UN AND AFRICA: Somalia coming together as "united, federal country" despite challenges

Nicholas Kay. UN Photo/Loey Felipe (file)

Somalia is coming together as a strong, united and federal nation despite challenges posed by the security situation, according to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in the country. Nicholas Kay says the political process is now at a "point of no return" because Somalis want to create a well-governed country. Just days after an attack on a UN convoy by al-Shabaab terrorists, Joseph Msami spoke with Mr Kay on the line and began by asking for his take on the increase of terrorist threats in Somalia.

Burundians in Rwanda's Bugesera reception centre. Photo: UNHCR/S.Masengesho

21,000 refugees seek protection in Rwanda

Around 21,000 people have fled from Burundi into Rwanda following political protests, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, has confirmed. Civil unrest erupted on Sunday in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, after the ruling party elected sitting President Pierre Nkurunziza as its candidate for the third time. The UN has warned that an attempt to seek a third term in the June presidential election is unconstitutional. Alpha Diallo asked Saber Azam, the UNHCR Representative in Rwanda, for an update on the situation.

 

Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling levels remain alarmingly. Photo: CITES (file)

"Political will" needed to stop US$23bn illegal wildlife trade

Political will is needed to stop the illegal trafficking in wildlife in Africa according to the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP. African Heads of State are currently discussing the first ever continent-wide strategy to combat the US$23 billion a year trade in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville. The trade includes elephant tusks and rhino horns as well as other flora and fauna. Eleuterio Guevane asked UNDP's Global Wildlife Enforcement Advisor, Paul Harrison, what progress he expected in Brazzaville.

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