Africa

UN highlights milestone of 1,000 Ebola survivors in DR Congo amid complex environment of conflict and mistrust

One thousand people have survived the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): a testament to the strong leadership of the Congolese health authorities combined with the tireless efforts of thousands of local health workers and partners, United Nations agencies said on Friday.

Security Council must seize 'golden opportunity' for stability in Great Lakes region: UN envoy

The international community must step up efforts to end instability around Africa’s Great Lakes so that millions there can benefit from its riches, the UN Special Envoy for the region told the Security Council on Thursday.

New electoral law for Somalia ‘a crucial next step’ says top UN envoy, addressing Partnership Forum

The Somalia Partnership Forum concluded on Wednesday in the capital Mogadishu, with attendees - including the UN Special Representative for the country - taking stock of progress made, while also noting remaining challenges and agreeing on a set of priorities moving forward.

UN condemns deadly simultaneous terrorist attacks on military camps in Mali

The United Nations condemned on Wednesday, with “the utmost energy”, simultaneous terrorist attacks on military camps in central Mali, close to the border with Burkina Faso, that left dozens dead and scores missing.

Africa must ‘value youth’ in the drive towards lasting peace, young envoy tells Security Council

Recognizing the potential of African youth caught up in conflict to forge peace, is crucial for nurturing their developing identities, and could help them turn away from violence, a youth representative told the Security Council on Wednesday.  

WHO and UNICEF in campaign to protect 1.6 million in Sudan from cholera

UN agencies are working with the authorities in Sudan to protect more than one million people from cholera, an infectious disease which can kill within hours if left untreated.

Sudan at the start of ‘long road to recovery’, UN chief tells high-level meeting

Sudan is now on the long road to socio-economic recovery, following the establishment of a civilian-led government, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a high-level meeting on Friday, at UN Headquarters in New York.

African cooperation on peace ‘increasingly strong’, Security Council told

African countries are building increasingly strong partnerships for advancing peace and security, as well as inclusive sustainable development across the continent, the Security Council heard on Thursday, during a briefing by the UN Secretary-General’s Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti.

Signs DR Congo Ebola outbreak finally ‘on the retreat’ but risk of international spread, ‘still high’

The second worst Ebola outbreak in history is “on the retreat” said the UN’s health agency chief on Wednesday, warning however that there is no room for complacency, with dozens of new cases each week still being recorded in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

UN chief urges scaled up response for peace, across troubled Sahel’s region

Humanitarian and development responses for Mali and Africa’s wider Sahel region “are falling short”, and support must be scaled up to ensure a hopeful future for its people, the Secretary-General told world leaders at a special high level meeting inside UN Headquarters on Wednesday.