Africa

Attack on Congolese doctor sparks outrage from UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has voiced her outrage at the attack against a doctor in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) widely admired for his work with rape survivors, and called on the Government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN chief condemns attack on home of renowned doctor in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns in the “strongest possible terms” an attack which took place on Thursday night at the home of Dr. Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

In meeting, UN and African Union officials flag need for engagement in Darfur for further progress

The acting head of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today stressed the importance of the full engagement of the African Union (AU) in the Sudanese region to sustain progress towards peace and security.

UN health agency calls for help with de-worming efforts in West Africa’s Sahel region

Countries gripped by a hunger crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region urgently need additional help to combat a series of intestinal-worm and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) that have spread in the wake of regional flooding, the United Nations health agency said today.

Top UN envoy calls for investigation into attacks against two Somali journalists

The United Nations top political official in Somalia today called for an investigation into the attacks that targeted two journalists in the Horn of Africa country over the past week, stressing that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Senior UN official calls on Sudanese authorities and rebel group to commit more fully to peace process

Ending violence in the western Sudanese region of Darfur requires the Sudanese government and a rebel group that signed a peace plan last year to more fully commit to the deal, a senior United Nations official told the UN Security Council today.

UN food agency warns North Africa of locust threat, seeks funding help to control swarms

Desert locust swarms are set to invade North Africa in the coming weeks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, as it highlighted ongoing efforts to raise almost $6 million still needed to cover regional control costs for the rest of the year.

Following Benin floods, UN humanitarian official flags need for ‘new paradigm’ to help vulnerable

At the end of a joint United Nations-Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) mission to Benin, a senior UN humanitarian official highlighted the need for new ways to help people in the West African country cope with recurrent humanitarian emergencies.

UN health agency working with Ugandan authorities to combat Marburg outbreak

The United Nations health agency is working with the Government of Uganda to control an outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever in the African country’s western district of Kabale.

UN condemns attack on Guinea-Bissau military base

The United Nations condemns an attack on a military base in Guinea-Bissau which resulted in numerous deaths, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.