All armed groups operating in eastern DRC have called for the laying down of their weapons (Special Envoy to the Great Lakes)

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Only about 5% of funding for humanitarian actions goes to local actors. These are often disadvantaged by the eligibility criteria drawn up by donors. Result: the impact of most projects remains questionable. It is therefore necessary to change the philosophy, to which the international NGO Street Child has committed itself, which is organizing a workshop in Goma and Kinshasa to put this question on the table. In this issue, the United Nations Magazine welcomes Street Child’s regional director, Jean-Claude Bakwabaya Muhindu, who will talk to Honore Misenga Kalala

News in brief

*Our news in short, effective fight against cross-border animal diseases. This is the goal of an FAO support project in Goma, North Kivu. This project, aimed at the rehabilitation of the veterinary laboratory, was the focus of a working session last week between the vice-governor of the province and a delegation from the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. A working session that followed the mission to assess the needs and actions to be taken to realize this project, which will in particular create new units capable of controlling zoonotic diseases such as rabies, bird flu, viral disease Ebola, Covid-19 and monkeypox.

**From Goma, let’s go to Komanda, in Ituri with Monusco, as part of its projects to reduce violence in the community î, the UN mission has been installing about thirty public lighting panels in the center of this region for a few days, to a total cost estimated at $47,570. Komanda is located 75 km west of Bunia. This project has provided employment to about 40 people, including 14 vulnerable women and 13 ex-combatants.

Gustave Kakani of local civil society thanked Monusco for this project that he hopes will reduce crime and theft in central Komanda.

***Finally, this week the interim head of the office of Monusco Beni-Butembo-Lubero, Abdourahamane, received the leaders of the NGO Solidarity of Women for Peace and Integral Development, SOFEPADI in acronym. According to Rodrigue Collins Ngasembere, who is responsible for the program within this organization, the talks with the head of this office of the UN mission focused on the issue of peaceful coexistence and social cohesion in the Beni region.


The United Nations magazine also offers you the interview that Father Boudewijn Misingi gave on Wednesday to Radio Okapi in Goma. Father Misingi is the regional coordinator of the NGO International Center for Peace and Human Development in the Great Lakes (CIPDH). The interview revolves around the ‘Children for Peace’ campaign that his organization launched to combat the war culture in people’s minds. Father BoudewijnMisingi answers questions from Bernardin Nyangic

News from the province

7 high school students from Kinshasa won prizes in the dictation competition organized by the Congolese Association of Women in the Printed Press – ACOFEPE, with the support of Monusco and Unesco. A competition organized on the sidelines of the International Day of the French Language, which has been celebrated every year on March 20 since its creation in 1988. The official award ceremony took place in the Cercle Elaïs in Kinshasa / Gombe. The head of the public information division of the UN mission in the DRC, Christophe Boulierac, was represented by David Fundji

Reporting by Jeef Opela and Vanessa Nkongolo

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MAG UN returns to the question of whether or not to apply Chapter 7 by MONUSCO posed at the United Nations press conference on Wednesday, April 20. Mission spokesman Mathias Gillmann responded. Follow…


May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day with UNESCO. MAG UN will cover related activities in Kinshasa

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