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First Person: From a life of violence to a culture of peace

A young peace campaigner from Cameroon who turned his back on the violence prevalent in his hometown and became a youth civil society activist, has been telling the United Nations about how he is helping other young people to reject conflict, and take a greater role in building peace in the country. Christian Achaleke spoke …

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Five things the past 20 years can teach us about our future work lives

Imagine this: The sound of people working is constantly punctuated by the screech-and-scratch of dot matrix printers and the beeping of fax machines. Mobile phones are only just becoming popular, and are not yet smart. In fact, professionals are more likely to engage in a quick game of Snake than manage a full productivity suite …

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Implements Workforce Development Program in Kenya with Oracle

Oracle today announced that the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, in Kenya has finalised a workforce development program for young refugees in Kenya, in collaboration with Oracle University. The UNHCR delivers professional learning courses on Oracle Cloud technologies to refugees with a core background in information technology. The participants also earn a course complete certification from Oracle University, …

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WHO supports Guinea after detection of first-ever case of Marburg disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting Guinea following a confirmed death from Marburg virus disease, the first known case in the country and West Africa, the UN agency reported on Wednesday.  NEW YORK, USA, 12 August 2021-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Marburg, a highly infectious disease that causes haemorrhagic fever, is transmitted to humans by fruit bats.  The virus is …

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UN Libya mission ‘deeply concerned’ over abduction of top Government staffer

The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday that it is “deeply concerned” over the abduction of a senior Government staff member, who disappeared last week after being taken away by unidentified armed men. NEW YORK, USA, 11 August 2021-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Rida Faraj Fraitis, is Chief of Staff for the First Deputy Prime Minister …

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Absa and SAP have joined forces on a Pan African Finance Transformation

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 10, 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Absa Group has joined forces with SAP for a core finance transformation. A multi country digitisation journey has started with the Absa Groups’ Kenyan subsidiary S/4 HANA implementation being the first country to go live with SAP S/4 HANA The Kenyan implementation of S/4 HANA was launched on …

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Tigray: Intensified fighting across borders ‘disastrous’ for children

UN agencies continue to sound the alarm over the growing “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Ethiopia, sparked by the conflict in the Tigray region, now in its ninth month.  NEW YORK, USA, 10 August 2021-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-A recent escalation in fighting in Afar and other neighbouring regions, has been disastrous for children, said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s …

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Global warming ‘unequivocally’ human driven, at unprecedented rate: IPCC

Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and some trends are now irreversible, at least during the present time frame, according to the latest much-anticipated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on Monday. NEW YORK, USA, 09 August 2021-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in …

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UN Chief Welcomes ‘Historic’ IMF Liquidity Boost For Governments In Need

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to exacerbate restrictions on government spending throughout the world, the UN chief on Tuesday welcomed the decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to approve a $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights to “boost liquidity”.  Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement on the policy change towards Special Drawing Rights or SDRs, a type of foreign reserve asset that are IMF defined and maintained, as additional funding …

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General Assembly Creates New Permanent Forum Of People Of African Descent

Capping years of deliberations, the UN General Assembly on Monday established a new platform to improve the lives of Afro-descendants, who have for centuries suffered the ills of racism, racial discrimination and the legacy of enslavement around the globe. The 193-member body unanimously adopted a resolution establishing the United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent, …

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