Security Council condemns attacks by Boko Haram – Presidential Statement adopted as S/PRST/2015/4

The Security Council condemns in the strongest terms the most recent escalation in attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram, in particular, the 10 and 11 January 2015 suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Borno State and Potiskum, Yobe State, reportedly involving children coerced by Boko Haram to act as suicide bombers, the 3-7 January 2015 attacks in Baga, Borno State, which resulted in the massive destruction of civilian homes and significant civilian casualties, as well as the increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin region along Nigeria’s borders with Chad and Cameroon and in the northern provinces of Cameroon.

The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. The Security Council reaffirms that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.
The Security Council expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the
victims and expresses its sympathy to all those injured in these attacks, and to the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the people and Governments of other affected countries.

The Security Council strongly condemns and deplores all abuses of human rights and, where applicable, violations of international humanitarian law by the terrorist group Boko Haram, since 2009, including those involving violence against civilian populations, notably women and children, kidnappings, killings, hostage-taking, pillaging, rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence, recruitment of children and destruction of civilian property. The Security Council expresses serious concern over the reported violations and abuses of human rights and large-scale displacements of civilian population, including into Nigeria’s neighbouring countries.
The Security Council recalls its decision to place Boko Haram on the A1-Qaida sanctions list.
The Security Council demands that Boko Haram immediately and unequivocally cease
all hostilities and all abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law and disarm and demobilise. The Security Council demands the immediate and unconditional release of all those abducted who remain in captivity, including the 276 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Bomo State in April 2014. The Security Council recognizes that some of such acts may amount to crimes against humanity and stresses that those responsible for all abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law must be held accountable. The Security Council reiterates the primary responsibility of Member States to protect civilian populations on their territories, in accordance with their obligations under international law.

The Security Council expresses its concern at the scale of the growing humanitarian crisis caused by the activities of Boko Haram, which has resulted in the large-scale displacement of Nigerians within the country and into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The Security Council, in this regard, commends the support provided to the refugees by the Governments of the said countries, including with the assistance of humanitarian actors and relevant United Nations entities, and calls on the international community to provide its support in areas which require urgent attention.

The Security Council expresses deep concern that the activities of Boko Haram are undermining the peace and stability of the West and Central African region. The Security Council takes note of the outcome of the 17 May 2014 Paris Summit, which underscored the commitment of the countries in the Lake Chad Basin region, including with the support of bilateral and multilateral partners, to enhance information sharing, coordination and joint operations, to more effectively combat Boko Haram, as well as the outcomes of the follow-up London and Abuja ministerial meetings. The Security Council also takes note of the 7 October 2014 communique of the Extraordinary Summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) Heads of State, as well as the 25 November 2014 communique of the African Union Peace and Security Council on the efforts of the LCBC Member States and Benin to combat Boko Haram.
The Security Council takes note of the decision of the LCBC Member States and Benin to operationalise the Multinational Joint Task Force, including through the establishment of a
joint Headquarters and the deployment of national contingents, to conduct military operations against Boko Haram.
The Security Council welcomes plans for a regional meeting in Niamey, Niger, on 20 January 2015 to discuss the regional response to the threat posed by Boko Haram. The Security
Council urges the LCBC Member States and Benin to undertake further planning toward the
sustainable, viable and effective operationalization of the Multinational Joint Task Force. The
Security Council, in this regard, urges them to identify the means and modalities of the
envisaged deployment, especially in the areas of intelligence sharing and joint operations.
The Security Council welcomes the assistance to the States in the region already being provided by bilateral and multilateral partners and encourages them to increase support to
enhance the operational capacity of the Multinational Joint Task Force, including through the
provision of financial and logistical assistance, relevant equipment and of modalities to increase effective intelligence sharing to further the region’s collective efforts to combat Boko Harammore effectively.

The Security Council underlines that all operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force must be conducted in full compliance with international law, including international humanitarian law and human rights law. The Security Council takes note of the Communique of the Government of Chad, issued on 14 January 2015, which pledged active support in the fight against Boko Haram. The Security Council welcomes the vote by the National Assembly of Chad on 16 January 20!5, which authorized Chadian armed troops and security forces to assist Cameroonian and Nigerian soldiers in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
The Security Council underlines the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and
sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice in accordance with international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.

