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The Tsetse Fly Eradication Project in Senegal Wins Award for Best Sustainable Development Practices

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. (Photo: A. Rodriguez/IAEA)

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. (Photo: A. Rodriguez/IAEA)

Senegal, 23 July 2015 – A project in Senegal to eradicate tsetse flies that is supported by the FAO/IAEA was recently selected as one of 18 Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security at the EXPO Milano 2015. The project was selected among 749 projects for its contribution to furthering sustainable development of small rural communities in marginal areas: it has successfully improved food security and public health in target areas of Senegal through reducing the tsetse fly population by up to 95% using nuclear and other techniques.

Tsetse flies are blood-sucking insect pests threatening food security in the Niayes, a coastal area south east of Dakar. Their bites jeopardize livestock health, and the flies themselves transmit parasites that carry a life-threatening infection to livestock known as African animal trypanosomosis or nagana. These flies can lower quality of life and lead to a loss of milk and meat provided by livestock, which significantly impacts farmers’ livelihoods and stifles local development. Continue reading

Zambian Civil Society Launches Alliance to End Maternal and Child Deaths

Members of the alliance from UNICEF Zambia, MNCH Zambia, MCGMCH, World Vision Zambia and the Parliamentary Committee on Health pose for a photo after the launch. © UNICEF Zambia/2015/Maseko

Members of the alliance from UNICEF Zambia, MNCH Zambia, MCGMCH, World Vision Zambia and the Parliamentary Committee on Health pose for a photo after the launch. © UNICEF Zambia/2015/Maseko

Lusaka, Zambia, 14 July 2015 – A coalition of Zambian civil society organizations have launched an alliance aimed at helping to reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths. In Zambia, one out of 22 children die before reaching the age of one and one in every 13 children does not survive their fifth birthday. The maternal mortality rate among women age 15-49 is 0.74 maternal deaths per 1,000 births, a rate that has fallen by 39 percent since 2007.

The alliance, which was launched in Lusaka on 31 March, is a response to A Promise Renewed – Committing to Child Survival, a global campaign that 178 governments as well as thousands of civil society organizations and the private sector have united to give every child the best possible start in life. Continue reading

Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UN

A team of contact tracers is visiting a community in Conakry, Guinea, after a family member was infected with Ebola. The family has been provided with buckets and chlorine and taught how to wash hands properly at home (January 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

A team of contact tracers is visiting a community in Conakry, Guinea, after a family member was infected with Ebola. The family has been provided with buckets and chlorine and taught how to wash hands properly at home (January 2015). Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

West Africa, 9 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will call for continued solidarity with the three West African countries most impacted by the unprecedented Ebola outbreak at tomorrow’s International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, which will seek to raise $3.2 billion over the next two years so that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone can fully rebound from the crisis.

On the eve of the high-level segment of the Conference, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters, Dr. David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Ebola, told reporters about “remarkable progress [that] has been made through the outstanding efforts of the people and governments of the affected countries.” Continue reading

A week from presidential polls, Burundi on ‘brink of devastating violence,’ Security Council told

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Burundi, 9 July 2015 – Two weeks after the contested legislative and communal elections that took place in Burundi and with presidential polls just days away, senior United Nations officials warned the Security Council today that situation prevailing in the Central African country is once again at risk of sliding into violence.

“Burundi is on the brink again [and] the grave danger the country faces should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of the country,” declared UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun. Continue reading

UN agency welcomes new proposals by Southeast Asian States on region’s refugee and migrant issues

Fishing boats head out into the Bay of Bengal. UNHCR fears thousands could be stranded on smugglers’ boats between the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca and in need of rescue. Photo: UNHCR/S. H. Omi

Fishing boats head out into the Bay of Bengal. UNHCR fears thousands could be stranded on smugglers’ boats between the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca and in need of rescue. Photo: UNHCR/S. H. Omi

Southeast Asia, 3 July 2015 – The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed proposals by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to set up a task force and trust fund to respond to the irregular movement of refugees and migrants in the region.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), recommendations were made during yesterday’s Emergency ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on “Transnational Crime Concerning Irregular Movement of Persons in Southeast Asia” held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the latest in a series of regional meetings to respond to the “boat crisis” that has seen thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals stranded at sea in May this year. Continue reading

First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

Degraded dryland ecossystems put at risk the social and economic well-being of millions of people. Photo: Binh Thuan, Thien Anh Huynh/Vietnam/UNEP

Degraded dryland ecossystems put at risk the social and economic well-being of millions of people. Photo: Binh Thuan, Thien Anh Huynh/Vietnam/UNEP

Geneva, 1 July 2015 – Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.

The set of guidelines, jointly produced by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and entitled Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development, will seek to alert decision-makers, health services and the general public through the systematic development of so-called heatwave early warning systems which, in turn, will hope to trigger timely action in reducing the effects of hot-weather extremes on health. Continue reading

UN chief condemns latest Egypt terrorist attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

New York, 1 July 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned today’s deadly attack in North Sinai.

In a statement issued this afternoon by the United Nations spokesperson’s office, the Secretary-General deplored the series of attacks committed earlier today in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula resulting in the deaths of over 70 Egyptian soldiers and the injury of many others and conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Egypt. Continue reading

‘We are getting closer to a solution,’ says UN Libya envoy, opening latest round of talks on ending crisis

Special Representative Bernardino León (left) speaks to the media in Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

Special Representative Bernardino León (left) speaks to the media in Morocco. Photo: UNSMIL

Libya, 25 June 2015 – Previewing what he hopes will be the last round of United Nations-backed political talks on Libya, the UN envoy for the country said today the fact that all the participants in the dialogue have accepted a fourth draft proposal as the basis for a final political solution is “extremely encouraging” that agreement could be reached during discussions over the coming days.

“We have just started this meeting, which the Libyans first of all, and everybody in the region…really [all of] us, expect to be the last round, the final round of talks,” Bernardino León, the UN Special Representative for Libya told reporters in Skhirat, Morocco, where he is facilitating the talks based on the draft political proposal he presented to the parties two weeks ago. Continue reading

New UN report finds drop in global foreign direct investment in 2014

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. Photo: UNCTAD

UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. Photo: UNCTAD

Geneva, 24 June 2015 – Global foreign direct investment (FDI) declined in 2014 but flows to developing countries actually reached their highest level ever, says a new United Nations report released today that also calls for systematic reform of the current international investment agreement regime.

According to the 2015 edition of the World Investment Report, FDI fell by 16 per cent to $1.23 trillion in 2014, while flows to developed countries declined by 28 per cent to $499 billion. Continue reading

UN Somalia envoy condemns latest terrorist attack in Mogadishu

Internally displaced women line up in August 2013 for food distributed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Red Crescent to celebrate the holy month of Ramadhan. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Internally displaced women line up in August 2013 for food distributed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Red Crescent to celebrate the holy month of Ramadhan. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Somalia, 24 June 2015 – The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned “in the strongest terms” today’s Al-Shabaab terrorist attack against a convoy from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the capital of Mogadishu, resulting in a number of casualties.

“I condemn today’s appalling attack against innocent civilians and dedicated international officials who are providing critical peace-building and State building support to Somalia,” Nicholas Kay, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), declared in a press statement issued earlier this afternoon. Continue reading