Separation of a child from the family and his/her placement in residential or foster care is a traumatic and painful experience, since it often leads to weakening or severing the bonds with the people extremely close and significant to children. Therefore, work with families at risk of breakdown is an area which requires increased attention.

UNICEF Montenegro Office has partnered with UNICEF Serbia Office in order to introduce in Montenegro the family and parenting support service called Family Outreach Worker, which was initially launched in Serbia in 2013. The family outreach worker service is a form of home visiting that aims to:

  1. To prevent the removal of the child from his-her biological family and improve the functioning of the biological family, to react in a timely manner in risky situations in the family in terms of preventing violence, neglect, and abuse (some kinship and foster families were also supported to prevent kinship or foster care breakdown)
  2. To assist in the process of re-integration of a child into his-her biological family, for instance, a child that has been temporarily placed in an institution or other forms of residential or foster care;
  3. To support the system to provide adequate protection and support to the child and the family, which will be in the child’s best interest.

The cooperation involved public institutions from both countries and more recently an NGO from Montenegro who delivers the service and enabled the exchange of know-how and experts as well as training of Montenegro’s professionals by professionals from Serbia. The service has been provided (intermittently) since 2014 in a quarter of Montenegrin municipalities. Initially, it was funded by UNICEF, then through the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. The Ministry has committed to the Strategy on the Prevention and Projection of Children from Violence that it will integrate the services into the system 2021.

The service has covered over 70 families with almost 180 children in the period 2016-2017, has thus far yielded very positive results.  In line with Montenegro's commitment to deinstitutionalization, thus far, no child who was covered by the service has been separated from the biological or foster family.

Budget: The cost is about 90 euro per family per month.

Partners: UNICEF COs in Serbia and Montenegro, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro, institutions in Serbia (Institute for Social Affairs, Home "Zvecanska"), NGO Family Centre Kotor

Contact details:
Organization UNICEF Montenegro
Contact person: Ms. Ida Ferdinandi
Address: Stanka Dragojevica bb, Podgorica
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Phone Number: +38269303191

Monday, 11 December 2017 19:26

We are pleased to announce the winners of the first global Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest aimed to promote the South-South Youth Leadership Initiative in advancing Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:20

Equal access to justice and protection of human rights for all its inhabitants, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances is a serious challenge for the Government of Montenegro. The costs of legal services remain unaffordable for the majority of people, especially those who lack employment, which is shown in the information provided by the Ministry of Justice. According to some estimation, the cost of filing a lawsuit is between 25-75 per cent of the average monthly salary, which means that effective access to justice remains not affordable for all citizens. In addition, such a situation especially affects women and persons with special needs.

Based on the Strategy and Action plan for the reform of judiciary for 2007-2012 and in follow-up actions to Law on Legal Aid adopted in 2011, the UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and with support of the Governments of the Netherlands and Norway launched a project on Reform of the legal aid system to make legal counseling affordable and widely available.

The implementation of the Law started in January 2012, after opening of the legal aid offices in all 15 basic courts across the country.

The project’s impact is of a high significance for the country, given that, until its adoption, Montenegro was one of the few countries in Europe lacking a specific Law guaranteeing legal aid to its citizens. According to the most recent information, 787 legal aid applications were filed in 2016, out of which 510 applicants were women and 277 applicants were men. In 2015, 628 legal aid applications were filed, out of which 399 applicants were women and 229 applicants were men, while in 2014, 700 legal aid applications were filed, out of which 438 applicants were women and 262 applicants were men. Besides the benefit which the introduction of the legal aid system brought to Montenegrin inhabitants, it is to be emphasized that the reform of the legal aid system was a necessity in order to achieve legislative harmonization with the EU standards in this field, which was one of the conditions for further progression towards European integrations. The country, thus, fulfilled its obligations under international human rights laws and made one important step toward overcoming the problem of a fundamental inequality of citizens in terms of access to the justice system.

