Ban voices deep concern at ethnic tensions in South Sudan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern today about continuing ethnic tensions in South Sudan’s Jonglei state, where there are reports of fresh rounds of deadly clashes and claims that thousands of armed youth are preparing to attack members of a rival community.

Ban deplores use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau and called for the respect of the lawful civilian authorities in the West African country.

UN urges South Sudan to act now to avert large-scale violence in Jonglei

The United Nations today urged South Sudan to take all necessary measures to protect civilians in Jonglei state after reports identified thousands of armed youth preparing to attack a rival community.

Ban condemns deadly bombings in Nigeria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today the attacks targeting churches in Nigeria, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries among civilians who had gathered for Christmas Day services.

FROM THE FIELD: Keeping hope alive in Mogadishu

It is a hot, dusty morning in Mogadishu, the war-ravaged capital of Somalia, and Ahmed Farah Roble is in a makeshift settlement for internally displaced persons (IDPs), listening to a mother tell him about her baby daughter.

UN deplores murder of three aid workers in Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned the killing today of two staff members and a colleague with a partner organization in Somalia, an act of violence the agency says illustrates the risks that relief workers face in one of the world’s most dangerous places.

Ethiopia’s rural poor to benefit from $100 million in UN loans and grants

The United Nations agency tackling rural poverty is providing $100 million in financing for a programme to help poor households in Ethiopia gain access to financial services and diversify their income-generating activities.

UNICEF chief urges action to stop unfolding crisis for children in the Sahel

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called today on the global community to take action to prevent one million children in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa from becoming severely malnourished.

UNICEF urges protection of children amid violent clashes in Egypt

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged Egyptian authorities to protect children from violence due to demonstrations in the capital, Cairo, and called for investigations into incidents which caused injury or death as well as proper care for victims.

Libyan authorities working to respond to people’s high expectations – UN envoy

Libya’s interim authorities are working to respond to the immediate needs of the people, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today, noting that the fledgling government faces the challenge of meeting high expectations and building accountable institutions.