UN Secretary-General and Security Council speak out after arrest of Malian Prime Minister

The arrest of Mali’s Prime Minister by members of the country’s armed forces, which led to his resignation and the dismissal of the Government, has prompted condemnation by the United Nations Security Council and a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an end to military interference in politics.

UN official condemns violations of 2008 peace agreement for Central African Republic

A United Nations senior official today condemned all violations of a 2008 peace agreement which helped bring a degree of stability to the Central African Republic (CAR), and urged the peaceful resolution of any disputes there.

UN officials urge support for integrated strategy to tackle crisis in Africa’s Sahel region

Top United Nations officials today called on the Security Council and the wider international community to support efforts to develop an integrated strategy to tackle the complex and multifaceted crisis facing the Sahel region of West Africa.

Over 600 schools looted or damaged by DR Congo violence this year – UNICEF

Some 250 schools have been occupied or looted during the recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to 600, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

UN official stresses civilian protection on visit to areas affected by DR Congo violence

While relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have scaled up assistance to those affected by the recent violence in Goma, the protection of civilians remains a major concern, said a senior United Nations official who toured the area.

South Sudan: UN peacekeeping mission deplores killing of journalist, urges investigation

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed deep concern today at the reported murder of journalist Diing Chan Awol and added its voice to the growing calls for a full investigation into the killing.

At meeting in Rome, UN officials stress link between food security and peace in Sahel

Food insecurity in Africa’s volatile Sahel region is closely linked to peace and stability there, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, adding that short-term humanitarian efforts in the Sahel needed to be replaced with longer-term development.

DR Congo: UN peacekeeping chief presents Security Council with options after M23 withdrawal from Goma

The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today that the Security Council reacted with “considerable interest” to proposed responses to the recent violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – including one that would see a new peacekeeping force deployed there in addition to UN peacekeepers.

UN environment agency launches initiative to help Africa adapt to impacts of climate change

The United Nations today launched a new initiative to support communities across Africa in adapting to the impacts of climate change which, if left unaddressed, could have major consequences for lives and livelihoods on the continent.

UN praises Africa for leading way with landmark treaty protecting internally displaced people

The United Nations refugee chief today saluted the “historic” entry into force of an Africa-wide treaty – the world’s first – that protects people displaced within their own countries by violence, natural disasters or large-scale development projects.