Africa

Eritrean Foreign Minister urges General Assembly to reform the UN

The United Nations is debilitated by chronic weaknesses and shortcomings and must be reformed, the Foreign Minister of Eritrea today said, urging also that sanctions against its country be lifted.

UN chemical weapons investigators depart Syria after six-day mission

The United Nations team investigating allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria has left the country after completing its six-day mission, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

At UN General Debate, Morocco calls for more aid, investment for Africa

Moroccan Foreign Minister Saad Dine El Otmani took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to decry the lack of international aid and other obstacles that prevent Africa from reaching its full potential.

UN chief strongly condemns murder of students at Nigerian college

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “strongly condemns” the murder on Sunday of more than 40 students and the wounding of several others by gunmen at an agricultural college in north-eastern Nigeria, his spokesperson said today.

UNESCO chief deplores damage to Timbuktu mosque in suicide attack

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the suicide attack that took place on Saturday in Timbuktu, Mali, which led to two deaths and several injuries as well as caused substantial damage to a mosque inscribed on the World Heritage List.

DR Congo: UN envoy voices concern at escape of two convicted army officers

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Saturday voiced deep concern at the escape from prison of two national army officers who were convicted of gross human rights violations, including rape and murder.

Future development agenda must recognize disparities among nations, Mauritius tells UN

The future global development agenda must take into account the specificities of different countries, especially the smallest and weakest among them, the Prime Minister of Mauritius told the General Assembly today.

UN officials speak out against attack targeting Malian armed forces

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness over an attack in Timbuktu, Mali, that led to the death and injury of several people and which was condemned by his top envoy in the country.

UN human rights office urges restraint as death toll in Sudan fuel protests rises

The United Nations human rights office today called for restraint after dozens of people have been killed across Sudan amid protests against the Government’s decision to suspend fuel subsidies.

Ban offers condolences after death of UN peacekeeper wounded in DR Congo attack

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his condolences following the death of a United Nations peacekeeper who was wounded last month during clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).