Africa

UN lauds Tanzania’s decision to give refugees more time to return home

The United Nations refugee agency has welcomed Tanzania’s decision to allow more time for some 36,000 Burundian refugees who have been living in the country since the 1990s to make their way back to their homeland.

Over 170,000 Somalis uprooted by clashes in capital since May, UN reports

More than 170,000 people have been displaced from the Somali capital, Mogadishu, since early May when fresh fighting broke out began between Government forces and insurgents, the United Nations humanitarian wing reported today.

Africa’s food crisis must not be forgotten amid global economic woes – UN trade body

The governing body of the United Nations trade and development agency has convened a meeting today in Geneva to highlight the need to keep the food crisis affecting Africa from being forgotten as governments focus on tackling the global economic downturn.

Darfur’s rebel movements ready to resume peace talks, UN-AU official says

A number of armed rebel movements in Darfur say they are ready to resume peace talks with the Sudanese Government, the African Union-United Nations official tasked with promoting dialogue between the two sides says.

Implementation of peace process in eastern DR Congo a ‘mixed bag’ – UN envoy

Although strides have been made in implementing the peace process in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – ending the deadly conflict there between the Government and a militia – the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region said today that progress remains slow.

Egypt making progress in water, sanitation – UN rights expert

Egypt has made great strides in improving access to drinking water and is well-situated to address remaining challenges related to water and sanitation, a United Nations independent human rights expert said today.

Rwanda: trial against military officers wraps up at UN-backed tribunal

Both the prosecution and defense have wrapped up their cases against four former military officers charged with genocide and other war crimes by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed Rwanda in 1994.

Migiro travels to Libya for African Union summit

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will represent the United Nations at this week’s African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya, it was announced today.

Officials from UN-African Union mission visit returnees in North Darfur

Officials from the joint United Nations-African Union mission have visited areas of North Darfur to verify reports of the spontaneous return of refugees and displaced persons to their villages, and to assess their living conditions.

Ban welcomes decree setting up transitional government in Mauritania

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the signing of a decree setting up a transitional government in Mauritania, which he hopes will pave the way for the holding of free and fair presidential elections next month.