Cooperation with Africa must occur at earliest signs of crisis, Ban tells Security Council

Cooperation between the African Union and the United Nations on peace and security is crucial and should occur systematically at the earliest signs of crisis said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon this morning as he uregd the Security Council to work more effectively to prevent, manage and resolve conflicts on the African continent.

UN envoys welcome conviction of Congolese army officer for crimes against humanity

United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura welcomed today the conviction of a senior army officer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for crimes against humanity, saying the verdict sends a “very clear message to perpetrators of sexual violence in DRC that they cannot hide behind a badge or evade justice with a uniform.”

Condemning military escalation in Libya, UN mission calls on all parties to join dialogue

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today condemned the sharp escalation in violence in the country and called on both sides to cease military operations immediately and give political dialogue a chance.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Liberia mission

Recognizing that grappling with the Ebola outbreak has slowed the Liberian Government’s efforts to advance certain governance and national reforms, the Security Council today extended the United Nations mission in the country (UNMIL), tailoring its mandate to focus on civilian protection, humanitarian assistance support, and justice and security body reforms.

Ebola: UN forum urges debt relief for hard-hit countries, as search for faster diagnostics gets underway

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today recommended that creditors should seriously consider debt cancellation for the countries worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and also projected that even if those most affected were to register zero economic growth, the impact on Africa as a continent would be minimal.

DR Congo: UN-led Great Lakes envoys urge faster implementation of M23 peace deal

A team of United Nations, African Union and other Special Envoys on the Great Lakes region have noted with concern that overall implementation of the Nairobi Declarations remains slow.

People of South Sudan living in ‘tinderbox’ after year of conflict, warns UN rights chief

Highlighting the “dreadful” situation of civilians in South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights warned today that there are deeply worrying indications that fighting would intensify now that the dry season had begun, and urged all parties to practice restraint, engage in meaningful dialogue and work to restore calm.

One year later, ongoing South Sudan conflict 'jeopardizes future of entire nation' - UN chief

One year since conflict broke out in South Sudan and the country's warring factions have yet to reach a comprehensive peace agreement, endangering the lives of millions of people and the future of the world's youngest nation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned.

Somalia: UN expert urges Government to ramp up efforts in securing human rights legislation

Somalia's Government and the international community must work to strengthen the country's rule of law institutions and safeguard its full transition to peace, stability and democracy, a United Nations human rights expert urged today.

UN political chief welcomes commitment of Burundi’s Government to dialogue, elections

As Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman wrapped up his visit to Burundi, he met today with President, Pierre Nkurunziza, to discuss issues related to the drawdown of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), and establishment of the UN Electoral Observation Mission (MENUB).