United Against Malaria Partners with the Confédération Africaine de Football and African Football Stars During 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations to Combat Malaria… Football Stars Gervinho and André Ayew to Deliver Life-Saving Malaria Prevention and Treatment Messages as Part of New TV Ads.

United Against Malaria (UAM), a campaign of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, has once again joined forces with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) around its flagship football tournament, the OrangeTM Africa Cup of Nations, to reach football fans with life-saving malaria prevention and treatment messages. UAM and CAF are also teaming up with leading football players Gervinho (Cote d’Ivoire), André Ayew (Ghana), Seydou Keita (Mali), and Nicolas N’Koulou (Cameroon) to ensure fans pay attention to more than just the football net this tournament.
“The partnership between UAM and CAF has demonstrated the powerful role football can play in reaching Africans with crucial health messages and helping prevent and treat disease effectively,” said Issa Hayatou, president of the Confédération Africaine de Football. “We applaud these football players for their dedication to protecting Africans from malaria, and as an organization committed to protecting the health of players and fans alike, we will continue to work together to combat this deadly disease.”
Due to comprehensive malaria control efforts, tremendous progress has been made – the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported a more than 50 percent malaria mortality rate drop in Africa over the past 10 years. But progress is fragile, and malaria still threatens Africa’s prosperity. Today, a child dies from the disease every minute, and the disease severely limits economic development, costing Africa an estimated minimum of $12 billion in lost productivity every year.
“It’s critical that we continue to work together to sustain progress in malaria control. By leveraging the largest platform in Africa, we can continue to make a difference,” said David Kyne, campaign manager of United Against Malaria. “The malaria community commends CAF for its unwavering commitment to important social causes, including malaria, to ensure that all children have a chance to achieve their dreams.”
The new UAM PSAs will air in-stadium during the 2015 AFCON tournament and throughout Africa on TV and radio, and can also be viewed on UAM’s website.
About Malaria
Malaria is a disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. If left untreated, the infection in its most severe forms can lead to coma and death. Although malaria is preventable and treatable, it continues to kill 584,000 people each year. More than 90 percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and the majority of them are children under the age of five. Furthermore, malaria contributes to the cycle of poverty and limits economic development.
About United Against Malaria (UAM)
United Against Malaria (UAM), a campaign of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, is a partnership of soccer teams and heroes, celebrities, health and advocacy organizations, governments, corporations, and individuals who have united to win the fight against malaria. Our goal is to galvanize partners throughout the world to reach the international target of reducing deaths worldwide. To learn more about UAM, please visit our website www.UnitedAgainstMalaria.org and YouTube page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. Founded in 1998 by UNICEF, WHO, UNDP and the World Bank and strengthened by the expertise, resources and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, RBM is a public-private partnership that facilitates the incubation of new ideas, lends support to innovative approaches, promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. RBM secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.

About The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)
The Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) is an international organization and the football governing body in Africa. It is currently running 11 competitions including the African Cup of Nations (CAN) and the African Nations Championship (CHAN). CAF was founded in 1957. It has a membership of 54 National Associations. Its headquarters are located in Cairo, Egypt. For more information, please visit www.CAFonline.com.

Media Contacts:
UAM: David Kyne, +1 917 969 3904; dkyne@UnitedAgainstMalaria.org

UNIC presents copies of UDHR in four Nigerian languages to Police Chief… ready to partner police to sensitise officers on human rights

Lagos, Thursday 15 January 2015. Within the framework of ‘Human Rights 365’ and in continuation of its role in promoting human rights through information dissemination, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, today presented to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in Charge of Zone 2 Police Command, Mr Umar Manko, copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in English and translated versions in four other Nigerian languages: Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Pidgin-English.

Left: NIO, Oluseyi Soremekun presenting some of the UN publications to AIG Umar Manko

Left: NIO, Oluseyi Soremekun presenting some of the UN publications to AIG Umar Manko


The presentation which was made by the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, capped a partnership meeting initiated by UNIC Lagos with the leadership of the Zone 2 Police Command, comprising of Ogun and Lagos States in the South-West region of Nigeria.
Speaking, Soremekun expressed the readiness of the UN Information Centre and appropriate specialized agencies of the UN to partner with the police command in the sensitization of its officers and men on issues of human rights as well as violence against women and children.GROUP FOTO
In his response, the Assistant Inspector General of Police thanked UNIC for reaching out to the command for collaboration and reiterated the willingness of the Police authorities to partner with the United Nations in strengthening the capacity of the Nigerian Police.
Other UN publications presented to the police included ‘60 Ways the United Nations makes a difference’; the United Nations Charter; Basic Facts about the United Nations (2014); and some Stickers on Human Rights.

