Africa

Top UN humanitarian official in South Sudan urges safety for aid workers

The top United Nations humanitarian official in South Sudan today expressed deep concern about the fighting in the eastern state of Jonglei and urged a stop to attacks on aid workers and supplies.

Ahead of referendum, UN experts call on Zimbabwe to respect fundamental rights

Zimbabwe must ensure that fundamental rights such as freedom of expression and association are respected in the run up to its constitutional referendum, United Nations experts said today, following reports of civil society organizations being subjected to searches, harassment and intimidation by the police.

All Kenyans must work to ensure upcoming polls are peaceful and credible – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced the hope that all Kenyans will work together to ensure that next week’s elections will be peaceful and credible, as he discussed the upcoming polls with the country’s President, Mwai Kibaki.

DR Congo: UN mission shelters hundreds of civilians following clashes

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is sheltering some 400 people in what remains a tense situation following fighting between national troops and an armed group, a spokesperson for the world body said today.

Ahead of elections, UN expert calls on Kenya to prevent internal displacement crisis

The Kenyan Government and the international community must significantly scale up their efforts to prevent internal displacement resulting from possible violence ahead of the general election next week, a United Nations independent expert stressed today.

With Mount Kilimanjaro climb, UN-backed team seeks to highlight girls’ education

With the support of the United Nations and partners, an all-female team will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to highlight the importance of women’s rights and in particular, education for girls.

Ethiopian farming co-ops begin record food delivery to UN for national relief efforts

Local farmers’ cooperatives in Ethiopia are beginning to deliver what is expected to be the largest amount of maize they ever sold to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as part of a pilot project to promote small farmers’ access to local markets.

International aid now critical to help Malians rebuild their lives, UN official says

After a period of brutal violence and economic collapse in Mali, access was now stable enough so that aid, if adequately funded, could help hundreds of thousands rebuild their lives, a top United Nations humanitarian official said today after a visit to the West African country.

West African stability still endangered by global traffickers, warns new UN report

Cocaine trafficking, the smuggling of migrants, and the trafficking of fraudulent pharmaceuticals are among the numerous damaging illegal activities perpetrated by transnational organized crime syndicates which continue to fuel instability across West Africa, a new United Nations report released today has warned.

Darfur: UN and partners assist civilians fleeing renewed tribal violence

The United Nations and its partners in Sudan are providing urgent aid and airlifting wounded civilians from a town in western North Darfur, where 60,000 displaced people have already sought refuge from fighting for control of gold mines.