In General Debate speech, Mozambique Foreign Minister highlights need for UN reform

Citing a range of challenges to peace in Africa and elsewhere around the world, in his address to the General Assembly today, Mozambique’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Oldemiro Baloi, highlighted the need for reform of the United Nations, as well as the revitalization of the Assembly itself.

Africa must have due representation in Security Council, ministers tell UN debate

African ministers at the United Nations General Assembly to day called for expanding the Security Council to include permanent representation for their continent and stressed the vital role of socio-economic development in ensuring peace.

At UN, Sudan’s Foreign Minister highlights recent cooperation pact with South Sudan

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Sudan’s Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, today highlighted, among other issues, his country’s role in reaching a key framework agreement for cooperation – particularly in security, the common border and economic relations – with South Sudan, at talks this week in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

UN seeks $38 million to respond to Lesotho’s food crisis

The United Nations today appealed for $38.5 million to help 725,000 people – a third of the population – in the small African country of Lesotho who are affected by a food crisis.

Namibia’s policies must guarantee inclusion of indigenous peoples – UN expert

Indigenous communities must be included at all levels in Namibia’s policies, a United Nations expert stressed today, adding that the Government must engage with them while respecting their unique identities.

Kenya: UN agency combats public health threats at world’s largest refugee camp

The United Nations refugee agency has launched extensive health measures to combat an outbreak of jaundice in the world’s largest refugee camp, located in northern Kenya.

Empowerment of young people key to Somalia’s well-being, says UN report

Somalia’s well-being rests significantly on its large youth population, according to a United Nations report released today, which stressed the importance of empowering this segment of the country to spur economic, political and social growth in the country.

At UN, North African leaders highlight progress and challenges in democratic transitions

In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, the President of the General National Congress of Libya, Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf, highlighted his country’s progress since the downfall of its former leader, Muammar al-Qadhafi, while also calling for the international community’s support in overcoming challenges it currently faces.

Perpetrators of mass rapes in Guinea must be brought to justice, stresses UN official

A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to assist the victims of the mass rapes that occurred three years ago today during a pro-democracy protest in the Guinean capital, Conakry, and to bring the remaining perpetrators to justice.

UN envoy alarmed by recent wave of killings of journalists in Somali capital

The top United Nations political official for Somalia today said he was shocked and alarmed by the killing of seven journalists in the capital, Mogadishu, over the past month.