Africa

UN chief welcomes release of arrested leaders in Cameroon

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed yesterday's release of several leaders of the English-speaking regions in Cameroon's South West and North West as well as the dropping of all charges against them.

In conflict-affected Nigeria, UN agency teams with health workers to help the displaced

Skilled health personnel are desperately needed in north-eastern Nigeria, the United Nations population agency today said, after training hundreds of health providers in Borno State on the basics of reproductive health needs.

UN agriculture chief says Uganda 'leading example' of sustainable refugee response

The head of the United Nations agriculture agency today called for greater funding for a sustainable response to the refugee crisis in Uganda, as he concluded a visit to the country's north hosting those crossing the border for safety.

Security Council extends African-led mission in Somalia, targets handover to national security forces

The United Nations Security Council today extended its authorization of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) until 31 May 2018, approving a reduction of its uniformed personnel to a maximum 21,626 by 31 December 2017, with an eye towards the gradual handover over of responsibilities to Somali security forces.

UN migration agency, Libyan authorities boost support for rescued migrants

The United Nations migration agency is working with Libyan authorities to help rescue more migrants off the Libyan coast.

Urgent funding needed to ensure full food rations for refugees in Tanzania – UN agency

Amid a funding shortage that has forced the reduction of rations for some 320,000 refugees in north-west Tanzania, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said that it urgently requires $23.6 million to guarantee the food and nutritional needs through December.

International community must unify efforts to assist Libya in overcoming 'serious' governance challenges

Libya's future prosperity and stability depends on the international community further strengthening and unifying its efforts on behalf of the whole country, as well as Libyans themselves “seizing the window of opportunity” that is before them to ensure peace, the head of the United Nations mission there said today.

PODCAST: Uganda's 'open door' policy tested amid crush of desperate South Sudanese refugees

South Sudan, Africa's newest nation, has known no respite since fighting broke out last July, following the collapse of a peace deal between Government and opposition forces, sparking what United Nations agencies report as incidents of “barbaric violence” carried out by armed groups, and a massive spike in the number of desperate people fleeing for safety.

On first visit to Somalia since elections, UN political chief lauds progress

The head of the United Nations political office visited Somalia this week, where he praised the “real forward momentum” in the country's political development, and reiterated UN support as the Horn of Africa country tackles its challenges, such as the fight against the group Al Shabaab.

South Sudan's leaders bear 'direct responsibility' for conflict, UN Security Council told

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today called on the leaders of South Sudan to show genuine political will to achieve sustainable peace in the strife-riven country, stressing that those whose long-time rivalry sparked the ongoing conflict can be the ones to resolve it.