DR Congo: UN reports peaceful constitutional referendum, with few incidents

The weekend constitutional referendum in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was carried out peacefully throughout the country with few incidents, the United Nations mission there reported today.

UN refugee chief calls for global support for peacekeeping in Sudan’s Darfur

The head of the United Nations refugee agency today strongly urged the international community to bring greater support to both the peace process and the African Union (AU) peacekeeping role in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, pledging UN support to the AU in achieving success in this difficult yet necessary mission.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN condemns desecration of grave of opposition leader’s mother

Issuing a plea for calm in strife torn Côte d’Ivoire today, the United Nations Operation in that country (UNOCI) condemned “in the strongest terms” the desecration of the tomb of the mother of a major opposition leader.

UN seeks $85 million to tackle landmine scourge in Sudan, Somalia and Uganda

Seeking to curb the scourge of landmines and other explosive remnants of war that kill or injure between 15,000 and 20,000 people annually worldwide, the United Nations is appealing for more than $85 million to tackle the crisis in three of the most affected countries – Sudan, Somalia and Uganda.

Chad: UN agency opens a third camp for refugees from Central African Republic

A continuing flow of people fleeing fighting in northern Central African Republic (CAR) between unidentified armed men and the military have forced the United Nations refugee agency to open a third camp in Chad to accommodate the new arrivals whose number has swelled to 12,500 since June.

DR Congo: Annan calls for large, peaceful turn out in constitutional referendum

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to vote peacefully and in large numbers in Sunday’s constitutional referendum to bring democracy and prosperity to the vast country that has known neither during decades of civil war and factional fighting.

With peacekeepers leaving Eritrea, UN mission at a crossroads, official says

As staff members of the United Nations mission meant to keep the truce between Ethiopia and Eritrea began pulling out of Eritrea for security reasons following new restrictions placed on them by that Government, the head of UN peacekeeping stressed that the Mission is at a critical crossroads.

Sudan’s special court on Darfur crimes not satisfactory, UN genocide expert says

A United Nations genocide expert today voiced disappointment in the efforts of Sudan’s Government to address the crimes committed in the country’s western Darfur region, where conflict has been marked by massive displacement, rights abuses and widespread killings.

Failed rains may leave up to 2.5 million Kenyans dependent on food aid – UN agency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that rain failure could cause the number of people needing food aid in Kenya to more than double – from the current 1.1 million to 2.5 million – while appeals for funds have come up short.

UN Security Council renews sanctions on Côte d’Ivoire, bars diamond exports

With the Côte d’Ivoire still split in half between the Government and rebel forces, the United Nations Security Council today renewed for another year the arms embargo and the travel and financial restrictions applied to those deemed to threaten peace there, while also deciding to ban imports of rough diamonds from the country.