Applications invited for United Nations journalism fellowships

By IndepthAfrica
In Press Releases
Feb 28th, 2012

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2012 fellowship program. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2012.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and are currently working full-time for a bona fide media organization in a developing nation. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to two months in New York to report from the United Nations.

Details with regard to applying for a journalism fellowship can be found on our web site at

In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2012 from nations selected in 2011: China, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2013.

Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists, as all participants are media professionals.

Questions about the program, eligibility and application process should be directed to

IOM Begins First Repatriation Of Liberian and Ivorian RefugeesTuesday, February 28, 2012 12:56 AMGENEVA, Switzerland, February 28, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — IOM, in partnership with UNHCR, has begun a weekly voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees who had fled to Liberia at the outbreak of the civil war in April 2011.

The operation is taking place simultaneously with the repatriation of the remaining Liberian refugees who have been living in Cote d’Ivoire.

A total of 15,000 Ivorian refugees and 15,000 Liberian refugees will be assisted to return to their respective countries by the end of the end of the operation.

There are an estimated 79,000 Ivorian refugees still residing in Liberia and up to 24,000 Liberian refugees in Cote d’Ivoire.

On 22nd February a first convoy of nine vehicles (4 buses and 5 trucks) carrying 233 men, women and children, some of them vulnerable, left Toe Town refugee camp in Eastern Liberia.

They made the 6-hour journey from eastern Liberia and crossed the river which marks the border between the two countries, before arriving at Toulepleu, a village in Cote d’Ivoire, which is the final destination for most of the returnees.

The second convoy left on 25th February and comprised a group of 339 who travelled from Sacleapea refugee camp in Liberia, to their final destination in Danane region of Cote d’Ivoire.

In total, 13 vehicles carrying the returnees and their personal possessions, such as chairs, beds, mattresses and food, were used the repatriation.

“I have had a peaceful existence here since my arrival in Liberia” one of the returnees told IOM. “But as you know, home is home. Now things are better at home, I need to return and re-build my life for the sake of my children.”

Prior to the journey, IOM had carried out road and infrastructure assessments to ensure the safety of the convoy.

Once the returnees had reached their final destinations, IOM provided them with essential non-food items that will help them to restart their lives.

UNHCR provided the returnees with cash grants to meet their immediate expenses and WFP provided them with a one-month food ration.

At the peak of the crisis in Cote d’Ivoire, more than 200,000 Ivorian refugees had sought refuge in Liberia and undetermined number in neighbouring countries including Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea. Most of them have now returned to Cote d’Ivoire following the end of the civil strife and the subsequent improvement of security.

Meanwhile, IOM has also started assisting the voluntary return of the remaining Liberian refugees in Cote d’Ivoire.

Last week, IOM assisted 250 Liberian refugees from the town of Tabou to return to Harper in South-eastern Liberia. The same number was repatriated a week earlier.

IOM is planning to step up the repatriation process to meet the 30th June deadline when Liberians living in Cote D’Ivoire will no longer enjoy refugee status.

The scheduled voluntary repatriation of the Liberian and Ivorian refugees is being funded by UNHCR and implemented by IOM.

It is anticipated that by the end of the year the targeted numbers of the Ivorian and Liberian refugees would have been assisted to return to their respective countries.

BiOZEEN appoints Mahadevan as President & Chief Executive OfficerTuesday, February 28, 2012 12:51 AMMUMBAI, India, February 28, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Industry leader and former Merck Millipore Executive tapped as the President & CEO of the only company in the Industry Integrating equipment manufacturing, consultancy and training under one roof

BiOZEEN (, a niche bioprocess engineering organization delivering end-to-end solutions to the biopharmaceutical sector across the globe, today announced the appointment of Mr. Mahadevan as the President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Photo: (Mr. Mahadevan the newly appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, BiOZEEN)


Mahadevan most recently served as the Global Director and Commercial leader with Merck Millipore where he led global market segment strategic initiatives. He brings to board over twenty four years of strong understanding of Healthcare and Life Sciences sector.

Dr. Anil Paul Kariath speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, BiOZEEN expressed his delight on having the versatile leader by stating, “BiOZEEN identified in Mahadevan a dynamic leader with clarity on visionary and operational skills, both from technology and geography perspective, making him the right match for us.” He further added that, “In the past Mr. Mahadevan has executed global strategies with his industry knowledge, strong networking skills and industrial contacts. I believe this will help him steer Biozeen to the next level.”

Mahadevan cites several opportunities for the industry and organization, “Life Sciences and emerging markets is where the next wave of biotech growth is poised to occur. As a total solutions provider our business model integrates Consulting, Design & Build Equipments and training that would insure productivity and facilitate growth in the bio-pharmaceutical industry as we at BiOZEEN plan to be their unique partner.”

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of BiOZEEN.

About BiOZEEN:

Started operations in the year 2006, BiOZEEN ( is a turnkey bioprocess engineering organization delivering end-to-end solutions to the biopharmaceutical sector across the globe. Operational through a state-of-the-art facility sprawling over an area of eight acres in Bangalore, BiOZEEN undertakes Bioprocess Equipment Manufacturing, Consultancy Services, Manpower Training and Bioprocess Research. With a headcount of over 150 people, BiOZEEN comprises of a team of professionals from various disciplines such as bioprocess engineers, microbiologists, technicians, chemists and scientists with diverse experience from the Biologics and Biopharmaceutical industry. With customers in more than 10 countries around the world, BiOZEEN enables productivity at institutions and corporations that shape global health. Global Customers include LG Life Sciences, Binex South Korea, The Biovac Institute South Africa, DAPH Srilanka and some of the Indian customers include Serum Institute, Shantha Biotech, Biological E, and Reliance Life Sciences. BiOZEEN is certified for compliance to ISO 9001:2008.

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Salma Khan

Gutenberg Communications

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