UNESCO chief deplores latest killing of a Somali journalist

Somali authorities must do everything in their power to put an end to the continuing violence which has already claimed the lives of eight journalists in the African country this year, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom said today, as she condemned the latest killing of a Somali journalist.

Guinea: UN rights office voices concern at excessive use of force by security forces

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern about the excessive use of force by security forces in Guinea in a number of incidents over the past few weeks, and stressed that demonstrators must be allowed to exercise their rights to peaceful assembly and expression.

On UN visit, basketball star Pau Gasol urges help for children affected by Sahel crisis

Pau Gasol, National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has wrapped up a trip to Chad by urging continued support for the hundreds of thousands of children affected by the food crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region.

Latest violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei state threatens recent gains, UN warns

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today said it is increasingly concerned by recent violence in Jonglei state that threatens the important gains made this year in restoring peace and security.

UN human rights chief urges Gambia to impose immediate moratorium on death penalty

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Gambian authorities to impose an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty, after nine people were executed on Sunday and President Yahya Jammeh announced that all remaining death row inmates would be executed, by firing squad, by mid-September.

Internally displaced camp residents in Darfur return following violence - UN mission

About 80 percent of the residents of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in North Darfur, Sudan, have returned to the camp, in the aftermath of the recent violence which displaced 25,000 IDPs, the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known by the acronym UNAMID, reported today.

African cities must implement green measures to ensure food security – UN report

Policymakers in African cities must implement green measures to make sure that growing urban areas can meet the increasing demand for food, according to a report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

In Mali, UN official urges donor support to step up food relief efforts

The top United Nations relief official said today that humanitarian efforts to alleviate the devastating food crisis affecting Mali have begun to yield results, but warned that much still remains to be done and the situation could worsen without continued donor support.

United Nations alarmed over reports of further massacres in eastern DR Congo

Two senior United Nations officials today spoke out over reports of further massacres of civilians, beginning in early August, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – the latest in a series of violent attacks by armed groups systematically targeting civilians in the area.

Welcoming ‘landmark’ events, Security Council urges swift end to Somali transition

The Security Council today welcomed the recent adoption of Somalia’s provisional constitution, the inaugural meeting of its new parliament and the appointment of that body’s speaker, and called on all parties to continue to work together to bring a swift end to the country’s transition.