UN scales up food assistance for more than 80,000 people in South Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme announced today that it will scale up its assistance to reach 80,000 people affected by the recent escalation of ethnic violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.

UNESCO chief condemns latest murder of journalist in Somalia

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting and defending the freedom of the press today condemned the murder of a journalist in Somalia and called for measures to improve the safety of media professionals in the Horn of Africa country.

As political tensions rise in Senegal, Ban urges all sides to refrain from violence

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern today about mounting political tensions in Senegal, where voters go to the polls in less than a month to elect a president.

Thousands affected by tropical storms in Mozambique – UN humanitarian arm

The United Nations humanitarian agency reported today that an estimated 117,000 people have been affected by two tropical storms in Mozambique last week, adding that it is closely monitoring the situation.

Security Council calls for multilateral action to address challenges in the Sahel

The Security Council today called for a coordinated and inclusive approach to ensure a solution to the problems facing the Sahel region, which include an ongoing humanitarian crisis, lack of socio-economic development, insecurity and the threat of terrorism.

Power of books celebrated by UN chief as new library opens in Ethiopian capital

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated the benefits that books can bring to young people as he opened a library at an Ethiopian primary school that has been established under an innovative United Nations scheme.

More needs to be done to enhance Darfur’s peace process – UN official

A strong political will, adequate financial resources and strengthened operations to help Darfur’s vulnerable population are needed to accelerate the peace and reconciliation process in Sudan, a senior United Nations official said today.

With new blueprint in hand, Ban calls for action to chart more sustainable future

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for action on a new blueprint for creating a sustainable planet, a just society and a growing economy, stressing that the current path will not lead to a fair and resilient future.

Ban urges Egypt to adhere to roadmap on transition to civilian administration

Secretary-General Ban today urged Egypt to maintain its commitment to implementing the roadmap to an early transition to a civilian administration, and expressed his satisfaction that the recent legislative elections were generally conducted in an orderly manner.

Ban urges African countries to entrench civil, political and economic rights

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged African countries to entrench civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to boost stability and development in the continent.