Ban urges Madagascar parties to act responsibly after President resigns

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties in Madagascar to ensure stability and a smooth democratic transition following the resignation of President Marc Ravalomanana.

Uprooted continue to return home in northern Uganda, UN reports

Northern Ugandans uprooted during two decades of fighting between the Government and a notorious rebel group are continuing to return home, the United Nations humanitarian arm announced today.

Lack of funds forces UN to ground West Africa humanitarian air service

The United Nations said it is shutting down its Humanitarian Air Service in West Africa due to a serious lack of funding, seriously impairing aid operations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Aid partners to assess state of Western Sahara refugees on UN-led visits

Concern over malnutrition among long-term refugees from Western Sahara have sparked two assessment missions to their camps in western Algeria by humanitarian partners, the first of which embarks tomorrow, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.

DR Congo conflicts threaten people’s already-shaky living conditions – UN official

Although the global spotlight has been on the conflict in the volatile far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), violations have been occurring in other parts of the vast African nation, a senior United Nations human rights official today said.

Security Council welcomes blue helmets taking over in Chad, Central African Republic

The Security Council today welcomed this weekend’s successful transfer of authority from European forces to United Nations peacekeepers in the war-torn nations of Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Top UN envoy hails joint Ugandan, Congolese operation against rebels

As Ugandan troops began withdrawing from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after a three-month joint operation to flush out a notorious rebel group, the United Nations’ top envoy in the country praised the cooperative effort, the world body’s mission there said today.

UN workers in Somalia released just hours after abduction

The four United Nations staff members who were abducted earlier today by unknown armed men in south central Somalia have now been released, the world body has confirmed.

UN relief chief voices concern over Sudan leader’s call for ‘Sudanization’ of aid

The top United Nations humanitarian official said he has been “taken by surprise” over media reports today that Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has called for all international aid groups to leave the vast African nation within one year.

Blue helmets take over from European force in Chad, Central African Republic

United Nations peacekeepers in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) today took over the military and security responsibilities of European forces in the two strife-torn nations.