF remains committed to supporting the efforts of the Burundi authorities for a prosperous future including through a Fund supported program requested by the authorities at the end of the staff visit macroeconomic surveillance and capacity building The mission met with HE President Evariste Ndayishimiye HE Prime Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca a delegation from Parliament HE Audace Niyonzima Minister of Finance Budget and Economic Planning MFBPE the Hon Mr Ibrahim Uwizeye Minister of Hydraulics Energy and Mines Mr Dieudonn Murengerantwari Governor of the Bank of the Republic of Burundi BRB Mr D sir Musharitse First Deputy Governor of the BRB Mrs Francine Inarukundo Permanent Secretary of the MFBPE The mission also met with other government and BRB officials as well as representatives of commercial banks the private sector non governmental organizations and the donor community The mission would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the Burundian authorities for their hospitality and for their cooperation and fruitful and open discussions
    Staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes visit to Burundi
    Africa6 days ago

    Staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes visit to Burundi

    Burundi's economy remains resilient, although it faces headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine.

    Real GDP is projected to continue growing in 2022 and beyond.

    Inflationary pressures remain elevated, driven by rising food and energy prices; The current account deficit is expected to widen in 2022, mainly due to higher import bills for fuels, consumer goods, and capital goods.

    Foreign exchange reserves have fallen.; The fiscal deficit is estimated to have narrowed in 2021/22, driven by lower current spending, especially transfers, and strong revenue collection, supported by revenue measures.

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team led by Ms. Mame Astou Diouf, Chief of Mission for Burundi, visited Burundi from September 26-30, 2022 to discuss recent macroeconomic and policy developments and engage with new leadership in the Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning and the central bank (Bank of the Republic of Burundi).

    At the end of the mission, Ms. Diouf issued the following statement: “IMF staff had productive discussions with the authorities on recent macroeconomic and policy developments and the authorities' key policy priorities, including how to address the persistent fuel shortages and food inflation.

    .

    “Burundi's economy remains resilient despite headwinds from the effects of the war in Ukraine.

    Higher commodity prices (food and fuel) have increased inflation (19.6% at the end of August 2022), while aggravating the country's vulnerable external position.

    Foreign exchange reserves have fallen to 1.6 months of imports at the end of June 2022 from 2.2 months at the end of 2021, as the increase in the import bill is not matched by capital inflows.

    Fuel shortages persist, despite an increase in imported volume.

    However, economic activity continues to recover from the impact of COVID-19, with agricultural production supported by government efforts to improve farmers' access to better quality fertilizers and seeds, public investment projects boosting activities of the secondary sector and services that benefit from travel facilitation.

    restrictions “In the medium term, GDP growth is expected to strengthen as the effects of COVID-19 diminish and the investment projects and reforms underway begin to generate the expected impact.

    Increased foreign financing resulting from Burundi's reintegration into the international community would support GDP growth.

    However, there are downside risks to this outlook, including due to uncertainties about the war in Ukraine and the end of the pandemic.

    “Accommodative monetary policy has supported the economy during shocks.

    However, caution is required as inflation has remained high and inflationary pressures from the war in Ukraine are persistent.

    “External sustainability challenges have worsened, and the current account deficit is projected to widen to 14.9 percent of GDP in 2022, mainly due to higher imports of fuels, consumer goods, and capital goods.

    The current account deficit, combined with record FDI and other external inflows, would continue to put pressure on foreign exchange (FX) reserves.

    “The fiscal deficit was reduced to 4.1% of GDP in 2021/22 (7.8% in 2020/21), thanks to a reduction in current spending, especially transfers, and strong revenue collection, in particular a higher income tax collection supported by recent revenue measures.

    The execution of investments was accelerated.

    Public finances have been resilient, despite the shock to commodity prices.

    The authorities have ensured a transfer of global prices to local ones, even for regulated prices, thus containing subsidies.

    However, the government decided to waive certain taxes on petroleum products, which has contributed to a drop in tax revenues from these products.

