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16 facts for Day of the African Child on June 16

Day of the African Child is on June 16 - when events will be held on the continent and around the world. Here are 16 things you should know about this day and why children’s rights in Africa are so vital

"If, together, we can make it safer for girls to go to school, and keep them there, then we will knock down one of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of their collective destiny, and we will help them seize their rightful place as the leaders of Africa’s very, very bright future."
- Ambassador Samantha Power, Remarks at UNICEF Executive Board Special Sessionon Sustainability and Development in Africa, June 3, 2014

"Cocoa na Chocolate," one of Africa’s biggest music collaborations ever, features 19 of Africa’s top recording artists from 11 different countries, speaking 10 different languages. The message is simple: agriculture in Africa has the potential to provide food, create jobs and boost economies, but African leaders need to invest now.

"While the human rights situation has improved over the past year, Mali remains a fragile country facing numerous challenges relating to transitional justice, security reform, economic recovery, peace building, and reconciliation."
- US Human Rights Council Head of Delegation Paula Schriefer at Interactive Dialogue with the Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights in Mali [Full Statement]
The Ambassador to the US Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna is in Africa! Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Department of International Relations and Cooperation Chief Director for UN Political Affairs, and US Ambassador Joseph Macmanus, met in Pretoria to discuss a range of issues, including support for IAEA projects in Africa that peacefully use nuclear technology to achieve development goals.

The Ambassador to the US Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna is in Africa! Ambassador Xolisa Mabhongo, Department of International Relations and Cooperation Chief Director for UN Political Affairs, and US Ambassador Joseph Macmanus, met in Pretoria to discuss a range of issues, including support for IAEA projects in Africa that peacefully use nuclear technology to achieve development goals.

20 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the #Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent lifesaving #food assistance. Learn more about the 3-year Strategic Response Plan recently launched by the United Nations and humanitarian partners to provide aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

20 million people are at risk of food insecurity in the #Sahel and 2.5 million of them need urgent lifesaving #food assistance. 

Learn more about the 3-year Strategic Response Plan recently launched by the United Nations and humanitarian partners to provide aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

USAID ANNOUNCES RISE: A NEW INITIATIVE TO BUILD RESILIENCE IN WEST AFRICA’S SAHEL

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort to build resilience to recurrent crisis in West Africa’s Sahel, a region where chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, and violent extremism collide—and some 18.7 million people faced food insecurity in 2012 due to severe drought for the third time in a decade. Learn More

Ambassador Samantha Power and the United Nations Security Council recenty made a 2-day visit to Mali to support the people as they stand up to extremists and pursue democracy. [Source: US Mission to the UN Facebook Page]

The U.S. airlifts over 800 Rwandan Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic in a new peacekeeping mission. [Source]

The U.S. airlifts over 800 Rwandan Peacekeepers to the Central African Republic in a new peacekeeping mission. [Source]

The Sahel has been briefly in the headlines these past few months because of the French intervention in Mali. But before there was a political crisis in Mali there was a region-wide humanitarian crisis. In many ways, the humanitarian crisis precipitated the political conflict that has befell Mali.

To help raise awareness about this other side the Sahel crisis, musicians David Guetta and Usher just contributed this song to the UN’s humanitarian efforts. Learn More

 

Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss
On February 19, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs along with the Office of Global Food Security and the Foreign Service Institute will host the conference “Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss.” Government officials, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and foreign diplomatic corps will discuss the issue of postharvest loss, focusing on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. [Read More]

Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss

On February 19, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs along with the Office of Global Food Security and the Foreign Service Institute will host the conference “Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss.” Government officials, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and foreign diplomatic corps will discuss the issue of postharvest loss, focusing on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. [Read More]

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