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AG Githu Muigai at ICC Status Conference: 13 Feb 2014 – Part 1 and 2

Posted by African Press International on February 13, 2014

Status conference at the ICC. Kenya case: Mr Uhuru Kenyatta.

AG Githu Muigai at ICC Status Conference: 13 Feb 2014 – Part 1

AG Githu Muigai at ICC Status Conference: 13 Feb 2014 – Part 2

 

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LAUNCHING OF THE REGIONAL DATABASE « WOMEN AND MEN TOWARD PEACE AND STABILITY IN WEST AFRICA»

Posted by African Press International on February 13, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal, February 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ The United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) officially launched the Database on “Gender, Women, Peace and Security in West Africa” on Thursday 13 February, in Abidjan.

The ceremony which was sponsored by His Excellency Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), was attended by the Special Representatives of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for West Africa, Mr. Said Djinnit, and for Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Aïchatou Mindaoudou, as well as the programme coordinator of UN Women- Côte d’Ivoire, Ms. Madeleine Oka-Balina.

The Ministries of Women Affairs from Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia also took part in the event, as well as other participants from the 16 West African countries, representing Ministers of Gender and Women Affairs and members of the Working Group on Women Peace and Security in West Africa (WGWPS-WA).

The database aims at informing on the role of women and girls in peace and stability processes in the region. It has been developed by UNOWA and UN Women, in collaboration with the ECOWAS Gender Development Center (EGDC), the Mano River Union (MRU) and other partners members of the Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in West Africa. From 10 to 12 February, UNOWA and UN Women officers trained 20 members of the group in managing the database within West Africa.

“Our presence here today demonstrates the commitment of the United Nations to constantly support the involvement of women and girls in the peace processes in the sub-region and beyond”, Mr. Djinnit stated.

“It’s important that all actors continue to work in coordination to support the effective implementation of human rights of women and girls, to consolidate peace in West Africa”, reminded, Ms. Oka-Balina, on behalf of Ms. Josephine Odera, UN Women Regional Director.

Around 150 persons have attended the event. Participants commended the efforts of the Women to ensure the effective implementation of the Regional Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000 ) and 1820 (2008), adopted in Dakar, in September 2010.

 

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UNITED NATIONS

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WELCOMING TALKS BETWEEN SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT, SECRETARY-GENERAL REITERATES NEED FOR CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES

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NEW YORK, February 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General welcomes the start yesterday of the South Sudan political talks in Addis Ababa between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in opposition, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The Secretary-General reiterates the importance of national political dialogue, with the participation of all South Sudanese political and civil society representatives, including all senior SPLM detainees.

The Secretary-General notes with deep concern the reports of ongoing fighting and skirmishes in parts of Unity and Upper Nile States. He reiterates the necessity for the parties to implement fully the Agreements on Cessation of Hostilities and on the Status of Detainees signed on 23 January, and to cooperate fully with the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, which the United Nations stands ready to support. The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to respect the lifesaving work and ensure unhindered freedom of movement of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and of all humanitarian workers.

The Secretary-General condemns the use in the South Sudan conflict of cluster bombs, remnants of which were found last week by the United Nations Mine Action Service, on the Juba-Bor road, Jonglei State.

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United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General

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First Swedish foreign minister meeting in Mali

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden, February 13, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt will visit the African state of Mali on 14-16 February. This will be the first-ever visit by a Swedish foreign minister to the country.

The visit aims to emphasise Sweden’s continued and enhanced support to Mali’s development and its long-term peace efforts, and to efforts by the EU, the UN, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support Mali’s path towards long-term peace. Mr Bildt also wants to increase knowledge about Mali in Sweden and communicate Swedish messages to Malian and international representatives on how to continue dealing with the after-effects of the crisis.

Sweden’s relations with Mali largely consist of development cooperation. The Swedish Armed Forces have also recently taken part in international operations in the country. Five staff officers are participating in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Ten officers and instructors are participating in the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM).

“Sweden has an important commitment in Mali. We help maintain peace and also pave the way for economic development. It is important to have a presence in the country and study the conditions there in order to ensure that our support continues to have the right focus,” says Mr Bildt.

During his visit, Mr Bildt is expected to meet Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Minister of Foreign Affairs Zahabi Ould Sidi Mohamed and Minister of Defence Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga.

 

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Sweden – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Curbing Poaching in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on February 13, 2014

Kenya has introduced tough new laws to deter the illegal trade of ivory. Tourism is one of the main foreign exchange earner to the Kenyan economy, over a hundred elephants are killed every day in Africa for their ivory.

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Ruto’s lawyer claims some foreign countries have compromised the ICC

Posted by African Press International on February 13, 2014

Deputy President William Ruto’s defence lawyer at the International Criminal Court Karim Khan now claims that some foreign countries have compromised the independence of the Hague based court. Khan says recent revelations by former ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo that foreign envoys had desperately wanted him to indict both Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto to prevent them from participating in the elections, was a pointer that the ICC was being controlled by certain influential countries.

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