    “Public investment is projected to increase further in 2022/23 and in the medium term, leading to a higher fiscal deficit in 2022/23.

    Strong donor funding and the impact of recent revenue measures and reform plans to improve public financial management and spending efficiency would help contain the fiscal deficit in the medium term.

    “The authorities implemented various measures to contain the secondary effects of the war in Ukraine.

    In the first half of 2022, they used part of their SDR allocation (SDR 57 million) to ease import restrictions due to limited foreign exchange availability.

    They began to intervene in the fuel sector with direct fuel imports to circumvent fuel import bottlenecks and lifted import restrictions on corn, seeds, flour, sugar, and cement to alleviate domestic shortages.

    However, the unintended effects of such measures may require mitigation.

    “Going forward, Burundi will continue to grapple with the challenges of balancing priority development and social spending with the need to maintain macroeconomic stability and address debt vulnerabilities and weak external position.

    A multi-pronged policy recalibration is essential, including (i) addressing inflationary pressures with a careful recalibration of the current accommodative monetary policy stance, (ii) revenue-driven fiscal consolidation and prudent borrowing to reduce vulnerabilities debt while creating fiscal space for development and social spending; and (iii) a recalibrated exchange rate policy and modernized monetary policy framework, while attuned to exchange rate-related vulnerabilities in the financial sector.

    Accelerated implementation of reforms to alleviate inclusive growth bottlenecks, including improving competitiveness and improving the governance framework, will be key.

    “The IMF remains committed to supporting the efforts of the Burundi authorities for a prosperous future, including through a Fund-supported program requested by the authorities at the end of the staff visit, macroeconomic surveillance, and capacity building.

    “The mission met with HE President Evariste Ndayishimiye; HE Prime Minister Gervais Ndirakobuca; a delegation from Parliament; HE Audace Niyonzima, Minister of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning (MFBPE); the Hon. Mr. Ibrahim Uwizeye, Minister of Hydraulics, Energy and Mines; Mr. Dieudonné Murengerantwari, Governor of the Bank of the Republic of Burundi (BRB); Mr. Désiré Musharitse, First Deputy Governor of the BRB; Mrs. Francine Inarukundo, Permanent Secretary of the MFBPE.

    The mission also met with other government and BRB officials, as well as representatives of commercial banks, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and the donor community.

    “The mission would like to take this opportunity to warmly thank the Burundian authorities for their hospitality and for their cooperation and fruitful and open discussions.

