Africa

UN calls for better grain storage to reduce Africa’s post-harvest losses

Large amounts of food in sub-Saharan Africa goes to waste as a result of inappropriate storage, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report unveiled today, which calls for investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce to the losses and boost the continent’s food security.

Sudan: UN efforts under way to assist civilians displaced from Abyei

The United Nations said today that humanitarian operations in Sudan are under way, focusing on identifying the location of the tens of thousands of civilians uprooted by the recent clashes in the disputed town of Abyei and responding to critical relief needs.

Child casualties rise dramatically in latest fighting in Somalia’s capital – UN

Violence in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has driven the number of child casualties to a new high, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today, noting that the main cause of children’s deaths were burns, chest injuries and internal haemorrhage resulting from blasts, shrapnel and bullets.

UN expert urges Ghana to tackle health funding, maternal mortality

An independent United Nations human rights expert today commended the Government of Ghana on its commitment to realizing the right to health while underscoring key challenges regarding maternal mortality, mental health and adequate funding.

Displaced villagers in eastern Chad make their way home with UN help

Villagers uprooted by violence in eastern Chad several years ago have begun returning to their homes with the help of the United Nations refugee agency now that security has improved in the region.

UN resumes repatriation of Liberian refugees from Côte d’Ivoire

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has resumed the repatriation of Liberian refugees who had been stranded in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, during the recent post-election violence there.

Sudan: UN deplores looting of humanitarian supplies in Abyei

United Nations agencies in Sudan have deplored the ransacking of humanitarian premises and looting of emergency relief supplies in the disputed area of Abyei, which was last week taken over by Sudanese Government troops, and urged all parties to respect the property and assets of aid groups.

Delegates gather in Qatar for UN-backed consultations on Darfur peace process

United Nations-backed consultations aimed at resolving the conflict in the Sudanese region of Darfur began today in the Qatari capital, Doha, with more than 500 people representing the parties to the dispute, as well as civil society and political leaders.

UN to host meeting of parties to Western Sahara dispute

The seventh round of United Nations-backed informal talks between the parties to the conflict in Western Sahara will be held in New York next month, the world body announced today.

Food and water most urgent needs for civilians displaced by Abyei clashes – UN

Heavy rains are making it difficult to ascertain the exact number and location of the thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes due to the recent violence in the Sudanese town of Abyei, but the United Nations says the displaced are in urgent need of food and water.