UN envoy says Sudan and South Sudan withdrawing troops from demilitarized zone

The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan have begun withdrawing their troops from a safe demilitarized border zone, a United Nations envoy said today, as he briefed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the latest agreements between the two neighbours.

Central African Republic: Ban, Security Council urge parties to immediately halt fighting

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council, expressing strong concern over reports of armed groups advancing toward Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), today urged all parties in the troubled country to immediately cease hostilities.

Transition in South Sudan ‘uneven,’ UN envoy tells Security Council

South Sudan’s transition towards a stable, viable State continues at an uneven pace, the top United Nations official in the country today told the Security Council, cautioning that internal security challenges, in particular inter-communal violence in several areas and activities of armed groups, pose grave threats to civilians.

Human rights violations threaten to erode progress in Côte d’Ivoire, UN expert says

An independent United Nations expert has urged authorities in Côte d’Ivoire to boost the democratic process by focusing on human rights and an impartial judicial process, and called on the international community to provide continued support for the country, particularly given the security and humanitarian crisis in neighbouring Mali.

At UN-backed meeting, African States seek to combat piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Representatives from three African sub-regional organizations focused on ways to cooperate to eliminate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea during a United Nations-backed meeting held this week in Cotonou, Benin.

UN chief meets with Rwanda’s President Kagame to discuss security in the Great Lakes region

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Rwandan President Paul Kagame met today to discuss the newly signed United Nations-backed accord aimed at stabilizing the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the context of bringing peace to the Great Lakes region.

Security Council voices concern over deteriorating security in Central African Republic

The Security Council today voiced strong concern over the deterioration of the security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), where renewed fighting is threatening civilians and the fragile peace reached earlier this year.

UN officials welcome surrender of wanted Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda

United Nations officials today welcomed the surrender of rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by an international court for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including recruiting children, murder and rape.

Head of UN food aid agency urges support for Mali and entire Sahel region

The international community must continue its efforts to help feed people in the Sahel, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, following a visit to the West African region marred by high levels of food and nutrition insecurity, as well as the effects of the conflict in Mali.

Somalia: UN envoy shocked and saddened by ‘cowardly’ attack in Mogadishu

The United Nations envoy in Somalia voiced shock and sadness at today’s car bombing in the capital, Mogadishu, which reportedly killed several people and wounded many more.