UN mission in South Sudan mourns fallen peacekeepers

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) held a memorial ceremony in Juba, the capital, today for two Indian battalion peacekeepers who died in the 19 December in a brazen attack on its base in the town of Akobo in restive Jonglei state.

Somalia: UN envoy welcomes appointment of new Prime Minister

The top United Nations official in Somalia congratulated Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, who was appointed today following a vote in the Federal Parliament, calling the process a key step heading into 2014, which will be “pivotal year” for the country.

South Sudan: Ban, Security Council strongly condemn deadly attack on UN base

With the security and humanitarian situations in South Sudan deteriorating as a result of the country's political disputes, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the Security Council have strongly condemned the ongoing violence, including the deadly attack on a United Nations base in Akobo yesterday, which killed some 20 civilians and two peacekeepers.

Central African Republic: UN rights official calls for international efforts to avert disaster

The crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where thousands of people have been killed and 750,000 others driven from their homes, risks deteriorating even further amid escalating Muslim-Christian clashes and the reported involvement of foreign elements, a top United Nations official warned today, calling for international efforts to help avert disaster.

Secretary-General commends people, Government of Madagascar on run-off elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended the people of Madagascar, the Electoral Commission and the Malagasy Government for their active contribution and participation in the holding of today's presidential and legislative elections.

Central African Republic: UN experts urge parties to ‘pull back from the brink’ of all-out war

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today urged all parties in the Central African Republic (CAR), where armed clashes have escalated in recent weeks leading to deaths and population displacement, to step back from the brink of all-out sectarian conflict.

South Sudan: assailants attack UN base sheltering desperate civilians

Unknown assailants attacked a United Nations base in South Sudan today, possibly killing or injuring civilians who had sought refuge inside during violent clashes between Government forces and rebels, with the number of people fleeing to UN installations now reaching 35,000.

UN agency seeks further funding for Madagascar locust control plan

A locust control programme launched in Madagascar is making progress against an invasion of the voracious insects that is threatening rice and maize crops but requires an additional $17 million for the next two phases, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Ban, Security Council urge South Sudanese parties to cease hostilities, exercise restraint

Amid the ongoing fighting in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is reaching out to key leaders in the region seeking a political end to the crisis, while the Security Council has urged all parties to immediately cease hostilities and exercise restraint to prevent the further spread of violence.

Security Council spotlights growing threat of drugs, organized crime in West Africa

The Security Council, deeply concerned over the increasing links between drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime in West Africa, today emphasized the need to enhance regional cooperation and develop effective strategies to combat this growing threat.