Security Council: UN envoys urge resumption of talks between DR Congo, rebels

Back from a visit to Africa’s Great Lakes region, members of the United Nations Security Council heard today from UN envoys who urged progress in regional peace efforts in the wake of an apparent stall in the so-called Kampala talks between the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the M23 rebel group.

DR Congo: new attack against UN helicopter draws condemnation from senior officials

United Nations officials have strongly condemned today’s attack by the M23 rebel group against an unarmed helicopter belonging to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the such incident in less than a week.

UNICEF: 70 per cent of children in Central African Republic still not in school

Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic (CAR) have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners.

Ban welcomes releaseof provisional election results in Guinea

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release by Guinea’s Nation Independent Electoral Commission of the provisional results of the legislative elections, nearly three weeks after citizens headed to the polls.

Despite recent progress, urgent challenges remain to restore stability in Mali – UN envoy

Important steps have been taken recently to help restore constitutional order and stability in Mali, including successful presidential elections, the top United Nations envoy there said today, while noting some key remaining tasks such as addressing security and humanitarian challenges.

Situation of human rights defenders in Togo improved, but challenges remain – UN expert

An independent United Nations expert today called on the Togolese Government to ensure a favourable environment in which human rights defenders can carry out their work.

Ban condemns attack that killed three peacekeepers in Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the attack in Darfur on an African Union-United Nations convoy, which resulted in the death of three Senegalese peacekeepers.

DR Congo: Attack on peacekeeping helicopter 'unacceptable,' says UN envoy

The United Nations Special Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes region has condemned the armed rebel attack on a UN helicopter in the Rumangabo region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) calling the act “unacceptable.”

Darfur: Ban voices sadness at death of UN-African Union military observer

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his sadness after a Zambian military observer of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission died in an attack by unidentified armed assailants.

UN rights office welcomes Tunisian law on national anti-torture body

Welcoming the adoption by the National Constituent Assembly of Tunisia of a law on setting up a national body to prevent torture, the United Nations human rights Office hailed the decision as an “important milestone” in the country’s ongoing transition.