Secretary-General’s statement on Paris march

11 January 2015: The Secretary-General welcomes the march that took place today in Paris in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in the city earlier this week, and in solidarity with victims of terrorism across the world. Mr. Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, represented the United Nations at the march and joined in expressing the Organization’s revulsion for terrorism.

The Secretary-General renews his condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket, and of the policewoman who was murdered. He has been deeply moved by the images of today’s march and the displays of global solidarity over the past few days.
He is strongly committed to the essential work of countering extremism, fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, and upholding the rights to freedom of speech and expression.

The Secretary-General calls for heightened efforts to promote tolerance and understanding. In the past week alone, the world has seen horrific bombings and brutality, often with a sectarian dimension. The world must address this violence and division in ways that do not exacerbate the problems and that ensure respect for human rights and the rule of law.

In the aftermath of this week’s events in Paris, he warns in particular against targetting Muslims for reprisals. Such unwarranted bias would only play into the hands of terrorist and contribute to the spiral of violence.

The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of terrorism; no cause and no grievance can justify such acts. He calls on the international community to redouble its efforts to combat terrorism in all its forms.

Secretary-General condemns killings in Borno State, Nigeria

11 January 2015: The Secretary-General is appalled about reports of hundreds of civilians killed around the town of Baga, Borno state, near Nigeria’s border with Chad in the past week.
The situation in Nigeria and the region remains at the top of the Secretary-General’s agenda. Only yesterday, it is reported that a 10-year old girl was used to detonate a bomb at a market in Maiduguri, also in Borno state, killing at least 19 people. The Secretary-General utterly condemns this depraved act at the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
The United Nations stands ready to assist the Nigerian government and all affected neighboring States in bringing an end to the violence and to alleviate the suffering of civilians with all available means and resources.

Security Council Press Statement on terrorist attack on French newspaper

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric and cowardly terrorist attack against the headquarters of French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, on 7 January 2015, causing numerous deaths among journalists, media professionals and associated personnel as well as of two policemen.

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned this intolerable terrorist act targeting journalists and a newspaper.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government of France.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

Human Rights Day: Hope rises for ‘awaiting trial’ prison inmates in need of legal representation

The observance of the 2014 International Human Rights Day at the Ikoyi Prison facility by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has provided hope for ‘Awaiting trial’ inmates who could not afford and did not have legal representation and therefore, languishing in prison custody.
Responding to inmates’ recount of challenges of long stay in prison custody due to lack of legal representation, a Chief Magistrate in the Lagos State Judiciary, Mrs Eniola Fabanwo, urged affected inmates to use the services of the Office of Public Defender (OPD) which has the responsibility to provide them with legal representation.

A physically challenged inmate recounts his ordeal.

A physically challenged inmate recounts his ordeal.


The Chief Magistrate also called on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the justice sector to be more active on issues related to access to justice especially as concerned ‘Awaiting Trial’ prison inmates.
In a special message delivered by the Snr. Pub;lic Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Ms. Envera Selimovic on the occasion, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, declared that ‘human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation’ He called on States to honour their obligation to protect human rights every day of the year; and on people to hold their governments to account.HR Day - Envera speaks
Speaking earlier, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, represented by the Deputy Chief Registrar (Legal), Mr Emmanuel Ogundare, explained that the Lagos State Judiciary observed the sanctity of Human Rights principles and practice which he said was a daily procedure.
‘This year’s theme, ‘Human Rights 365’, he added, ‘aligned with the vision of the State Judiciary that observance of human rights should be an everyday affairs.’HR Day - High Table Seyi speaks
In his welcome address, the Deputy Controller of Prison, Ikoyi Prison, Mr Emmanuel Bamidele, disclosed that over 80% of inmates at the Ikoyi Prison were those awaiting trials, many of whom have been in custody for years. He stressed the urgent need for the prison to be de-congested.
Chief Magistrate, Eniola Fabanwo responds to inmates' questions

Chief Magistrate, Eniola Fabanwo responds to inmates’ questions


Speaking on the theme, ‘Human Rights 365’, the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, explained that it ‘encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day’, he noted that the theme ‘underescores the fundamental proposition in the Universal Declaration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to human rights,’ and that ‘human rights belong equally to each of us.’
Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ikoyi Prison, Emmanuel Bamidele addresses the audience

Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ikoyi Prison, Emmanuel Bamidele addresses the audience


The Director of the National Human Rights Commission, South West Zone, Mr Lucas Koyejo, reiterated the commitment of the Commission to monitor, report and protect human rights of all citizens.
The 2014 International Human Rights Day was organized by UNIC Lagos in collaboration with the Lagos State Judiciary, the Nigerian Prisons Service and the National Human Rights Commission.

Interpersonal violence leads cause of death among women – UNIC

The National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has emphasized that interpersonal violence is one of the leading causes of death for women between the ages of 15 and 44 years. He said this while speaking on ‘Curbing gender violence – Role of the Nigeria Police’ at a programme organised by the West African Women Association (WAWA) in Lagos to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day.

National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, presents some UN publications to WAWA.

National Information Officer, UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, presents some UN publications to WAWA.


Making reference to the report of the Secretary General entitled, ‘In-depth study on all forms of violence against women’, Soremekun noted that ‘half of all women who die a violent death do so at the hands of somebody they were in an intimate relationship with.’
Soremekun speaking at the occasion

Soremekun speaking at the occasion


In her welcome address, the focal person of WAWA, Chief (Mrs) Beatrice Ubeku, called on stakeholders on gender issues to join hands and make Nigeria free of violence against women and girls. She pointed out that ‘women and girls who experience violence suffer a range of health problems and their ability to participate in public life is diminished.’
Contributing, the Divisional Police Officer, Onikan Division, Joseph Aloefuna, drew attention to the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that women between the ages of 15 to 45 were more likely to be maimed or die from male violence than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. He also stressed the issues of rape and other forms of violence.
In her remarks, the Executive Director of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Odumakin, charged all Nigerians to stand up against gender based violence. Gender based violence, she said, ‘is a hindrance to economic stability and growth through women’s lost productivity.’

New study highlights need to scale up violence prevention efforts globally

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reveals that 475 000 people were murdered in 2012, and homicide is the third leading cause of death globally for males aged 15-44 years, highlighting the urgent need for more decisive action to prevent violence.

Despite indications that homicide rates decreased by 16% globally between 2000 and 2012, violence remains widespread. Non-fatal acts of violence take a particular toll on women and children. One in four children has been physically abused; one in five girls has been sexually abused; and one in three women has been a victim of physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence at some point in her lifetime.
Jointly published today by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the report indicates that:
• only one third of the 133 countries surveyed are implementing large-scale initiatives to prevent violence, such as bullying prevention programmes, visits by nurses to families at risk, and support to those who care for older people;
• just over half the countries are fully enforcing a set of 12 laws generally acknowledged to prevent violence, although 80% countries have enacted them;
• only half of all countries have services in place to protect and support victims of violence.

The consequences of violence on physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health often last a lifetime. Violence also contributes to leading causes of death such as cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, because victims are at an increased risk of adopting behaviours such as smoking, alcohol and drug misuse, and unsafe sex.

“The consequences of violence on families and communities are profound, and can result in lifelong ill health for those affected,” states Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization. “Yet we know what works to prevent violence in our homes, schools and workplaces and on our streets and playgrounds. We should take inspiration from governments which have demonstrated success in reducing violence by taking the steps needed. They have shown us that indeed violence is preventable.”

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. Individual country profiles reflect the extent to which key violence prevention programmes and laws and selected services for victims of violence are being implemented.

The report assessed the scale of implementation of 18 “best buy” violence prevention programmes. It shows, for example, that:
• one half of countries are implementing school-based programmes to teach children and adolescents “life-skills” such as non-violent conflict resolution;
• one half of countries are promoting efforts to change gender norms supportive of violence against women;
• one third of countries are putting in place programmes to improve parenting in families at risk of violence
• less than one quarter of countries are developing public information campaigns to prevent elder abuse.

