Africa

Egypt: UNICEF calls for protection of children amid ongoing protests, violence

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has voiced deep concern at reports that children have been killed or injured during the recent violent confrontations in Egypt.

UN chief urges regional, global support for Africa’s Great Lakes peace accord

Only a credible political process will end the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and address the root causes of cyclical violence in the wider Great Lakes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a message to a high-level international summit on the situation in this strife-ridden region of Africa.

Ban discusses concerns about Egypt with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern about the direction of the transition in Egypt in a conversation with European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton, who visited the country this week and met with its deposed leader, Mohamed Morsy.

As violence escalates in Libya, UN urges greater efforts to tackle security challenges

The United Nations mission in Libya today strongly condemned the recent violence in the country and called on the authorities to boost efforts to address ongoing security challenges.

New UN statistics show alarming rise in rapes in strife-torn eastern DR Congo

The recurrent conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) North Kivu province has led to an alarming rise in rapes and violence against women and girls, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

UN agency welcomes Kenyan ruling upholding rights of urban refugees

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed the ruling of the High Court of Kenya which upholds the asylum right of refugees living in urban areas, and expressed hope that the Government will implement the decision quickly and resume legal services to this vulnerable group.

UN mission sets up security zone in eastern DR Congo, gives rebels 48 hour ultimatum

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today that it will, for the first time, use its intervention brigade to enforce a security zone around the flashpoint city of Goma in the eastern part of the country, giving rebels 48 hours to disarm.

Mali: UN mission welcomes peaceful elections, stresses need to respect results

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has commended the West African country for the peaceful conduct of the first round of its presidential elections, which took place yesterday in an orderly manner.

UN chief, Security Council strongly condemn attack on Turkish staff building in Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the suicide attack on an office housing Turkish embassy staff in Mogadishu, which resulted in one death and left several other people wounded.

In phone call with Egypt's interim vice president, Ban urges protection of all Egyptians

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his profound concern about the direction in which the transition in Egypt is moving and reiterated his strong condemnation of the upsurge of violence that has led to scores of people killed and hundreds others injured.