UNESCO chief pays tribute to late Mozambican artist Malangatana

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today paid tribute to Valente Ngwenya Malangatana, a renowned Mozambican artist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, who died on Wednesday.

Darfur: UN-African mission to boost civilian protection, support for peace process

The head of the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled region of Darfur said today that the mission will continue to strengthen its operations this year to improve security and provide better protection to civilians, while supporting efforts to resolve the conflict there.

UN seeks to boost peacekeeping troops as Côte d’Ivoire crisis continues

The United Nations is seeking up to 2,000 additional troops for its nearly 9,000-strong peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire where the outgoing president’s refusal to step down despite his opponent’s electoral victory has sparked fears of renewed civil war.

Liberia needs to do more to cut resources that could fuel conflicts, UN panel warns

Liberia, a country once torn asunder by civil war, has made some progress in seeking to cut off the illegal supply of diamonds, timber and other natural resources that have been used to finance wars in West Africa, but more needs to be done, according to a United Nations panel.

UN-African Union mission welcomes release of staffer kidnapped in Darfur

The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today welcomed the release of one of its staff members who was kidnapped in the strife-torn Sudanese region three months ago.

Rescuing DR Congo’s natural heritage focus of upcoming UN meeting

The United Nations and the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will hold a meeting next week to discuss ways of better protecting five sites from the vast African nation that are inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN demands end to new hostile campaign from defeated president

Top supporters of Côte d’Ivoire’s outgoing president, who refuses to step down despite international recognition of his opponent as the clear victor in recent elections, have launched a new hostile media campaign against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country.

Darfur: UN-African mission confirms one case of rape during camp disturbance

A human rights team from the joint United Nations-African Union mission verified that one rape occurred when Government paramilitaries and police started shooting in the air at a camp market in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region last month, a UN spokesman said today.

Lifting of aid restrictions vital ahead of impending drought, UN envoy stresses

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today urged that restrictions on aid delivery, partly owing to a rejection of Western assistance by Islamic militants, be lifted so that those who need help amid an impending drought can receive it.

Darfur: UN-African mission protects thousands displaced by recent clashes

The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region (UNAMID) is maintaining “a robust presence on the ground” to ensure the safety of thousands of people displaced by recent clashes.