DR Congo: Annan condemns attack on Nepalese peacekeepers

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned a recent fatal attack on Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged the release of those detained after a confrontation with armed militias.

African students outnumber others in seeking higher education abroad – UNESCO

Students from sub-Saharan Africans seeking higher education are the most mobile in the world, with one out of 16 studying abroad, according to a new study carried out by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Global efforts could spell end to Africa’s conflicts, Security Council is told

International strategies for conflict resolution in Africa such as those put forward by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan take into account the many dimensions of the violent crises shaking the continent and could pave the way for their resolution, the President of the Republic of Congo, as chairman of the African Union (AU), told the Security Council today.

UN Security Council condemns renewed fighting in Somalia

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the renewed clashes in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, and called for an immediate ceasefire in the Horn of Africa country for the second time this month.

‘Jobs, jobs, jobs’ are Liberia’s top priority – UN official

With unemployment running at an estimated 85 per cent in Liberia, the creation of “jobs, jobs, jobs” is a top priority as the country struggles to rebuild economically, a senior United Nations official has said, urging rapid debt relief, international assistance and other measures to foster growth and development.

Renewing UN Ethiopia-Eritrea mission for 4 months, UN Council cuts troop level

The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for four months while reducing the authorized troop level of the operation keeping the peace on the disputed border between the two Horn of Africa neighbours.

New donations boost UN food aid in Sudan but more contributions still urgently needed

Food rations that were recently reduced by half for more than 3 million people in Sudan will be increased to 84 per cent of minimum daily requirements from June to September in the war-torn Darfur region thanks to new donations to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operation, but more aid is still urgently needed.

Liberian corrections officers complete 12 months of intensive training – UN

A group of 25 Liberian corrections officers have been certified after completing a year of training, bringing to 49 the total number prepared by the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the Government to uphold human rights while dealing with prisoners.

Concerned at Somalia clashes, UN relief official urges factions to act humanely

Reacting to reports of indiscriminate shelling of civilian populations and medical facilities in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, where dozens have died in the last few days, a senior United Nations official today called on the warring factions to spare the lives of those not involved in the hostilities.

UN peacekeeper in DR of Congo killed, bringing five-year total to 74

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is searching for seven of their colleagues who disappeared during a confrontation between armed militias and UN-backed soldiers from the national army, which also left one UN peacekeeper dead and brought the six-year peacekeeping death toll to 74.