Welcoming ‘Africa on the rise,’ Ban urges achievement of development goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, praising regional and national leaders for striving to improve conditions for the people of Africa, urged the step-up of efforts to reach agreed development goals as he touched on a range of issues in Addis Ababa today.

UN mission sheltering civilians after fighting in South Sudanese town

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan is sheltering around 2,500 people who fled an outbreak of violence over the weekend in the eastern town of Pibor, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

Ban calls on African leaders to end cycle of poverty and violence

Speaking at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the continent's leaders to boost efforts to lift millions out of poverty and end recurrent cycles of violence to accelerate development in the region.

Refugees disappearing from eastern Sudan may be trafficking victims – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency today called for international action to stop forced disappearances from camps in eastern Sudan that house Eritrean refugees, who may be held for ransom or trafficked for the purpose of forced marriage, sexual exploitation or bonded labour.

Crisis in Mali having far-reaching impact on rest of West Africa, warns UN envoy

The ongoing crisis in Mali is having far-reaching effects in West Africa and the Sahel, a United Nations envoy said today, stressing that the situation there illustrated the fragility of the region.

CAR: Security Council extends mandate of UN office, calls on parties to abide by ceasefire pact

Calling on the Government and opposition groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) to abide by a ceasefire and other agreements that halted a rebel advance on the capital, the Security Council this morning extended the mandate of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the country until 31 January 2014.

Ban calls on Egypt to remain committed to principles that ignited revolution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Egyptians to remain committed to the universal principles of peaceful dialogue and non-violence that sparked a revolution in the country two years ago.

Despite progress, Burundi needs assistance to ease poverty, tensions – UN official

Burundi continues to make steady progress in strengthening governance and recovering from recurrent strife, but given persistent political tensions and poverty, support from the international community is still required, a United Nations envoy said today.

As talks advance in Darfur, UN peacekeeping official urges sustained focus on peace process

While the government and one of the main rebel factions in the Sudanese region of Darfur have agreed on an agenda for negotiating a comprehensive peace, the international community must keep all of the parties focused on resolution of the conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

UN refugee agency reports growing number of people displaced by fighting in Mali

The United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of people fleeing the fighting in Mali is increasing, amidst reports of growing food shortages.