Budget: The resources for the implementation of this solution need to be allocated by the state government, since the emphasis is on the fact that the legal aid system needs to be state-funded and accessible to all.

Partners: Supreme Court of Montenegro, 15 Basic courts in Montenegro, Bar chamber, Other partners have included Montenegro’s Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary and the Bar Association of Montenegro, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Open Society Foundation and the Council of Europe, as well as several municipal governments and NGOs.

Contact information:
Stanka Dragojevica BB, Podgorica, Montenegro
Organization: UNDP
Contact persons: Mr Tomica Paovic
Phone: +382 20 447 465
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:00

After June 30th 2013 revolution, Egypt started formulating new era of public policies that became more sustainable development oriented. Therefore, it became too much essential to have an evidence-based spatial information system to support the public policies formulation, investment potentials, entrepreneurship, and other development activities. CAPMAS, as any national statistical office, has the national responsibility to produce the system of official statistics, which was considered the core seed of start constructing the desired system based on the national statistical flow that is already running in an almost systematic way. Thence, CAPMAS carried the responsibilities of analyzing the various stakeholder’s needs, then, the execution and incubation of the first Egyptian geospatial information portal.

In 2015, CAPMAS approached WFP to receive the technical support in designing the desired system, and to overview the international experience as well as the best practices. Through exploring various possible technologies and solutions, they approved the use of ESRI technology, then the analyze and design phase was started to illustrate the main and detailed lines of the desired system, taking-into-consideration the both national and international development agendas, Egypt-2030 and SDGs. The first phase was launched November 2015, in a key-event under the auspices of H.E. Minister of Planning, and notable attendance from various society elites. One of the main believes that was applied since the first phase is the concept of open data, with an attention to the privacy according to the international data dissemination standards.

The Egy-GeoInfo is used to disseminate the various statistics and information, which are related to the national official statistical system, to all beneficiaries starting from the high-level decision makers and ending with the normal Egyptian citizens who are keen to know the most updated statistics. Therefore, Egy-GeoInfo ( is typically the first Egyptian Geospatial gate to provide access to a huge set of multi-sectorial information based on geospatial techniques.

The conclusion that the ultimate goal of using the geospatial platform is to strengthen the capacity of the government of Egypt to monitor and respond to different types of risks, including food security and vulnerability risks, and to ensure that informed policy interventions are in place through providing a wide set of statistics, including key performance indicators for public services and facilities and macro-economic performance and social justice. Therefore, Egyptian government, NGOs, private sectors, parliaments …etc could use the published geo-analytics to monitor the national Egypt-2030 vision, as well as the global SDGs agenda.

In September 30th 2017, CAPMAS announced the results of the first e-census, which achieved in 2017 to survey the population, housings and establishments. In this event, CAPMAS announced that the second generation of Egy-GeoInfo, which will take-place early of 2018, will include the full census 2017 results.

As a result of collaborative efforts, Egy-GeoInfo is able to provide the following services:

  1. A one-stop shop portal, which packages Egypt statistical data with an easy to use web GIS application.
  2. A centralized Geospatial repository, which hosts the data from different databases accomplishing the national system of official statistics.
  3. Enhance the collaboration with various government agencies on a national level using the Geoportal capabilities.

The Egy-GeoInfo has received excellence awards and been presented in various international forums on open data approach and advanced information technology such as:

  • Receiving a shield of the effective partnership with the Government of Egypt and WFP Egypt Country Office 2016.
  • Winning of Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award as best smart E-Gov. application in 2016.
  • Winning of the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award – USA -2017.
  • The CAPMAS representatives in the 48th session of UNSD meeting in New York announced the portal, and expressed CAPMAS ability and willing to share the knowledge with the countries that are working on or thinking of such portals.

