Africa

Security Council lauds Congolese for successful and peaceful referendum

The United Nations Security Council today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for successfully carrying out a referendum on its draft Constitution last weekend that paves the way for the country’s first democratic elections next year.

1.25 million children beyond reach of aid in Sudan’s Darfur region, UN warns

Every day more than 3 million children are affected by the ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, threatened by malnutrition, illness and violence, with 1.25 million of them beyond the reach of help because of insecurity, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today in a new report.

UN Refugee Agency Wraps Up its Angola Repatriation Operation

A final batch of Angolans returned home from Botswana Monday, marking the end of a three-year-long, United Nations-sponsored repatriation programme that has brought back more than 123,000 Angolans since the end of the country’s bloody civil war.

UN Council told of remarkable turnaround in Sierra Leone

In his final briefing to the Security Council on Sierra Leone today, the top United Nations envoy there said that the country’s rebirth from the horrors of civil war is continuing, long with a growing sense of stability and an improvement of basic services, though international security assistance is still needed.

Annan condemns “vicious attack,” that killed 20 in Darfur village

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned what he called a vicious attack on a village in West Darfur, Sudan yesterday, in which 20 people, including women and children, are reported to have been murdered by several hundred militia who also burned huts and looted livestock.

First UN-organized repatriation of southern Sudan’s refugees gets under way

A white bull was slaughtered, children sang and danced, women ululated and men pounded drums in celebration as a group of South Sudanese refugees went home over the weekend in the first repatriation organized by the United Nations refugee agency for those who fled the 21-year-long civil war in southern Sudan.

Liberia: UN envoy calls on newly elected officials to rise above partisan politics

The top United Nations envoy in Liberia today called on the newly elected officials to fulfil their obligations to bring peace and democracy to the war-torn West African country, which the world body has been helping to nurse back to health since a 2003 ceasefire ended a decade and a half of strife.

Top UN relief official pleads for Security Council political action in Africa

The top United Nations humanitarian relief official today pleaded for the Security Council to take urgent political and security measures to stem crises resurgent in Darfur, south Sudan, Zimbabwe and other parts of Africa, so that humanitarian efforts will not be overwhelmed by violence and Governmental problems.

Sustainable job growth is key to poverty reduction in Africa: UN report

Despite strong economic growth from higher prices for oil and other commodities, high unemployment remains endemic in Africa and poverty will not be arrested until millions of new jobs are created each year, according to a new UN report.

Uganda violated international law by occupying eastern DR of Congo – UN court

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations' principal judicial organ for settling disputes between countries, ruled today that Uganda violated the principle of non-intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and breached human rights laws through the brutalities committed by its army.