Head of mission urges release of remaining UN personnel taken hostage in South Sudan

The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today condemned the actions of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLM/A) in Opposition for holding UN personnel hostage, and refuted allegations that the Mission was transporting weapons and fuel for the South Sudanese group.

Algeria: UN agency delivers aid to flood-hit refugees in Tindouf

After heavy rains in southwestern Algeria last week resulted in devastating floods, the United Nations refugee agency has airlifted emergency aid to 11,000 families living in five camps in the region.

‘Very significant number’ of Eritreans joining exodus to Europe – UN Assembly told

“A very significant number” of Eritreans are fleeing a country “that is not in a situation of conflict or unrest” to seek a life free from fear, the head of a UN-appointed commission of inquiry on human rights in the east African nation told the UN General Assembly today.

Senior UN relief official urges more support for people in protracted crises in central and eastern Africa

Warning of worsening violence and humanitarian crises across areas of East and Central Africa, the Head of Operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), John Ging, today called for additional support to “people and communities who have faced years of crisis in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.”

South Sudan: UN launches mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of thousands of children

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have stepped up their activities in South Sudan after the recently released Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) today revealed that nearly 237,000 children in the country are estimated to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Security Council urges Burundian parties to pursue dialogue, 'spare their people and country further suffering'

Renewing its call for all stakeholder Burundian stakeholders to engage in dialogue “and to spare their country and its people further suffering,” the United Nations Security Council today voiced its deep concerns about the growing insecurity, the continued rise in violence, and the persisting political impasse there.

Amid ‘unpredictable’ situation in Darfur, senior UN peacekeeping official urges political settlement

Warning of an “unpredictable” political and security situation in Darfur, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today that a comprehensive resolution of the Darfur conflict, which would allow for the return of over 2.6 million displaced persons, required first and foremost a political settlement between the Government and the armed movements.

Central African Republic: deploring recent violence, UN envoy says ‘dialogue is only way out of this crisis’

Following a series of incidents earlier this week in the Central African Republic (CAR) capital of Bangui, the top United Nation official in the crisis-riven country strongly deplored the use of violence to resolve differences and had called on all Central Africans to exercise restraint “to avoid an increase of violence with serious consequences.”

UN agencies warn of deteriorating food security in Southern Madagascar

Leading food agencies of the United Nations warned that 46 per cent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar, comprising of 1.9 million people are food insecure, including 450,000 people who face chronic food insecurity.

Côte d’Ivoire: Ban welcomes successful completion of first round of presidential elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the successful completion of voting in the first round of presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire, which took place on Sunday.