Africa

Sudan: UN embarks on largest-ever delivery of voter registration materials

The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are kicking off the largest-ever delivery of materials in the African nation ahead of tomorrow's voter registration exercise.

Sierra Leone: eight men found guilty of war crimes transferred to Rwanda

Eight men found guilty by a United Nations-backed court of war crimes and crimes against humanity during Sierra Leone's brutal decade-long civil war have been transferred to Rwanda to serve their sentences.

UNICEF and Zambia say ‘just stop it’ to gender-based violence

A new campaign in Zambia backed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls for an end to gender-based violence, the second biggest scourge in the nation, following HIV and AIDS, according to the African nation’s leader.

Parties’ lack of commitment main obstacle in Darfur peace process – UN official

The top United Nations peacekeeping official has stressed that ending the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region will require greater commitment and efforts by the parties involved, lamenting that the peace process has been moving very slowly.

After 37 years, last of Burundian refugees return home under UN-backed scheme

Ending one of the world’s longest-running refugee sagas, the United Nations announced that some 400 Burundians left Tanzania today returning to the Central African homeland they escaped in 1972.

Ban announces members of commission to look into bloody Guinean crackdown

Three prominent jurists will form the international commission of inquiry to probe last month’s violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Guinea that led to the deaths of at least 150 people and the rape of many others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today.

SEAL THE DEAL: UN project seeks to protect West African coastline from erosion

In West Africa, the coast is more than just a simple marker between land and sea. It’s also the home of millions – as much as 80 per cent of the populations of many countries live nearby – and a vital source of livelihoods and income thanks to the critical industries of fishing and tourism.

Assassination attempt on President is attack on all Somalis, UN says

Two recent attempts to kill Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed are assassination attacks on all Somalis, the top United Nations official for the strife-torn country said today.

Ban expresses disappointment that Zimbabwe blocks UN torture expert

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his disappointment that the invitation extended by the Zimbabwean Government to the United Nations independent expert on torture was suddenly revoked yesterday.

Côte d’Ivoire: Security Council extend sanctions for another year

The Security Council today extended the sanctions imposed on Côte d’Ivoire, warning that the situation in the divided West African nation continues to pose a threat to international peace and security for the region.