New UN-backed report finds ‘alarmingly high’ levels of elephant poaching across Africa

The level of elephant poaching across Africa remains alarmingly high, according to a new United Nations-backed report release today, which also found an increase in the number of large seizures of ivory.

Egypt: UN rights office concerned by harsh sentences handed down for activists

Egypt’s judicial system has again come up short, the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) warned today after a criminal court handed down a harsh jail sentence for 25 activists, including prominent blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah, reportedly for “breaching the protest law, illegal gathering, theft, and attacking officials on duty.”

UN envoy reiterates commitment to stability of Nigeria, Lake Chad basin region

While efforts are underway to safely release the abducted Nigerian school girls, more civilians are killed and many others are being displaced by Boko Haram insurgents, the United Nations envoy for West Africa today warned, reiterating the Organization’s commitment to helping stabilize the country.

Central African Republic: UN appeals for safe haven for civilians fleeing violence

As ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) continues to drive civilians to seek safety elsewhere, the United Nations refugee agency is appealing to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and allow access to safe haven for people on the run.

Timely elections, political solutions to differences vital for Libya to move forward – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions to resolve differences, while stressing the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of legislative elections later this month.

UN applauds decision by oil firm to halt exploration in DR Congo national park

The United Nations agency that advocates for the protection of irreplaceable natural and cultural resources today welcomed as “a step in the right direction” the decision of British oil company Soco to halt oil exploration in ecologically rich but endangered Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In wake of clashes, UN envoy calls for restoring calm along DR Congo-Rwanda border

Following clashes on Wednesday between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, a senior United Nations official has called on both sides to restore calm in the border area of Kibumba.

UN experts denounce ongoing detention and trial of human rights defenders in Swaziland

A group of independent United Nations experts today voiced serious concerns at the arrest, detention and prosecution of human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and the editor-in-chief of The Nation magazine, Bheki Makhubu, in Swaziland.

Ban strongly condemns car bombing resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in Mali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today’s car bomb attack on a United Nations camp in Mali that resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad.

Somalia: UN agencies call for immediate action to curb measles outbreaks

Voicing deep concern that outbreaks of measles have left thousands of children in Somalia at risk of disability or death, United Nations agencies today called for urgent vaccination to tackle the highly contagious disease.