Africa

Mali: Security Council condemns recent deadly suicide attack on UN base

The Security Council today condemned in the strongest terms Saturday’s suicide attack on a United Nations base in Ber, Mali, that killed two UN Burkinabe peacekeepers and injured seven others.

Ebola: UN health agency requests exit screening of travellers leaving affected countries

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said any persons with an illness consistent with Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries unless it is part of a medical evacuation, as it also expressed concern over the threats and harassment of health workers in West African countries developing into a “worry element.”

Top UN envoy pledges to step up support for peace, progress in Somaliland

The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today pledged to step up the world body’s support for peace and progress in Somaliland during a visit to the region, which declared itself independent in 1991.

Cross-border aid reaches civilians displaced by ongoing violence in Libya – UN

The United Nations refugee agency said today it has, for the first time, begun sending aid into western Libya from Tunisia to help some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in Tripoli.

Libya: UN mission condemns 'grave escalation' in fighting, urges ceasefire

The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the grave escalation in the fighting in the capital, Tripoli, and its suburbs and urged all parties to work to put an end to the security deterioration, which forebodes serious consequences on the humanitarian level.

Somalia: marking one year in Puntland, UN pledges state-building support

At a ceremony marking its first year in Puntland, the United Nations mission in Somalia today pledged its continued support as the country looks ahead to beginning the process of federalism aimed at building a stronger, more united Somalia.

Ban condemns attack on UN Mali base, declares it 'will not deter' peace efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide attack on a United Nations base in Mali that killed two UN peacekeepers and injured seven others this morning.

UN expert calls for immediate release of political detainees in Sudan

A United Nations human rights expert today denounced the arrest and sentencing of political activists in Sudan, reiterating his call on the Government to free all the political detainees to enable an inclusive national dialogue.

Ebola: cases, deaths ‘vastly underestimated,’ says UN health agency

Health workers at Ebola outbreak sites are seeing evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the crisis as they work around the clock to stop the disease from spreading, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

South Sudan: UN mission condemns Bentiu clashes, takes swift action to protect people

The United Nations mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned this morning’s outbreak of violence in Bentiu which caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport.