Ban appoints Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily to head UN regional office in Central Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as the head of the United Nations political office tasked with helping to consolidate peace and prevent conflict in the Central African region.

With South Sudan on verge of catastrophe, UN rights chief urges country’s leaders to act

Warning that the world’s youngest nation is on the verge of catastrophe, the United Nations human rights chief today called on South Sudan’s leaders to relinquish their “personal power struggle” and steer their impoverished, war-battered country towards stability.

Security Council lifts Côte d’Ivoire’s rough diamond ban, tweaks arms embargo

The United Nations Security Council today voted unanimously to lift a ban on importing rough diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire and to partially lift the arms embargo, differentiating between lethal and non-lethal arms.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission through April 2015

The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.

South Sudan: UN brings aid to displaced civilians ahead of rains; calls for month-long truce

The United Nations refugee agency is preparing to airlift relief supplies to South Sudan today for 100,000 displaced people ahead of the rainy season, while the top UN relief official there is calling for a month-long truce to enable people to move around safely and cultivate their fields.

After deadly attack, UN agency urges safety for displaced in Central African Republic

At least two people were killed and six others injured in the Central African Republic (CAR) after an attack on an 18-truck humanitarian convoy relocating 1,300 Muslims to safety in the country’s north, a spokesperson for the United Nations refugee agency today confirmed, renewing calls for protection of displaced people.

In South Sudan, UN rights chief appeals for safety to allow displaced to return home

The United Nations human rights chief today called on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to respect the cessation of hostilities in order to stem the suffering of ordinary civilians and to ensure that it is safe enough for those uprooted by months of violence to return to their homes.

In Central African Republic, ‘more children will die from malnutrition than bullets’ – UN agency

The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in the Central African Republic’s war-torn capital, Bangui, has tripled since the beginning of 2014, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed today, predicting that more children are likely to suffer in the coming months.

On World Malaria Day, UN officials push for near zero preventable deaths

The tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbreaks and resurgences, United Nations officials today warned, marking the sixth annual World Malaria Day.

Ban names deputy heads of new UN Central African Republic mission

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Aurélien Agbenonci of Benin and Laurence D. Wohlers of the United States as his Deputy Special Representatives at the newly-created United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).