Darfur: UN-African Union peacekeeping force launches operations in El Fasher

The United Nations African Union hybrid peacekeeping operation for Darfur (UNAMID) today began operations at its El Fasher Headquarters in what the senior UN official there called a milestone for the strife-torn Sudanese region.

Ban Ki-moon dispatches senior aide to DR Congo’s troubled eastern region

Voicing concern about the ongoing crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where tens of thousands of people have been displaced by recent fighting, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that his senior aide will travel to the country for talks with top officials.

Extending Sudan mission, Security Council urges consolidation of North-South peace

The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) by six months, urging all parties to fully put into the practice the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ending a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan.

Security Council extends UN’s Western Sahara mission through April 2008

The Security Council today extended through next April the mandate of the United Nations mission in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which has been in the Territory since 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.

Almost 88,000 Somalis displaced during weekend violence in Mogadishu – UN

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today that up to 88,000 people have fled Mogadishu this past weekend due to increased fighting – which is more than have left the Somali capital in the past four months.

Ethiopian pastoralists to meet in UN-backed debate

More than 250 Ethiopian pastoralists in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region from over 17 different ethnic groups will gather at a five-day United Nations-sponsored debate and celebration next month aimed at promoting an exchange of ideas.

UNICEF says children nearly taken out of Chad are in good health

Following the attempt by a French non-governmental organization (NGO) to fly them out of Chad, the 103 children held in an orphanage appear to be in good health and are doing fairly well, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today.

Promoting UN’s development work, Norwegian Crown Prince visits Burundi

Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), today began a four-day visit to Burundi as part of his work to promote global antipoverty targets.

Darfur: UN, African Union envoys urge all parties to press ahead for peace

Top envoys from the United Nations and the African Union chairing talks in Libya on the troubled Darfur region of Sudan today welcomed the Khartoum Government’s unilateral declaration of a cessation of hostilities and called on all parties to the conflict to make a similar commitment without delay.

Ban Ki-moon lauds gains made in Central African integration, peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Central Africa for its efforts towards integration and peace, but warned that the region still faces several hurdles.