Africa

Food insecurity in South Sudan set to deepen as funds dry up, warns UN agency

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funding for life-saving assistance dwindles.

Central African Republic: Ban appoints Cameroonian general to lead UN peacekeeping force

As the United Nations “re-hats” some of the African troops currently serving in the Central African Republic to a peacekeeping mission that will take over in mid-September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that the current African force commander will remain in charge under the UN flag.

UN envoy welcomes agreement of intent to form new central Somalia administration

The United Nations envoy in Somalia welcomed today the agreement stating intent and principles for forming a new regional administration in the central part of the country.

Rights to safe water, sanitation must not remain mirage for millions of Kenyans – UN expert

While Kenyans have rights to safe water and sanitation on paper, it is now time to turn the law into reality for the millions who do not enjoy these fundamental rights, an independent United Nations human rights expert said at the end of her mission to the country.

Security Council: Ban urged to streamline cooperation with African Union

With preparations underway for the United Nations to take over from an African Union-led peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today requested Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to review what was done and how it could be done better in future transitions.

Hailing recent roadmap, Security Council calls on Malian parties to advance peace efforts

The Security Council today commended the parties to the inter-Malian dialogue on the recent adoption of a roadmap and called on them to fully comply with their commitments, including by engaging in comprehensive peace talks.

UN warns of ‘hunger catastrophe’ for South Sudanese children

Two United Nations humanitarian agencies today called for action to stop a potential famine in South Sudan which they said is being allowed to happen, just as it occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa three years ago.

Troubled by escalating violence in Libya, ICC Prosecutor urges halt to fighting

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today she is “deeply troubled” by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court.

UN agencies urge greater support to fight mounting hunger crisis in Africa’s Sahel region

Two United Nations agencies today urged the international donor community to renew its commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity in the Sahel by strengthening the resilience of destitute families in the region.

UN chief welcomes roadmap adopted by parties at inter-Malian peace talks

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Malian parties on the adoption of a roadmap at the end of the first round of peace talks, while voicing his deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in parts of northern Mali.