Africa

Joint UN-African force calls on Sudanese group to stop obstructing its work

The joint African Union-United Nations mission assisting in restoring peace and stability in Darfur has called on one of the major rebel groups in the Sudanese region to stop impeding its work, while deploring the harassment and detention of its personnel.

DR Congo and UN launch stabilization and recovery fund

The United Nations and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have launched a fund to help the vast country recover from years of devastating civil war that ended earlier this decade, and continuing strife in its eastern provinces that has displaced more than a million people.

UN envoy cites need to deal with underlying causes of DR Congo conflict

While the crisis that plagued eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) last year and threatened to engulf the entire region has eased, some of the factors that led to the fierce fighting and the displacement of hundred of thousands must still be dealt with, a senior United Nations envoy said today.

Head of UN agency applauds China-Africa forum’s commitment on food security

The head of the United Nations food agency today welcomed the declaration by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation underlining the critical role that investment in food security, agriculture and infrastructure plays in feeding people on the continent.

Ban welcomes power-sharing deal in Madagascar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the power-sharing agreement reached by Madagascar''s current and former leaders and urged them to implement the deal to resolve months of political wrangling in the Indian Ocean country.

Prosecutor to ask International Criminal Court to probe Kenyan violence

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that he will ask the tribunal to open an investigation into the deadly post-election violence in Kenya in December 2007 and January 2008.

Kenya: UN seeks urgent funds to respond to flooding in refugee camps

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing for $2.8 million to provide essential supplies and respond to possible disease outbreaks among more than 300,000 refugees in two camps in Kenya threatened by flooding.

Tribal clashes uproot over 16,000 civilians in northern DR Congo, reports UN

Clashes between two tribes in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have caused more than 16,000 civilians to flee their homes since last week, crossing into neighbouring Republic of Congo to find safety, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN anti-malaria official commends UNICEF for funding 20 million mosquito nets

The official tasked with spearheading United Nations efforts against malaria has welcomed the decision of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to allocate more than $8 million in new funds to distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

UN agency helps officials in Cape Verde tackle outbreak of dengue fever

Officials from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) are at work in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago of Cape Verde to help local authorities battle the country’s first reported epidemic of dengue fever.