Rwandan genocide: Security Council told failure of political will led to ‘cascade of human tragedy’

The Security Council today marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide by calling on all countries to recommit to prevent and fight such serious crimes, as a senior United Nations official warned that many of today’s conflicts reveal that protection of populations from atrocities remains “lagging and elusive.”

UN calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in north-eastern Nigeria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have condemned the abduction of some 100 school girls from their hostel in north-eastern Nigeria yesterday and called for their immediate release.

South Sudan: UN official calls ongoing violence ‘an outrage’ to country’s people

The number of people seeking shelter at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in the Unity state capital, Bentiu, has doubled over the past few days, UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer said in Juba today.

UN Secretary-General ‘shocked and saddened’ by deadly Nigeria bus bombing

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his shock and sadness after a bomb attack at a bus station near the Nigerian capital of Abuja claimed dozens of lives, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

UN chief commends Guinea-Bissau people for orderly, peaceful elections

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded the people of Guinea-Bissau for their orderly and peaceful participation in yesterday’s presidential and legislative elections, and called on all candidates to respect the upcoming results.

World must help people of Central African Republic ‘not tomorrow – today,’ declares UN chief

More than 70,000 people are now living in horrendous conditions crammed into the Central African Republic (CAR) Bangui airport – the lucky ones under weather-beaten tarps just yards from the runway. Others are in the open.

UN, United States, European Union issue joint 'call for action' on South Sudan

Expressing deep concern about the crisis in South Sudan and its impact on civilians, the top United Nations humanitarian official joined today with her counterparts from the United States and the European Union to urge more support for the war-torn country's people, who have been severely affected by conflict, displacement and food insecurity.

As Guinea-Bissau votes in bid for stability, UN urges respect for results

With preparations supported by the United Nations, voters in Guinea-Bissau head to the polls this Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections many hope will bring stability to the tiny West African nation.

Overflights, aerial attacks stoke safety fears in South Sudan – UN refugee agency

The recent sighting of unidentified planes over Yida, South Sudan, and the aerial bombing of a nearby community have raised fears about the safety of refugees and aid workers in the highly militarized area, the United Nations said today, fearing these incidents might signal an increase in violence in the strife-torn country.

UN-African Union report urges more credible industrial policies to transform continent

While Africa has recorded impressive economic growth in the past decade, more credible industrial policies and institutions are needed to advance the structural transformation of the continent, says a new report released today by the United Nations and the African Union.