UN disaster response study highlights challenges faced by cash-strapped African towns

Lacking both early-warning systems and risk-reduction budgets, medium-sized towns in Africa are poorly equipped to respond to emergencies provoked by natural disasters, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction, a United Nations report released today says.

Political dialogue, not military force, priority in tackling Mali crisis, Security Council told

A military operation may be required as a last resort to deal with terrorist and criminal elements in northern Mali, but the priority must be on supporting the national authorities to restore constitutional order and reach a political settlement to the ongoing crisis, the Security Council was told today.

Situation in DR Congo’s Kivu provinces remains fragile, UN reports

The security and humanitarian situation in the Kivu provinces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains fragile, a United Nations spokesperson said today, adding that the world body is continuing to assist the country on both fronts.

DR Congo: UN agency concerned with security, peacekeepers report volatility

Amid reports of volatility in the area, the United Nations refugee agency today said it is concerned about the security of displaced people in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after an attack on a camp outside of the provincial city of Goma over the weekend.

UN launches $1.3 billion appeal for humanitarian needs in Somalia

The United Nations today launched a $1.3 billion humanitarian appeal to address the immediate needs of the Somali people over the next year and enhance resilience in the country, which has for decades been mired by conflict, drought, floods and food insecurity.

UN envoy disappointed by suspension of Radio Okapi amid situation in eastern DR Congo

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today expressed disappointment at a recent decision taken by national authorities to suspend the transmissions of Radio Okapi, a radio station backed by the world body.

Humanitarian situation in eastern DR Congo remains ‘extremely worrying’ – UN official

The humanitarian situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) remains “extremely worrying,” a United Nations official said today, with at least 130,000 displaced persons in and around the city of Goma who fled the fighting in the area over the past two weeks and are in urgent need of basic services.

DR Congo: UN welcomes withdrawal of M23 armed group from Goma, calls for stability to be maintained

The United Nations has welcomed the withdrawal of the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group from Goma, a provincial capital in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while also calling for stability be maintained in order to allow for humanitarian aid to reach those in need.

UN official calls for justice in wake of human rights violations in Côte d'Ivoire, warns of renewed violence

At the end of a visit to Côte d'Ivoire, a senior United Nations human rights official today warned that failure to quickly bring perpetrators of serious human rights crimes to justice could lead to recurrent violence in the West African nation.

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.