Africa

Number of people affected by Ebola tops 20,000 – UN health agency

The head of the United Nations Ebola emergency response mission is set to open a treatment facility in Liberia near the Sierra Leonean border during a visit to review where the UN can do more to help, as the World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that more 20,000 people have now become infected by the virus.

South Sudan: UN boosts food assistance as ‘very critical’ Nile corridor reopens

A barge carrying a shipment of food destined for thousands of people in South Sudan has crossed over from neighbouring Sudan, reopening a long-closed river corridor along the Nile, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.

As violence in Libya escalates, UN mission says country risks 'all-out war'

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has condemned a series of airstrikes on targets in the city of Misrata amid an upsurge in fighting across the war-torn North African country, adding that any further escalation in hostilities could plunge the nation back into “all-out war.”

Libya: UN urges end to 'senseless cycle of violence' as country reels from latest attack

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today strongly condemned the latest spate of violence to afflict the country as unidentified gunmen renewed attacks against Libyan oil installations leaving numerous storage tanks ablaze and further destabilizing the security situation in the war-torn nation.

Somalia: UN condemns deadly attack on African Union base

The UN has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors.

Ban condemns Sudan’s decision to expel UN officials, urges immediate reversal

United Nations Secretary-General has today condemned the Government of Sudan’s decision to expel two senior UN officials from the embattled nation.

UN Ebola response efforts at ‘full capacity’ following warehouse fire

The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has reported that a main United Nations logistics hub managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is fully operational despite the fire that swept through the facility last week threatening medicines and laboratory materials used in the fight against Ebola.

UN Peacebuilding Commission commends Liberia for peaceful elections

The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has congratulated the Government and people of Liberia for the peaceful conduct of their senatorial elections which took place on 20 December.

Libya: UN condemns sectarian murder as ‘alien’ to country’s tradition of tolerance

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the murder of an Egyptian Coptic doctor and his wife in the city of Sirte, as well as the abduction of the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, in the latest spate of sectarian violence in the North African country.

UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).