Africa

‘Remarkable Milestone’: UN mission hails 10-year anniversary of Liberia’s peace accord

The top United Nations peacekeeping official in Liberia has congratulated the people and Government of the country on more than a decade of sustainable peace and urged them to participate in public life to prevent a return to the “dark days of the past.”

Somalia: UN envoy voices concern over rape allegations at African Union facility

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today expressed grave concern over allegations of rape at a facility of the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), and welcomed the Government's investigation into the incident.

UN humanitarian wing warns of pervasive sexual violence in Somalia

Sexual and gender-based violence continues to be a pervasive issue in Somalia, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today, adding that many times it is perpetrated by armed men in the Horn of Africa nation.

Mali’s presidential poll ‘major step’ towards restoration of democracy – Security Council

The successful conduct of the presidential election in Mali represents a “major step toward the restoration of democratic governance and constitutional order,” the Security Council said today, urging the international community to continue its support to promote peace in the country.

UN mission welcomes release of children recruited by armed group in DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the release of 82 children from the Mayi Mayi Bakata Katanga armed group through the joint efforts of aid agencies working in the country.

Ban congratulates Malians, and president-elect Keita, on successful polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the authorities and the people of Mali for the successful conduct of a presidential election whose provisional results show Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in the lead.

Security Council praises Cameroon, Nigeria for Bakassi Peninsula transition

Members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the peaceful conclusion of a special transitional regime established by an agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria concerning the Bakassi Peninsula.

UN Secretary-General strongly condemns use of force against protesters in Cairo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned in the strongest terms the violence that occurred today in Cairo when Egyptian security services used force to clear sit-ins and demonstrations, and urged all Egyptians to focus on promoting inclusive reconciliation.

Senior UN officials sound alarm on multiple crises gripping Central African Republic

Senior United Nations officials today raised the alarm about the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), which is marked by ongoing insecurity and instability as well as a rapidly growing humanitarian emergency.

Darfur: Joint UN-African envoy voices concern over recent hostilities

The head of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur today met with a senior government official in the region to discuss the increasingly violent clashes between tribal groups in and around El Daein and Adila in East Darfur.