Over 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of Africa to receive food relief from UN

The United Nations food relief agency today announced it is scaling up its efforts to assist more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa, particularly in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are now facing the start of the hunger season.

UN rights chief urges Tunisia to stop use of excessive force against demonstrators in Siliana

The United Nations human rights chief today expressed alarm at the current unrest in the Tunisian town of Siliana, and urged the Government to stop using excessive force against demonstrators, while also calling on the population to avoid resorting to violence.

UN human rights chief calls on Egypt’s president to roll back powers of recent decree

The top United Nations human rights official today called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to reconsider a Constitutional Declaration he issued last week, saying parts of the measure conflict with international human rights law.

Humanitarian needs could rise if situation in eastern DR Congo remains unresolved – UN

While immediate humanitarian needs for civilians displaced by the latest fighting in and around the city of Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are under control, there are serious concerns for the long term, particularly if there is further violence and additional displacement, a senior United Nations official said today.

Security Council extends sanctions on DR Congo rebels, condemns latest attacks by M23

The Security Council today extended the arms embargo and other sanctions imposed against armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while expressing its intention to consider additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23, the rebel fighters that recently occupied the eastern provincial capital of Goma.

Pending issues between Sudan and South Sudan having negative security effects – UN

The United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the lack of progress on outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan is having a negative impact on the stability of the latter, putting at risk the progress made since it gained independence from the former in 2011.

Accepting status quo on Western Sahara ‘serious miscalculation,’ warns UN envoy

The conflict over the final status of the territory of Western Sahara has gone on for far too long and must be resolved, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue stressed today, adding that any acceptance of the status quo a “serious miscalculation.”

UN relief agencies working ‘around the clock’ to assist displaced in DR Congo

Humanitarian agencies and their partners are working “around the clock” to provide basic services such as water, food and shelter to more than 140,000 people displaced by the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations said today.

Sudan must find durable solutions for internally displaced persons – UN expert

A United Nations independent expert today urged the Sudanese Government to boost its efforts to find durable solutions to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in all regions of the country.

Sierra Leone: Ban congratulates winner of presidential election, calls for unity

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated Ernest Bai Koroma on his win in Sierra Leone’s presidential election, and called on him and all political leaders in the country to maintain calm and work towards unity and reconciliation.