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Today is United Nations Day, marking 76 years since the Organization was founded to promote universal ideals for the betterment of humanity in the wake of World War II. As conflict, COVID-19 and displacement continue in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, UN personnel in Bentiu, Unity state, came together to plant trees in eight schools for displaced children.

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By Roger Long, Director of Valuation & Advisory Services, Broll Property Group (www.broll.co.ke) The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic not only affected people and communities, but also impacted commercial property values across the world.

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MFS Africa is acquiring Baxi to expand its network into Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy and perhaps its most fintech dynamic market. Nigeria is also the largest remittance market in Africa representing one-third of intra-Africa remittance flows, and is home to the largest number of SMEs.

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HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi met Sunday with HE Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the country Amr Kamal El-Din El-Sherbiny.

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By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) When nearly 200 government and business leaders from around the globe signed the Paris Agreement in December 2015, they did more than commit to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

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Download logoThe World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered critical medicines and health supplies from its logistics hub in Dubai to Khartoum, Sudan to address the health needs of 1.5 million people, including the protection of over 300,000 front-line health workers.

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The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ján Kubiš, hailed the achievements secured by the (5+5) Joint Military Commission (JMC) since the signing of the comprehensive ceasefire agreement in Geneva a year ago.

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As part of Egypt’s celebrations of 76 years of strategic partnership and joint cooperation with the United Nations, the headquarters of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs lit up this evening on the occasion of the celebration of United Nations Day, which falls on October 24.

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Download logoMembers of the Africa Investment Forum team showcased two projects during a virtual investor roundtable as the continent looks to boost its healthcare sector and attract much-needed investment in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Download logoWomen politicians, clan leaders, youth groups, civil society organisations and key decision makers in Galmudug State came together last week in a dialogue on inclusive political participation in Somalia’s ongoing parliamentary elections.

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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert visited Tunisia and Libya October 19-21.  During her trip to Tunisia, Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert met with Tunisian government officials, including Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, welcoming Tunisia’s newly formed government and reiterated that the U.S.

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Download logoEgypt is IFAD’s largest recipient of financial assistance in Near East and North Africa, and was one of the first countries to receive the Fund’s financing; the IFAD delegation will visit IFAD-supported projects in the country and meet with community members and family farmers in Noubaria, Kafr El Sheik, and Amreya to review the impact of the projects on people's livelihoods and discuss the challenges that they are facing.

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Music. Some impromptu dancing. And tons of camaraderie. United Nations Day in Juba, South Sudan, wasn’t a typical celebration this year. It was a heartfelt coming together of UN personnel, government representatives, civil society organizations after a year which saw this young nation grappling with subnational violence and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen welcomed the arrival of the third shipment in three weeks of Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccines to Cairo on October 22.  This shipment of an additional 1.4 million Pfizer doses, part of a 500-million-dose donation from the United States to the countries of the African Union through COVAX, will help protect Egyptians from Coronavirus and prevent the spread of the virus’s dangerous new strains.

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Download logoOn 14 September 2021, UNESCO, in partnership with the European Union, organized an online conference to strengthen global cooperation in the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. This conference brought together all stakeholders in this field - Member States, as well as the art market, experts, institutional partners and civil society.

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The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), in collaboration with the Southwest State of Somalia, has held a forum to devise ways to promote women’s representation and participation in politics in Somalia.

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Download logoMinister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad Othmane Jerandi is participating Thursday in Tripoli in Libya Stabilisation Conference. This will be an opportunity to convey a message of support from President Kaïs Saïed to Libyan leaders and reiterate Tunisia's solidarity and support for the Libyan people in this political process so that they can build a stable and prosperous democratic State and embark on its reconstruction.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa, through the Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN), is making available new analytical tools in the NTD Data Portal allowing Neglected Tropical Diseases programmes and stakeholders to better track rollout and impact of interventions, and make data-driven decisions on strategies.

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Download logoThe fight against blindness-causing trachoma received a boost on Thursday following the launch of a cross-border mass drug administration exercise by Kenya and Uganda. The exercise, which was launched at Alakas Primary School in Amudat district of Uganda, seeks to synchronise drug administration among the residents of West Pokot and Turkana Counties with neighbouring Uganda in an effort to fully eradicate the disease which is caused by bacteria that attack the inner surfaces of the eyelids.

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Download logoMalian authorities should investigate a spate of alleged summary executions, enforced disappearances, and incommunicado detentions by government security forces, Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations Security Council, visiting Mali on October 24 and 25, 2021, should press the government to make progress on justice for serious crimes by state security forces and non-state armed groups.

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Download logoAs of 21 October, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has resumed its activities in Burkina Faso after the suspension initially ordered by the Ministry of Women, National Solidarity and Humanitarian Action on 27 September was lifted.

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Continuing her travels throughout Ethiopia, Ambassador Pasi visited Bahir Dar with Assistant to the Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Sarah Charles. During the daylong visit, they met with newly elected President Yilikal Kefale to discuss the current dire humanitarian situation and plans to alleviate suffering and deliver aid and other solutions.

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More than 80 million children have been vaccinated with the novel oral polio vaccine type 2 (nOPV2) in six countries in Africa, the world’s first region to rollout of the vaccine just months after the World Health Organization (WHO) gave it Emergency Use Listing status in November 2020.

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Download logoThe African Development Bank (AfDB.org) has launched a consultation process with health ministers and other partners as it develops a strategy to drive enhanced access to health services across Africa through 2030.

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