Africa

UN chief condemns suspected Boko Haram attacks targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Nigeria

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has condemned Saturday’s attacks in northeastern Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents targeting Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

Mali: Presidential elections critical to consolidate democracy, says UN peacekeeping chief

Though the past 12 months had been the most encouraging in terms of advancing the peace process in Mali, security challenges still pose a dangerous threat, with civilians and security forces still being attacked, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Thursday.

 

Terrorism diverts resources from ‘much-needed’ development to ‘costly’ security, warns UN envoy for Central Africa

The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday. 

UN chief welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court.

With realities shifting in Darfur, operations on the ground ‘must change’, urges UN official

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur “must change” in accordance with the shifting realities on the ground, the Organization’s top peacekeeping official said on Monday, highlighting the need to “closely link” the mission’s drawdown to the scaling up of both peacekeeping and development activities.

Central African Republic: UN chief condemns killing of peacekeeper; the second in a week

The United Nations chief has strongly condemned Sunday’s attack that killed a peacekeeper in the Central African Republic (CAR); the second ‘blue helmet’ to lose his life there in the space of a week.

UN humanitarian coordinator condemns Central African Republic hospital attack as 'inhuman and unworthy'

Weapon-toting militiamen forced their way into a hospital in the conflict-ridden Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday; an act that was condemned by the United Nations humanitarian coordinator on the ground, as  “an outrageous violation of international humanitarian law.”

WHO reports ‘very strong progress’ in battling DR Congo Ebola outbreak

One month after the start of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts on Friday reported “very strong progress” in the response to the disease.

ICC Appeals Chamber acquits former Congolese Vice President Bemba from war crimes charges

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Friday, decided to acquit Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and head of a rebel group in the country, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

As Security Council imposes sanctions on six human traffickers in Libya, UN chief calls for more accountability

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called for more accountability for human traffickers in Libya, after the UN Security Council on Thursday added six individuals accused of leading smuggling and trafficking networks in the country, to its Sanctions List.