Winnie Byanyima steps down as Oxfam boss, to take up UNAIDS top job

Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima has stepped down to be the new United Nations Programme on HIV-Aids boss. “UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian engagement,” the global agency said in a statement on Wednesday. She takes over from Michel Sidibé, who was appointed Minister of Health and Social Affairs of Mali in May this year. “I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at…

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Engage in politics for lasting peace, UN envoy tells Somalia youths

Lasting peace in Somalia will be achieved when youths are represented and participate in politics, UN envoy James Swan has said. “We think prospects for lasting peace Somalia will be improved if young people feel represented. If they participate in political life, and if they have a say in the national dialogue they can ultimately show their stake and involvement in the country’s future,” Swan said at a youth event in Mogadishu on Tuesday. He said the United Nations in Somalia will continue to help youths develop initiatives to ensure…

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European Parliament demands unconditional release of detained Ukrainians, condemns Russia’s violation of international law

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on Russia to release “without further delay and unconditionally all illegally and arbitrarily detained Ukrainian citizens, both in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine”. Further, Members of European Parliament require Russian authorities to provide for their safe return, including Crimean Tatars, the recently detained Red Square peaceful demonstrators of July 10, Ukrainian citizens detained on politically motivated charges and the 24 crew members of the Ukrainian naval vessels who were seized near the Kerch Strait by Russian military forces…

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