South Sudan: amid ongoing tensions, UN confirms situation back to normal at protection site

The United Nations confirmed today that an incident involving troops from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and internally displaced persons seeking refuge at a UN camp in South Sudan has “returned to normal.”

Young people can ‘open new chapter’ for Somalia, UN Youth envoy says in Mogadishu

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi on a trip to Somalia this week reiterated his unwavering commitment to empowering young people to participate in development and peace processes, calling them the long-troubled country’s “biggest asset”.

Amid ongoing outbreak, head of UN Ebola response mission begins work with visit to Liberia

Despite “good results” in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, much still remains to be done in order to extinguish the threat posed by the virulent disease, the head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) confirmed today.

UN calls for more funding to keep Madagascar locust plague in check

Citing efforts to stave off a resurgence of Madagascar’s locust plague, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stressed the urgency of bridging a $14.7 million funding gap to cover aerial surveys, control operations, equipment and pesticides.

Libya: Security Council calls meeting of political parties step towards peace

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the UN-facilitated meeting between members of Libya’s House of Representatives in the town of Ghadames on 29 September calling it an important step towards a peaceful resolution of the current political stalemate in Libya.

UN, Liberia assessing food security impact of Ebola outbreak, planning response

The Liberian Government, along with key United Nations agencies, is set to carry out a rapid field assessment on food security and livelihoods in the wake of the Ebola outbreak, as the top UN envoy on curbing the spread of the virus in West Africa arrived today in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.

Africa’s achievements, challenges in peace, development focus of UN meeting

While there has been great social and economic progress across Africa, its economies have not kept pace with legitimate demands, including providing jobs to young people, said United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a high-level meeting of regional partners held today at Headquarters.