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FIRST RATIFICATION OF AFRICAN PACT TO PROTECT MILLIONS OF DISPLACED PEOPLE HAILED

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 20-02-2010 11:11 GMT-0000
New York: The United Nations refugee agency has called on all African Union (AU) member countries to follow Uganda's example and ratify the first legally binding international treaty to provide legal protection and aid to millions of people displaced within their own countries by conflicts and natural calamities.

TALKS ON WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE GET UNDER WAY

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 11-02-2010 07:06 GMT-0000
New York: The latest round of United Nations-backed talks between the parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara kicked off in New York state.

WEST AFRICAN COLLABORATION FOR GENDER EQUALITY ENHANCED BY NEW INITIATIVE

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 09-02-2010 06:09 GMT-0000
New York: Gender equality, respect for women's rights and the fight against sexual violence in West Africa received a new weapon in its arsenal with the launch of a United Nations initiative to enhance cooperation among all stakeholders in the region.

A New Push for Peace and Security in Africa

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 04-02-2010 11:20 GMT-0000
Addis Ababa - The African Union and the World Bank are combining efforts to promote innovative approaches to achieving long lasting peace, economic development, and security in conflict-affected countries through collaboration of two flagship projects: The African Year of Peace and Security and the World Development Report 2011 on conflict, security and development.

PARTIES IN WESTERN SAHARA DISPUTE TO HOLD NEW ROUND OF TALKS NEXT WEEK

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 03-02-2010 05:37 GMT-0000
New York: The parties in the dispute over the status of Western Sahara, where fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after Spain's colonial administration ended in 1976, have agreed to a United Nations proposal to hold their next set of informal talks next week in the United States.

The World Bank and Microsoft Sign Agreement to Promote Development in Africa

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 02-02-2010 05:27 GMT-0000
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The World Bank and Microsoft have announced a new partnership that will seek to reinforce social and economic development in Africa by leveraging information and communication technology (ICT). The two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the summit meeting of African heads of State on the theme “ICTs in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development”.

Aid for Trade can help West Africa recover from the global recession

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 01-02-2010 19:22 GMT-0000
In a speech given on 27 January 2010 at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Aid for Trade review in Abuja, Nigeria, WTO Deputy Director-General Valentine Rugwabiza called on West African countries to establish the right policy environment to facilitate trade as it has an important role to play in the region's competitiveness.

DARFUR MEDIATION TEAM VOICES COMMITMENT TO PEACE NEGOTIATIONS

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 31-01-2010 23:28 GMT-0000
New York: Members of the Darfur mediation team, including the United Nations, the African Union and Qatar, today stated their continued commitment to negotiations aimed at achieving peace in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN AFRICA TO ERADICATE MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 30-01-2010 18:06 GMT-0000
New York: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the support of African leaders to give new impetus to his campaign to end the violence suffered by women on the continent, which he called the 'unsung heroines' of development in the region.

AFRICA FACING MULTIPLE CRITICAL CHALLENGES

Author: Special Correspondent - Published 28-01-2010 06:09 GMT-0000
New York: As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon prepares to attend the African Union (AU) summit this weekend in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he stressed that the gathering comes at a crucial time for the continent with national polls looming in Sudan and both climate change and under-development posing serious threats to progress.