Africa’s children deserve more protective environments, UNICEF says

African governments need to provide “more protective environments” to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged today.

UN food aid agency helps thousands of Sudanese fleeing fighting

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is assisting thousands of people fleeing from fighting Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, but the conflict continues to hinder the agency’s efforts to reach more people uprooted by the violence.

Ban presses for continued support for poverty reduction in Central African Republic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the need for international organizations to continue supporting the poverty reduction efforts of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest nations.

Sudan: UN peacekeepers provide medical treatment to prisoners in Malakal

A medical team from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) has provided treatment to more than 140 inmates and prison staff in the main prison in Malakal, the capital of Southern Sudan’s state of Upper Nile, during a one-day medical camp in the facility this week.

More must be done to overcome obstacles in providing aid – UN official

Aid workers and peacekeepers face a range of security and logistical challenges as they assist the most vulnerable, but there are steps they can take to improve the plight of those in need, a senior United Nations relief official stressed today.

Ban urges immediate end to hostilities in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan state, which has caused the death of many civilians and the displacement of tens of thousands, and put United Nations staff directly at risk.

Ongoing insecurity preventing return of displaced civilians in Côte d’Ivoire – UN

At least 300,000 civilians are still displaced in Côte d’Ivoire two months after the end of the post-election crisis, the United Nations refugee agency reported today, adding that ongoing insecurity in some areas is preventing their return.

Sudan: UN reports intense air bombardment of Southern Kordofan state

The United Nations has reported heavy bombardment by Sudanese warplanes during the past week in areas surrounding the towns of Kadugli and Kauda in the troubled state of Southern Kordofan, with planes early today dropping at least 11 bombs on an airfield close to a UN camp.

UN envoy hails Chad’s action plan to end use of child soldiers

A senior United Nations official today hailed the action plan signed by the Government of Chad to end the use of children by the country’s security forces, while highlighting important next steps on the path to eradicating the scourge of child soldiers.

From the Field: One man's efforts to help girls' education in Burkina Faso

The job of spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General involves working long hours in a highly sensitive political environment, following the 24-hour news cycle and being frequently away from home.