UN and Africa: focus on VIP protection in Liberia, sub-Saharan Africa and illegal ivory trade

5 May 2016

VIP protection passed from UN to Liberian government

The Liberian government is taking over control of VIP protection from the UN, as part of a gradual transition towards assuming responsibility for all aspects of national security. The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been supporting the West African country since 2003, but as long-term peace and stability returns, it is gradually reducing its role. Romeo Togba reports from the Liberian capital, Monrovia.


Mine workers at Greenside Colliery, South Africa. UN Photo/The Global Fund

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa slows “markedly”

Economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has slowed “markedly” over the past year according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Fund's latest regional economic outlook is predicting another difficult year for the region due to what are being described as “multiple shocks.” The IMF’s Céline Allard, who co-authored the report, has been speaking to Bruce Edwards.

105 tonnes of ivory were burned in Nairobi, Kenya in April 2016. Photo: CITES

Stopping ivory trade is vital to sustainable development in Kenya

Protecting elephants and combatting the ivory trade is vital to sustainable development in Kenya. That’s according to Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Ms Clark recently attended the burning of over 105 tonnes of ivory in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, an event intended to show that the East African country is serious about bringing an end to poaching. Janie Cangelosi has the story.

Presenter: Matthew Wells

Production Assistant: Ana Carmo

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