Africa

Ban welcomes validation of final results in Madagascar’s presidential poll

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the validation of the final results of Madagascar’s presidential election, and called on the new administration to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens.

Sanctity of UN sites protecting South Sudanese civilians must be respected – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced alarm at the attempt on Sunday by senior members of South Sudan’s Government and army to forcibly enter into the United Nations compound in Bor where civilians are sheltering from the ongoing violence in the country.

Senior UN official witnesses humanitarian, human rights ‘disaster’ on South Sudan visit

Fighting in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying humanitarian and human rights disaster with mass atrocities committed by both sides, a senior United Nations official said today, wrapping up a four-day visit to the strife-torn nation.

UN setting up new camps to deal with refugee outflow from South Sudan

With more and more people fleeing the ongoing conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations refugee agency said today it is setting up new camps and expand existing ones in neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya to cope with the influx of refugees.

Central African Republic: over 6,000 child soldiers may be involved in fighting, UN says

More than 6,000 child soldiers may now be involved in the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR), with their numbers growing as fighting pits community against community in clashes that have taken on increasingly sectarian overtones, the United Nations reported today.

South Sudan: peacekeepers boost security for civilians on UN mission’s bases

Joint police and military patrols and the use of metal detectors are among the security steps being taken by the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to protect some 65,000 displaced civilians seeking refuge on its bases and in the surrounding community.

Window ‘is wide open’ to advance Mali’s progress, UN envoy tells Security Council

Mali is at a crossroads, the top United Nations official in the country told the Security Council today, as he urged the international community to continue to actively support ongoing national efforts to steer the West African nation in the right direction and prevent it from relapsing into crisis.

Central African Republic: UN humanitarian appeal for $247 million only 6 per cent funded

Donors have provided only 6 per cent of the $247 million that the United Nations needs over the next 100 days to ease the “mega-tragedy” in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR), where nearly 900,000 people have been driven from their homes and now lack the very basics of food, water, medical care and shelter.

UN chief strongly condemns South Sudan, rebel forces for stealing humanitarian aid

As the conflict escalates in South Sudan, where fighting has now driven more than 400,000 people from their homes and left twice as many in dire need of aid, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned anti- and pro-Government forces for stealing food and vehicles used by the humanitarian community, reiterating that the United Nations will continue to actively protect civilians applying strict impartiality.

UN official urges African countries to ‘stop turning blind eye’ to suspected human rights violators

The United Nations human rights chief today urged African leaders attending a high-level meeting in Angola on the strife-torn Great Lakes Region to ensure that persons suspected of serious human rights violations do not continue to jump borders to escape justice.