The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the number of people in need of emergency food aid in East Africa has increased by two million to nearly 8.4 million as drought continues to ravage the region.
Former United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and Cameroun, Herbert M'cleod, has urged emerging oil-rich African countries not to close the door to civil society if they want to succeed in effectively and efficiently utilising revenues.
M'cleod, who admits he was a critic of civil society before, argues that civil society’s engagement with governments across the continent has not been smooth sailing in many instances.
Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel, says South Africa has failed to deliver quality services to the poor, despite adequate funding.
Manuel points out that, “We must accept that despite the adequate allocation of funding, we fail to deliver quality services, especially to the poor."
Manuel says legislators needed to recognise that the quality of democracy should be measured in a country's success in uprooting poverty, reducing inequality and broadening opportunities.
The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has appointed, Dumisani Kumalo, as its new chief executive officer.
The foundation says that Kumalo has vast experience in popular mobilisation and multilateral diplomacy, adding that, "He enjoys high standing among an extensive network of opinion-makers in Africa and elsewhere in the world.”
It says Kumalo has extensive knowledge and understanding of the challenges facing the African continent.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the United Nations Security Council's unanimous resolution referring Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC) sends a strong signal to President Muammar Gaddafi, as well as other governments in the region, that the international community will not tolerate the vicious repression of peaceful protesters.
The United Nation Special Rapporteur on Human Rights, Jorge Bustamante, has told members of Parliament's home affairs portfolio committee there is a ‘general lack of data’ when it came to the human rights of migrants.
Bustamante points out that, “The fact that there are so many undocumented immigrants in South Africa already, makes South Africa behind the realities of international migration.”
African leaders say they could do more to meet United Nations (UN) goals to slash extreme poverty and urged stronger leadership among developing countries to tackle hunger and disease and attract investment.
Speaking at the UN poverty summit in New York, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, pointed out that if Africa fails to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the world would have failed.
“Include us or fail” - Civil society groups warn of looming MDG failure without equal partnership
Johannesburg. 16 September 2010. The lack of reference to civil society and its role in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals by key decision makers is a major barrier to progress in achieving them within the next five years. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation believes that the MDGs cannot be achieved without recourse to democratic freedoms and political processes that support the participation of citizens and civil society.
Reliance on aid to guarantee our dignity through the Millennium Development Goals was a huge mistake, and raising more funds to bridge the resource gap without closing the leaking tap is like pouring water into a bucket full of holes.
Ahead of the United Nations Millennium Development Summit to be held in New York later this month, the UN Foundation and its partners have ramped up efforts to educate the media about progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) thus far and what still needs to be done before the 2015 target date for achieving them.