Africa

Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ rebel attacks against UN mission in DR Congo

The Security Council today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks by M23 rebels against the United Nations Mission in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in the death of a Tanzanian peacekeeper.

Ban 'strongly condemns' killing of UN peacekeeper in eastern DR Congo

United Nations Secretary-General has strongly condemned today the killing by M23 rebels of a UN peacekeeper in strife-riven eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and pledged the Organization's ongoing commitment to take “all necessary actions” to protect civilians in the country.

DR Congo: UN mission chief deplores atrocities committed by armed group in eastern province

Strongly condemning the “unimaginable atrocities” committed by the Mayi-Mayi Cheka armed group during a spate of recent attacks in which some 34 civilian were brutally killed in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the top United Nations official in the country today warned against impunity for such acts and urged the group to immediately lay down its weapons.

Guinea: Security Council urges restraint, calm ahead of election certification

The United Nations Security Council is urging Guineans to exercise restraint and calm as the Supreme Court certifies the results of the legislative elections held last month.

Madagascar: concerned by rising food insecurity, UN agency calls for more funding

Citing efforts to curb the food crisis in Madagascar sparked by erratic weather and a locust invasion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today stressed the urgency of bridging a $25 million funding gap for the country.

DR Congo: UN mission on ‘high alert’ following clashes between Government, armed groups

The United Nations stabilization mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is on “high alert” following early morning clashes between Congolese Government forces and M23 rebels in the vast country’s restive eastern region.

Ban notes ‘generally peaceful’ elections in Madagascar

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted the generally peaceful conduct of the first round of presidential elections in Madagascar, “after the political impasses of the recent past.”

UN chief voices concern at escalation of violence in Mozambique

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced concern at the recent escalation of violence in Mozambique between government forces and members of the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).

Victims of Côte d’Ivoire’s post-electoral crisis must not be forgotten, says UN expert

Victims of the violent post-election crisis that gripped Côte d’Ivoire two years ago must not be forgotten, an independent United Nations human rights expert stressed today, as he wrapped up his latest visit to the West African nation.

Child recruitment remains ‘endemic’ in DR Congo, UN says in new report

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is extremely concerned about persistent reports of child recruitment by armed groups in the country, and called on all actors to help stop this grave violation against children.