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Décès Gon Coulibaly: début des obsèques le 14 juillet et l’inhumation le 17 juillet (officiel)

Publié le 13.07.2020 à 01h18 par APA

Les obsèques du Premier ministre ivoirien, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, décédé mercredi des suites d’un malaise cardiaque, démarrent le mardi 14 juillet 2020, selon une note officielle indiquant qu’ il sera inhumé le 17 juillet 2020, à Korhogo (nord), dans sa ville natale.M. Gon Coulibaly, décédé le mercredi 08 juillet des suites d’un malaise cardiaque, sera porté en terre le vendredi 17 juillet 2020 à Korhogo, sa ville natale, mentionne une note d’information de la Primature, le Cabinet du Premier ministre.

Des obsèques nationales sont prévues se dérouler du mardi 14 au vendredi 17 juillet 2020. Un hommage lui sera rendu le mardi 14 juillet 2020 à 9 heures GMT (heure) au Palais de la présidence de la République. 

Le mercredi 15 juillet, il est annoncé de 08h à 12h au Palais des sports de Treichville, un hommage de son parti politique, le Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP). La restriction des rassemblements à 50 personnes en raison de la Covid-19, pourrait limiter la mobilisation.

Selon le chronogramme des obsèques, ce même mercredi même jour, aura lieu une prière mortuaire sera qui sera dite à 13h à la mosquée de la Riviéra Golf à Cocody, dans l’Est d’Abidjan ; avant que la dépouille du Premier ministre défunt ne quitte Abidjan à 14h pour Korhogo.

Un deuil national de huit jours a été décrété a été décrété du 10 au 17 juillet 2020. La période de deuil nationale devrait être également marquée par la mise en berne des drapeaux sur l’ensemble du territoire national et dans les ambassades de Côte d’Ivoire à l’étranger.

Le chef du gouvernement ivoirien est rentré de France le 02 juillet, après deux mois de séjour médical à Paris, à la suite d’un problème de cœur. Trois jours après son retour, il a repris le travail. C’est le 08 juillet, après un Conseil des ministres, qu’il décédera des suites d’un malaise cardiaque. 

Il était le candidat du Rhdp, le parti au pouvoir, pour l’élection présidentielle du 31 octobre 2020. 


Côte d’Ivoire: la 3è opération d’identification et de recensement des médias en ligne s’achève mercredi

Publié le 13.07.2020 à 01h18 par APA

La troisième opération d’identification et de recensement des médias en ligne de Côte d’Ivoire s’achève le mercredi 15 juillet prochain, a appris APA, dimanche, auprès du Réseau des Professionnels de la Presse en Ligne de Côte d’Ivoire (REPPRELCI), l’initiateur de cette opération.Initialement prévue pour prendre fin le 06 juillet dernier, cette troisième édition de l’opération d’identification et de recensement des sites web d’information  et des acteurs de la presse numérique du pays a été prorogée jusqu’au 15 juillet 2020, en raison de l’engouement de plus en plus croissant constaté autour de cette opération, explique le REPPRELCI dans une note d’information.

Cette troisième édition qui a démarré le 22 juin 2020, permettra de mettre à jour les données statistiques sur le secteur des médias numériques en Côte d’Ivoire issues de la deuxième édition qui remonte à 2016, mais également d’aller vers la labellisation des sites web, un projet cher au REPPRELCI. 

Les promoteurs de journaux en ligne, de radio en ligne et de télévision en ligne sont invités à se rendre sur le site www.repprelci.ci pour se faire identifier et recenser gratuitement.

Cette opération bénéficie de  l’appui institutionnel du ministère de la Communication et des médias, du ministère de l’Economie numérique et de la poste.

Le REPPRELCI bénéficie également pour cette activité, de l’accompagnement institutionnel de l’Autorité Nationale de la Presse (ANP), de la Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle (HACA), du Fonds de Soutien et Développement de la Presse (FSDP) et de l’UNESCO Bureau d’Abidjan.

En outre, le Groupement des Editeurs de Presse de Côte d’Ivoire (GEPCI) et l’Union nationale des Journalistes de Côte d’Ivoire (UNJCI) sont partenaires. 

Créé en 2006, le REPPRELCI  regroupe les acteurs de la presse numérique en Côte d’Ivoire. Cette faîtière des médias numériques ivoiriens s’est donnée pour mission d’organiser, structurer et promouvoir la presse numérique en Côte d’Ivoire.


World: Almost 10 million children may never return to school following COVID-19 lockdown

New report from Save the Children warns of ‘unprecedented global education emergency’

Almost 10 million children may never return to school following COVID-19 lockdown

World is facing a hidden education emergency

  • COVID-19 leaves estimated $77 billion gap in education spending for world’s poorest children

  • Children in 12 countries are at extremely high risk of dropping out of school forever

  • In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school

  • Girls are at increased exposure to gender-based violence and risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy during school closures

  • Save the Children calls for increased funding of education, including conversion of debt liabilities into investment in children

London, July 13th – Deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning, Save the Children warns in a new report launched today.

Girls are likely to be much worse affected than boys, with many forced into early marriage. As the impacts of the recession triggered by Covid-19 hits families, many children may be forced out of school and into labour markets.

In its report, Save the Children is calling for governments and donors to respond to this global education emergency by urgently investing in education as schools begin to reopen after months of lockdown.

The agency is also urging commercial creditors to suspend debt repayments by low-income countries – a move that could free up $14bn for investment in education.

“It would be unconscionable to allow resources that are so desperately needed to keep alive the hope that comes with education to be diverted into debt repayments,” said Inger Ashing, CEO of Save the Children. The agency calls for governments to use their budgets to ensure children have access to distance learning whilst lockdown measures remain; and to support children who have fallen behind.

The Save Our Education report reveals the devastating effects the COVID-19 outbreak is set to have on learning. In a mid-range budget scenario, the agency estimates that the recession will leave a shortfall of $77 billion in education spending in some of the poorest countries in the world over the next 18 months. In a worst-case scenario, under which governments shift resources from education to other COVID-19 response areas, that figure could climb to an astonishing $192 billion by the end of 2021.

The impending budget crunch comes after lockdown measures saw a peak of 1.6 billion children out of school, globally.

Ms Ashing said: “Around 10 million children may never return to school – this is an unprecedented education emergency and governments must urgently invest in learning. Instead we are at risk of unparalleled budget cuts which will see existing inequality explode between the rich and the poor, and between boys and girls. We know the poorest, most marginalised children who were already the furthest behind have suffered the greatest loss, with no access to distance learning – or any kind of education – for half an academic year.”

Before the outbreak, 258 million children and adolescents[i] were already out of school. A Vulnerability Index in the report[ii] shows that in 12 countries, mainly in West and Central Africa but also including Yemen and Afghanistan, children are at extremely high risk of not returning to school after the lockdowns lift – especially girls.

In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school and of the longer-term effects of widening inequalities. In total, Save the Children estimates that some 9.7 million children could be forced out of school by the end of this year.

Currently, more than 1 billion children[iii] are out of school due to the global pandemic. Aisha*, 15, from Ethiopia is one of them: “Three months ago, things were very good for me. I was enjoying school in grade six. When we were in school, we used to play with our friends and learn. The school also used to provide us with a meal every day. Now after this virus, I can’t go to school, and I can’t see my friends. I miss my school and my friends so much.

“It has been nearly three months since schools were closed and like many of the children here, I spend most of my time looking after the livestock and I sometimes help my mother with household chores like cleaning and cooking.”

Many of the top-12 countries in the report’s index already have high out of school rates and a sharp divide in school attendance along wealth and gender lines. These factors are likely to be exacerbated by school closures, with girls and children from poverty-stricken families being hardest hit.

Children in these countries are also caught in a vicious cycle of risk: they face greater risks of being forced into child labour and, adolescent girls are especially at risk of gender-based violence, child marriage and teenage pregnancy, which increases the longer they are out of school. The same risks directly impact their ability to return to school at all. Combined with the sharp decrease of education spending, the COVID-19 outbreak could be a cruel blow for millions of children.

In many countries, Save the Children has provided distance learning materials such as books and home learning kits to support learners during lockdown, working closely with governments and teachers to provide lessons and support through radio, television, phone, social media and messaging apps.

Despite the efforts of governments and organisations, some 500 million children[iv] had no access to distance learning, and many of the poorest children may not have literate parents who can help them. Having lost out on months of learning, many children will struggle to catch up, raising the likelihood of drop out.

Save the Children warns that school closures have meant much more than education loss for many children – taking away safe places where children can play with friends, have meals and access health services, including services for their mental health. Teachers are often front-line responders and protectors for children who might suffer from abuse at home. With school closures, these safeguards fall away.

Inger Ashing continued: “If we allow this education crisis to unfold, the impact on children’s futures will be long lasting. The promise the world has made to ensure all children have access to a quality education by 2030, will be set back by years.”

“Governments should be putting the interests of children before the claims of creditors. Whether they live in a refugee camp in Syria, a conflict zone in Yemen, a crammed urban area, or remote rural village: all children have a right to learn, to develop, to build a better future than their parents might have had. Education is the basis for that, and we can’t afford to let COVID-19 get in the way.”

Save the Children urges governments and donors to ensure that out-of-school children have access to distance learning, and to protection services. Those who return to school should be able to do so in a safe and inclusive way, with access to school meals and health services. Learning assessments and catch up classes must be adapted so that children can make up for their lost learning.

To ensure this happens, Save the Children is calling for an increased funding of education, with $35 billion to be made available by the World Bank. National governments must make education a priority by producing and implementing COVID-19 education responses and recovery plans to ensure the most marginalised children are able to continue learning.

*Name changed for privacy reasons

ENDS

To support Save the Children’s global COVID-19 emergency appeal, click here.

Note to editors: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact on education, Save the Children is providing distance learning materials, such as books and home learning kits, working closely with governments and teachers to provide lessons and support via radio, television, phone, social media and messaging apps.

Save the Children is making sure children are safe at home and not missing out on the meals or menstrual hygiene kits they would usually receive at school. And it is providing guidance for parents and other caregivers to ensure they have the right information about how to support their children’s learning and wellbeing at home.

Save the Children is also working with education authorities to help plan for the safe return to school, advocating with and on behalf of children to ensure decision-makers are aware of their concerns.


La BEI débourse un financement de 200 millions d’euros au Maroc pour faire face à la Covid-19

Publié le 12.07.2020 à 14h18 par APA

La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) vient d’accorder un financement de 200 millions d’euros pour faire face à la pandémie de la Covid-19, rapporte le quotidien +Le Matin+.Ce prêt est destiné à couvrir certains coûts liés à la lutte contre le coronavirus,  notamment l’acquisition des médicaments, du matériel médical nécessaire et le renforcement des infrastructures sanitaires, précise la publication.

Ce financement soutient aussi le plan marocain de veille et de riposte contre le coronavirus.

Les efforts du Maroc pour juguler la propagation de la Covid-19 a été saluée par la communauté internationale du fait des mesures prises par le Royaume depuis l’apparition du premier cas le 2 mars dernier.

A ce jour, le Maroc enregistre 15.635 cas confirmés, dont 247 décès et 12.212 patients guéris de la maladie, selon les données fournies par le ministère de la santé.


Security Council authorizes one-year extension of mechanism for cross-border aid delivery into Syria

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After several failed attempts in recent days, the Security Council today adopted a resolution extending authorization of a mechanism that brings life-saving humanitarian aid into Syria for another year, through one Turkish border crossing.

Adopting resolution 2533 (2020), the Council approved delivery of aid through the Bab al-Hawa crossing until 10 July 2021. The text received 12 votes in favour to none against, with 3 abstentions (China, Dominican Republic, Russian Federation).

The resolution did not approve the Bab al-Salam crossing on Syria’s border with Turkey, through which aid had continued until yesterday, as well as Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha on the country’s borders with Iraq and Jordan, through which deliveries had moved from 2014 to early January 2020.

Today’s outcome, which was announced during a videoconference meeting*, followed four failed attempts in the past week to renew authorization for the cross-border mechanism, which expired on 10 July. (See Press Releases SC/14244 of 8 July and SC/14246 of 10 July.)

[Security Council resolutions are currently adopted through a written procedure vote under temporary, extraordinary and provisional measures implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as set out in a letter (document S/2020/253) by its President for March (China).]

  • Based on information received from the Security Council Affairs Division.

For information media. Not an official record.


Security Council extends for one year, lifesaving cross-border aid to Syria

Brothers Ahmad (left), 7, and Saad, 5, carry a hygiene kit back to their tent in Fafin camp, northern rural Aleppo. © UNICEF/Ali Almatar

On its fourth attempt this week, the Security Council has on Saturday, authorized for one year, cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria.

Updated resolution 2533 will allow the delivery of food, medicine and other lifesaving assistance through the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing.

Germany, cosponsor of the resolution, expressed relief over the extension.

“It is good news for millions of people in Syria that the Security Council was ultimately able to agree on our compromise proposal”, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Along with co-penholders Germany and Belgium, voting in favour of the resolution were Estonia, France, Indonesia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, China, Dominican Republic and Russia abstained.

The previous authorization, under resolution 2504, for the six-year-long humanitarian operation expired at midnight yesterday, leaving millions of Syrian civilians in limbo.

Making compromises

In a statement issued shortly after the vote, Mr. Maas said that the negotiations were guided by “humanitarian considerations” and “the demands of aid workers on the ground”.

“Ultimately, we proposed a compromise to preserve the mechanism”, he said, while adding his belief that “more crossings are necessary”.

Safeguarding aid

Taking note of the Security Council’s decision, through his spokesperson, Secretary-General António Guterres said that the reauthorization would help safeguard assistance for “2.8 million people-in-need” in the northwest until July next year.

“Cross-border humanitarian assistance remains a lifeline for millions of people-in-need in the area and beyond”, he upheld.

The Secretary-General also reiterated his call on all parties to the conflict to “ensure humanitarian access to all people in need in accordance with international humanitarian law”.

Earlier veto

The Council’s penholders on the humanitarian aspects of the Syrian conflict, had initially put forward a largely similar draft that would have extended the so-called cross-border mechanism, for a full year.

But it was vetoed by China and the Russian Federation on Wednesday, with delegations accusing each other of politicizing the humanitarian assistance that more than 11 million Syrians depend upon.

A competing draft resolution from the Russian Federation that would have authorized deliveries only through Bab al-Hawa until 10 January 2021, then failed to be adopted on Thursday as it lacked the required number of votes.

The result was four in favour (China, Russian Federation, South Africa, Viet Nam) to seven against (Belgium, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States), with four abstentions (Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

Bab al-Salam is the humanitarian gateway to northern Aleppo while Bab al-Hawa serves Idlib.

More deliveries needed

In his latest report to the Council on the implementation of the cross-border mechanism, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the deliveries through Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa are not only operating at record levels, but must be further scaled up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He recommended that authorization for both crossing points be extended for an additional 12 months, adding that a failure to renew would severe a lifeline from millions whom the United Nations cannot reach by other means.


Mali : le président IBK dissout la Cour Constitutionnelle

Publié le 12.07.2020 à 04h18 par APA

Le chef de l’Etat malien lâche du lest en accédant à l’une des principales revendications du Mouvement du 5 juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5-RFP).Pour la seconde fois en une semaine et la quatrième en un mois, le président malien s’est adressé, ce samedi soir, à son peuple. Au lendemain de heurts dans la capitale, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta qui dit craindre pour la vie des membres restants de la Cour constitutionnelle, a décidé non sans en mesurer la gravité, d’abroger les décrets de (leurs) nominations et d’aller vers la mise en œuvre des recommandations de la mission de la Cedeao ».

Dans un discours d’un peu moins de dix minutes retransmis par l’Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision du Mali (ORTM, public), IBK a expliqué que cette décision « va conduire, dès la semaine prochaine, à demander aux autorités compétentes la désignation de membres pour que rapidement une Cour constitutionnelle reconstituée aide à trouver des solutions aux contentieux issus des élections législatives ».

Le Mouvement du 5 juin – Rassemblement des Forces Patriotiques (M5-RFP), dont l’une des figures est l’imam Mahmoud Dicko, exerce une pression terrible sur le gouvernement. Ce collectif, rassemblant la société civile, des religieux et des opposants politiques, exige entre autres la dissolution du parlement, la formation d’un gouvernement de transition et le remplacement des neuf membres de la Cour constitutionnelle.

Jusque-là pacifique, le gigantesque rassemblement que tient le M5-RFP à la Place de l’Indépendance de Bamako, a débouché hier vendredi sur des violences entre manifestants et forces de l’ordre.

« Nous avons tous suivi et déploré ce qui s’est passé dans notre pays, en particulier dans la capitale. Des actes de vandalisme à nul autre pareil, le saccage de l’Assemblée nationale, l’occupation de l’ORTM, le pillage des biens d’honnêtes citoyens, des voitures incendiées. Et plus grave, dans des circonstances qui seront élucidées par une enquête, des pertes en vies humaines, des blessés », relate le chef de l’Etat malien.

A en croire Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, « tout le monde conviendra, que cette fois-ci, les limites du tolérable auront été atteintes et dépassées. Des faits d’une extrême gravité ont été posés. (Ils) méritent un examen et assurément des sanctions judiciaires appropriées ».

Partant de là, il a tenu à rappeler que la démocratie et la cultre de son pays rejettent « l’excès pour lui préférer la tolérance, l’amour, l’écoute et le partage ». Par conséquent, IBK a invité les uns et les autres à « accepter de se parler et se donner la chance de se comprendre ». Parce que le président de la République est convaincu que « le Mali peut encore parler au Mali, que le Mali doit toujours parler au Mali (et) le Mali peut accepter pour le Mali ».

En tout cas, M. Keïta a promis de continuer « le dialogue avec toutes les forces vives de la nation pour la mise en place d’une équipe gouvernementale consensuelle, composée de cadres républicains et patriotes, et non de casseurs et de démolisseurs du pays. Le Mali mérite mieux que ça ». 

Enfin, réagissant aux rumeurs de décès de Soumaïla Cissé, le chef de file de l’opposition malienne, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta a mis en garde contre « les fausses informations qui circulent sur les réseaux sociaux et ne tiennent même pas compte de ce qu’elles peuvent causer à une famille dans la peine ».

Le président malien se veut clair : « Je veux dire qu’il n’en est rien. Soumaïla (Cissé) est sain et sauf et il sera de retour parmi nous ». Le 25 mars dernier, alors qu’il se rendait à Koumaira, dans la région de Tomboctou (centre), le leader de l’Union pour la République et la Démocratie (URD) a été kidnappé par des hommes armés. Son garde du corps a été tué lors de cette prise d’otages.