Africa

UN chief underlines need to support Somali reconciliation efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to assist Somalia’s transitional Government in its effort to initiate reconciliation with other political and armed groups that renounce the use of violence in favour of the formation of local civil administrations.

African anti-malaria initiative offers good model for tackling other ills, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills.

Ban urges calm in Southern Sudan as referendum process is finalized

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged both parties to the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s North-South war to remain calm as the results of the referendum on the future of the south are finalized, commending the two sides for the peaceful conduct of the plebiscite.

Refugees from Côte d’Ivoire crisis could top 100,000 by April, UN warns

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon kept up his diplomatic push for a speedy solution to the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, United Nations agencies called for urgent funding today, warning that refugees fleeing to neighbouring Liberia could top 100,000 by the end of April.

Ban voices UN readiness to help Tunisia hold credible elections

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for support for the establishment of an inclusive interim government in Tunisia, telling the summit of the African Union that the United Nations is willing to help the North African country hold credible elections.

Darfur: UN-AU mediator welcomes rebels’ commitment to peace process

The African Union-United Nations chief mediator for Darfur today welcomed a joint statement by the main armed movements in the western Sudanese region in which they, for the first time, expressed their commitment to the internally-facilitated peace talks hosted by the Government of Qatar.

Ban reiterates concern over Côte d’Ivoire crisis at meeting with West African officials

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today in Addis Ababa met with a delegation of the Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) and underlined his deep concern over the continuing post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and the deadlock’s impact on security and development prospects for the country.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN and African blocs must remain united to ensure respect of poll results – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today outlined the principles he said should guide efforts to resolve the political crisis in Côte d''Ivoire, including the demand that outgoing president Laurent Gbagbo step down to allow the formation of a national unity government by president-elect, Alassane Ouattara.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban again calls on Gbagbo to step down to avoid further turmoil

On the eve of co-chairing an African meeting on the post-electoral turmoil in Côte d’Ivoire, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today again called on ex-president Laurent Gbagbo to step down in the face of his United Nations-certified defeat by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara.

Amid renewed fighting in Darfur, Ban urges all sides to reach final settlement

Voicing concern at the humanitarian impact of continued fighting between Government and rebel forces in Sudan’s Darfur region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all sides to enter immediately into discussions on a final settlement of the conflict.