World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 

Niger: Annan plans visit next week

Niger: Annan plans visit next week to draw attention to humanitarian situation

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Niger next Tuesday for a two-day visit to express his solidarity and to help focus international attention on the humanitarian aftermath of this sub-Saharan country’s accelerating desertification, prolonged drought and repeated locust infestations.

The Secretary-General, who will be accompanied by his wife Nane, also wants to help focus international attention on the special development challenges faced by countries like Niger in the sub-Saharan Sahel region and the efforts they have made to tackle these issues, his spokesman told a press briefing.

While in Niger, Mr. Annan intends to discuss various regional peace, security and development issues with President Mamadou Tandja, who is also the current chairman of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS).

In addition, he plans to join the President when he visits a number of humanitarian field projects. His travel plans also call for the Mr. Annan to meet with the UN Country Team in Niamey, local and international development officials and civil society groups in Niger, the spokesman also said.

Earlier this month, the UN World Food Programme tripled the funds it had requested to avoid a worsening of the hunger situation for the 2.65 million people most at risk in Niger due to food shortages caused by drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gordon Campbell On North Korea, Neo-Nazism, And Milo

With a bit of luck the planet won’t be devastated by nuclear war in the next few days. US President Donald Trump will have begun to fixate on some other way to gratify his self-esteem – maybe by invading Venezuela or starting a war with Iran. More>>

ALSO:

Victory Declared: New Stabilisation Funding From NZ As Mosul Is Retaken

New Zealand has congratulated the Iraqi government on the successful liberation of Mosul from ISIS after a long and hard-fought campaign. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Current US Moves Against North Korea

If Martians visited early last week, they’d probably be scratching their heads as to why North Korea was being treated as a potential trigger for global conflict... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Corbyn’s Campaign

Leaving partisan politics aside – and ignoring Jeremy Corbyn’s sensational election campaign for a moment – it has to be said that Britain is now really up shit creek... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC