رشا قلج بعد تعيينها فى «الشيوخ»: سأعمل على تعزيز هويتنا الإفريقية

كشفت الدكتورة رشا قلج، عضو مجلس الشيوخ، ضمن قائمة أسماء المعينين، عن أن أهم وأبرز النقاط التي ستسلط عليها الضوء خلال عملها تحت قبة مجلس الشيوخ المصري، التركيز على إفريقيا ودعم استثمار نجاح الدبلوماسية المصرية فى إفريقيا، والتي شهدت الأعوام الماضية تحقيق إنجازات إفريقية عديدة خلال رئاسة الرئيس السيسى للاتحاد الإفريقي العام الماضى من أجل تحقيق الأمن والسلام والتنمية فى ربوع القارة السمراء، كما أن مصر استعادت ريادتها وعلاقتها القوية بالدول الإفريقية من خلال مشروعات التنمية وكذلك المبادرات الصحية والمساعدات والمنح التعليمية

وأضافت عضو مجلس الشيوخ، في بيان لها، أنها ستعمل خلال فترة عضويتها بالمجلس على تنفيذ رؤية مصر لحل مشكلات القارة الإفريقية التى ترتبط بتحقيق التنمية وتعزيز التعاون بين شعوب إفريقيا، ومصر على كل  الأصعدة وخلق فرص عمل واستثمار للشباب من خلال فتح أسواق إفريقية محتاجة للمهارات والقدرات المصرية اللازمة لتحقيق التنمية والازدهار في قارتنا الحبيبة بما يقضي على الإرهاب والفقر الذي يعاني منه أغلب دول القارة، حيث إن مصر تستطيع أن تكون مركزًا للاستثمارات الإفريقية نظرًا لما تمتلكه من مقومات لازمة من الموارد البشرية والبنية التحتية التي تؤهلها لتحقيق هذا الهدف، خاصة أن مصر تمتلك خبرات في كل المجالات والاستثمار في إفريقيا والتي تعتبر هدف ثيرر من دول العالم لما تمتلكه القارة السمراء من الموارد، فهي تحوز حوالي 90% من احتياطيات الموارد في العالم وفق أجندة إفريقيا 2063، لذلك هناك ضرورة لإنجاز مشروعات البنية التحتية في القارة

وتمتلك قلج خبرات كبيرة في العمل داخل إفريقيا حيث تتمتع بخبرات قوية في إفريقيا على جميع الأصعدة والمستويات، حيث أطلقت عدة مبادرات ناجحة بالتعاون مع أكثر من ١٨ سيدة أولى من سيدات الدول الإفريقية وأكثر من ٣٥ دولة كما أنها تملك ٢٦ عاما خبرة فى مجال الصناعات الدوائية والتنمية الصحية والاجتماعية، حيث تخرجت من كلية الصيدلة جامعة الإسكندرية، ثم أكملت دراساتها العليا في جامعة “روبرت جوردون” بأسكتلندا وحصلت على ماجستير إدارة الأعمال، ولقب الأكثر تأثيرا في إفريقيا 2019 -2020

15 migrants die off Libyan coast: IOM

Migrants aboard a watercraft on the Mediterranean Sea (FILE PHOTO / IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Wednesday that at least 15 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya’s western coast, while five survivors were brought to shore by fishermen.

“Desperate migrants continue to risk their lives in the Central Med fleeing abuse and exploitation, in the absence of life-saving capacity,” the IOM said in a tweet.

The IOM recently revealed that more than 200 unauthorized migrants died and over 280 others went missing on the Central Mediterranean route so far this year.

Nearly 10,000 unauthorized migrants were rescued off Libyan coast so far in 2020, while the total number was 9,225 last year, it said.

Ever since the fall of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has become a preferred departure point for migrants hoping to cross the Mediterranean toward European shores.

The IOM has repeatedly said that Libya is not a safe port for migrants’ disembarkation due to the deteriorating security condition in the country.

Mali’s ousted president returns home after treatment abroad

Mali’s ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita returned home late on Wednesday after spending six weeks in the United Arab Emirates getting medical treatment, the head of his party said.

Keita – who was overthrown in a military coup in August – did not make a statement and his Rally for Mali (RPM) party did not give any details on what his next move would be.

The 75-year-old was toppled after weeks of protests against his government’s failure to rein in violence by Islamist militants and ethnic militias, amid widespread anger over alleged corruption and the sluggish economy.

He was hospitalised six days after the coup for reasons that were never publicly disclosed and flown to Abu Dhabi the following week on the condition that he return after his treatment.

West African neighbours initially called for Keita’s restoration as president but dropped that demand after it became clear that there was little appetite for that in Mali.

While he was gone, the junta that overthrew him ceded power to a nominally civilian transition government, although its president is a retired colonel and its vice president the leader of the coup.

“I confirm that he returned Wednesday evening,” RPM president Bocary Treta said on Thursday. “He has recovered a lot, both in terms of health and morale despite the difficult period he went through.”

Some of Keita’s opponents have called for him to be prosecuted for corruption over the procurement of a presidential plane and military equipment. Keita has denied any wrongdoing.

Botswana approaches World Bank for budgetary support

Botswana has approached the World Bank for budgetary support after the coronavirus crisis hurt revenue, Finance Minister Thapelo Matsheka said on Thursday.

Botswana has registered relatively few cases, but lockdown restrictions have disrupted economic activities and caused loss of income in key sectors such as diamond mining and sales.

“We have set up a team and the World Bank has also set up a team to assist us,” Matsheka told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“No quantum is in place yet but ideally if we can get about 50% of the expected 13.6 billion pula ($1.19 billion) deficit for the remainder of the development plan which ends in 2023, that should give us a smoother landing into the next development plan.”

The World Bank’s Botswana representative Guido Rurangwa said talks on the request for budgetary support were ongoing.

“The government and the World Bank are currently discussing details of the support, including the amount,” Rurangwa said in an emailed response.

Kenya to use space technology to boost disaster response to emergencies

Aerial view of a satellite in orbit over Earth. (Getty Images)

Kenya plans to harness space technology in order to boost disaster response to emergencies through early warning systems, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

Monica Juma, cabinet secretary, Ministry of Defense told journalists in Nairobi that the use of space technology has been traditionally limited to defense and intelligence purposes.

“We want to develop more applications for space technology to provide communication redundancy in case of disasters,” Juma said during the launch of the Kenya Space Agency strategic plan 2020-2025.

She added that the strategic plan provides a clear roadmap and firmly anchors space science and related applications as key drivers of national development goals.

Juma said that Kenya will harness its geographic advantage with space science to bring socio-economic benefits to its citizens.

She observed that Kenya has identified four strategic areas in the space sector that will enable the country to enhance the utilization of space technology for socio-economic development.

According to Juma, the east African nation is keen to collaborate with developed countries to improve its nascent space industry.

“The aim is to position the country to tap into regional and global opportunities including entering into regional and multilateral agreements,” Juma added.

Thomas Chepkuto, acting director-general, Kenya Space Agency, said that the country is prioritizing the development of an indigenous space industry by 2030.

Chepkuto added that space science will also help the country in weather forecasting, climate change mitigation and adaptation through monitoring of the earth from space.

The space agency noted that the space science field will also help Kenya to tap into possibilities of precision agriculture, route mapping, and other related geolocation services.

La Fondation Merck et les Premières Dames Africaines célèbrent les gagnants des Prix des Médias « Restez à la Maison » afin de sensibiliser le public sur le coronavirus

Le comité des prix des médias de la Fondation Merck a en outre introduit une deuxième et une troisième position et a sélectionné plus d’un gagnant

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La Fondation Merck (Merck-Foundation.com), la branche philanthropique de Merck KGaA Allemagne, a annoncé les gagnants des Prix de Reconnaissance des Médias « Restez à la Maison » pour les Pays Africains. Le thème des prix était « Sensibiliser sur la manière de rester en sécurité et en bonne santé physique et mentale pendant le confinement du au coronavirus » dans le but de séparer les faits des mythes et des idées fausses. Les Prix de Reconnaissance des Médias « Restez à la Maison » ont été présentés en partenariat avec les Premières Dames Africaines du Ghana, du Nigéria, de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC), du Malawi, de Namibie, du Niger, de Guinée Conakry, du Burundi, de la République Centrafricaine (RCA), du Tchad, Zimbabwe, Zambie, Gambie, Libéria, Congo Brazzaville, Angola et Mozambique.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO Merck Foundation souligne : « Je suis très fière de nos gagnants. Nous avons reçu une réponse formidable des journalistes africains sous la forme de leurs contributions. Je crois vraiment que les médias jouent un rôle important dans l’éducation et la sensibilisation de nos communautés sur la santé et les questions sensibles telles que la COVID-19, par conséquent, à travers les prix, nous reconnaissons le reportage distingué et le travail exceptionnel des journalistes qui ont fréquemment couvert ce sujet dans leurs pays ».

Voici les gagnants des Pays Africains Francophones en partenariat avec La Première Dame de la République Centrafricaine (RCA), S.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA ; La Première Dame du Burundi, S.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE ; La Première Dame du Niger, S.E. AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU :

Pays africains francophones

Gagnants des categories en ligne:

Première Position

  • Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo – Blog Lanoca, C.A.R., (500 USD)
  • Abdel Aziz Hali – La Presse de, TUNISIE (500 USD)

Deuxième Position

  • Alphonse Julio – Global News, BENIN (300 USD)
  • Boris Esono Nwenfor – Pan African Vision, CAMEROON (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Elise Nandrasanela – L’Express de Madagascar, MADAGASCAR (200 USD)
  • Bahwa Ferdinand – Le Journal.Africa, BURUNDI (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie d’impression :

Première position

  • Issa Moussa – Niger Times, NIGER (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Koami Agbetiafa – Niger Le Républicain, NIGER (300 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie radio :

Première position

  • Salissou kaka – Saraounia FM, NIGER (500 USD)
  • Boussanga Bissa – Radio Voix Du Paysan, BURKINA FASO (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Mokwe Welisane Epse Nkeng Ngoneh – Cameroon Radio Television, CAMEROON (300 USD)

Voici les gagnants des Pays d’Afrique Australe en partenariat avec la Première Dame du Malawi, S.E. MONICA CHAKWERA ; La Première Dame de Namibie, S.E. MONICA GEINGOS ; La Première Dame de Zambie, S.E. ESTHER LUNGU; La Première Dame du Zimbabwe, S.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA :

Pays d’afrique australe

Gagnants des categories en ligne :

Première position

  • Tendai Rupapa – The Herald, ZIMBABWE (500 USD)
  • Keletso Thobega – Botswana Guardian & The Midweek SunBOTSWANA (500 USD)
  • June Shimuoshili – Unwrap.online, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Faith Mzungu-Vilakati – Daily News, ESWATINI (300 USD)

And

  • Andrew Mambondiyani –  The African Argument, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Mercy Malikwa – MW Nation, MALAWI (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie d’impression :

Première position

  • Adolf Kaure – Namibia Media Holdings, NAMIBIA (500 USD)
  • Henry Sinyangwe – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Violet Mengo – Zambia Daily Mail, ZAMBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Bridget Mananavire – Independent Senior Reporter, ZIMBABWE (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Cliff Chiduku – News Day, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie multimédia :

Première position

  • Abdullah Vawda  –  LENZ TV, SOUTH AFRICA (500 USD)
  • Selima Henock – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Nous reconnaissons le reportage distingué et le travail exceptionnel des journalistes qui ont fréquemment couvert ce sujet dans leurs pays

Deuxième position

  • Denver Kisting – Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NAMIBIA (300 USD)

And

  • Aston Gondwe – Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, MALAWI (300 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie radio :

Première position

  • Rachel Nghimulitete – Namibian Broadcasting Cooperation, NAMIBIA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Jo Jackson – The Children’s Radio, SOUTH AFRICA (300 USD)

And

  • Aunyango Nkhoma – Zodiak Broadcasting Station, MALAWI (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Prudence Siabana – Radio Phoenix, ZAMBIA (200 USD)

Voici les gagnants des Pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest en partenariat avec la Première Dame de Gambie, S.E. FATOUMATTA BAHBARROW et la Première Dame du Libéria, S.E. CLAR MARIE WEAH :

Pays d’afrique de l’ouest

Gagnants des categories en ligne :

Première position

  • Alieu Ceesay – Q TV, GAMBIA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Hawa Dolly – Liberia News Agency, LIBERIA (300 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie d’impression :

Première position

  • Ishmael Sallieu Koroma – Concord Times, SIERRA LEONE (500 USD)

Voici les gagnants des Pays d’Afrique de l’Est :

Pays d’afrique de l’est

Gagnants des categories en ligne :

Première position

  • Hillary Orinde – Standard Media Group, KENYA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Arnold Kwizera – CNBC Africa, RWANDA (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Geoffrey Kamadi – Scientific African, KENYA (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie d’impression :

Première position

  • Esther Oluka – Daily Monitor, UGANDA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Veronica Romwald Mrema – Jamvi La Habari, TANZANIA (300 USD)
  • Lydia Atieno Barasa – The New Times, RWANDA (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Evelyn Makena Gatobu – People Daily, KENYA (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie multimédia :

Première position

  • Mashirima Kapombe – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)
  • Dorcas Wangira – Citizen TV, KENYA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Daniel Sebakijje – NBS TV, UGANDA (300 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie radio :

Première position

  • Mwanaisha Makumbuli – Highlands FM Radio, TANZANIA (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Kigongo Issa – Radio Bilal, UGANDA (300 USD)

Voici les gagnants des Pays Africains Lusophones en partenariat avec La Première Dame d’Angola, S.E. ANA DIAS LOURENÇO et La Première Dame du Mozambique, S.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI:

Pays africains lusophones

Gagnants des categories en ligne :

Première position

  • Cornelio Rosa – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie d’impression :

Première position

  • César Silveira – Valor Econômico, ANGOLA (500 USD)
  • Evelina Muchanga Mavie – Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Lídia Manuel Cossa – Jornal Dossiers & Factos, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Frederico Lucas Jamisse Mossigueja – Jornal domingo-Sociedade do Notícias, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie multimédia :

Première position

  • Abdul Remane Alifate Ibraimo – TV Surdo, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Pascoal Malate – Televisão de Moçambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Gagnants de la catégorie radio :

Première position

  • Jeremias Mondlane – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (500 USD)

Deuxième position

  • Sumali Gilberto Sumagil Picaires – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (300 USD)

Troisième position

  • Nelson Mainato – Radio Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE (200 USD)

La qualité du travail était impressionnante ; par conséquent, le comité des prix des médias de la Fondation Merck a examiné les candidatures de quatre catégories ; En ligne, Presse écrite, Radio et Multimédia ; sous les groupes suivants : 1) Pays d’Afrique de l’Est, 2) Pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, 3) Pays d’Afrique Australe, 4) Pays d’Afrique Francophone et 5) Pays d’Afrique Lusophone.

Le comité des prix des médias de la Fondation Merck a en outre introduit une deuxième et une troisième position et a sélectionné plus d’un gagnant, à certaines occasions, pour chacune des quatre catégories de toutes les régions.

« La précieuse contribution du gagnant sur la sensibilisation de sa communauté respective au COVID 19 nous a encouragés à le récompenser en plus pour qu’il devienne diplômé de la Fondation Merck et à lui offrir un accès d’un an à un programme de formation en ligne appelé « Cours de Master ». Les Cours de Master est une expérience en ligne immersive et un cours d’apprentissage à votre rythme en anglais qui peut être consulté n’importe où avec Internet. Cette offre de la Fondation Merck vise à motiver les journalistes passionnés à continuer à écrire et à défendre les problèmes sociaux, économiques et de santé dans leurs pays », a ajouté le Dr. Rasha Kelej.

Distribué par APO Group pour Merck Foundation.

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Egypt reports 158 new COVID-19 cases, highest since mid-September

The start of the high school and Al-Azhar high school final exams, amid severe precautionary measures, sterilization, and temperature measurement for students before the start of the exam on June 21, 2020 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Ziad Ahmed/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Egypt reported 158 new COVID-19 infections on late night Tuesday, bringing its national caseload to 105,705, its health ministry said.

The new cases mark the highest daily infections in the country since Sept. 16, when 160 infections were confirmed.

Meanwhile, 12 patients died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 6,142, while 99 others completely recovered, increasing the total recoveries to 98,413, the ministry’s spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

Total COVID-19 recoveries currently exceed 93 percent of the total cases registered in the most populous Arab country.

Egypt announced its first COVID-19 case on Feb. 14 and the first death from the viral disease on March 8.

Around mid-June, the country saw a peak of daily infections and fatalities, with a record 97 deaths on June 15 and 1,774 infections on June 19, followed by a gradual decline in the first week of July.

With the decline in infections and deaths, Egypt has been easing relevant restrictions over the past three months as part of a coexistence plan to maintain anti-coronavirus precautionary measures while resuming economic activities.

South Africa’s economy on recovery, says reserve bank

Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Lesetja Kganyago, speaks during a press conference in the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC on April 21, 2018. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s economy has started to recover after showing improvement in August, the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said on Tuesday.

“The composite leading business cycle indicator increased further by 3.7 percent on a month-to-month basis in August, following a 2.6 percent increase in July,” said the SARB, the country’s central bank, in a report.

“It was the strongest reading since January 2010, with all 10 available component time series increasing as activity levels in the economy continued to rebound amid further easing of lockdown restrictions,” the report added.

Increases in the U.S. dollar-denominated export commodity price index contributed most to the increase in the composite leading business cycle indicator in August, the SARB said, adding that the improvement was also supported by a rise in industrial production as well as retail and new vehicle sales.

South Africa’s economy has been under pressure after its growth declined for three consecutive quarters. The country’s economy is projected to contract by over 8 percent this year.

Kenya records 497 cases of COVID-19

A health worker takes swab sample from a girl during COVID-19 mass testing exercise in Kangemi, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Oct. 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)

The Kenyan Health Ministry on Wednesday confirmed 497 new cases of COVID-19 from 4,888 samples tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of confirmed positive infections to 46,144.

So far Kenya has tested 632,669 samples since March.

The health ministry said the new cases included 471 Kenyans and 26 foreigners.

The cases are made up of 295 males and 202 females; the youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 88 years.

The Ministry of Health also announced 238 patients recovered from the virus with 170 on the home-based care program while 68 were discharged from various hospitals bringing the total number of recoveries to 32,760.

The ministry also stated that there are 27 patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 27 on ventilatory support and 41 on supplementary oxygen.

A total of 1,189 are currently admitted in various health facilities and 2,661 are on Home Based Isolation and Care.

The death toll from the virus has also risen to 858 after 16 more patients succumbed to the virus.

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region — Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger — but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)

More than 20 donors pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond, the United Nations announced Tuesday.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the funds will help some 10 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger for the remainder of this year and through next year with nutrition, food, health services, water and sanitation, shelter, education, protection and support to survivors of gender-based violence.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the high-level virtual donors meeting co-sponsored by the U.N., Denmark, Germany and the European Union that “the central Sahel region is at a breaking point” and humanitarian needs in the border region of the three countries “have reached record levels.”

“The security situation has deteriorated sharply, harshly affecting people’s daily lives,” he said. “Violence is rising, and women and girls are especially vulnerable. Internal displacement has increased twenty-fold in less than two years. Climate change is threatening people’s livelihoods. And COVID-19 is making all of it worse.”

The U.N. chief said this downward spiral “is a microcosm of cascading global risks converging in one region,” and needs to be reversed with a renewed push for peace and reconciliation.

U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock reiterated that “nowhere in the world worries me as much as the Sahel in the medium-term.” And he again expressed fear that the region “is very close to a tipping point, with ripple effects that could reach neighboring countries and further afield.”

Lowcock said more than 13 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger need emergency assistance to survive, including 5 million children.

Before the meeting, he told The Associated Press that the troubling situation in the three countries is a symptom of the failure to deal with a broad range of political, security and development challenges, as well as rapid population growth and climate change.

Lowcock told Tuesday’s high-level meeting that these root causes “are not being properly addressed,” saying the international community has focused mainly on short-term humanitarian aid and security interventions “but much more is needed.”

He called on the international community and the Sahel governments to make far bigger investments in basic services, especially education, health, clean water, sanitation and family planning, and in adapting to the pressures of climate change and population growth. This requires improved agricultural productivity, urban planning and economic development, he said.

Both Guterres and Lowcock appealed for $2.4 billion to cover the remaining months of 2020 and 2021.

U.N. spokesman Dujarric said donors pledged $985 million for this year and $704 million for 2021 and beyond.

According to the U.N., Switzerland made the largest pledge, $464.1 million. The United States was next pledging $274.8 million followed by Denmark with $183.1 million, the European Union with $122.8 million and Germany with $118.2 million.

Rasmus Prehn, Danish minister for development cooperation, said: “Right now, more and more people in Central Sahel are caught in a vicious cycle of insecurity, displacement and lack of food.”

“We must act and extend our solidarity to all those suffering, in particular women and children,” he said. “More funding for sustained humanitarian support is essential. At the same time, we must focus much more on long-term solutions to the challenges that drive the crisis.”