The Egy-GeoInfo has many aspects of success and excellence, as well as lessons learned to disseminate and replicate to benefit other countries, in particular:

  • System Sustainability: the GIS-team in CAPMAS, which had been formulated for more than 15 years till date, is the main entity responsible for mobilizing the geospatial techniques, so that there is no doubt that the Egy-GeoInfo portal is one of the incubated systems inside CAPMAS.
  • G2G dialogue to include more government institutions in this platform, and to make sure that these G2G initiative is working to link all government institutions under one-formal-umbrella.

WFP Egypt Country Office started a dialog to transfer this experience to the African countries and beyond the Africa. A high-level mission from the Ethiopian Statistical Office visited CAPMAS to learn more about the experience and to discuss the ways of collaboration.

Partners: Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), United Nations, World Food Programme- Egypt CO, Esri Northeast Africa (Esri-Nea).

Budget: The phase I of the solution costs 172K$, while phase II costing 60K$. This cost includes, purchase of the software, capacity building and training workshops to CAPMAS permanent staff, maintenance fees for 2 years.

Contact details:
CAPMAS: Dr. Mohamed Ramadan
R&D Advisor to CAPMAS President
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WFP: Dr.Menghestab Haile
Representative and Country Director
World Food Programme - Egypt Country Office
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Mobile: +201062437187

Friday, 17 November 2017 00:08

According to information from researchers in Egypt, the country has only 3.6% of its land area suitable for cultivation. These lands are located near the Nile River. The rest is generally a hyperarid zone, with maximum precipitation of 180 mm and in some places, precipitation record is zero. Apart from that, 35 % of arable land is affected by salts, in high concentrations, which makes still more problematic the existing crops. This situation is worse because the whole country has a population of 90 million inhabitants of which approximately 22 million live in the so-called Greater Cairo to which it is necessary to provide fresh and/or processed food. Data from local researchers (Ain Shams University) show that the country is deficient in wheat by - 55%, maize by - 45% and species for the production of oils by -80%.

A reasonable way to solve this situation is the replacement of traditional species, which require large amounts of water, by species adapted to areas of low rainfall, either as food for people or for animals to produce meat and milk. In this context, water and land are used in a more efficient way, since it is possible to utilize marginal land and water unsuitable for conventional crops.

In this sense, quinoa has shown as an advantage that it does not compete for space that today is employed by other species like citrus, banana, garlic, onions, grapes, palms, olive groves, rice, beans, and chickpeas. Quinoa also needs less water than the species mentioned and can grow in soils considered marginal: for instance may even use salt lands where currently nothing is grown.

Briefly, it has been possible to reach poverty alleviation in a specific target area by adapting a non-traditional crop to hard climate and soil conditions.

Partners: Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR), Miguel Lillo Foundation (Argentina) and Faculty of Agriculture, Ain Shams University (Egypt)

Contact Details:
Esmeralda 1212, 12th floor, office 1204.
Raúl Ailán, Director for Bilateral Cooperation.
Tel: +54 11 4819 7555    
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Thursday, 16 November 2017 23:54

Angolan IANORQ (Angolan Institute for Standardization and Quality) is the national entity in charge of coordinating quality standards all over the country. The work of that institution affects directly consumers’ interests, which may be not totally preserved. An opportunity to make some progress in that situation is improving legal metrology in Angola through capacities transference.  

A solution to this challenge would be to strengthen capabilities, skills, competencies and technologies of Metrology Department of IANORQ. In order to reach that end, a complete assessment of more than 4,000 scales and fuel pumps took place in 18 provinces. As a result of that evaluation, the need for knowledge about the adjustment of the instruments was detected. Once the experts had that information, the elaboration of a technical regulation of scales was prepared taking as parameter the regulations in force in Argentina and Brazil.

