Ban Ki-moon warns of critical gaps as joint UN-AU force takes over in Darfur

The joint United Nations-African Union force set up to stem the violence in Darfur took the reigns today from the existing AU operation in the war-torn Sudanese region, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that critical gaps remain in what will be the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation at full strength.

UN raises concerns over humanitarian situation in DR Congo’s troubled east

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed concern over the ongoing insecurity in the conflict-ridden North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where clashes have escalated in recent months between Government and renegade forces.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN mission speaks out against violence

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) expressed concern today over recent violence in Bouaké, in the north of the divided West African nation.

Food security at risk in Ethiopia’s Somali region, UN warns

United Nations officials are increasingly concerned about food security in Ethiopia’s impoverished Somali region where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year.

Secretary-General calls for restraint from all in Kenyan post-election violence

Strongly deploring the loss of human lives in Kenya after the announcement of election results, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the security forces there to show utmost restraint and appealed to the population for calm, patience and respect for law.

Ban Ki-moon voices concern over violence in West Darfur between rebel group, Government

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his deep concern today over the resumption of hostilities between a rebel group and Government forces in West Darfur.

New UN survey reveals alarming malnutrition rates among Darfur’s children

Child malnutrition rates have reached their highest level in three years in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan, according to a joint survey carried out by the Government and the United Nations, which is leading what is the currently the largest relief effort in the world aimed at assisting some 4.2 million people.

Hybrid force for Darfur set to deploy on 31 December – UN

The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), set to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, is poised to officially take over on Monday from the AU force currently on the ground trying to quell the violence and suffering in the war-wracked region of western Sudan.

UN mission calls on Ethiopia, Eritrea to show restraint after shooting incident

The United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea today called on both sides to show maximum restraint after a shooting incident in the border area where the two countries fought a two-year war that ended in 2000.

Attacks against aid workers impeding humanitarian relief in eastern Chad – UN

Banditry continues to impede the efforts of humanitarian workers to deliver much-needed relief in eastern Chad, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.