Africa

UN chief appeals for calm amid deadly intercommunal clashes in southern Guinea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for calm and urged Guineans to follow the law amid reports of deadly fighting between ethnic groups.

UN and partners mount relief operation for civilians stranded by South Sudan fighting

United Nations agencies and their partners have mounted a response for up to 25,000 civilians stranded in the bush by fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei state, after gaining access to the area earlier this week.

UN official condemns killing of Egyptian photojournalist, urges respect for right to safety

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of Egyptian press photographer Ahmed Assem el-Senousy, and urged all parties to respect the right of journalists to carry out their work in safe conditions.

South Sudan: UN humanitarian chief urges access to civilians trapped by Jonglei fighting

Alarmed by the deteriorating situation in Jonglei, where deadly clashes between multiple parties have left thousands of people cut off from aid, the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged an immediate end to the violence and appealed for access to all those in need in the strife-torn region of South Sudan.

ICC requests Nigeria to arrest Sudan's President during visit to Abuja

The International Criminal Court (ICC) requested Nigeria to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, while he is on a visit to Abuja and surrender him to the Court.

New emergency arises as fighting uproots thousands from eastern DR Congo – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern about a new emergency in the North Kivu area of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where renewed fighting has uprooted tens of thousands of people in recent days.

Dieye, UN veteran, appointed senior development programme official on Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal to a senior position within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) focused on Africa.

Security Council calls for cooperation to combat terrorist threats in the Sahel

The United Nations Security Council today called for increased cooperation between countries in the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb to combat the growing threat posed by terrorist groups, transnational crime and drug trafficking throughout the Sahel region.

DR Congo: UN blue helmets on 'high alert' as M23 rebels advance towards Goma

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on high alert today and stand ready to use force to protect civilians in Goma from an advancing rebellion by the March 23 movement (M23), the top UN official in the country said, urging all parties to exercise restraint.

South Sudan: UN, partners reach stranded civilians in Jonglei amidst more violence

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in South Sudan have for the first time this year gained access to areas in Pibor County where thousands of people have been stranded in the swampy bush, a senior UN official said, urging communities there to “halt the cycle of violence” that has killed and displaced civilians in Jonglei state.