Senior UN official deplores deadly Ivorian clashes

The top United Nations official in Cote d''Ivoire today deplored the deadly clashes in the west of the country that have reportedly killed at least six people this weekend.

Somalia: UN expert urges greater efforts to tackle violence against women

An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence.

South Sudan: UN envoy hails Vice-President’s appeal for reconciliation in Jonglei

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has welcomed an appeal by the country’s Vice-President Riek Machar to communities in the troubled Jonglei state to refrain from violence and to immediately engage in talks on reconciliation and peaceful coexistence.

UN and major African bank in partnership to raise HIV/AIDS awareness

The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and one of Africa’s largest banks have formed a two-year partnership to raise public awareness of the pandemic in the continent, the UN agency reported today.

ICC orders release of Rwandan rebel leader after dismissing charges

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today ordered the release of a Rwandan rebel leader after dismissing war crimes charges related to deadly fighting in the far east of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in 2009.

UN mission on impact of Libyan crisis on Sahel region heads to Mauritania

A United Nations mission to assess the impact of the recent turmoil in Libya on the Sahel region is heading to Mauritania for talks with top officials in the West African nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson announced today.

African entrepreneurs win UN-backed award for eco-friendly initiatives

A company that transforms groundnut shells into fuel briquettes in Gambia and a business in Kenya where women produce aloe-based skin care products are among this year’s winners of a United Nations-backed award recognizing projects that help promote sustainable development.

‘Storm of hunger’ threatens lives of 2.5 million South Sudanese – UN official

Damaged crops combined with conflict and insecurity are threatening to leave some 2.5 million people in South Sudan – the world’s newest country – in critical conditions unless food assistance is provided immediately, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

UN’s Rwanda tribunal cuts jail terms for two ex-officials convicted of genocide

The United Nations tribunal trying suspects connected to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today reduced the sentences of two former senior officials found guilty in 2008 after a number of their convictions were overturned on appeal.

Execution of arrest warrants vital for ending crimes in Darfur, says ICC Prosecutor

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today renewed his call for the arrest and transfer of those alleged to have committed genocide and crimes against humanity in Darfur, citing the need to protect millions of lives in the troubled Sudanese region.