Africa

Somalia: top UN envoy calls for release of kidnapped aid workers

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia has called for the release of two female staff members of the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontières who have been abducted in the strife-torn Horn of Africa nation.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN hails regrouping of ex-fighters as step towards lasting peace

Former combatants from Government and rebel forces in Côte d’Ivoire began regrouping on schedule this weekend in what the United Nations peacekeeping mission hailed as an important stage on the road to restoring peace and stability in the divided West African country.

Over 100 Liberian women complete police training under UN-backed initiative

More than 100 female police recruits have completed basic training with the help of a United Nations-backed programme designed to increase the number of women in the Liberian National Police (LNP), now bringing the total number of female officers to 356 – or nearly 10 per cent of the force.

UN fund set up to help protect refugees in Chad, Central African Republic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has set up a trust fund to help the Governments of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) build the law and order capacity needed to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) endangered by the spill over of violence from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region.

Ban Ki-moon welcomes talks aimed at bringing peace to eastern DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced hope that an upcoming peace summit to be held in the troubled eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will help end a conflict that has caused tremendous suffering and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

Security Council extends UN office in Sierra Leone for final nine months

The Security Council today extended for a final period of nine months the mandate of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), during which the operation would take steps to progressively reduce its strength with a view to completing its mandate by next September.

Security Council calls on DR Congo rebels to disarm, end child recruitment

Concerned at the worsening situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where fighting has escalated between Government and renegade forces, the Security Council today demanded that all rebel groups lay down their arms and immediately stop recruiting children.

After threats and harassment, UN aid workers seek better access in Burundi

Faced with threats of unwarranted taxes and harassment by an armed rebel group in Burundi, United Nations humanitarian officials are seeking better access to the province around Bujumbura, capital of the small Central African country that is emerging from decades of ethnic conflict.

Thousands more flee Mogadishu as fighting continues, says UN

An additional 10,000 people have reportedly fled Somalia’s capital Mogadishu due to ongoing fighting which has claimed the lives of at least six people and injured some 50 others this week alone, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

UN-backed project aims to jump start economic development in Guinea-Bissau

A new project backed by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will boost the incomes and living conditions of some 100,000 rural poor in Guinea-Bissau.