UN envoy calls for immediate halt to fighting in Somali port city of Kismayo

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia on Saturday called for an immediate halt to armed clashes that have flared up again in the southern port city of Kismayo among groups claiming leadership over the “Jubaland” regional administration.

Egypt: amid mounting tensions, Ban encourages peaceful dialogue, non-violence

With many “strong and opposing opinions” being expressed in Egypt, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the right of the people to demonstrate peacefully and called on all parties in the country “to respect this right and to uphold the law.”

As end of refugee status approaches, UN working to ensure proper closure for Rwandans

The United Nations refugee agency said today it is working closely with concerned Governments to bring to a proper closure the situation of Rwandans who fled their country before 31 December 1998, as the recommended end date for their refugee status approaches on Sunday.

UN agency to help Mali refugees participate in upcoming presidential elections

With only one month to go before the presidential elections take place in Mali, the United Nations is helping neighbouring countries deal with refugees who will be voting outside their home country.

Population issues play key role in advancing peace and development, Ban says at awards

Population dynamics play an important role in advancing peace, development and respect for human dignity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, as he congratulated this year's winners of the United Nations Population Award.

Ban welcomes anti-piracy strategy adopted by leaders from West, Central Africa

Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption by a summit of African leaders of a regional strategy against piracy and other illegal maritime activities in West and Central Africa.

UN chief commends Africa's progress, stresses need for accelerated growth

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has commended African countries for their continuous progress over the past 50 years while stressing that many challenges remain in the continent and accelerated action is needed to tackle them.

In Somalia, UN political chief offers solidarity, support in wake of recent attack

The United Nations political chief today visited Somalia to express solidarity in the aftermath of the recent attack on the world body's compound, and to reaffirm the Organization's resolve to continue its support to the Government and people of the East African nation.

Senior UN officials condemn recent rapes of young girls in eastern DR Congo

Two senior United Nations officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have condemned the recent cases of rape of young girls in the eastern province of South Kivu as “unacceptable” and called for an end to such abuse.

UN expert urges halt to potential execution of Nigerian after death penalty moratorium broken

Warning that a prisoner in Nigeria is in imminent danger, an independent United Nations expert is today urging a stop to his possible execution just days after the country broke its seven year moratorium on the death penalty and apparently executed four prisoners.