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Sun beating down on Africa’s Sahel could provide 70 per cent of world’s electricity needs

Around 70 per cent of the world’s electricity needs could be provided by solar power in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the recently launched UN Support Plan for the region. Rachel Kyte, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, believes that the Sahel is on the “cusp of a revolution” where solar can provide electricity to communities on and off the regional grid. She spoke to UN News’s Daniel Dickinson in Niger, one of the countries in the Support Plan.

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FEATURE: Niger’s girls find sanctuary in fistula treatment centres

Twenty-three-year-old Kodi Moumdau laughs with a group of young women in brightly coloured shawls in her ward at the National Fistula Centre [Centre National de Référence de Fistule Obstétricale] in the outskirts of Niamey, the capital of Niger. They can consider themselves amongst the lucky women who have been treated for and survived an obstetric fistula condition.

Women’s leadership 'critical' to future of Niger

The role of women in leadership positions is critical to the future of a peaceful Niger according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed. 

Top UN official commends Niger for tackling complex humanitarian crisis

A top United Nations official today commended the Government of Niger for tackling the country’s complex humanitarian crisis, including leading the provision of life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable, and highlighted the need to address its root causes.

Paris summit explores solutions to migrant crisis

The challenge for political leaders attending a summit on migration hosted by France on Monday will be to give people options other than having to trust smugglers, the UN has said.

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“Time running out” to stop terrorism’s spread across the Sahel

Time is “running out” to find and implement solutions to the spread of terrorist groups and their extremist ideology across Africa’s Sahel region.

That’s according to El Ghassim Wane, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday.

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News in Brief 19 July 2017 (AM)

Shock and sadness over “at least 20 deaths” reported in Yemen: UNHCR

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News in Brief 18 July 2017 (PM)

International community urged to avert repeat of CAR crisis

The international community is being urged by the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator to “sustain support” for the Central African Republic or CAR.

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News in Brief 30 June 2017 (PM)

Security concerns still to be overcome at Cyprus talks

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News in Brief 27 June 2017 (AM) – Geneva

At least 50 migrants suspected dead in Niger desert

Fifty-two migrants are lost, suspected dead in a desert in central Niger, after they were reportedly abandoned by people smugglers, the UN said on Tuesday.

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