Partners: Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO.AR), National Institute of Industrial Technology (Argentina) and Angolan Institute for Standardization and Quality IANORQ (Angola)

Contact details:
Esmeralda 1212, 12th floor, office 1204.
Raúl Ailán, Director for Bilateral Cooperation.
Tel: +54 11 4819 7555    
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41

Southern Egypt stands to lose up to a minimum of 30 percent of its food production by 2050 as a result of climate change impact. In Southern Egypt a reduction of approximately USD580 and USD1380/acre would occur on annual farm revenue with temperature increases of 1.5oC and 3.6oC, respectively, if no adaptation efforts are undertaken.  For a household that relies on agriculture for a living (55% of the region’s households), this reduction can represent up to 80% of its total income. As a result, livelihoods of the already economically- stressed smallholders of the region will be at stake.

Since March 2013 the Government of Egypt and the World Food Programme has been implementing the Building Resilient Food Security Systems Project, which aims to 1) improve the adaptive capacity of the Southern zone in the face of anticipated climate-induced reduction in food production and 2) build institutional capacity at all levels to enable sustainability and replication throughout the zone and the country. The project funded by the Adaptation Fund of the United Nations Fund on Climate Change is being implemented in the 5 Governorates of Southern Egypt, namely Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag, Assuit.

The project enhances resilience through two complementary components as follows:

Component I.  Adaptation to climate change through technology development and transfer. This component introduced a package of integrated adaptation techniques in crop and animal production, as well as enhancement of water and land use efficiency as follows:

  • Building resilience in agricultural production through integrated interventions such as:
  • Establishment of climate information centers in the local NGOs to link farmers to technical experts, provide information about climate and its impact on food production and what the farmers can do to reduce losses. The centers also provide a 5-day weather forecast with recommendations of what to do safeguard crops in the case of foreseen extreme weather events. Unemployed educated youth from the village are trained on using the system, and on information dissemination in their communities;
  • Introduction of tested and proven heat tolerant varieties of common crops such as wheat, maize, and tomato; and promotion of high income crops that grow better in warmer climates, particularly medicinal and aromatic plants;
  • Building soft skills to build resilience in the face of weather variability that may impact plants in critical growth stages. Those include changing sowing dates, new agricultural treatments to increase crop heat tolerance, modified irrigation schedules, and fertilization schedules;
  • Value addition in agriculture and intercropping to diversify and increase income (examples include plantation of onion with wheat; maize with tomato; and garlic with wheat) as a means of risk reduction and increasing resilience. Value addition to diversify and augment income sources, such as improved post-harvest practices and small scale food processing.

These interventions are introduced through an array of complementary activities, including consolidation of land holdings, establishment of demonstration fields, extension services including farm-to-farm visits, extension services, demonstration farms and creation of enabling physical and financial assets.

  • Building resilience through livestock and poultry production whereby heat tolerant varieties are introduced through animal revolving loans. Vet services, training and ongoing technical assistance on animal nutrition is given by trained governmental and community organizations and lessons learned are transferred to other Southern Egypt communities through farm-to-farm exchanges.
  • Introduction and use of water saving irrigation whereby irrigation efficiency is realized through laser leveling of soil; canal lining; canal sloping; or simply canal clearing of weeds. Demonstration fields are set up and water users associations are established/ strengthened whereby farmers are trained on how to cooperatively manage their water resources.

Component II. Capacity building for climate knowledge and adaptation replication of all actors involved in the 1000 poorest village initiative in order to replicate them to reach around 1.7 million people. This component includes:

  • Capacity building of government technical staff through a wide array of trainings
  • Documentation & sharing of lessons learned and best Practices
  • Integration of climate adaptation solutions into the curriculum of the universities and technical schools

Achievements: The different agricultural activities have demonstrated very positive results in building the farmer’s resilience against climate change. These included 25-30% increases in crop productivity, coupled with 20-25% reduction in water usage. In cases of extreme weather events, farmers who followed the recommendations of the project’s early warning system recorded a 60% less loss in crops that those who did not. 

The initiative can be replicated in other countries for the most vulnerable communities and regions with the similar climatic and socio-economic conditions.

