Burundi: UN helps distribute free identity cards for next May’s polls

One million Burundians old enough to vote next May will receive a free national identity card, thanks to a campaign supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other agencies.

UN agencies respond to deadly outbreak of cholera in north-western Kenya

United Nations humanitarian agencies are providing emergency supplies and other forms of assistance to Kenyan Government officials as they respond to an outbreak of cholera in the northwest of the country that has left at least 26 people dead.

Security Council extends UN mission in Burundi for another year as elections loom

The Security Council today extended for another year the United Nations political mission in Burundi, calling for full support for next year’s elections in the war-scarred African country while voicing concern at continuing human rights violations, sexual and gender-based violence, restrictions on civil liberties and political violence.

Facing funding shortfall, Burundi’s election needs international support – UN

The Security Council today called on the international community to support the preparation of elections in Burundi next year after the top United Nations official in the small Central African country warned that a lack of funding was challenging the “significant advances” already made after decades of ethnic and factional war.

Citing progress, Ban urges further support for Burundi’s peace process

The peace process in Burundi has witnessed significant progress in recent months but the country needs help to ensure successful elections next year and to tackle challenges such as human rights abuses, corruption and weak institutions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

After 37 years, last of Burundian refugees return home under UN-backed scheme

Ending one of the world’s longest-running refugee sagas, the United Nations announced that some 400 Burundians left Tanzania today returning to the Central African homeland they escaped in 1972.

Burundi pledges at UN to step up support to ensure elections are peaceful

Burundi’s Government is committed to ensuring that highly awaited presidential, parliamentary and local polls scheduled for next year take place peacefully and successfully, and will step up support to election authorities so it can achieve that goal, the country’s Second Vice-President told the General Assembly today.

UN agency unveils plans to support staging of elections in Burundi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of presidential, parliamentary and local elections next year in Burundi, which was been wracked by ethnically-based strife for decades.

Tackling impunity for violators of child rights next step for Burundi, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the fact that all children associated with armed groups in Burundi have been released and united with their families, but noted that a climate of impunity for violators of children’s rights persists.

UN refugee agency notes milestone in repatriating long-term Burundian refugees

More than 50,000 Burundian refugees have now been repatriated from Tanzania, where some of them had been living since fleeing their country in 1972, according to the United Nations refugee agency.