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  • Zambia highlights key essentials to Africa’s development

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    Zambia made the remarks at the just-concluded Africa-week joint debate on New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), focusing on the progress in implementation and international support as well as on the decade to roll back malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

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    He said Zambia is committed to promoting human capital development. 

    In this regard, Mr. Chinyonga said Zambia will continue to improve the teaching of science and mathematics, which are critical to attaining improvements in technology and innovation for enhanced industrialisation and job creation. 

    Mr. Chinyonga also said Zambia was focusing on reducing malaria related deaths countrywide and hoped to achieve a malaria-free Zambia by 2020. 

    Mr. Chinyonga said, so far, malaria prevalence and deaths have steadily decreased, culminating in an impressive 55 percent reduction in all cases of child mortality. 

    On gender equality and women empowerment, Mr. Chinyonga informed the global body that Zambia enacted the Gender Equity and Equality Act No.  22 of 2015, which has fully domesticated major international and regional instruments including the  Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. 

    However, Mr. Chinyonga expressed Zambia’s concern that the process of integrating NEPAD into the African Union structures and processes has been slow, despite the African Union Commission and the NEPAD Agency working towards concluding the matter. 

    “It is our view that international support to facilitate the inclusion of realistic timelines for concluding the matter would be useful,” said Mr. Chinyonga. “Notwithstanding the foregoing, Zambia still remains fully committed to ensuring that the priority areas of energy, industrialisation, intra-regional trade, food security, health, education, gender equality and adaptation to climate change are fast tracked under NEPAD.”

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  • Press Statement on Guinea-Bissau

    The Members of the Security Council heard a briefing from Mr. Modibo Ibrahim Touré, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), on the inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau convened by His Excellency Prof. Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Mediator for Guinea-Bissau, on 11-14 October 2016, in Conakry, Republic of Guinea.

    The Members of the Security Council welcomed this initiative which is part of the implementation of the 6-point ECOWAS roadmap to end the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, agreed by political leaders on 10 September 2016, in Bissau;

    The Members of the Security Council further welcomed the Conakry agreement on the implementation of the ECOWAS roadmap and invited all stakeholders to spare no effort for its full and timely implementation;

    The Members of the Security Council expressed support to the consensus reached on the process for the nomination of a new Prime Minister and for the formation of an inclusive Government in accordance the agreement. They also encouraged President Vaz to proceed to the nomination of the consensual Prime Minister as soon as possible;

    The Members of the Security Council reminded that the implementation of the agreement could restore the confidence of partners and enable the international community to fulfill the pledges made during the Brussels Conference in March 2015 of the partners for development of Guinea-Bissau;

    The Members of the Security Council expressed their support to Special Representative Touré, and requested him to continue to work closely with all stakeholders for the resolution of the political crisis in Guinea-Bissau. 

    Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Security Council.

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  • More than 200 People Rescued off Libyan coast

    Save the Children’s search and rescue ship, the Vos Hestia, is returning to Italy with more than 200 refugees and migrants rescued in two separate operations off the North African coast. Sadly, among them are the bodies of five people who perished before rescuers could reach the first boat in distress.

    “We received a call to assist in the rescue of a wooden boat in distress,” said Gillian Moyes, Save the Children’s team leader on the Vos Hestia. “When we arrived on the scene, five people had already died. The bodies and the survivors were transferred onto our ship from a navy vessel.”

    The Vos Hestia was then called to assist in a second rescue, which took place over several hours at night. In total, more than 200 people were brought on board, including pregnant women, and a large number of lone children and families with children as young as one year old.

    “This tragic event once again highlights the dangers faced by those crossing the Mediterranean Sea to seek the safety of Europe,” added Ms. Moyes.

    “So far in 2016, more than 3,600 people have drowned while attempting this treacherous journey. The continuing loss of life clearly shows how search and rescue operations capacity must be a primary focus of the European response to save all lives at risk.”

    Save the Children has provided fresh water, food and blankets to everyone on board. The survivors of the first rescue, in particular, are being assisted by the medical and child protection teams to ensure they receive the specific support they need following such a harrowing event.

    Vos Hestia will arrive at the port of Catania in Sicily on October 21. Save the Children staff will be present to help with the disembarkation process and will continue to work to ensure children have access to their basic needs and rights.

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Save the Children.

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  • SA’s ambassador to China to brief the media

    South Africa’s ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Dolana Msimang, will brief the media on South Africa’s bilateral political and trade relations with China.

    China is South Africa’s single biggest trading partner and one of the biggest investors on the African continent.

    The media briefing is scheduled as follows:

    Date: Friday, 21 October 2016
    Time: 11:00 am
    Venue: Media Briefing Room, DIRCO

    Distributed by APO on behalf of Republic of South Africa: Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

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