News in the Humanosphere: U.N. and A.U. strike new deal, increase cooperation

AU headquarters in Ethiopia. Credit: Ryan Mckean

The United Nations and the African Union took a step toward increasing cooperation and coordination between their organizations, signing a Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. The agreement is intended to boost cooperation in preventing and responding to conflict in Africa. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters at a joint news conference with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat that it would enhance cooperation at all levels.”We share the vision that peace and security, inclusive and sustainable development, and human rights and good governance are dimensions that need to be seen together and that require a common vision and an enhanced cooperation between our two organizations,” Guterres said. (VOA http://bit.ly/2oUxi5U)

Quote of the Day: “Malaria has always been the disease we really want to take on and the UK has always in terms of research capacity and aid been a leader. In terms of where the aid ambition gets set, the UK can be a huge leader in driving that malaria eradication, or the world may have to back off and not get started on that.” – Bill Gates making the case for U.K. to not cut its foreign aid budget (Guardian http://bit.ly/2oTZQwn)

Top Stories

General Motors said that the Venezuelan authorities had seized its vehicle assembly plant in the country, adding to the chaos in the already-struggling auto industry there. (NYT http://nyti.ms/2pHJEkB)

Prosecutors in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna charged a group of 53 people with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding. (BBC http://bbc.in/2oZDuv8)

Almost 100 children and young people have been found on the brink of starvation in orphanages in Belarus, prompting widespread public revulsion and a criminal investigation. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2oZpu4H)

The second stage of a troubled population transfer in Syria stalled on Thursday as rebel and government negotiators argued over the identities of the prisoners to be released as part of the exchange. (AP http://apne.ws/2pGWFrE)

Pakistan’s Supreme Court Thursday ordered the formation of a joint investigation team to examine allegations of corruption against the country’s prime minister and his sons. (VOA http://bit.ly/2o8yoh1)

Ethiopia’s prime minister rejected requests by the United Nations and the European Union to investigate months of anti-government protests that left hundreds dead. (VOA http://bit.ly/2oZFa83)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said his government would not tolerate violence between rival camps of supporters in party primaries before a national election in August. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2oZSQzT)

In the first two weeks of April, an average of 1,000 unregistered refugees returned from Pakistan to Afghanistan daily: a sharp increase compared to the beginning of the year. (NRC http://bit.ly/2pH9BOn)

World Bank President Jim Kim warns that two-thirds of jobs in developing nations could be wiped out by automation, a situation that could boost conflict and refugee flows. (VOA http://bit.ly/2pHlYww)

UN’s education envoy has unveiled a new model that could provide every child with access to education by 2030. Citing concerns about the neglect of children’s rights, the Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown urged for more and better finance to ensure every child is in school and learning. (IPS http://bit.ly/2oU5wpR)

Peru’s economy will recover in coming years with investment in construction after recent flooding, likely growing 4.5 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019, Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne said. (VOA http://bit.ly/2oUidRE)

Opinion/Blogs

The World Food Program Needs $961 Million to Avert 20 Million Deaths From Famine (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2oZJ4O7)

The region in Niger quietly piloting a Boko Haram amnesty (African Arguments http://bit.ly/2oTSwRb)

Reconciling the IMF’s 3 Growth Messages (Bloomberg View https://bloom.bg/2o85duJ)

Why should Somalia’s children starve to pay for a debt crisis they didn’t create? (Guardian http://bit.ly/2oTX1Lv)

What Country Spends The Most (And Least) On Health Care Per Person? (NPR Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2oTMgZW)

Hardening European policies keep refugee children apart from their families (IRIN http://bit.ly/2oZqR3c)

In Zimbabwe, Boys are Offered Boxing Instead of Despair (VOA http://bit.ly/2oUf6cC)

Is Trump Turning Toward Globalism? Not So Fast (WSJ http://on.wsj.com/2oUwpu9)

The latest sanctuary city? Mexico City. (CSM http://bit.ly/2oUqxkc)

What will happen to aid transparency under Trump? (Devex http://bit.ly/2pHJeL4)

 

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