Somalia: welcoming recent gains, UN envoy says consolidating peace still ‘not easy’

The top United Nations official for Somalia today signalled the need for uninterrupted international support for the Horn-of-Africa country if gains over the past year are to be consolidated and advanced.

UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo warns M23 armed group over helicopter attacks

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today warned the 23 March Movement (M23) armed group that anyone attacking UN helicopters “will be prosecuted” as a war criminal.

Security Council demands halt to rebel attacks in Central African Republic

The Security Council has demanded that armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) immediately cease hostilities, following attacks on several towns in recent days, and called on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

Secretary-General Ban strongly condemns rebel attacks in Central African Republic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the armed attacks on several towns in the Central African Republic (CAR) perpetrated by the coalition of rebel groups known as ‘SELEKA,’ and called on all parties to refrain from acts of violence against civilians.

Mali: UNESCO chief deplores new destruction of Timbuktu mausoleums

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has called on the international community to act urgently to protect Mali's cultural heritage after the latest wave of destruction at Timbuktu.

Head of UN-backed treaty welcomes Security Council call for action on LRA-related elephant poaching

The head of a United Nations-backed treaty for the conservation of endangered species has welcomed a call from the Security Council for an investigation into the alleged involvement of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the poaching of African elephants and smuggling of their ivory.

Ban urges all actors in Mali to finalize transitional roadmap to end crisis

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged all actors in Mali to swiftly finalize and implement a transitional roadmap leading to elections in order to bring the crisis in the country, and the suffering of its people, to an end.

UN-African Union peacekeeping mission warns of impact from recent violence in North Darfur

Amidst reports of civilian displacement in the wake of air strikes in the Sudanese state of North Darfur, the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in the region today warned that continued fighting could lead to a “catastrophic humanitarian situation” for the displaced civilians.

Eritrea must cooperate in human rights dialogue, urges UN independent expert

The Government of Eritrea must cooperate with an international mandate to provide “an objective, fair and impartial picture” of the human rights situation in the Horn of Africa country, a United Nations independent expert urged today.

Plight of Somali boat people must stop, UN expert says after latest Gulf of Aden tragedy

An independent United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in Somalia to address the root causes that prompt people to put their lives at risk and flee the country, after 55 Somali refugees and migrants drowned in the latest boat disaster in the Gulf of Aden.