Africa

UN chief welcomes steps toward holding of Sudanese national dialogue

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the initiative of holding a comprehensive national dialogue in Sudan to achieve sustainable peace as well as the progress being made by Sudanese stakeholders to prepare for this process.

UN health agency convenes meeting to weigh Ebola therapies, vaccines

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) began a two-day meeting in Geneva to discuss potential Ebola therapies and vaccines in response to “intense public interest in, and demand for, anything that offers hope of definitive treatment.”

Libya: UN report details serious human rights abuses in Tripoli, Benghazi

Citing indiscriminate violence by armed fighters in Libya and grave abuses by all sides in the conflict, a new United Nations report out today warns that serious human rights violations are taking place in the country’s two largest cities, Tripoli and Benghazi, with dire consequences for civilians and civilian infrastructure.

New UN South Sudan envoy stresses civilian protection, national ownership of peace process

Taking up her post today as head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ellen Margrethe Løj acknowledged that while it was a “huge and difficult” challenge, the job was impossible to turn down because the country’s people had fought hard for their independence.

Mali: Ban condemns deadly attack against UN peacekeepers

Condemning the latest in a series of recent attacks against United Nations personnel and contractors in northern Mali, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today declared that the latest incident, in which four UN peacekeepers were killed and 15 others injured, would not deter the Organization’s determination to support the Malian Government and people.

Ebola response must be based on 'scientific evidence, not on fear,' urge top UN officials

Misinformation about Ebola can only exacerbate an already fragile situation, said United Nations officials at the highest level today, urging international action and solidarity to help West African countries deal with the myriad health and socioeconomic impacts of current outbreak of the deadly virus.

Recent attacks in Nigeria send thousands fleeing to Cameroon for refuge – UN

Recent attacks by insurgent groups in north-east Nigeria have prompted thousands of people to seek refuge in Cameroon over the past 10 days, with some sleeping in schools and churches, and children suffering from poor health, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Over one million Somalis in danger as food crisis worsens, warns UN agency

Poor rains, conflict, trade disruptions and reduced humanitarian assistance have led to a worsening of the food security situation across Somalia, the United Nations warned today, adding that acute malnutrition increased in many areas, particularly among children.