UN AND AFRICA: Italian priest and medical doctor wins UN Population AwardListen /
• An Italian Roman Catholic priest who is also a medical doctor has won the 2014United Nations Population Award. The award was established by the UN General Assembly in 1981 "to recognize outstanding achievement in the fields of population and health". The doctor has been treating women with fistula in the most impoverished areas of Mozambique.
New site offers protection for displaced South Sudanese in Malakal
• A new site to protect civilians in Malakal has been opened by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Thousands of civilians have fled their homes since fighting broke out between government and rebel forces in the country. UNMISS is now hosting over 90,000 civilians in 10 of its compounds around the country.
Norway and FAO to launch state-of-the-art research vessel
• An $80 million boat with seven laboratories is in the works to continue collecting data on marine ecosystems, climate change and pollution off the coast of Africa. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on Monday that Norway is building the vessel known as Dr Fridtjof Nansen. It will replace an older craft of the same name which has been conducting research with 32 African countries in Africa since 1993.
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