Africa

UN agencies collaborate to help Sudan mitigate climate change while combatting hunger

Two United Nations entities today announced a cooperation agreement to help Sudan manage its natural resources in a way that is compatible with combatting hunger and improving livelihoods while at the same time mitigating the effects of climate change.

UN Security Council calls for stepped up mediation efforts in conflict-torn Burundi

Voicing deep concern at the continuing escalation of violence in Burundi, the United Nations Security Council today called for urgent acceleration of mediation efforts by East African States and urged all Burundian stakeholders to fully cooperate with a proposed African Union (AU) peace-keeping mission.

Some 90 per cent of voters in Central African Republic favour new constitution – UN mission reports

Ninety per cent of voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) are in favour of the new Constitution, according to partial election results, while campaigning is now under way for the presidential elections and the final list of parliamentary candidates has been published, the United Nations mission in the country reported today.

Help ‘can’t come soon enough’ for thousands of children out of school in northern Mali – UNICEF

Despite the immense needs in conflict-affected areas of northern Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is hampered by constrained access and limited funding, and is thus calling for “action now” to help the more than 380,000 children who remain out of school in the region.

Liberia: UN report calls for ending sometimes deadly cultural practices that violate human rights

Senior United Nations officials today called on Liberia to root out sometimes deadly human rights violations masquerading as cultural practices, citing female genital mutilation, forced initiation into secret societies, witchcraft accusations, trials by ordeal and ritualistic killings.

‘Robust, decisive’ action needed now to avert civil war in Burundi, UN rights chief warns

The top United Nations human rights official today urged the international community to take “robust, decisive” action instead of “fiddling around the edges” to avert a civil war in Burundi that could have serious ethnic overtones and alarming regional consequences.

UN welcomes ‘historic’ signing of Libyan Political Agreement

Representatives from a broad range of Libyan society today signed a United Nations-brokered agreement on forming a national unity government, a move welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his top envoy for the country as among the “essential building blocks towards a peaceful, secure and prosperous Libya,” but also as “the beginning of a difficult journey” along that path.

Ban vows to act quickly after report finds UN failed to respond ‘meaningfully’ to Central African Republic abuse allegations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to urgently review the recommendations made by an independent panel that found that the United Nations did not act with the “speed, care or sensitivity required,” when it uncovered information about crimes committed against children by soldiers – not under UN command – sent to the Central African Republic (CAR) to protect civilians.

As hunger grips Malawi, UNICEF embarks on countrywide screening for malnutrition

Following reports of increasing food shortage and hunger problem in Malawi coming from its communities and villages, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is carrying out a mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts in Malawi, which accounts for 90 per cent of the country.

South Sudan: more UN peacekeepers to be sent in to protect civilians amid ceasefire violations

The Security Council today increased the United Nations peacekeeping force level in strife-torn South Sudan by over 1,000 to a ceiling of 15,000 troops and police, and extended its mandate for another six months, citing protection of civilians “by all necessary means” as its top priority.