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U.N. Agency Urges High Vigilance After H5N1 Outbreaks in Africa

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) altered Western and Central African governments to be vigilant, and to continue their raised surveillance and prevention efforts after H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks were recently confirmed in chicken farms in Cameroon.    For the first time since 2006, the H5N1 bird flu virus has […]

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Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia Hand Security to National Forces

New York, N.Y. Liberian security forces today took full control of their security for the first time since the civil war ended 13 years ago, marking a historic milestone for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia and a major benchmark in the country’s peace process. UN peacekeepers in Liberia. Photo: UNMIL/Staton Winter Secretary-General Ban […]

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Kenya Bans Music Video Saying It Promotes Gay Rights

Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan state regulators have banned a locally produced song and accompanying music video that call for equal treatment of LGBT individuals, something regulators say violates Kenya’s anti-homosexuality law. The song is a remix of the American single “Same Love,” released in 2012 by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the height of the same-sex […]

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Angelique Kidjo, Peter Buffett Release Song to Support African Girls

New York, N.Y.  I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years.  I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo following the U.N. Day Concert back in October of last year (here).  Both musicians have been on my radar because I cover Thought Leaders and Global Citizens – and they represent everything […]

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Ebola: WHO Announces Possible ‘Game Changer’ Vaccine

Washington, D.C.  Having achieved its “core objective” of scaling up global action to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response will officially wind down today, transferring its role to the World Health Organization (WHO), which just announced that an experimental vaccine being tested in Guinea appears to […]

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Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama is in East Africa for his fourth trip to the continent.  This week-end, he’ll meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, and will address the African Union. Kenyans holding U.S. flag celebrate in the streets after hearing President Barack Obama has arrived in Nairobi, July 24, 2015. Photo: Aru Pande / […]

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Post-Ebola Liberia’s School Systems Recover with UNICEF Learning Kits

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing the first batches of 700,000 teaching and learning kits to thousands of schools across Liberia, where last year’s Ebola outbreak disrupted the education of over one million children. UNICEF will be distributing these teaching and learning materials to over 700,000 children across Liberia […]

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U.N. Urges Kenya to Reconsider Displacing 350,000 Refugees

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations refugee agency today urged Kenyan authorities to reconsider their decision to shut down within the next three months Dadaab refugee camps, a decision that would require some 350,000 Somalis to return to their country and would cause “extreme” humanitarian consequences. A group of displaced Somali women residing at the Ifo […]

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