Partners: The Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Center, Directorates of Agricultures, Vet, Irrigation, Social Solidarity and Education in the 5 Governorates, the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, the Egyptian Metrology Authority, 14 local Community Development Associations, the University of South Valley, the Agricultural Secondary Schools in the project districts.

Budget: US$ 6.9 mln.

WFP-Egypt Country Office
Dr. Ithar Khalil – Head of Climate Change and Livelihoods
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Tel: +202 25261992/93

Montenegro is prone to natural disasters, in particular, to floods. Flood mapping is a crucial element of flood risk management. Since 2013 under the framework of Climate Change Adaptation project supported by GIZ and aimed to improve adaptation to climate change in the Western Balkans (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo), in particular, in the fields of flood and drought risk management Montenegro took steps for improving flood management system. More specifically, the country undertook a task of developing the plans for protection and rescue from floods and mapping vulnerable areas of flooding in 5 municipalities in Montenegro (Kotor, Herceg Novi, Budva, Pljevlja and Rožaje) in order to improve the flood risk disaster management system at local level.

GIS experts and other local and national experts have done flood risk maps for 5 municipalities in GIS using relevant data especially available historical data as well as have prepared municipal protection and rescue plans from floods.

GIS risk maps have been integral part of municipal plans for protection and rescue from floods and consists following:

  • Households (households in vulnerable areas, with data on number of children, adults, persons with disability, number of floors of the house, number of additional facilities)
  • Economic and noneconomic facilities (property, purpose, number of floors),
  • Educational facilities (kindergartens, schools and other educational institutions in vulnerable area and in its surrounding (number of children, pupils, students),
  • Municipal facilities (municipal facilities that can serve for response in case of emergency situation /floods in this case), 
  • Traffic facilities (bridges and culvert in vulnerable areas, petrol stations, gas stations, harbour, dockyard), 
  • Road infrastructure (flooded roads and alternative roads),
  • Health facilities (hospitals, health centres, ambulances),
  • Shelters (existing underground shelters as well as hotel capacities that can serve for the purpose of shelter during emergency situations),
  • TK emitters (locations of base Stations due to coverage of area with telephone signal),
  • Sewerage network (within vulnerable area),
  • Flood zones.

As a result of the project municipal plans for protection and rescue from floods for 5 municipalities (Kotor, Budva, Herceg Novi, Pljevlja and Rožaje) were adopted, the National plan for protection and rescue from fires and floods was updated, and the capacity of representatives of protection and rescue services was strengthened through a training for using GIS tools, study visit to institutions responsible for early warning system and prevention, preparedness and response in case of floods in Germany, people in vulnerable area of Skadar Lake were informed about risks of floods in Montenegrin and Albanian language.

Partners: GIZ, the Ministry of Interior; municipal protection and rescue services, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seismology and Red Cross of Montenegro.

Contact information:
Montenegro, Podgorica, Ministry of Interior - Directorate for Emergency Management
Contact persons: Mr. Ljuban Tmušić and Ms.Zorica Marković
Phone: +38220481815; +38220481816
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Thursday, 28 May 2015 02:34

The Green Production Help Desk (GHD) was established at the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) in October 2012, in order to provide information and technical advisory services for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to comply with the objectives and principles of sustainable development.

The GHD contributes to strengthening capacities in Lebanon on Greening the Industrial Sector:

  • Develop a better understanding of policies and programs aimed at the development of green industry;
  • Increase access to information for decision 2010 makers on opportunities of green production at the national and local levels;
  • Capacity building for the design of national & local policies and programs for stimulating and greening the industrial sector.

Through national and regional workshops, trainings, information campaigning and cooperation with ministries and organizations the GHD has ensured collection and dissemination of information on green business opportunities; national policies, programs, institutions and laws related to green economy; green benefit opportunities such as Environmental Loans provided by Banque Du Liban (BDL) and FREE Environmental Audits funded by GEF and supported by the Ministry of Environment; and regional and international support programs and best practices in green production, therefore, contributed to awareness raising of industry stakeholders on Green Industry and Green Economy.

