UN AND AFRICA: Africa loses $50 bn annually, probe into abuses in Eritrea, “historic” moment for Mali.

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Abdallah Hamdok. UN Photo

• The illicit transfer of approximately US$ 50 billion from Africa each year is denying the continent the much needed resources for its development. That's the conclusion of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, which was inaugurated in 2012 by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union to look into this problem. Its latest report, entitled "Track it! Stop it! Get it!" contains findings and recommendations on how to tackle it.

Eritrea investigator calls for International Court probe

Mike Smith.UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

• The Eritrean government faced renewed pressure over allegations of crimes against humanity  this week, as UN investigators repeated their call for an international criminal probe into abuses. In a high-level report compiled for the UN Human Rights Council, the chief investigator detailed systematic and widespread alleged abuses against civilians in the Horn of Africa nation. He said that in the absence of an independent judiciary in Eritrea to provide justice for victims of abuse, the only option was to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court.

"Historic" moment for Mali

Mongi Hamdi. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

• Mali has experienced an "historic" event with the recent signing of a peace agreement by all warring parties in the country. That's according to the Head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country, MINUSMA. The UN envoy was in New York to brief the United Nations Security Council on the recent development which he says will bring unity and sovereignty to the nation.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00"

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