UN and Africa: focus on peacekeepers, HIV/AIDS and volunteerism
Killing of two peacekeepers in CAR condemned by UN
The killing of two peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been condemned by the UN mission there. The blue helmets, who were part of a battalion from Morocco, were escorting fuel trucks, when they were ambushed by unknown assailants. Two other peacekeepers were injured, one seriously, according to Vladimir Monteiro, spokesperson for the UN Stabilization Mission, MINUSCA. More than 300 attacks took place in CAR on humanitarian workers last year, and three years of unrest and instability have left more than half the country in need of aid. Eleuterio Guevane asked Mr Monteiro in the capital Bangui, what MINUSCA knew about the attack.
Emergency response” to HIV launched in Libya
An “emergency response” to a rise in HIV infections in Libya, has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO). A lack of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in the North African country, to treat the virus that leads to AIDS, resulted in the deaths of 10 adolescents last year. The UN health agency says there were more than 6,300 registered HIV patients there in 2016. Mustafa Al Gamal asked the WHO Spokesperson in Libya, Dr. Ahmed Salem, about the agency’s response.
“Volunteering” is contagious
“Volunteering” is contagious in a positive way according to a representative from a Kenya-based organisation, who attended a UN-supported conference on volunteering, recently held in Mexico. According to the UN, every year more than one billion people globally offer their time and experience without being paid. Volunteerism is seen as a powerful way to tackle development challenges across the world. Pierre-Marc Rene spoke to Fredrick Sabia during his trip to Mexico.
Source: United Nations Radio