Africa

Libya: UN envoy calls for end to fighting, beginning of political process

The violence in Libya must stop, the United Nations envoy to that country today reiterated, calling for “meaningful, effective” dialogue to end what is among the worst fighting the country has seen since leader Muammar al-Qadhafi was ousted in 2011.

Ebola: UN relief chief allocates $4 million to bolster aid deliveries in West Africa

To help offset disruptions in aid delivery caused by travel restrictions on Ebola-affected countries, the top United Nations relief official today approved an emergency allocation of nearly $4 million for the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to support operations in West Africa.

South Sudan: Preliminary UN probe shows helicopter was shot down

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said today its initial investigation Has revealed that UN helicopter that crashed near Bentiu late last month was shot down.

Somalia: UN envoy condemns latest terrorist attacks

Calling for reconciliation and an end to violence in Somalia, the top United Nations official condemned the terrorist attacks in several locations in country yesterday that resulted in the death and injury of many innocent civilians.

‘Merciless,’ spread of Ebola in Liberia must be stopped in its tracks, Security Council told

Liberia is facing its greatest threat since its years-long conflict, the Security Council was told today in a briefing that focused on the impact of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which is responsible for at least 1,200 deaths in the country.

Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at UN headquarters to scale-up crisis response

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene leaders gathering in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent needs and required response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Somalia: UN envoy lends support to state formation process in south-west regions

The top United Nations official in Somalia today urged political rivals in the south-western part of the country to take another step towards peace and stability with the establishment of a new interim regional administration.

African Union-UN mission calls for restraint amid tensions at Darfur camp

Concerned about escalating tensions, the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s Darfur region today called for restraint by all parties in and around the Kalma camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) where demonstrations have resulted in several casualties over the weekend.

Security Council welcomes release of Algerian diplomats in Northern Mali

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the release in Gao, Mali, on 30 August of the two Algerian diplomats that were taken hostage by the armed group Mouvement pour l'Unicité et le Jihad en Afrique de l'Ouest (MUJAO) in April 2012.

Ban issues ‘international rescue call’ to halt Ebola epidemic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today vowed to mobilize the United Nations in every possible way to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and issued an “international rescue call” for a massive surge in assistance, warning that “the world can no longer afford to short-change global public health.”