Africa

New energy-efficient UN offices in Kenya serve as model for future – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today officially opened the new energy-efficient United Nations office complex in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, calling it a model for environmentally sustainable architecture in Africa and beyond.

UN-backed meeting concludes with call for stronger measures to protect gorillas

A United Nations-backed meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, has concluded with a call for better enforcement of laws to protect endangered gorillas in 10 African countries.

UN envoy on sexual violence welcomes African commitment to eradicating the vice

The United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today underlined the role of the African leadership in combating sexual violence in the continent, and welcomed the commitment expressed by the African Union (AU) to ensure that the problem is eradicated.

UN mission deploys troops to Ivorian church to protect civilians seeking refuge

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has deployed troops to a key town in the country’s west to protect an estimated 10,000 civilians seeking refuge at a church amid mounting international concern about the humanitarian situation in the West African nation.

Ban welcomes transition to constitutional order in Niger

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has telephoned the key players in the recent elections in Niger to congratulate them for the dignity, leadership and statesmanship they have shown in the transition to constitutional order.

UN anti-crime office helps build Somaliland’s capacity to tackle maritime piracy

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has voiced the office’s commitment to strengthening the capacity of authorities in the Somaliland to prosecute captured pirates who have menaced maritime trade off the coast of Somalia over the past decade.

UN voices concern at fighting between militias and Southern Sudan Government

A senior United Nations official has voiced “significant concern” at conflicts involving at least four separate militia groups in areas of Southern Sudan, which earlier this year voted to secede and become a separate nation.

More than 8 million East Africans in need of food aid due to drought, UN reports

The number of people in need of emergency food aid in East Africa has increased by 2 million to nearly 8.4 million as drought continues to ravage the region, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today.

DR Congo: UN provides logistical support for rape trial of army general

United Nations human rights officials are providing technical and logistical support to military justice authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the rape trial of General Jerôme Kakwavu, the highest ranking national army officer to be prosecuted for such crimes.

Demanding end to violence in Côte d’Ivoire, Security Council imposes targeted sanctions

With the post-electoral deadlock in Côte d’Ivoire now entering its fifth month and the crisis showing no signs of abating, the Security Council today demanded an immediate end to the violence against civilians and decided to impose targeted sanctions against former president Laurent Gbagbo, his wife and three associates.