Friday, February 22, 2019

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    UN: With over 36m people living with AIDS, the pandemic is far from over

UN: With over 36m people living with AIDS, the pandemic is far from over

Amina Mohammed, deputy UN secretary-general, has warned that the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) pandemic was still far from over, adding that more than 36.7 million people are living with HIV globally.Mohammed said this while addressing delegations at the general assembly’s annual review of the secretary-general’s report.She called for a reinvigorated global response to HIV/AIDS and emphasised that the disease required a [...]

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    Nigeria presides over UN general assembly

Nigeria presides over UN general assembly

Nigeria was on Thursday appointed as the acting president to preside over the 81st plenary meeting of UN general assembly at the UN headquarters.NAN reports that Nigeria’s ambassador/permanent representative to the UN, Tijjani Bande, presided over the 193-member body.Bande’s presidency at the plenary meeting happened just nine days after he presented his credentials to the UN secretary-general António Guterres.Nigeria was [...]

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    UN: War has forced 2m South Sudanese children out of their homes

UN: War has forced 2m South Sudanese children out of their homes

The UN says war and famine have forced more than two million children in South Sudan to flee their homes, creating the most worrying refugee crisis in the world.The civil war in the oil-producing country began two years after it won independence from neighbouring Sudan, when President Salva Kiir fired his deputy in 2013.The fighting that followed split the country [...]

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    Amina Mohammed: Gender equality will add $30trn to GDP annually

Amina Mohammed: Gender equality will add $30trn to GDP annually

Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the United Nations (UN), says investing in gender equality will add over $30 trillion to global gross domestic product (GDP) per year.Speaking at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings in Washington, Mohammed said it makes business sense to add women to the global work force, but adds that those women must also be given [...]

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    CLOSE-UP: Abdullahi Shuaibu, Nigerian journalist and Arsenal fan who ‘robbed US banks’

CLOSE-UP: Abdullahi Shuaibu, Nigerian journalist and Arsenal fan who ‘robbed US banks’

Abdullahi Shuaibu, the Nigerian arrested for robbing four Manhattan banks, has been in the spotlight in the last 48 hours.The four robbery incidents, according to New York Post, was carried out during his lunch hour - in February, March and April.Shuaibu was arrested on his fourth attempt and was subsequently arraigned on two counts of attempted robbery.On March 28, Shuaibu, who joined [...]

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    Nigeria to chair UN peacekeeping committee for the 45th time

Nigeria to chair UN peacekeeping committee for the 45th time

Nigeria has been re-elected, for the 45th time, to chair the UN special committee on peacekeeping operations, regarded as UN’s most strategic committee, NAN reports.The UN correspondent of NAN reports that Nigeria was re-elected in spite of some hesitations by some countries to let Nigeria continue to lead the most critical committee.Nigeria has chaired the special committee on peacekeeping operations [...]

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    UN answers Buratai’s call, sends experts to assess Sambisa landmines

UN answers Buratai’s call, sends experts to assess Sambisa landmines

A team of UN experts has arrived in Nigeria to assess the number of landmines Boko Haram terrorists have laid in the Sambisa Forest.Agnes Marcaillou, director, UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), told NAN in New York that the team arrived the country on Tuesday.She said the assessment is with a view to de-mining and clearing the area of landmines.UNMAS collaborates [...]

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    UN slams Cameroon over forced return of 2,600 Nigerian refugees

UN slams Cameroon over forced return of 2,600 Nigerian refugees

Cameroon’s forced return of 2,600 refugees back to their Nigerian border villages is unlawful and a violation of protocol, the United Nations has said.The UN expressed concern over the forced return of Nigerian in spite of recent tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring voluntary returns of nationals.According to a statement from the office of the UN high commissioner for refugees on [...]

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    In 2016 alone, ‘11,000 Nigerian women arrived Italy from Libya’

In 2016 alone, ‘11,000 Nigerian women arrived Italy from Libya’

The United Kingdom’s independent anti-slavery commissioner, Kevin Hyland, has said the over 11,000 Nigerian women, mostly trafficking victims, arrived Italy from Libya in 2016.Speaking during the UN security council open debate on modern slavery on Saturday, Hyland called for urgent international collaboration to help Nigeria tackle human trafficking challenge at source.He said that women and girls from Nigeria, who were [...]

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    UN to Trump: Your decision will compound anguish of refugees

UN to Trump: Your decision will compound anguish of refugees

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has said that refugees are not criminals and should not be treated as such.The UNHCR in its reaction to the new travel ban by US President, Donald Trump, said that the decision would worsen the woes of refugees around the World."Refugees are ordinary people forced to flee war, violence and persecution [...]

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    Boko Haram crisis ‘hasn’t attracted enough funds’ – UK to contribute more money

Boko Haram crisis ‘hasn’t attracted enough funds’ – UK to contribute more money

The United Nations (UN) says Boko Haram crisis has struggled to attract donor funds, but that the UK will assist with more funds.According to Bloomberg, Matthew Rycroft, president of the UN Security Council, who made the promise, did not specify how much.Rycroft reportedly said since the sect launched its campaign of violence, the north-east region has suffered damages estimated at [...]

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    UN: Lagos shouldn’t criminalise fetching water

UN: Lagos shouldn’t criminalise fetching water

Léo Heller, the UN expert on the human rights to water and sanitation, has raised serious concerns about a recent bill in Lagos that criminalizes abstraction of water from natural sources - including boreholes.The special rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation said “when the state fails to provide adequate access to drinking water, no one should be [...]

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    Amina Mohammed vows to make Nigeria her priority in UN

Amina Mohammed vows to make Nigeria her priority in UN

Amina Mohammed, outgoing minister of environment, says the development of Nigeria and Africa, will be her priority when she assumes office as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations (UN).António Guterres, UN secretary-general, appointed Mohammed in December.Speaking at a dinner which the ministry of foreign affairs organised in her honour, Mohammed pledged not to let her nation down.She said her appointment was a [...]

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    US sanctions: Iran responds with missile test to ‘showcase power’

US sanctions: Iran responds with missile test to ‘showcase power’

Iran has carried out missile and radar tests — a day after the United States imposed sanctions on it for conducting a ballistic missile test.On Saturday, Iran’s revolutionary guard said the military exercise was a response to “threats and sanctions” by the US.Iran's revolutionary guard's website said the military exercise in Semnan province was to "showcase the power of Iran's revolution [...]

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    After missile test, US considers sanctioning Iran

After missile test, US considers sanctioning Iran

The United States (US) says it has put Iran "on notice" after it conducted a failed missile test.On Sunday, Iran tested a medium-range missile, which the US considered a "provocative breach" of a United Nations (UN) security council.Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, accused the administration of Barack Obama of failing "to respond adequately to Tehran's malign actions"."As [...]

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    OOPS! 201m people ‘to be jobless’ in 2017

OOPS! 201m people ‘to be jobless’ in 2017

António Guterres, UN secretary-general, has expressed concern that at least 201 million people will be jobless in 2017, with additional 2.7 million people in 2018.In his message to the commission for social development, Guttere said the world was currently going through a challenging period.“Let us make no mistake: these are challenging times,” he said.“Conflicts are reversing decades of hard-won improvements [...]

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