UN envoy extends condolences over passing of former President of Sudan

The Secretary-General's Special Representative to Sudan today commiserated over the passing of the African nation's former President Jaafar Nimeiri.

UN mission in DR Congo assists military in offensive against Hutu rebels

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday that it is supporting Congolese government forces (FARDC) in an ongoing effort to flush out an ethnic Hutu militia, committing atrocities against civilians in the east of the vast African country.

DR Congo: UN fund allocates over $12 million to aid victims of violence

The United Nations humanitarian wing has allocated over $12 million to help nearly 200,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cope with the lingering consequences of a series of attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

UNESCO chief speaks out against killing of Somali journalists

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the recent shooting deaths of two Somali journalists.

Sierra Leone: recent violence underscores need for international support – Ban

A recent eruption of political violence in Sierra Leone reinforces the need for the international community’s continued support for the West African nation’s efforts to rebuild following a brutal 11-year civil war, according to a new report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

African environment ministers reach significant climate change accord – UN

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced a landmark agreement reached by over 30 African ministers to mainstream climate change adaptation measures into national and regional development plans, policies and strategies.

Somalia ‘taken hostage’ by continuing fighting, says UN envoy

Somalia has been “taken hostage” by fighting, the top United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation, whose capital has been the scene of clashes between Government forces and opposition militias, said today.

Security Council welcomes setting of date for long-awaited Ivorian elections

The Security Council today welcomed the announcement of a timeline for stalled presidential elections in Côte d'Ivoire, with a first round of voting slated to take place at the end of November.

Former Chadian leader to remain in Senegal pending final ruling by UN court

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) today issued an order leaving former Chadian president Hissène Habré in the custody of Senegal, where he is under house arrest for alleged war crimes.

Agriculture key to Africa’s development, stresses UN-African Union report

African nations will be hit hard by the global economic crisis during the course of 2009, the United Nations and the African Union (AU) say in a new report, which stresses the need to focus on agriculture, the mainstay of economies on the continent.