Africa

Peacekeeping chief honours Tanzanian troops in Zanzibar, a year on from deadly DR Congo attacks

A year on from the brutal killings of 15 United Nations peacekeepers from Tanzania in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the head of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) paid a visit to some of the victims’ families on Friday, to honour the memory of the soldiers who died in what was the biggest single loss of ‘blue helmets’ in recent history.  

Preparing Africa for ravages of climate change ‘cannot be an afterthought’ – COP24

Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, to mitigate risks and safeguard a decade of social and economic gains, according to a new report launched on Thursday by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.

UN investigates systematic sexual violence across South Sudan

Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on Friday, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.

DR Congo elections: ‘Excessive use of force’ in campaign must be avoided, says Bachelet

Deadly pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sparked by police reportedly firing live ammunition at opposition supporters, has been condemned by the UN’s top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.

Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

Rising violence in the Central African Republic threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned on Thursday, urging continued and coordinated regional efforts to bolster peace and security.

Preventing and resolving conflicts must form ‘backbone’ of collective efforts – UN chief

More countries are experiencing violent conflict now than at any time over the past 30 years, Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Thursday, underscoring that the world has a responsibility to act “collectively”.

Western Sahara: a 'peaceful solution’ to conflict is possible, says UN envoy

The first UN-led talks in six years over the disputed Western Sahara-region concluded on a positive note on Thursday in Geneva, where the Organization’s representative Horst Köhler said that further discussions are planned “in the first quarter of 2019”.

Sustainability, peace, security ‘best guarantee against instability’ Guterres to Security Council

“Peace and development are indivisible,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday, encouraging a stronger push along what he dubbed “the peace continuum” as the “best guarantee against instability and insecurity.”

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Tunisia coastline in need of climate cash boost

Efforts to mobilize the cash needed to ensure that climate change does not lead to the irreversible damage of Tunisia’s coastline are being undertaken by the North African country’s government, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva

Talks have begun at the UN on the future of Western Sahara – the first in years – the Organization announced on Wednesday.