Gyan Chandra Acharya,Head of UN Agency for LDCs talks about reasons for Asia-Pacific meeting this December

31626Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s  role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status  (Reprinted from Continue reading

Guinea: On ebola’s frontline

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UNCTAD Report says LDCs must break vicious circle to save post-2015 agenda

Diederik Kramers 1 December 2014 (Devex) :Despite strong economic growth, human y3lg38cVPQduihizAaWDzVQnS-cUwv5k2GSExvGX39HvTG0V4zJckA3NHZAilfmGzdqO5Sz0koplUq9masx4_by1AKJ19c3S7cX53Q7B5jjC7fntNAFTt9ixZGXKViPBFwdevelopment in the world’s least-developed countries is still lagging and can jeopardize the post-2015 agenda, according to a new report by the U.N Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that urges donors to help LDCs get back on the road to economic transformation by living up to their official development assistance commitments.

“The LDCs are the battleground on which the post-2015 agenda will be won or lost”, David Woodward, UNCTAD senior adviser and and co-author of the study, told Devex. Continue reading

Burkina Faso’s Military Scoops Up Major Posts

th (4)NEW YORK, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) – (Global Information Network) – Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister. Four other ministries, Interior and Territorial Administration, Sports, Environment, and Mines, will also be headed by military men.
Interim civilian President Michel Kafando will also serve as foreign minister. Continue reading

Timor-Leste’s mobile courts promote access to justice

download (2) (IRIN) – Taking judicial proceedings to rural areas of Timor-Leste with “mobile courts” is increasing citizens’ access to justice as the young country builds its government from the ground up, experts and practitioners say.   “Before mobile courts, Timor-Leste was dealing with a very formal and new system of law, and a population that had only a small taste of how that system worked, and even less access to it,” Pedro Raposo de Figueiredo, a judge in a mobile court unit based in Suai, a town on the southern coast of Timor Leste, told IRIN. Continue reading

Mozambique: world’s highest risk of cervical cancer

  31 2014 (IPS) – Mozambique is reeling under the twin burden of HIV images (5)and cervical cancer. Eleven women die of cervical cancer every day, or 4,000 a year. Yet this cancer is preventable and treatable, if caught early. Mozambique has the highest cervical cancer cumulative risk and mortality – seven out of 100 newborn girls will develop this cancer and five will die from it. Continue reading

Le virus Ebola continue de frapper sans relâche en Afrique de l’Ouest

Freetown (AFP) – 22.10.2014  Rod MAC JOHNSON: Le virus Ebola943532ba015fddf011592849ee9f1c597b9b27bc continue de frapper sans relâche en Afrique de l’Ouest, où il se déplace géographiquement à l’intérieur des pays touchés, tandis que les risques de propagation en dehors de cette région paraissaient mercredi refluer. Les efforts pour élaborer un vaccin progressaient, avec l’arrivée en Suisse de premiers lots de vaccins expérimentaux pour être testés par l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé. Mais ils ne devraient pas être opérationnels avant l’année prochaine, alors que la fièvre hémorragique Ebola a déjà fait 4.555 morts sur 9.216 cas enregistrés.

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West African LDCs sign $152 loan and grant agreements with African development bank to fight Ebola

Devex, 1 October 2014 The President of the African Development Bank Group and 3783196_370representatives from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire on October 1, 2014 in Abidjan signed loan and grant agreements worth US $152 million to fight back the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Continue reading

Women most vulnerable to ebola and other crises

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La méfiance envers les gouvernements favorise la propagation d’Ebola

downloadNAIROBI, 4 septembre 2014 (IRIN) – Au Liberia, des décennies de corruption, une méfiance envers les gouvernements profondément ancrée et la médiocrité des services publics ont accéléré la propagation du virus Ebola. Selon les groupes de la société civile et les analystes, des efforts bien plus grands doivent être fournis pour combler le manque de communication entre le gouvernement et les citoyens. Continue reading