Insurgents realizing violence not the answer, says UN envoy to Somalia

It seems that in recent months some of those fighting Somalia’s Government are coming to understand the impact of the violence on the people of the struggling Horn of Africa nation, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN provides bicycles and motorcycles for Zimbabwe’s health workers

The United Nations today provided hundreds of bicycles and motorcycles for Zimbabwean health workers to respond to potential cholera and flu outbreaks, the latest in a series of steps by the world body to help the southern African country confront acute humanitarian needs.

Guinea: UN rights chief calls for independent probe into Monday’s ‘blood bath’

Days after security forces opened fire on an opposition rally in Guinea, killing over 130 people, the top United Nations human rights official today called for an independent inquiry into what she described as a “blood bath.”

Challenges remain ahead of Côte d’Ivoire’s much-delayed polls, says Ban

The two months remaining until the much-anticipated presidential polls in Côte d’Ivoire are fraught with major obstacles, including disarmament of militias and reintegration of former rebels, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned in a new report made public today.

Uneven progress in DR Congo, UN reports

Progress critical to stabilization in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been uneven, with some rebels being reintegrated into the national army while others continued to attack civilians, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report.

Darfur: Ban deplores attack resulting in death of African Union-UN peacekeeper

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned an attack on an African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) convoy that resulted in the death of a peacekeeper, and appealed to Sudanese authorities to ensure that those responsible are held to account.

Multilateralism with a strengthened UN vital for small countries – Cape Verde

Multilateralism, with a revitalized United Nations playing the pivotal role, is vital for combating a host of ills threatening West African countries, such as drugs, arms and human trafficking, organized crime and terrorism, Cape Verde said today.

Security Council urges all sides in Côte d'Ivoire to keep to election deadline

The United Nations Security Council voiced concern today at possible further setbacks to Côte d’Ivoire’s already much-delayed presidential elections, urging all sides to ensure that this major step in restoring stability after civil war split the country in two takes place as scheduled on 29 November.

UN welcomes Sudanese order to lift censorship on newspapers

The United Nations today welcomed the reported decision by President Omar Al-Bashir to immediately lift censorship on Sudanese newspapers.

Djibouti calls on Security Council to act to resolve border dispute with Eritrea

The Security Council must take steps to solve the border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, Djibouti said today, warning that if the row is allowed to fester it will set a dangerous precedent for other crises around the world.