UN ‘cannot afford to fail in Africa’: Guterres
The UN chief said on Monday that the partnership between the world body and the African Union (AU) must be reinforced, based on principles of “solidarity and mutual respect”.
António Guterres was speaking at the second annual UN-African Union conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
He told delegates that the United Nations could not afford to fail in Africa, and underscored that the UN and the African Union are working together to implement the UN’s Agenda 2030 for sustainable development, as well as the African Union’s ambitious development plan, known as Agenda 2063.
They also jointly reviewed a number of African regions where both organizations are involved in peacekeeping or mediation efforts.
The Secretary-General said that the African Union is the UN’s closest partner and said he was encouraged by the important measures taken to further the relationship so far.
UN Mission in Haiti calls for ‘constructive dialogue’ following violent protests
The UN Mission in Haiti is calling for “constructive dialogue” to restore security in the capital Port-au-Prince, following violent protests that ensued after the Government announced fuel price increases last Friday.
MINUJUSTH said on Monday that the situation “remains tense and volatile” despite the announcement on Saturday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant that the fuel hike was being suspended.
The initial policy change sparked widespread looting in Port-au-Prince and other cities over the weekend, during which at least three were killed, and all international flights were cancelled.
The Mission is encouraging all actors to engage in constructive dialogue, and UN police have been assisting in the removal of road blocks to ensure access to key transport links.
New world fishing report highlights its value in fight against hunger
The vital role that fishing and fish-farming play in supporting some of the poorest families across the world came under the spotlight on Monday with the publication of the annual United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report on the global industry.
According to the latest State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report, nearly 60 million people worldwide are directly employed in fisheries and the aquaculture sector.
José Graziano da Silva, FAO’s Director-General, said the sector was crucial in meeting FAO’s goal of “a world without hunger and malnutrition, and its contribution to economic growth and the fight against poverty, is growing.”
More details from UN Deputy Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.
“By 2030, the report estimates that fish production will grow to 201 million tons, that’s an 18 per cent increase over the current production level of 171 million tons. The agency warned that this growth will also require better management of fisheries, reducing waste and tackling problems like illegal fishing, pollution and climate change.”