Security Council and Secretary-General deplore deadly bombing in Morocco

The Security Council and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have both strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack at a café in the Moroccan city of Marrakech that has killed at least 16 people and injured many others.

UN refugee agency alarmed by large number of people fleeing Somalia

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced alarm at worsening insecurity in Somalia, which has forced 50,000 people out of the country in the first three months of this year, more than double the number of refugees who fled the Horn of Africa nation during a similar period in 2010.

UN official calls on Mauritania to do more to eradicate slave-like practices

Mauritania needs to do much more to eliminate slave-like practices, the United Nations human rights chief said today as she also called on the West African country to take steps to improve the role of women and set up mechanisms to tackle human rights violations by previous regimes.

UN agency suspends food aid in parts of Southern Sudan after attacks

More than 240,000 Southern Sudanese may not receive critical food rations next month after the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) suspended operations in two areas of the soon-to-be independent country because of direct attacks amid rising violence in the region.

As drought deepens in Ethiopia, UN and partners urge scaling up of aid

United Nations humanitarian agencies are calling for increased assistance to an estimated 2 million people affected by drought in the Horn of Africa country, where emergency conditions are projected to persist until the next rainy season arrives in October.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN calls attention to unmet needs of conflict-affected communities

Thousands of people in southern, central and western Côte d’Ivoire remain in great need of humanitarian aid, United Nations officials in the country reported today, stressing that priority requirements include health care, education, water, shelter and protection of those affected by the recent post-election violence.

Mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Sudan extended until independence date

Security Council members today agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission set up at the end of the north-south civil war in Sudan and establish a replacement operation once the south formally separates in July.

UN report reveals increasing spending on education in sub-Saharan Africa

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have been increasing expenditure on education by six per cent every year over the past decade, but many are still lagging in efforts to provide children with quality primary education, the United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal education says in a report unveiled today.

UN cites urgent need to boost humanitarian aid in aftermath of Ivorian crisis

The post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire may have ended but thousands of civilians are still suffering from the consequences of the four months of turmoil that engulfed the West African nation and require increased humanitarian assistance, the United Nations said today.

Security Council extends UN mission in Western Sahara for another year

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.