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AfWA Presidency: The South-African Hamanth Kasan at the helm of AfWA until the next Congress

Hamanth KasanHamanth KasanHamanth Kasan is the new AfWA President. He was appointed on February 26, 2015, during the Executive Board meeting held in Bamako, in accordance with the statutes and by-laws of the Association which define the methods of succession in the presidency of the Association, in the event of unavailability of the President-in-Office. Hamanth Kasan, previously Vice- President of the Southern Africa region, is the Managing Director of Rand Water Scientific Services.

He took over his fellow countrywoman, Duduzilé Myeni whose mandate ran until February 2016, date of the next Congress of the Association. The decision was ratified on February 27, during the General Assembly meeting.

Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian advocate to head up UN relief wing

SoStephen O'BrienOn 9 March 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Stephen O’Brien of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the UN Spokesperson’s office announced today.

Sharon Peacock CBE appointed Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute

Prof. Sharon PeacockProf. Sharon PeacockProfessor Sharon Peacock has been appointed as the first Director of the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and UCL dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease.

She will lead the development of a circa £50 million research facility that will bring together more than 200 leading scientists to find new treatments, vaccines and diagnostics for prevention and control of infectious diseases.

Inger Andersen takes up her duties as IUCN Director General

Inger Andersen IUCN DirectorInger Andersen IUCN DirectorPreviously Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the World Bank, Ms Andersen was responsible for the Bank’s strategy and operations throughout the region.

She succeeds Julia Marton- Lefèvre who served as IUCN Director General since January 2007.

A Danish national, Ms Andersen began her career working on desertification and dryland issues in Sudan, and with the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office in New York. With the establishment of the Global Environment Facility in 1992, she was asked to serve as the Arab Region Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a position she held until 1999 when she moved to the World Bank.

Madonna Raises $5.5 million for Malawi Flood Victims

Madonna from her FacebookPhoto: Madona/ FacebookPop Icon Madonna has managed to raise $5.5 million (MK2.4 billion) to support people displaced by the devastating floods which continue to wreak havoc across Malawi.

The pop queen, who was joined by rapper Gucci Mane, raised the funds from ticket sales and live auction during an event dubbed A Night to Benefit Malawi and UNICEF held in New York. According to a statement from Madonna’s Raising Malawi, the proceeds will be split equally between UNICEF and Madonna’s organization Raising Malawi.

 

                           


            

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