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UN sets 7th Advisory Committee for Peacebuilding Fund

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The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed ten eminent individuals as members of the Seventh Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund.  

The appointment is in accordance with the Terms of Reference of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund adopted by the General Assembly.

The Advisory group is appointed for a term of two years, taking into consideration gender and regional balance. Candidates are nominated by Member States.

The group has three Africans, Professor Emmanuel Asante, former Chairperson, National Peace Council, Ghana; H.E. Mr. Mohamed Edrees, Ambassador (ret.), Egypt;  and H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary, Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya;

Other members are H.E. Mr. Jingye Cheng, Ambassador (ret.), China; Ms. Kjersti Dale, Director, International Development CARE, Norway; H.E. Ms. Lise Filiatrault, Ambassador (ret.), Canada; Ms. Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, Overseas Development Institute, United Kingdom;

H.E. Mr. Stéphane Rey, Ambassador-designate of Switzerland to Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi, Switzerland; Ms. Marriët Schuurman, Director, Stability and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands; and Ms. Almut Wieland-Karimi, Executive Director, Center for International Peace Operations, Germany.

According to the UN, the Fund allocated nearly $1.67 billion to 65 recipient countries. In 2021 between 2006 to 2021, amid deteriorating political and security conditions, and against the backdrop of the continuing pandemic/

The Fund scaled up its commitments and approved a record-high investment of $195 million in 32 countries.

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South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, wife, get royal invite to visit Britain

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Preside Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is set to make a state visit to Britain in his first visit to the United Kingdom since King Charles became the constitutional monarch.

The Buckingham Palace said on Monday that President Ramaphosa and his wife, Tshepo Motsepe, have accepted an invitation from the new British monarch for the Nov. 22-24 state visit.

President Ramaphosa’s visit will be in line with former South African presidents, Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, and Jacob Zuma all made state visits to Britain.

Camridge scholars, Henshaw, and Peter James argued in a study that Britain and South Africa continued to be bound closely together both by common interests and by mutually advantageous bargains founded on Britain’s indispensibility as a market, a source of goods, technology, and capital, and as a military ally.

Britain is South Africa’s fourth-biggest export market. In 2021, Britain exported 4 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) of goods and services to South Africa.

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Two Liberian Maritime officials arrested for alleged rape in South Korea while on seminar

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Two top Liberian Maritime Authorities staff who were in South Korea for a seminar were on Saturday, arrested and detained by the Asian country’s police for allegedly raping two teenage girls.

The suspects identified as Moses Owen Browne and Daniel Tarr, were arrested at a hotel in the southeastern city of Busan after a friend of the victims reported the case to the police, the Busan police said in a statement.

Browne, Liberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and Tarr, a Director of the Department of Marine Environmental Protection at the Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA), were in South Korea on a government mission to the IMO, which means they were representing the West African country at the programme.

According to a statement on the LiMA website condemning the incident, the officials were in South Korea attending the “International Maritime Organization (IMO) GHG SMART Practical Training and Study Visit” when this alleged incident occurred.

“LiMA unequivocally maintains a zero-tolerance stance on any types of sexual and gender-based offenses, and views these allegations of the conduct of its Officials as most egregious, having no place in any civilized society.

“Liberia Maritime Authority will fully cooperate with the Government of the Republic of South Korea in the investigation of this incident and vows to take appropriate actions, under national and international Law,” the statement read.

The South Korean police said it plans to seek formal arrest warrants for the two men which would allow them to hold the suspects in custody for up to 10 days before charging them to court.

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