Africa

Ban urges continued calm, cooperation as Malawi enters post-electoral period

Now that the results of Malawi's recent election have been made public, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all parties to continue to call for calm among their supporters and to work together to consolidate democracy in the country.

Central African Republic: Security Council condemns latest wave of violence

Strongly condemning the latest wave of fighting in the Central African Republic, including Wednesday's deadly attack in the capital, Bangui, on a church that was sheltering thousands of people, the United Nations Security Council today demanded that all armed groups put aside their weapons and take immediate steps “to end the cycle of violence and retaliation.”

Top UN envoy in South Sudan stepping down after three years

The top United Nations envoy in South Sudan announced today that she is stepping down from her post in July after leading the world body’s efforts in the country for nearly three years.

UN agencies welcome African-led push to end child marriage

Two United Nations agencies today welcomed the first campaign by the African Union to end child marriage, a practice that robs over 17 million girls – 1 in 3 – across the continent of their youth.

Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia

The Security Council today extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei – an area contested by Sudan and South Sudan – as well as the missions assisting Guinea-Bissau and Somalia with their efforts to advance stability, security and development.

Central African Republic: Ban deplores recent attacks, urges end to ‘cycle of violence’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned recent attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) and encouraged the country’s Transitional Authority to do everything within its means to prevent further violence and to hold the perpetrators to account.

On first visit, UN rights chief urges Morocco to expedite pending laws

Morocco has made great strides towards the better promotion and protection of human rights, United Nations High Commissioner Navi Pillay said at the end of her first official visit to the country, but urged officials to approve pending draft laws and more robustly implement and enforce new legislation.

UNESCO voices concern over killing of newspaper editor in Libya

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced deep concern over the killing of newspaper editor Meftah Bouzid in Libya earlier this week.

Security Council prioritizes civilian protection as it extends UN mission in South Sudan

The Security Council today extended the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and revised its mandate to give priority to the task of protecting civilians and to address the security, humanitarian and political crisis that has gripped the nation for the past six months.

UN and international partners call for resolution of Somali political crisis

The United Nations, the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) today issued a joint appeal for a resolution of the political crisis in Somalia, adding that they stand ready to hold to account anyone who poses an obstacle to progress in the Horn of Africa nation.