UN refugee agency deplores deaths of hundreds bound for Europe off Libyan coast

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed its shock at reports that hundreds of people are missing off the Libyan coast as they sought new lives in Europe, as the smuggling season gets under way in the Mediterranean.

Escalating violence uproots tens of thousands of Central Africans, UN says

Intensified clashes in the Central African Republic have driven tens of thousands of civilians from their homes, the United Nations reported today, noting that the unrest could prolong the humanitarian crisis that has wracked the country for more than a decade.

Boosting deployment of UN-African Union force focus of Darfur meeting

Representatives of the Government of Sudan, the African Union and the United Nations met today in Darfur to discuss ways to facilitate and expedite deployment of the joint peacekeeping force tasked with quelling the violence in the strife-torn region.

UN opens two new Indian Ocean search and rescue centres

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has opened two new search and rescue sub-centres in Tanzania and the Seychelles to conduct life-saving missions off the east coast of Africa.

Namibia: UN agencies appeal for $3 million for victims of torrential floods

More than $2,700 000 dollars is urgently needed to support the Government of Namibia in responding to the plight of up to 350,000 people hit by widespread floods, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

DR Congo: UN mission supports calendar for electoral review process

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission of a timetable for the electoral review process for local polls.

Egyptian troops arrive in Darfur to boost African Union-UN force

The hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur, known as UNAMID, received a boost today from the arrival of 100 personnel from the second Egyptian Infantry Battalion.

Thousands of Somalis still fleeing to Kenya, reports UN agency

Despite recent elections and the establishment of new government in their homeland, thousands of Somalis are continuing to flee to north-eastern Kenya, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Indigenous groups in Botswana still lacking services, opportunities – UN expert

Botswana’s indigenous peoples still struggle to gain access to health services, education and employment opportunities, despite efforts to improve their situation, according to a United Nations human rights expert who conducted a nine-day visit to the Southern African country.

Floods displace thousands in southern Africa, UN says

Floods across southern Africa, caused by extreme rainfall, have caused massive damage to land and property and displaced thousands of people, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.