  •   The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health awarded more than 720 one year Graduate Diploma and two year Master s Degree scholarships in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Diabetes and Endocrinology to physicians from 45 countries in Africa Asia and beyond These fellowships are included in the total of 1 450 fellowships that the Merck Foundation provided to physicians from 47 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties including oncology fertility respiratory medicine acute medicine orthopedics and many more The Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Heart Day 2022 in partnership with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and academia through its long term commitment to transform landscape of patient care and building health care capacity in Africa Asia and beyond Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation emphasized The Merck Foundation marks World Heart Day 2022 in a very unique way providing more than 720 one year Postgraduate Diploma scholarships and Two year master s degree Degree in Cardiovascular Preventive Medicine Diabetes and Endocrinology to doctors from 45 countries This will contribute to improving cardiovascular care in general as we focus on countries at the national level and not only in the capitals Furthermore I am also very proud that we have provided in total more than 1450 one year diploma and two year master s scholarships for physicians from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as Acute Pediatric Emergencies Advanced Surgery Intensive Care Fertility Embryology Oncology Respiratory and many more This is a major milestone in improving patient access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in Africa and beyond This achievement is the highlight of my career and my life So far out of 1 450 scholarships the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 120 scholarships for specialized training in cardiovascular care to young doctors from the following 23 countries Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Ghana Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Malaysia Mauritius Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Philippines Rwanda Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Dr Tatenda Hamilton Tengwana a Merck Foundation Zimbabwe alumnus says I always wanted to excel in my field and help patients suffering from heart disease and other related problems and also help people prevent heart disease if are prone to them I would like to thank the Merck Foundation for making this dream come true I have successfully completed my PG Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine the skills I gained from this program are tremendous and have helped me gain confidence in treating cardiovascular patients in my country I applaud the Merck Foundation for supporting physicians like me who are eager to learn and serve their communities In addition the Merck Foundation together with the African First Ladies has also presented awards for media fashion designers filmmakers musicians singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Award Details 1 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards 2022 Diabetes and Hypertension Media representatives are invited to showcase their work through strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and create awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3csdIun for more details 2 Merck Foundation Film Awards 2022 Diabetes and Hypertension All African filmmakers students from film training institutions or young talents from Africa are invited to create and share long or short FILMS be it drama documentary or docudrama to deliver robust and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3z55T5z for more details 3 Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2022 Diabetes Hypertension All African students and fashion designers are invited to create and share designs to convey strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3z7C0BJ for more details 4 Merck Foundation Song Awards 2022 Diabetes Hypertension All African singers and musical artists are invited to create and share a SONG with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3JaxQNZ for more details Entries for all awards must be sent via email to submit merck foundation com
    The Merck Foundation together with the African first ladies mark “World Heart Day 2022” by awarding 720 scholarships in cardiovascular prevention, diabetes and endocrinology for doctors from 45 countries
      The Merck Foundation www Merck Foundation com in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health awarded more than 720 one year Graduate Diploma and two year Master s Degree scholarships in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine Diabetes and Endocrinology to physicians from 45 countries in Africa Asia and beyond These fellowships are included in the total of 1 450 fellowships that the Merck Foundation provided to physicians from 47 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties including oncology fertility respiratory medicine acute medicine orthopedics and many more The Merck Foundation the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates World Heart Day 2022 in partnership with African First Ladies Ministries of Health Medical Societies and academia through its long term commitment to transform landscape of patient care and building health care capacity in Africa Asia and beyond Senator Dr Rasha Kelej Executive Director of the Merck Foundation emphasized The Merck Foundation marks World Heart Day 2022 in a very unique way providing more than 720 one year Postgraduate Diploma scholarships and Two year master s degree Degree in Cardiovascular Preventive Medicine Diabetes and Endocrinology to doctors from 45 countries This will contribute to improving cardiovascular care in general as we focus on countries at the national level and not only in the capitals Furthermore I am also very proud that we have provided in total more than 1450 one year diploma and two year master s scholarships for physicians from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as Acute Pediatric Emergencies Advanced Surgery Intensive Care Fertility Embryology Oncology Respiratory and many more This is a major milestone in improving patient access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in Africa and beyond This achievement is the highlight of my career and my life So far out of 1 450 scholarships the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 120 scholarships for specialized training in cardiovascular care to young doctors from the following 23 countries Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Ghana Indonesia Kenya Lesotho Malaysia Mauritius Myanmar Namibia Nepal Niger Philippines Rwanda Sierra Leone South Africa Sri Lanka Tanzania United Arab Emirates Uganda Zambia and Zimbabwe Dr Tatenda Hamilton Tengwana a Merck Foundation Zimbabwe alumnus says I always wanted to excel in my field and help patients suffering from heart disease and other related problems and also help people prevent heart disease if are prone to them I would like to thank the Merck Foundation for making this dream come true I have successfully completed my PG Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine the skills I gained from this program are tremendous and have helped me gain confidence in treating cardiovascular patients in my country I applaud the Merck Foundation for supporting physicians like me who are eager to learn and serve their communities In addition the Merck Foundation together with the African First Ladies has also presented awards for media fashion designers filmmakers musicians singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Award Details 1 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards 2022 Diabetes and Hypertension Media representatives are invited to showcase their work through strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and create awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3csdIun for more details 2 Merck Foundation Film Awards 2022 Diabetes and Hypertension All African filmmakers students from film training institutions or young talents from Africa are invited to create and share long or short FILMS be it drama documentary or docudrama to deliver robust and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3z55T5z for more details 3 Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2022 Diabetes Hypertension All African students and fashion designers are invited to create and share designs to convey strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3z7C0BJ for more details 4 Merck Foundation Song Awards 2022 Diabetes Hypertension All African singers and musical artists are invited to create and share a SONG with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension hypertension Submission Deadline October 30 2022 Click here https bit ly 3JaxQNZ for more details Entries for all awards must be sent via email to submit merck foundation com
    The Merck Foundation together with the African first ladies mark “World Heart Day 2022” by awarding 720 scholarships in cardiovascular prevention, diabetes and endocrinology for doctors from 45 countries
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    The Merck Foundation together with the African first ladies mark “World Heart Day 2022” by awarding 720 scholarships in cardiovascular prevention, diabetes and endocrinology for doctors from 45 countries

