Africa

Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone – UN

The number of Ebola cases is fluctuating in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia and showing signs the increase has slowed in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today as the UN development agency said it is helping the Liberian Government build border posts to cut the cross-border spread of infection in West Africa.

Expulsion of UN officials will constitute ‘serious loss’ for Sudan, warns Ban

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his strong opposition to Sudan’s decision to expel from the country two senior UN officials, calling on the Government to reconsider the ruling and allow for essential work to be carried out.

‘Silent emergency’ in South Sudan as protracted conflict displaces millions of cattle – UN

As South Sudan’s livestock owners flee the country’s conflict, a “silent emergency” has emerged threatening the very fabric of society and further undermining social stability, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today as it announced a scale-up in its livestock interventions in the embattled nation.

The Gambia: UN chief urges respect for rule of law amid reports of coup attempt

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated his “principled condemnation” of all attempts to seize power through unconstitutional means following reports of an attempted coup in The Gambia.

Senior UN envoy ‘hopeful’ over prospects for peace in Central African Republic

Strife-torn Central African Republic is showing signs of moving towards broad national dialogue – a direction prescribed by the Security Council as critical to ensure lasting peace – the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the country has said today.

South Sudan conflict ‘devastating’ for country’s children – UN report

The conflict in South Sudan has seriously hampered the protection of children, increasing their vulnerability dramatically, says a new report published this week by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Libya: UN mission condemns terrorist bombing against Parliament amid uptick in violence

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly deplored a terrorist attack against a hotel in the city of Tobruk where the country’s House of Representatives was in session just days after the Mission had warned that further violence risked plunging the country into “all-out war.”

Fight against Ebola requires district-by-district approach – head of UN response mission

The outgoing head of the head of the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Mission (UNMEER) said today that communities are going to play a big role in defeating the “nasty disease” in West Africa by stamping out outbreaks while they are small and not allowing them to become bigger.

Urgent UN agency appeal raises $45 million to meet refugee food needs in Kenya

The United Nations has said today that a strong response by donors to its urgent appeal for funding means that it can resume providing full food rations to refugees in Kenya in January.

UN Mission condemns rocket attack against its camp in northern Mali

The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) strongly condemned today’s rocket attack on its camp in the northern city of Tessalit.