Africa

South Sudan: as rains set in, UN agency boosts aid operations to reach remote areas

As the rainy season begins in South Sudan, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has scaled up its emergency response operations with large-scale airdrops to provide remote communities with livelihood kits that will allow them to plant crops, fish waterways and protect livestock from fatal diseases.

Ban deplores deadly attacks on civilians in Kenya

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned “in the strongest terms” the attacks that took place on Sunday in Mpeketoni, Kenya, which reportedly killed at least 48 people and wounded many more.

UN chief urges South Sudanese rivals to meet as required in peace accord

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar to meet on Monday, as agreed to in the 9 May document that aimed to end the fighting in the world's newest country.

Somalia: UN aid chief calls for $60 million emergency funding through summer months

The United Nations humanitarian chief today called for $60 million for the next three months to prevent Somalia “from slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis” as it did during the 2011 famine.

Condemning worsening bloodshed in Libya, UN urges action on political, security fronts

Citing aerial attacks, use of heavy weaponry and civilian casualties in Benghazi and elsewhere in eastern Libya, the United Nations today called for an end to the bloodshed and urged the country’s officials to agree on precise means to counter terrorism and other challenges to security and state authority.

Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic

Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrive in a ‘shocking state,’ malnourished and dangerously ill, the heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, warning that their funds are nearly exhausted and that hundreds of thousands of people could die unless urgent contributions are received.

With Egypt’s election results in, Ban voices hopes for democracy, stability

Taking note of the official release of the results of the recent election in Egypt, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his hope that President-elect Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will support the people’s aspirations for a stable and democratic country.

Insecurity, funding shortfall leaves millions hungry in DR Congo – UN

Senior United Nations officials for the Great Lakes region of Africa are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to draw attention to continuing insecurity there, while the world body reported today that the fighting and a decrease in financial resources is causing millions of people to go hungry.

Late rains give rise to concerns about harvest prospects, food security in Somalia – UN

The United Nations today voiced increasing concern over the food security situation in Somalia, as food stocks from the previous harvest become depleted and prices continue to rise sharply, and the country experiences late rains and erratic weather patterns.

DR Congo: UN and partners renew call for surrender of Rwandan rebel group

The United Nations and its partners today renewed their call for the complete surrender of all leaders and combatants of the rebel Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which has caused untold suffering in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for many years.