    The Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, awarded more than 720 one-year Graduate Diploma and two-year Master's Degree scholarships in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology to physicians.

    from 45 countries in Africa, Asia and beyond.

    These fellowships are included in the total of 1,450 fellowships that the Merck Foundation provided to physicians from 47 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties, including oncology, fertility, respiratory medicine, acute medicine, orthopedics, and many more.

    The Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany celebrates “World Heart Day 2022” in partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Medical Societies and academia, through its long-term commitment to transform landscape of patient care and building health care capacity.

    in Africa, Asia and beyond.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation, emphasized: “The Merck Foundation marks 'World Heart Day 2022' in a very unique way, providing more than 720 one-year Postgraduate Diploma scholarships and Two-year master's degree.

    Degree in Cardiovascular Preventive Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology to doctors from 45 countries.

    This will contribute to improving cardiovascular care in general as we focus on countries at the national level and not only in the capitals.

    Furthermore, I am also very proud that we have provided in total more than 1450 one-year diploma and two-year master's scholarships for physicians from 45 countries in 32 critical and underserved medical specialties such as; Acute, Pediatric Emergencies, Advanced Surgery, Intensive Care, Fertility, Embryology, Oncology, Respiratory and many more.

    This is a major milestone in improving patient access to quality and equitable healthcare solutions in Africa and beyond.

    This achievement is the highlight of my career and my life.” So far, out of 1,450 scholarships, the Merck Foundation has awarded more than 120 scholarships for specialized training in cardiovascular care to young doctors from the following 23 countries: Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

    Dr. Tatenda Hamilton Tengwana, a Merck Foundation Zimbabwe alumnus, says, “I always wanted to excel in my field and help patients suffering from heart disease and other related problems, and also help people prevent heart disease if are prone to them.

    I would like to thank the Merck Foundation for making this dream come true.

    I have successfully completed my PG Diploma in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, the skills I gained from this program are tremendous and have helped me gain confidence in treating cardiovascular patients in my country.

    I applaud the Merck Foundation for supporting physicians like me who are eager to learn and serve their communities."

    In addition, the Merck Foundation, together with the African First Ladies, has also presented awards for media, fashion designers, filmmakers, musicians/singers and potential new talents in these fields from African countries to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    Award Details: 1.

    Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards 2022 "Diabetes and Hypertension": Media representatives are invited to showcase their work through strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and create awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension.

    Submission Deadline: October 30, 2022.

    Click here (https://bit.ly/3csdIun) for more details.

    2.

    Merck Foundation Film Awards 2022 “Diabetes and Hypertension”: All African filmmakers, students from film training institutions or young talents from Africa are invited to create and share long or short FILMS, be it drama, documentary or docudrama to deliver robust and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    Submission Deadline: October 30, 2022.

    Click here (https://bit.ly/3z55T5z) for more details.

    3.

    Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2022 "Diabetes & Hypertension": All African students and fashion designers are invited to create and share designs to convey strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension.

    Submission Deadline: October 30, 2022.

    Click here (https://bit.ly/3z7C0BJ) for more details.

    4.

    Merck Foundation Song Awards 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension”: All African singers and musical artists are invited to create and share a SONG with the aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension.

    hypertension.

    Submission Deadline: October 30, 2022.

    Click here (https://bit.ly/3JaxQNZ) for more details.

    Entries for all awards must be sent via email to: submit@merck-foundation.com

  •   On September 28 starting at 10 10 am for approximately 20 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo In response Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral In addition Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi s efforts to work for peace stability and regional development In response Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far particularly food assistance and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi
      On September 28 starting at 10 10 am for approximately 20 minutes Mr HAYASHI Yoshimasa Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe The summary of the meeting is as follows At the beginning Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo In response Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral In addition Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi s efforts to work for peace stability and regional development In response Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far particularly food assistance and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations following up on the results of TICAD 8
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi
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    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Japan and Burundi

    On September 28, starting at 10:10 am for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with HE Ambassador Albert SHINGIRO, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation of the Republic of Burundi, during his visit to Japan to attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The summary of the meeting is as follows.

    At the beginning, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Shingiro for his attendance at the state funeral of former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo.

    In response, Minister Shingiro expressed his thanks for the invitation to the state funeral.

    In addition, Minister Hayashi expressed his willingness to support Burundi's efforts to work for peace, stability and regional development.

    In response, Minister Shingiro expressed his appreciation for the assistance provided by Japan so far, particularly food assistance, and his intention to continue working hard for regional stability and development.

    The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the importance of coordination among members of the international community in response to the crisis.

    Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance of strengthening food security and the transparency and fairness of development financing, and both sides confirmed that they will cooperate with each other on this issue.

    They also confirmed working for further development of bilateral relations, following up on the results of TICAD 8.

  •   Military officers deployed to serve in the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS have been tasked with embracing the values of the mission to help strengthen the goal of restoring peace and stability to Somalia The call came during the induction course for 30 officers who recently joined the mission to serve in various capacities at ATMIS Force Headquarters During the performance of your duties I urge you to work together and remain committed to the strategic goals of ATMIS despite our diversity in training culture and indeed beliefs I advise you to concentrate be professional and be ready to learn and unlearn as well said the Division Gen William Shume ATMIS Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Planning The week long training prepared staff officers in various capacities to spearhead the ATMIS mandate in Somalia as well as enhance their knowledge of Somali culture and context mission structure code of conduct international law humanitarian and human rights law Maj Gen Shume who represented the Force Commander emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting the culture and context within which ATMIS operates The training was designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the context in which ATMIS operates with particular emphasis on its mandate and objectives the Major General noted Shume The tailor made induction course was attended by military officers from Burundi Ethiopia Kenya Sierra Leone Uganda and Zambia Trainers included experts from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS Certainly given the training we received we now have a broader vision of the mission and are prepared to meet expectations said Lt Col Benon Hatangimana of Uganda who also served in C te d Ivoire as a military observer
    Military officers from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete training to reinforce mission objectives
      Military officers deployed to serve in the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS have been tasked with embracing the values of the mission to help strengthen the goal of restoring peace and stability to Somalia The call came during the induction course for 30 officers who recently joined the mission to serve in various capacities at ATMIS Force Headquarters During the performance of your duties I urge you to work together and remain committed to the strategic goals of ATMIS despite our diversity in training culture and indeed beliefs I advise you to concentrate be professional and be ready to learn and unlearn as well said the Division Gen William Shume ATMIS Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Planning The week long training prepared staff officers in various capacities to spearhead the ATMIS mandate in Somalia as well as enhance their knowledge of Somali culture and context mission structure code of conduct international law humanitarian and human rights law Maj Gen Shume who represented the Force Commander emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting the culture and context within which ATMIS operates The training was designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the context in which ATMIS operates with particular emphasis on its mandate and objectives the Major General noted Shume The tailor made induction course was attended by military officers from Burundi Ethiopia Kenya Sierra Leone Uganda and Zambia Trainers included experts from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS Certainly given the training we received we now have a broader vision of the mission and are prepared to meet expectations said Lt Col Benon Hatangimana of Uganda who also served in C te d Ivoire as a military observer
    Military officers from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete training to reinforce mission objectives
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Military officers from the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete training to reinforce mission objectives

    Military officers deployed to serve in the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have been tasked with embracing the values ​​of the mission to help strengthen the goal of restoring peace and stability to Somalia.

    The call came during the induction course for 30 officers who recently joined the mission to serve in various capacities at ATMIS Force Headquarters.

    “During the performance of your duties, I urge you to work together and remain committed to the strategic goals of ATMIS despite our diversity in training, culture and, indeed, beliefs.

    I advise you to concentrate, be professional and be ready to learn and unlearn as well”, said the Division Gen. William Shume, ATMIS Deputy Force Commander in charge of Operations and Planning.

    The week-long training prepared staff officers in various capacities to spearhead the ATMIS mandate in Somalia, as well as enhance their knowledge of Somali culture and context, mission structure, code of conduct, international law humanitarian and human rights law.

    Maj. Gen. Shume, who represented the Force Commander, emphasized the importance of understanding and respecting the culture and context within which ATMIS operates.

    “The training was designed to equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of the context in which ATMIS operates, with particular emphasis on its mandate and objectives,” the Major General noted.

    Shume.

    The tailor-made induction course was attended by military officers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.

    Trainers included experts from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

    “Certainly, given the training we received, we now have a broader vision of the mission and are prepared to meet expectations,” said Lt. Col. Benon Hatangimana of Uganda, who also served in Côte d'Ivoire as a military observer.

  •  The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
     The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation

    The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision-making at all levels.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Mrs Buhari, the President of AFLPM, led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi, Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies.

    The First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder, Ms Nadage Afoutou.

    In her remarks, Afoutou, representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel.

    The representative said that her organisation, United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace.

    “We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear.

    Our theory of change is that educated girls, trained and financial independent women have information and power.

    “This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience,’’ she said.

    She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment; the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women’s political participation.

    In her remarks, Ms Stefania Gianini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Education sector) at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act.

    Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women’s inclusion in peace-making in Africa.

    “It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single, unified coalition.

    “Be assured of UNESCO’s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture, as it’s about what we are.

    “It’s about what we are, Education, as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership, as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership,’’ she said According to her, UNESCO culture of peace and non-violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030, particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063, in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security (SDS).

    NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building.

    It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, post conflict peace building and governance.

