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UN and Africa: Youth empowerment, space technology and legally defining sexual violence

Space technology helping UNDP improve the livesof people in need

Space-based applications and technologies are helping the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  to deliver its projects in a faster, more efficient and safer way, according to a senior official there.  Bruce McCarron, the Director of UNDP’s Office of Operations, Legal and Technology Services, cites the example of using satellite imagery to monitor the reconstruction of buildings in Mali, destroyed by extremists.  Mr McCarron was speaking at a conference, held


UN and Africa: Modern peacekeeping, Darfur's winning RETD and UNMISS's lifesaving role

"New set of tools" needed for modern peacekeeping: Dallaire

A "new set of tools" is needed to make UN peacekeeping fit for today’s more dangerous and complex world.  That's according to perhaps the most renowned of all former UN Force Commanders, Canadian Lt General Roméo Dallaire, who was in charge of the blue helmets serving in Rwanda in 1994, during the genocide there.  Matt Wells spoke to Lt-General Dallaire at the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference held in Vancouver, Canada and asked him how UN peacekeeping had changed since his time in Rwanda during the 1990s.

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UN and Africa: MINUSMA, climate-ready communities and the Nepalese Formed Police Unit in South Sudan

“We will succeed” pledges force commander of deadly Mali mission

The man in charge of blue helmets serving at the United Nation’s deadliest peacekeeping mission, which is facing serious shortfalls in equipment and personnel, has pledged to succeed - if he’s given the tools to do the job.  Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Major General Jean-Paul Deconinck, was speaking on the first day of the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference held this week in Vancouver, Canada.


UN and Africa: South Sudan refugees, protecting children and mine-clearance around the country

Army officers urged to protect South Sudan’s children

Soldiers in South Sudan have been reminded of their responsibility to protect children from violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse.  The army officers took part in a two-day workshop organized by the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, where they were urged to show leadership by ensuring their troops protect children caught in conflict.  South Sudan’s army, known as the SPLA, has been accused of grave violations against children, including rape, killings and recruit

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UN and Africa: UN chief in the CAR and protecting civilians, promoting human rights in South Sudan

UN chief reaffirms international support to the Central African Republic

The UN Secretary General António Guterres visited the Central African Republic in October 2017.  There he met with CAR President Faustin Archange Touadera, religious and civil society leaders, UN MINUSCA peacekeepers and with a range of civil society groups, including youth and women representatives.  A UN operation has been in the CAR since 2014, following violence between mainly Muslim and Christian communities, leaving one in four citizens displaced.

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UN and Africa: Industrialization in Africa, and Peacekeeping efforts in DR Congo and South Sudan

Industrialization in Africa will help eradicate poverty, transform economies

Urban demand could be “a lever” for industrialization across Africa.  That’s according to Giovanie Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), which has launched a report on industrial development on the continent.  With an increasing fraction of the population living in cities, Africa faces growing challenges in terms of services and infrastructure.  Ms Biha spoke with Priscilla Lecomte about how th