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UN chief appoints Zimbabwe national as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Fadzai GwaradzimbaFadzai Gwaradzimba United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Ms. Gwaradzimba succeeds Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe of Rwanda, who was appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Mali in May

Ms. Gwaradzimba brings more than 25 years of experience with the UN system to the role. She began her career with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia in 1989 and worked with UNDP in New York as a Programme Manager and Senior Evaluation Advisor.

China hosts Council’s Board of Governors

China hosts Councils Board of GovernorsHangzhou, People’s Republic of China - The World Water Council’s Board of Governors has concluded two days of intense discussions. Board members were welcomed by China’s Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei, and Vice Governor of Zhejiang Province, Huang Xuming. Minister Chen.

After thanking the People’s Republic of China for their continued generous support, World Water Council President Benedito Braga noted: “As a global water community, we have been able to bring new perspectives and make a real difference on water issues both at community level and among key international decision makers. However,” he continued “in the year that will see the adoption of new Sustainable Development Goals and a global agreement on climate, I believe we must now make greater efforts in the period to come.”

José Graziano da Silva re-elected FAO Director General

Historic support reconfirms second term

José Graziano da SilvaJosé Graziano da SilvaRome - Incumbent FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva was today re-elected to a second term in the Organization’s top post with the highest number of votes ever in the history of the Organization. In ballot by FAO member countries today, Graziano da Silva received a total of 177 out of 182 votes cast.

Addressing the plenary after his re-election, Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO´s commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition.

Nominated by Brazil, Graziano da Silva was the only candidate during this year’s election cycle. His new term will run from 31 July 2015 to through July 2019.

U.N. Names Winners of First Nelson Mandela Prize

The winners of the first-ever United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize were announced recently by General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, 25 years to the day that Mandela addressed the U.N. General Assembly to denounce apartheid in his home country of South Africa. They are Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia, and Jorge Sampaio of Portugal.

The Prize was established in June 2014 by the General Assembly to recognize the achievements of those who dedicate their lives to the service of humanity by promoting the purposes and principles of the United Nations, while honouring and paying homage to Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life and legacy of reconciliation, political transition, and social transformation.

AfDB President Kaberuka pays farewell visit to Kenya

AfDB President Kaberuka pays farewell visit toAfrican Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka concluded his East African tour with a farewell meeting with Kenya’s Head of State, Uhuru Kenyatta, on June 25. Kaberuka’s decade-long term in office comes to an end in two months. He thanked the Kenyan Government for its support. “The mission for which Kenya sponsored me has been done to my best ability. We even make mistakes, but that is the nature of leadership. We have learnt lessons both ways,” he said.

Kaberuka talked about the Bank’s activities in Kenya, saying they were mostly concentrated on infrastructure. “The results show our money is well spent,” he noted. The Bank’s portfolio in the country is US $2.2 billion.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2