    The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda, set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently, YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable, comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs, experiences and aspirations of young women and men.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Forty one military staff officers who will serve with the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS have completed a week long training in Mogadishu with the aim of facilitating their integration into the mission With a range of diverse educational and military skills the staff officers will be stationed at ATMIS Force Headquarters in various roles with the core mandate of supporting the Somali led peace process including capacity building of the forces Somali security In this critical phase of ATMIS high standards of operational readiness are paramount to the delivery of the mandate The mission relies heavily on a competent efficient and dedicated staff officer corps to manage the daily tasks that collectively count toward the achievement of the strategic objectives of the mission said Maj Gen William Shume Deputy Force Commander of ATMIS Operations and Planning who represented the ATMIS Force Commander at the end of Friday s training He then urged the newly dispatched officers to familiarize themselves with the mission s mandate and maintain professionalism which is the foundation of ATMIS operations in Somalia I am pleased to note that the training objectives have been achieved I am officially introducing you to the realm of mission personnel one where professionalism ethics military values high standards and competence go hand in hand added Maj Gen Shume During induction training officers were taken through the mission s Standard Operating Procedures Concept of Operations and an overview of Somalia s social political cultural and religious context They were also trained in human rights law and international humanitarian law Training facilitators included officials from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS ATMIS Military Gender Officer Maj Mary Kaonga of Zambia said the training had provided important insights into how best to work with female Somali security force officers to restore peace and security to the country The training has been fantastic because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Somali context the dos and don ts of this mission said Maj Kaonga who served in the medical field she corp as a nurse for 23 years in her country of origin She also served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS for a year in 2010 The training course was attended by military officers from Burundi Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Sierra Leone Uganda and Zambia
    Military officers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete induction training prior to service to Somalia
      Forty one military staff officers who will serve with the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia ATMIS have completed a week long training in Mogadishu with the aim of facilitating their integration into the mission With a range of diverse educational and military skills the staff officers will be stationed at ATMIS Force Headquarters in various roles with the core mandate of supporting the Somali led peace process including capacity building of the forces Somali security In this critical phase of ATMIS high standards of operational readiness are paramount to the delivery of the mandate The mission relies heavily on a competent efficient and dedicated staff officer corps to manage the daily tasks that collectively count toward the achievement of the strategic objectives of the mission said Maj Gen William Shume Deputy Force Commander of ATMIS Operations and Planning who represented the ATMIS Force Commander at the end of Friday s training He then urged the newly dispatched officers to familiarize themselves with the mission s mandate and maintain professionalism which is the foundation of ATMIS operations in Somalia I am pleased to note that the training objectives have been achieved I am officially introducing you to the realm of mission personnel one where professionalism ethics military values high standards and competence go hand in hand added Maj Gen Shume During induction training officers were taken through the mission s Standard Operating Procedures Concept of Operations and an overview of Somalia s social political cultural and religious context They were also trained in human rights law and international humanitarian law Training facilitators included officials from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS and the United Nations Mine Action Service UNMAS ATMIS Military Gender Officer Maj Mary Kaonga of Zambia said the training had provided important insights into how best to work with female Somali security force officers to restore peace and security to the country The training has been fantastic because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Somali context the dos and don ts of this mission said Maj Kaonga who served in the medical field she corp as a nurse for 23 years in her country of origin She also served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS for a year in 2010 The training course was attended by military officers from Burundi Ethiopia Ghana Kenya Sierra Leone Uganda and Zambia
    Military officers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete induction training prior to service to Somalia
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    Military officers from the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) complete induction training prior to service to Somalia

    Forty-one military staff officers who will serve with the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) have completed a week-long training in Mogadishu, with the aim of facilitating their integration into the mission.

    With a range of diverse educational and military skills, the staff officers will be stationed at ATMIS Force Headquarters in various roles with the core mandate of supporting the Somali-led peace process, including capacity building of the forces Somali security.

    “In this critical phase of ATMIS, high standards of operational readiness are paramount to the delivery of the mandate.

    The mission relies heavily on a competent, efficient, and dedicated staff officer corps to manage the daily tasks that collectively count toward the achievement of the strategic objectives of the mission,” said Maj. Gen. William Shume, Deputy Force Commander.

    of ATMIS Operations.

    and Planning, who represented the ATMIS Force Commander, at the end of Friday's training.

    He then urged the newly dispatched officers to familiarize themselves with the mission's mandate and maintain professionalism, which is the foundation of ATMIS operations in Somalia.

    “I am pleased to note that the training objectives have been achieved.

    I am officially introducing you to the realm of mission personnel, one where professionalism, ethics, military values, high standards and competence go hand in hand,” added Maj. Gen. Shume.

    During induction training, officers were taken through the mission's Standard Operating Procedures, Concept of Operations, and an overview of Somalia's social, political, cultural, and religious context.

    They were also trained in human rights law and international humanitarian law.

    Training facilitators included officials from the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

    ATMIS Military Gender Officer, Maj. Mary Kaonga of Zambia, said the training had provided important insights into how best to work with female Somali security force officers to restore peace and security to the country.

    “The training has been fantastic because it gave me the opportunity to learn more about the Somali context, the dos and don'ts of this mission,” said Maj Kaonga, who served in the medical field.

    she corp as a nurse for 23 years in her country of origin.

    She also served in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for a year in 2010.

    The training course was attended by military officers from Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia.