Africa

'It's now or never' for Central African Republic, UN warns urging more support to end crisis

The Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Abdoulaye Dieye, began today a week-long visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on international partners to intensify their support for the country's ongoing transition process.

‘Power-sharing formula’ vital to sustain peace in South Sudan, UN chief urges political rivals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar to put the interests of their people ahead of their own in order for peace to flourish in the war-torn country.

Ebola: UN health agency says large-scale vaccine trials under way in Liberia

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the Ebola vaccine trials now under way in Liberia would start soon in Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two other most-affected countries in West Africa.

With more heavy rains forecast for Malawi, UN highlights need for donors to fulfil aid pledges

Saturated soils in Malawi are expected to get more rain in the coming days as heavy downpours are aid in the region’s forecast, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) told journalists during a briefing in Geneva today.

Security Council strongly condemns Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon

The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms the continued escalation of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists, pointing to an attack on 1 February in Borno State, Nigeria and to increasing attacks in the Lake Chad Basin region, including, on 29 and 30 January, against Chadian forces deployed in Cameroon near the town of Fotokol, which killed four Chadian soldiers and injured 12 others.

Egypt: UN chief welcomes release of detained journalist, urges Government to release others

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the decision by the Egyptian authorities to release the detained Al Jazeera journalist, Peter Greste, ending his 400-day imprisonment.

UN helicopter crew returns safely to South Sudan after emergency landing

The crew of a United Nations-operated helicopter that was forced to land in South Sudan have been returned safely to a World Food Programme (WFP) office, according to a press statement released by the agency today.