Top UN envoy appeals to Congolese rebels to seek peace after arrest of leader

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today appealed to the main rebel group involved in the conflict that has raged in country's east to end its rebellion and engage in the path of peace, following the arrest of its leader, the renegade general Laurent Nkunda.

Killings at Darfur displaced persons camp were unlawful – UN report

Sudanese forces violated international human rights law by using lethal force in “an unnecessary, disproportionate and therefore unlawful manner,” when they fired on a crowd in a displaced persons camp in Darfur last August, killing 33 civilians, states a new United Nations report.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN appeals for nearly $40 million to help over 300,000 people

United Nations agencies and their partners today issued an appeal for nearly $40 million to bring humanitarian relief to over 300,000 people in Côte d’Ivoire.

Record purchase enabled UN to feed hungry, boost southern African economies

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it purchased a record amount of food in southern Africa in 2008, enabling the agency to feed millions across the vast continent while also supporting local farmers and economies.

Security assurances a must for UN agency to continue food aid in Somalia

In the wake of the killings of two of its staff members earlier this month, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on local authorities and armed groups in South and Central Somalia to provide concrete security commitments to allow the agency to continue providing life-saving assistance to millions in need in the strife-torn nation.

Hordes of caterpillars threaten Liberia, possible risk to wider region – UN

In what is being described by the United Nations as Liberia’s worst plague in 30 years, hordes of caterpillars are destroying crops and vegetation in northern areas of the country and posing a major threat to the already precarious food security situation in the country and the wider region.

UN assessing impact of Ugandan rebel violence on Congolese civilians

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is evaluating the impact of atrocities committed by a notorious Ugandan rebel group against Congolese civilians.

Identifying citizenry key to Ivorian peace process – UN envoy

Current progress in identifying citizens of Côte d’Ivoire will allow further advances in the slow but steady consolidation of peace in the West African country, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government-held south and an opposition-dominated north, the top United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.

UN peacekeepers not involved in military offensive against armed group in DR Congo

The joint military operation in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) against a Hutu militia fighting in the war-ravaged region does not involve United Nations blue helmets, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Alan Doss, stressed today.

UN, African Union to ramp up deployment of peacekeepers in troubled Darfur

Hundreds more troops will arrive in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region within the next two months in an effort to boost protection of civilians, the African Union-United Nations mission there, known as UNAMID, said today.