Africa

Ebola: WHO-convened ethics panel endorses use of experimental drugs

A 12-member ethics panel convened by the United Nations health agency today reached “unanimous consensus” that it is ethical to treat Ebola patients with experimental drugs to counter the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of the virus in history.

Libya: UN Mission condemns ongoing fighting despite repeated calls for ceasefire

The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences.

Inter-communal violence, banditry in Darfur threaten civilians – African Union-UN envoy

While fighting between Government forces and armed movements ebbed considerably during the past months, inter-communal violence and acts of banditry continue to be a challenge for the people of Darfur, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today.

Ebola: UN health agency convenes ethical review of experimental drugs

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today convened a meeting of ethicists and scientists to discuss on the use of experimental medicines in treating Ebola, three days after the agency declared the current outbreak of the disease in West Africa an international public health emergency.

Military solution in South Sudan ‘unacceptable’, says Security Council, urging rivals to pursue dialogue

Expressing “grave alarm and concern” about the deteriorating security situation and looming humanitarian catastrophe and South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today urged President Salva Kiir and political rival Riek Machar to engage fully and inclusively in ongoing peace talks, and uphold their commitment to establish a transitional government.

Clashes in north-western Central African Republic cause renewed displacement – UN

Fighting from 30 to 31 July in Batangafo, Central African Republic (CAR) has caused renewed displacement, according to Jens Laerke of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Civilian conditions in Libya ‘steadily deteriorating,’ warns UN rights office

The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern over the situation in Libya, where a conflict between multiple armed groups has been raging primarily in Benghazi and Tripoli.

‘World must act now’ to avert repeat of devastating famine in Somalia – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community to “act now” to avert a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, where a widening hunger crisis has sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 famine that devastated the war-ravaged country.

UN declares Ebola outbreak global ‘international public health emergency’

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, saying: “our collective health security” depends on urgent support for containment in the affected countries.

Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue

The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.