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Ban Ki-moon: UN poverty reduction goals achieved thanks to China

Ban Ki-moon

Former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said that eliminating poverty, the number one goal of the UN Millennium Development Goals, had been achieved thanks to the development of China. Speaking in China on the sidelines of a forum on international affairs in China’s southern city of Guangzhou, Ban said China’s reform and opening-up have lifted hundreds of millions, both in China ...

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UN celebrates 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

António Guterres

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, says the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has inspired millions of people to demand their rights and contest the forces of oppression, exploitation, discrimination and injustice. Guterres said this on Monday, December 10, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco, at a special event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was ...

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Nigeria lauds international support on Boko Haram, Lake Chad

Lake Chad

Nigeria has lauded the international support to the country and neighbouring countries in addressing the challenges caused by the Boko Haram terrorists and the shrinking of the Lake Chad. Nigeria’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, stated this in New York at the Security Council Open Debate on the Role of States, Regional Arrangements and the ...

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UN launches $25bn aid for 93m people in Nigeria, others

Mark Lowcock

The United Nations has launched a global humanitarian appeal of $25 billion to provide support to no less than 93 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Nigeria and other countries in 2019. Speaking at the launch of a major annual analysis of global humanitarian needs in Geneva, Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said that 132 million people would need assistance ...

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Africities 8: Mayors reject discrimination, stigmatisation, xenophobia

Africities 8

African mayors and local authorities, who met at 8th edition of the Africities Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, from November 20 to 24, 2018 have expressed the determination to establish a climate that is conducive to social harmony within the territories and which rejects discrimination of all kinds, stigmatisation and xenophobia. They made the submission in a resolution tagged: “Declaration of ...

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UN partners private sector to tackle northeast humanitarian crisis


The UN system in Nigeria has partnered leading Nigerian companies from the banking, energy, legal and consumer services sectors to support the Federal Government to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the northeast. Head of Communications, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Mrs Samantha Newport, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Friday, November 16, ...

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UN says 33m people are food insecure in the Sahel

Ibrahim Thiaw

No fewer than 33 million people in the Sahel are food insecure, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission have said. The UN bodies, at a joint forum in New York, also said building climate resilience and peace, must go hand in hand for the region. The forum said to build a sustainable peace in ...

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World leaders pledge $1bn to transform health, nutrition of poor women, children

Global Financing Facility

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in Support of Every Woman Every Child in Oslo, Norway on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 announced $1.005 billion in contributions from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Burkina Faso, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire the European Commission, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar and the United Kingdom. This will help the GFF partnership ...

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About 13.1m people face severe hunger in Congo, says report

Joseph Kabila

About 13.1 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are estimated to face severe food insecurity due to ongoing conflict in the country’s Central and East regions, according to report on Monday, November 5, 2018. The report was published by the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). The number almost doubled over that of 2017 from 7.7 million ...

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Food insecure people in northeast drop from 5.2m to 2.9m – FAO

Chief Audu Ogbeh

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says food security has improved in northeastern states with the number of food insecure people dropping from 5.2 million to 2.9 million. The FAO Representative in Nigeria Mr Suffyan Koroma, represented by Mr Patrick David, the FAO’s Programme and Liaison Officer, said that the number dropped between August 2017 and August 2018 in ...

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