South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.   Speaking via video-link, Mr. Ramaphosa noted that, with resources redirected to fighting the virus, efforts to provide housing, health care, water and sanitation, and education have been hampered, and called for interest payments on African…

IGAD Executive Secretary Meets Minister Lavrov, Concludes Successful Mission To Moscow

(DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, concluded a three-day working visit to Moscow during which he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr Sergei Lavrov, on 16 September. Dr Workneh leading an IGAD delegation made up of the Chairperson of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) in South Sudan, Major General…

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock — Briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan

As delivered Thank you very much Mr. President, Let me complement David’s briefing today by focusing on three main areas: First, the humanitarian situation and outlook in the coming months; Second, protection of civilians and aid workers; And third, the support humanitarian agencies need to ensure their work can continue. Mr. President, As David alluded to, despite some encouraging developments since the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement in September…

Briefing to the Security Council by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General David Shearer, 16 September 2020

Mr. President and Council Members. Thank you for the opportunity once again to brief you. I’ll start with an update on political and security conditions and then touch on changes to the Mission’s operations in response to the evolving situation in South Sudan. Most critical right now, as we all know, is progress on the peace process. On the positive side, the transitional government continues to function, and activities are…

South Sudan: Progress on peace agreement ‘limps along’, UN envoy tells Security Council

Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday.   David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), updated ambassadors on the country’s ongoing political and security situations, which are unfolding amid the…

DIAB MEETS SUDAN’S AMBASSADOR, UNRWA’S COMMISSIONER-GENERAL, UNDP’S POOLE

Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab today received at the Grand Serail, the Ambassador of Sudan to Lebanon, Ali Al-Sadiq Ali, who came on a farewell visit upon the end of his diplomatic mission in Lebanon. Premier Diab then met with UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, accompanied by the Director General of UNRWA in Lebanon, Mr. Claudio Cordone and Marie Chebli, Legal Consultant and External Relations Officer, in the presence of ministers Zeina Akarand Ramzi Musharrafieh, as well as Ambassador Gebran Soufane. The meeting reportedly touched on the situation of Palestinians in Lebanon. PM Diab also received UNDP Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau…
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