“High levels of family and community violence cripple both people’s ability to sustain their individual livelihoods, as well as a nation’s options for political, social, and economic development”, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. “This report takes stock of the measures countries are taking to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence, but the report also reveals gaps in global violence prevention which must be filled, such as the quality and reach of prevention programmes, the access to services for victims, particularly for women and girls who are disproportionately affected by violence, and the enforcement of existing laws.”

The report also reviewed 12 laws which are relevant for violence prevention. It shows, for example, that:
• 98% of countries have laws against rape;
• 87% of countries have laws against domestic violence;
• 84% of countries have laws against carrying weapons in schools;
• 40% of countries have laws against abuse in institutions for older people.
On average 80% of countries have enacted each of these 12 laws relevant for violence prevention. However, only just over half of countries report that these laws are fully enforced.

“Laws protecting citizens against violent crime send a clear message to society about what is acceptable,” said Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “With this Global status report on violence prevention 2014, we have a useful tool for identifying the gaps in legislation and enforcement in countries, which can help to indicate what further action is needed to ensure reductions in violent crime.”

Providing care and support to victims of violence is important for reducing psychological trauma, helping victims heal, and preventing further involvement in violence. Despite strong evidence linking experiences of violence to mental health problems, under half of countries have mental health services to address victim needs, with only 15% of countries in Africa offering such services. Over two thirds of countries make available child protection services and medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence.

The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries; stronger legislation and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention; strengthened justice and security institutions to uphold the rule of law; and enhanced services for victims of violence. It also advocates for better and more effective use of data to inform violence prevention programming and to measure progress. The report is intended for use by governments to help identify gaps and encourage and guide actions, and by nongovernmental organizations and experts to assist governments in their efforts.

National Plan of Action to address Gender-based violence and HIV launched

Abuja, 8 December 2014 — The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) have launched a national plan to reduce the incidence of HIV by dealing with Gender-based violence. The National Action Plan: Addressing Gender-based Violence and HIV/AIDS (GBV/HIV/AIDS) Intersections 2015-2017, launched in Abuja last week, shall foster right-based approaches to enhance gender equality and the protection of vulnerable groups against the acquisition of HIV.

The Plan identifies Gender-based violence as one of the key drivers of the HIV epidemic and highlights the connections between Gender-based violence and HIV, including forced sex, physical violence and threat of violence, sexual abuse of children, and women living with HIV who share their status with partners and families. Others include men who have sex with men, transgender people, and male, female and transgender sex workers.

It was developed by the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, with the support of UNAIDS, UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and civil society groups.

The Plan was launched along with three important documents:
Gender Assessment of the National Response to HIV/AIDS in Nigeria meant to provide for an accelerated response and mainstream gender issues within the national HIV response;
Gender-Based Violence in Nigeria: National Guidelines and Referral Standards to apply in post-conflict and post-insurgency situations, during the administration of humanitarian relief, and providing of support to victims of domestic violence; and
Mapping of laws, policies and services on Gender-based violence and its Intersections with HIV in Nigeria.
The implementation of the Plan shall help to provide an enabling environment to prevent the occurrence and mitigate cases of Gender-based violence and improve access to health and HIV and justice services, as well as community participation, partnership and collaboration.

HIV prevalence among the general population in Nigeria is 3.2% and the national HIV prevalence among pregnant women is 4.1%. Many studies have shown that exposure to Gender-Based Violence is a very strong predictor of HIV infection.

Quotes

“We all share a common aspiration – the sustainable development of our country – which we can accomplish if we resolve and commit to the implementation of these priceless documents.” – Prof. John Idoko, Director General, the National Agency for the Control of AIDS.

“The Plan and other gender documents and tools that are now at our disposal provide fresh opportunities for the improvement of the dignity of human beings who have been suffering from gender inequalities and gender-based violence, especially our women and our girls. These documents and tools have the potential to guide our energies so that we end Gender-Based Violence now and ensure the ending of the AIDS epidemic by 2030 remains in sight.” – Dr. Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director for Nigeria and UNAIDS Focal Point for ECOWAS.

About UNAIDS:
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners to maximize results for the AIDS response. Learn more about UNAIDS at www.unaids.org

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