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    The two sides agreed to deploy the Level II Hospital in the city of Gao, in Northern Mali. The Hospital will provide service to the Malian Defense Forces and to the civilian populations in the region.    

    Following the signing ceremony, Commissioner Chergui expressed the AUC deep appreciation to the Government of Korea for this important donation, which will significantly contribute towards strengthening the AU capabilities in deploying Peace Support Operations. He further indicated that the deployment of the Hospital in North Mali will contribute to the efforts of the Government of Mali and the international community in implementing the Malian Peace and Reconciliation Agreement reached in 2015 through Algiers process.  

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    The two counterparts also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest and agreed to scale up cooperation and coordination in the areas of peace and security. 

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  • UN World Data Forum gearing up for January kick-off in Cape Town; Over 100 sessions to feature innovative data solutions to improve lives

    Plans are in high gear for the inaugural United Nations World Data Forum, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15-18 January 2017.
     

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    The Forum, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Center, will be a unique opportunity for major producers and users of data and statistics to collaborate, launch new initiatives, and innovative solutions to deliver better data on health, education, income, environmental indicators and other aspects of sustainable development. In more than 100 sessions and parallel events, ranging from data labs and interactive knowledge-sharing spaces, to more traditional keynote speeches and panel discussions, all participants will have a platform to contribute their ideas.

    “I am confident that the first UN World Data Forum will generate fruitful collaboration across the statistics and data communities, and cutting edge practical solutions to current challenges,” said Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, who heads the Secretariat for the Forum. “I also hope it will boost political and financial support and partnerships for improving statistics and data capacity in many countries, to harness the power of data for the public good and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”

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    • How call records and other sources can be used to gather better data on migration and refugees. 
    • How open data can improve the productivity of African agriculture, showcasing practical lessons learned from an 8-year public-private partnership, the Africa Soil Information Service, including ways to incorporate new technologies such as crowd-sourcing, remote sensing and drones. 
    • How involving mobile carriers, banks and social media companies in partnerships can generate new, large-scale data sources. 
    • How civil society groups are using data to talk to governments about citizens’ experiences and priorities, and how this can build accountability and change policy.

    Core issues
    Other plenary sessions and panels will focus on core issues agreed by the organizing committee, including:

    • A new look at how to harness the data revolution for sustainable development; 
    • Rethinking how to build official statistical capacity in those countries where it is needed, encouraging new commitments and collaborations; 
    • Integrating new data sources and big data innovations into existing structures, and how to facilitate data sharing and collaboration across sectors; 
    • Counting minorities and vulnerable groups and improving gender data so that we “leave no one behind” and ensure the protection of human rights; and 
    • Understanding the world through data: data visualization, literacy and journalism.

    The Forum was agreed by the UN Statistical Commission based on a recommendation by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.  Improved use of data and statistics will be crucial to achieving the transformational vision of a better future for people and the planet, set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by world leaders at the UN in September 2015.  Better data is needed to track progress and inform policy decisions from the local to the global levels.  Rapid expansion in new sources of data is creating large-scale opportunities for innovative solutions, which need to be integrated with strengthened official data mechanisms and structures. 
     
    The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by the Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. A number of partners – including governments, the World Bank, UNICEF, and several civil society organizations and research institutes  — are collaborating to organize the Forum.
     
    For Media: Media wishing to cover the Forum should register online as participants in the Media category; there is no deadline for media to register. More information can be found at UNDataForum.org, or follow on Twitter @UNDataForum.  Plenary sessions will be livestreamed for broader access. Press briefings are being planned for Johannesburg-based media the week of 9 January, and for media in Cape Town just prior to the Forum. Details will be posted on the Forum website media page.
     

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations (UN).

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  • Italy supports vital events registration in Ethiopia

    The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation funded UNICEF with a total contribution of €500,000 to strengthen the civil registration system for children’s rights to identify in two regions of Ethiopia: Oromia and SNNPR, in collaboration with the respective regional Vital Events Registration Agencies (VERAs).

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    About Italian Agency for Development Cooperation: the Agency promotes the eradication of poverty, the reduction of inequality, the affirmation of human rights and dignity of individuals – including gender equality and equal opportunities. It works also in the field of conflict prevention and support for peace processes. The Italian Development Cooperation has been working in Ethiopia since 1984 in the traditional sectors as health, agriculture and rural development, education, WASH, Private Sector Development and Emergency to which gender and migration were recently added. Visit us at www.itacaddis.it or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @AICSAddisAbeba 

    About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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