Africa

UN-backed measles vaccination campaign to reach 4.7 million children in north-east Nigeria

A major vaccination campaign against a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria is reaching 4.7 million children, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Somalia: UN mission condemns Al-Shabaab attack on popular Mogadishu hotel

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned the coordinated suicide bombing attack earlier today at a hotel in Mogadishu for which Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility and which reportedly killed dozens of people.

UN relief official urges calm amid fears of fresh violence in Central African Republic town

Amid rising tensions in Central African Republic’s Ouaka prefecture and in and around its town of Bambari, a senior UN humanitarian official in the country has appealed for calm and refraining from any act that could further increase the fragility of an already vulnerable population.

Mali: Security Council, UN mission condemn attack on Kidal base that kills one 'blue helmet'

The United Nations Security Council and the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) today condemned an attack in the country's restive northern region of Kidal, which left one 'blue helmet' dead and two others seriously wounded.

Seven million people in Lake Chad basin ‘living on the edge’ – UN relief official

Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region called today for international solidarity with the people in urgent need.

The Gambia: UN and partners hail 'goodwill' of former President Jammeh; commit to work for his dignity, security

The United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) have commended the “goodwill and the statesmanship” of the former President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, who decided to facilitate an immediate and orderly transition process and transfer of power to President Adama Barrow.

Denouncing terrorist attacks in West Africa, Security Council stresses need to address root causes

Strongly condemning all terrorist attacks in West Africa, particularly those carried out by Boko Haram militants in the Lake Chad Basin, the United Nations Security Council today stressed the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and to address the conditions conducive to its spread.

UN agency revises funding requirements to tackle Africa's worst displacement crisis

With conflict in South Sudan now entering its fourth year and its people facing dire humanitarian challenges, the United Nations refugee agency has revised upwards its funding requirements for 2017 to address new needs of those who have been displaced due to renewed fighting, increased violence and resulting food insecurity since July last year.

Political uncertainty forces tens of thousands people to flee The Gambia for Senegal: UN

At least 45,000 people – mostly women and children – have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia after former President Yahya Jammeh's decided to not step down, United Nations agencies today said warning that more people may leave if the political situation is not resolved peacefully.

UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most unilateral sanctions on Sudan

A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.