Funding gap could ground UN air service for aid workers in Africa

The United Nations air service, shuttling aid workers to remote locations to provide life-saving assistance to vulnerable people in Africa, is in danger of being shut down due to a funding shortage, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) which operates the flights.

Latest wave of violence in DR Congo uproots 56,000 people – UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today that an estimated 56,000 people have been uprooted by the latest wave of violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN mission urges Ivorians to resolve difficulties, stick to electoral timetable

The identification and voter registration process for the upcoming elections in Côte d’Ivoire has encountered some difficulties, including strikes in some parts of the country, the United Nations mission there reported.

Millions of Nigerian children to be immunized during UN-backed health week

Some 30 million youngsters will receive immunizations during Nigeria’s first-ever National Child Health Week, launched today by the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the country’s health minister in the capital, Abuja.

Ban applauds Guinea-Bissau for peaceful staging of presidential election run-off

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the Government, security forces, election officials and political parties of Guinea-Bissau for this week's peaceful staging of the run-off round of presidential elections in the troubled West African country.

Niger: Secretary-General urges restraint ahead of referendum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of Niger to refrain from violence and exercise the utmost restraint, days before they vote on a controversial referendum to change the national constitution to allow the current President to run for a third term in office.

UN to help Angola achieve ‘water for all’

The United Nations has joined forces with the Angolan Government to achieve universal access to water to boost health and curb poverty in the Southern African nation.

Ahead of polls, Security Council extends UN force in Côte d’Ivoire by six months

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) by another six months, expressing its support for the long-awaited presidential elections now slated for late November.

Senior UN relief official voices concern at plight of displaced Central Africans

The situation in the Central African Republic remains highly volatile and those displaced by violence are still traumatized, despite a general improvement in some areas, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today as she wrapped up a five-day visit to the country.

Security Council extends peacekeeping mission in Darfur by another year

The Security Council agreed today to extend the work of the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping operation in Sudan’s Darfur region by another year and called for the UN to set out a plan so it can measure whether the mission is making progress towards achieving its mandate.