Darfur: UN-African Union mission reports drop in gold mine-related violence, but tensions remain

Tribal clashes over the control of gold mines located in Sudan’s Darfur region have subsided but security in the area remains tense and volatile, according to the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission operating in the region.

ICC Prosecutor opens investigation into war crimes in Mali

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today formally opened an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Mali since January 2012 – including murder, torture and rape – with a focus on the northern part of the country.

New UN programme to improve livelihoods of thousands of farmers in South Sudan

Some 30,000 vulnerable farmers in South Sudan will be able to benefit from a new United Nations programme that aims to improve their livelihoods by boosting the quality of the seeds they use to produce key crops.

Humanitarian situation in Mali deteriorates after latest wave of fighting – UN

The latest round of military clashes over the weekend between the Malian army and radical Islamist groups have sparked a new wave of displacement and led to a worsening of the humanitarian situation in the North African country, the United Nations warned today.

Ban urges Central African parties to abide by agreements forged to end crisis

Welcoming the signing of a ceasefire and other agreements that halted a rebel advance on the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for all parties in the country to fulfil their commitments, with international assistance.

UN official condemns arrest of Somali journalist for reporting on rape case

The United Nations official dealing with conflict-related sexual violence today condemned the arrest of a Somali journalist who was detained for conducting an interview with a woman who claimed she was raped by members of the Somali Army in September.

Tunisia must adopt stronger measures to combat gender discrimination – UN experts

A United Nations expert group today called on Tunisia to adopt stronger measures in its new constitution to combat gender inequality and discrimination and accelerate the participation of women in all aspects of society.

UN mission welcomes return of renowned doctor to eastern DR Congo following attack

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the return to Bukavu of Denis Mukwege, a physician internationally known for his work with rape victims who was attacked at his residence last October.

Mali: Ban welcomes bilateral assistance to stop southward onslaught of insurgents

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the response of “bilateral partners” to the plea for assistance from the Government of Mali to counter the troubling push southward by armed rebels, some of which are associated with terrorists groups.

Mali: UN Security Council expresses 'grave concern' over reports of rebel military activity

The United Nations Security Council has expressed grave concern over the reported military movements and attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in northern Mali, in particular their capture of the city of Konna.