Spotlighting racism, stigma, UN launches International Decade of People of African Descent

People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the word body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent.

Central African Republic: UN mission captures rebel leader

The Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has announced today the arrest of Chadian rebel leader and former CAR official, Mahamat Abdul Kadre.

UN congratulates frontline Ebola response workers battling virus in West Africa

The United Nations today congratulated the front line workers in the field battling Ebola on their well-deserved recognition as Time “Person of the Year,” while countries affected by the outbreak and their partners met to ensure cases do not cross borders and to lay the foundation for resilient health systems respectively.

Ban welcomes Lesotho elections, reaffirms commitment to peace in the Kingdom

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has noted the recent announcement of national elections in Lesotho to be held on 28 February next year.

Central African Republic in ‘critical phase’ of transition – UN peacekeeping chief

Despite a volatile security situation and ongoing fighting throughout the country, the Central African Republic (CAR) is now entering “a critical phase” in its transition to stability and democracy, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today, as he urged the international community to remain engaged in the war-torn country.

Ebola: UN envoy says intense response needed for western Sierra Leone and Guinea-Mali border

The United Nations, working with its national and international partners to halt the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, is currently focusing attention on bringing down the high levels of transmission in western Sierra Leone and ensuring that cases do not cross the border from Guinea into neighbouring Mali, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola Dr. David Nabarro said today.

South Sudan: UN mission destroys weapons seized from displaced persons camps

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has destroyed a deadly assortment of weapons confiscated from internally displaced persons (IDPs) living at its civilian protection sites, the Mission has announced, amid broader efforts to defuse tensions in the young country.

Libya: UN envoy in “intense consultations” to end political crisis, manage transition

Ahead of dialogue due to begin tomorrow that is aimed at peacefully resolving the current political crisis in Libya, the top United Nations official in the country, Bernardino Leon, met with Libyan parties.

Health workers on Ebola response frontlines get boost with donation of protective gear – UN

The first of 700,000 sets of protective gear intended for healthcare workers battling on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa arrived today from Japan and were handed over the United Nations, as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the crisis has left some 5 million children out of school.

DR Congo: UN envoy condemns massacre, urges immediate action to ‘eliminate terrorists’

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today condemned last night’s massacres committed in North-Kivu “aimed at fuelling terror in the region” and called for immediate actions to eliminate these terrorists.