Mauritania

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Islamic Republic of Mauritania
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Location  Africa
Capital  Nouakchott
Area  1,030,700 sq km
Population  3,840,429
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  • Mauritania has banned the use of plastic bags to protect the environment and the lives of animals and fish, according to an environment ministry update on 2 January 2013.[1]

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  • Ahmed Yahya of Mauritania was named Football Leader of the Year at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Ghanaian capital Accra on 4 January 2018.[2]

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  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 30 January 2014 appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his new Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), where he will also serve as Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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  • Mauritania and Senegal signed an agreement on 9 February 2018, pledging to work together and split production from the giant cross-border Grand Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field being developed by Kosmos Energy and BP.

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  • Mauritanian film director Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu won the Best Film award at France's César Awards on 20 February 2015.

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  • Mauritanians voted for a new president on 11 March 2007 in the first fully democratic election since independence in 1960. The election was Mauritania's first steps to democracy following the military coup in 2005.[3]

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  • Fatimata M’baye, the co-founder and president of the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights and Mauritania’s first woman lawyer, was awarded the 2016 International Women of Courage Award at a ceremony on 29 March 2016 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  • Mauritania national football team played its maiden football match on 11 April 1963 against DR Congo. Unfortunately the match ended in favor of DR Congo.[4]

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  • Anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania was named as one of the most influential people, according to Time Magazine’s 2017 list of 100 Most Influential People.[5]

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  • Mohamed Fall Ould Oumeïr, editor-in-chief of the independent Mauritanian weekly newspaper, La Tribune, won the sub-regional competition of opinion articles on the theme "Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: What Future for the Maghreb Countries?", organized by the UNESCO Office in Rabat on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day. The official announcement of the winner of the competition took place on 3 May 2010.

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  • Mauritanian blogger Ahmed Jedou, who brings issues from his distant country to the general Arab audience, won the prestigious Best Blog Arabic award at the Deutsche Welle sponsored Best of the Blogs Awards 2013.[6]

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  • Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania was named as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 2 August 2013.[7]

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  • Mauritania joined the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states for creating a closer relation among its members, on 26 November 1973.[8]

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  • The United Nations (UN) on 3 December 2015 announced the appointment of El Ghassim Wane of Mauritania as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations at the UN.[9]

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  • Biram Dah Abeid, himself the son of freed-slaves, from Mauritania who is engaged in an advocacy campaign to eradicate slavery received the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize.[10]

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