On the eve of a new State, UN lends a helping hand to improve prison system

In what will soon be the world’s newest country, Southern Sudan, the independence celebrations are about to start. But in a place where paying jobs are few, functioning roads are fewer and the population is still deeply scarred by war, the hard spadework of nation-building is only just beginning.

Somalia’s leaders must agree on way forward for peace process – Security Council

The Security Council has stressed that a planned consultative meeting of Somalia’s leadership next month should result in agreement on a schedule for elections in the Horn of Africa country, where the interim federal institutions remain divided over governance issues beyond August when the transitional period expires.

Death toll in Ivorian post-election violence surpassed 1,000 – UN

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) reported today that post-election violence that began last December had killed more than 1,000 people in the western part of the country before it came to an end last month.

Africa’s young people vital to sustainable development, says UN chief

One of Africa’s greatest untapped resources is its young people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, urging the continent to take advantage of the skills and talents of its youth to promote sustainable development.

In Africa, UN chief spotlights progress in improving women’s and children’s health

Visiting health workers in Ethiopia today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spotlighted the progress made in improving the health of women and children, while also stressing the need to do more to avoid needless deaths.

Somalia: Ban urges leaders to commit to stability and public service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Somalia’s transitional federal institutions (TFIs) to demonstrate they are moving the country towards political stability and social-economic development, saying the Security Council and donors are losing patience with the tensions within the leadership.

Sudanese town of Abyei still tense after burning and looting, UN reports

While the Sudanese town of Abyei is now empty with its residents having fled the recent violence, the situation there remains tense, according to the United Nations, which called on both sides to cease their hostilities and return to negotiations.

UN human rights chief urges immediate end to violence in Abyei

The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the recent attacks in the disputed Sudanese region of Abyei and called on the governments of both the north and the south to peacefully resolve the crisis.

Clashes in south-western Côte d’Ivoire hamper UN humanitarian efforts

Armed clashes in south-western Côte d’Ivoire have displaced thousands of women and children, halted a vital polio immunization campaign, and are threatening other forms of life-saving assistance, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

UN-managed irrigation project in Sudan boosts community’s crop production

Irrigation equipment provided through an initiative managed by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) has enabled more than 1,000 farmers in north-eastern Sudan to increase harvests and boost incomes from the sale of their produce.