To promote social development the GHD offers followings:

  • Decent Green Jobs creation in Lebanon;
  • Employers and employees new skills development
  • Guidance in education for students;
  • Guidance in career pathways for job seekers;
  • Curriculum Development to graduate skilled green workers.

The GHD has contributed to a unique cooperation between Academia and Industry: the Lebanese paint industry is recycling the Xylene solvent waste generated at the American University of Beirut and reusing it in its production process. 

Partners: Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), UN-ESCWA 

Contact details: 
Address: Lebanon
The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI)
Mrs. Rana Tabcharani Saliba
Head of the Environment & Energy Department
Project Manager of the GHD
Tel: +961-1-350280/1/2
Fax : +961-1-351167
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 05:45

We are pleased to announce that most of the South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshop Presentations on the various areas of Agricultural Development can now be found on the Agro Solutions Portal. The South-South Knowledge Exchange and Coordination Workshops are organized in the framework of the partnership initiative on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Agricultural Development and Enhanced Food Security (SSTC-ADFS) jointly supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and of course, are an opportunity for representatives of relevant line ministries and centers of excellences, as well as for other stakeholders in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS regions, to exchange information and views on the successful home-grown solutions in various areas of Agricultural Development. 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:37

We are pleased to announce the launch of the first global Youth4South Solution Awareness Contest aimed to promote the South-South Youth Leadership in advancing the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 11:28

An estimate of 500,000 tons of cooking oil waste is produced annually in Egypt from various sources. This waste that is produced by food factories, restaurants, and hotels is not managed efficiently by these entities to be reused to their benefit. Conventionally, it is sold to waste collectors, who normally filter it and sell it back into the food industry, to soap companies, or export it to be used in the Biofuels industry abroad. Around 90 percent of households drop their used cooking oil in the drain. The draining systems of the houses get contaminated and the polluted water cannot be treated to use again.

Tagaddod (Arabic for ‘renewal’), a renewable Energy and Waste Management start-up established in 2013, introduced a new idea of turning used cooking oil to Biodiesel (a green fuel that is used in conventional diesel engines, which can directly substitute for or extend supplies of traditional petroleum diesel). It is a process of filtering the oil and adding chemical additives until getting the final product, which is biodiesel. The conversion process takes around three hours and produces two products, which are biodiesel and glycerin.

In December 2014, the team started engineering, procurement, and construction of the current production facility and was able successfully complete its first Biodiesel and Glycerol order in April 2015. In October 2015, Tagaddod’s production facility was granted the International Sustainability and Carbon Certificate (ISCC).

The current production line was designed, manufactured, and assembled, locally by Tagaddod’s engineers and experts, and is capable of producing up to 300 tons per month from any type of waste vegetable oil, and it can be modified to receive any grade of feedstock quality.

Biodiesel from the Tagaddod production facility is sold in the market. Travco Group, one of the leading tourism firms in Egypt uses Tagaddod’s biodiesel in its hotels’ vehicles, machinery and generators.

Tagaddod aspires to be the leading supplier of green energy, made from renewable resources - the wind, the sun, natural underground heat and clean fuels - to all businesses and households. Tagaddod’s current and medium term focus are exporting biodiesel to the European market. By 2020, the company aims to produce 5,000 tons per month, and operate another Green Diesel factory with the same capacity.  

Prizes: Tagaddod has received an award from the Egyptian government’s General Authority for Investment (GAFI), for the company most likely to go international and has successfully completed a seed round led by Flat6Labs and has also received angel investment by Cairo Angels.

Partners: Sawari Ventures, Cairo Angels

Contact details:  
Mailing Address: South-South Development Academy: 6th Ibn Maysser st., off Mahmoud Azmy st., Zamalek
Tel: (02) 2737 5086/7/8/9 
Fax: (02) 27375084
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