Egypt: UN concerned about rising violence against female protesters

The top United Nations official tasked with advancing gender equality today expressed “deep concern” about the escalating violence against women in Egypt, particularly those protesting in the days following the second anniversary of the revolution.

Kenya: UN official stresses need for peaceful and transparent elections

The United Nations political chief today stressed the need for all Kenyans and their institutions to ensure the upcoming general elections in March are credible, peaceful and transparent.

Somalia beginning ‘profound transformation,’ UN official says during visit

The top United Nations political official today stressed that Somalia is entering a new chapter in its history, and reiterated the world body’s commitment to support efforts to build lasting peace, during a visit to the capital, Mogadishu.

UNESCO to help Mali restore cultural heritage damaged during recent violence

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced it will help rebuild and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks during the current crisis.

UN rights chief urges all parties in Egypt to engage in dialogue and end use of force

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all parties in Egypt to engage in dialogue and stop the use of excessive force, following five days of protests that have resulted in dozens of deaths and led the Government to declare a state of emergency.

UNICEF scales up response in Central African Republic to conflict-affected children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up operations in the Central African Republic (CAR) to help thousands of children who have been affected by the recent violence in the country and in urgent need of assistance.

Libya: national consensus needed for building institutions, security – UN envoy

While the new Government of Libya has evinced determination to tackle the many challenges faced by the nascent democracy, national dialogue must be held so that difficult decisions on a range of issues can be taken with broad popular support, a United Nations envoy said today.

As peace returns to Somali town, UN food relief agency resumes assistance

More than four years after conflict and pervasive insecurity forced it to shutter its operations in southern Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food assistance to the region’s port city of Kismayo, the agency announced today.

Mali: UN gears up to assist possible return of thousands of displaced people

The United Nations refugee agency today announced it is urgently preparing for a possible spontaneous return of thousands of conflict-displaced people in northern Mali, where ongoing insecurity is hampering some 380,000 from returning home.

UN envoy for Western Sahara heads to Moscow after talks in Washington

The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara is on his way to the Russian capital, Moscow, as part of consultations designed to build international support for the negotiations aimed at resolving the long-running conflict.