UN relief chief voices concern over worsening humanitarian situation in Sudan

The United Nations emergency relief coordinator today voiced concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states in Sudan, and called for unrestricted access for aid agencies so they can assist people in need.

Protracted refugee situations in Liberia and Angola come to an end – UN

The United Nations has announced that, as of Saturday, people who fled the civil wars in Liberia and Angola and remain abroad will no longer be regarded as refugees by the world body and host governments, bringing to an end two of the most protracted refugee situations in Africa.

Security Council extends terms of service of UN Rwanda genocide tribunal staff

The Security Council today decided to permit four judges of the United Nations tribunal trying serious crimes committed during the 1994 Rwanda genocide to serve beyond the expiry of their terms of office so that the court can wrap up its work by the target date of December 2014.

Security Council endorses UN regional strategy to combat LRA threat

The Security Council today endorsed the regional strategy developed by the United Nations to tackle the threat posed by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and called for the necessary support to ensure that it is carried out successfully.

Mali’s Timbuktu and Tomb of Askia sites added to List of World Heritage in Danger

The World Heritage Committee today accepted a request from the Government of Mali to place Timbuktu and the Tomb of Askia on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

UN rights chief urges restraint by Sudanese authorities during planned protests

The United Nations human rights chief today called on the Sudanese authorities to ensure that protests planned for Friday are allowed to proceed peacefully, without security forces resorting to violent measures and mass arrests as was seen in recent weeks.

Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in DR Congo extended for another year

The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, and urged national authorities to reform their security sector and end armed insurgencies and human rights abuses in the country.

UN agency mobilizing support to help DR Congo tackle livestock epidemic

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is mobilizing urgent support to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) tackle the spread of a powerful livestock disease that has already killed 75,000 goats and threatens neighbouring countries.

UN refugee agency: more displaced Somalis citing difficulty in providing for themselves

The UN refugee agency said today that growing numbers of displaced Somalis have been citing difficulty in providing for themselves as the main reason for fleeing their homes.

Equal participation of women vital for building new Libya, says UN envoy

The top United Nations envoy in Libya today stressed the importance of the equal participation of women in rebuilding the country, as he commended the number of women who have registered to vote and to stand for election in the upcoming legislative polls.