UN helping Kenya respond to drought-related food and water crisis

United Nations agencies and their partners are helping the Kenyan Government respond to food and water shortages that have hit several parts of the country as a result of a prolonged dry spell, which has been particularly severe in arid areas inhabited by nomadic livestock keepers.

UN rights chief calls for halt to use of excessive force against protesters in Tunisia

The United Nations’ top human rights official today urged the Tunisian government to ensure that its security forces stop using excessive force against demonstrators, and to start credible investigations into deaths that have occurred during recent protests.

Côte d'Ivoire: Ban warns against further raids by pro-Gbagbo forces

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday voiced his deep concern about the developments unfolding in the Abobo suburb of Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, where clashes between security forces and supporters of President-elect Alassane Ouattara have reportedly left six people dead, and warned against any further raids by forces loyal to outgoing leader Laurent Gbagbo.

With strong independence vote turnout in South Sudan, UN sees no need for extension

The week-long independence referendum in South Sudan passed its half-way mark today with a continued large turnout, and a United Nations monitor said there should be no need to extend the vote, which could split Africa’s largest country in two.

Number of Ivorian refugees in Liberia tops 25,000 – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that there are now some 25,000 Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia, with around 600 people arriving daily after fleeing the post-electoral crisis in their homeland.

Sudan: UN intensifies patrols after clashes in north-south border region

United Nations peacekeepers intensified their patrols in the border area between North and South Sudan after reports of deadly clashes as the week-long independence referendum in the South entered its third day today.

Sudan: UN panel tours polling centres in South’s independence referendum

The independence referendum in South Sudan, which could split Africa’s largest country in two and produce the United Nations’ 193rd Member State, has got off to a good start with officials successfully handling a large initial turnout, the head of the UN monitoring panel has said.

Joint UN-African mission investigating further clashes in North Darfur

The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said today it is investigating further clashes in an area where thousands of people have already been displaced by recent fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN seeks to aid thousands displaced by post-election turmoil

More than 16,000 people in western Côte d’Ivoire, driven from their homes by violence after the outgoing president refused to step down despite his election defeat, need immediate medical aid, food, shelter and protection, the United Nations said today.

Ban urges restraint and dialogue amid escalating violence in Tunisia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged restraint after violent clashes between Tunisian security forces and protesters resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.