Africa

DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains ‘fragile,’ UN envoys warn

Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are “not irreversible.”

Burundi: UN envoy says 2015 elections will be ‘litmus test’ for democratic processes, stability

While noting Burundi’s efforts to ensure an inclusive political climate ahead of elections in 2015, the United Nations envoy for the country warned today that the socio-political situation there remains characterized by “deep-rooted divergences and persisting mistrust between the Government and opposition parties, and between and within opposition formations as well.”

South Sudan on brink of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ warns senior UN peacekeeping official

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned that after just three years of independence, South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict.

Last group of Congolese refugees return to their homes in DR Congo – UN

A final group of Congolese refugees have returned to their homes in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a voluntary repatriation programme by the United Nations refugee agency.

UN agency ‘deeply concerned’ about safety of refugees in embattled Libya

As violence escalates in Libya, the United Nations today said it was deeply concerned for the safety of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently stranded in areas heavily damaged by the continuous fighting.

Desperate Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram arriving on deserted island in Chad, UN warns

The United Nations refugee agency today sounded the alarm on behalf of the nearly 1,000 people who recently arrived in the uninhabited Chadian island of Choua after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.

UN peacekeepers in South Sudan headed to site of deadly attacks on aid workers

A unit of United Nations peacekeepers is heading to South Sudan’s Maban County after at least five South Sudanese humanitarian workers were killed earlier today by a community-based self defence militia calling itself the Mabanese Defence Forces.

Ebola: UN health agency to convene emergency meeting on deadly disease

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will convene a meeting of its emergency committee starting tomorrow to determine whether the current Ebola viral disease outbreak in West Africa is a public health emergency of international concern.

South Sudan: After killing of aid worker in Bunj, UN calls for militias to be reined in

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today strongly condemned the killing of a humanitarian worker, as peace talks to end fighting in the world’s newest country resumed in Addis Ababa.

Doctors, nurses and health staff urgently needed to combat ebola – UN health agency

The United Nations health agency today appealed for urgently needed contributions to combat the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa, saying hundreds of doctors, nurses, health staff and materials are needed in the region “as fast as possible.”