Central African Republic

Central African Republic: Security Council extends mandate of UN office

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year, stressing the need to ensure effective coordination of the work of UN agencies, funds and programmes in the country.

UN official in Central African Republic urges support for demobilization

The head of the United Nations peacebuilding office in the Central African Republic (CAR) told the Security Council today that dialogue between the Government and opposition groups is paying peace dividends, but warned that lack of funds to implement programmes to disarm and demobilize former fighters could undermine efforts to restore security.

Reducing flow of arms in Central Africa crucial for regional security – Ban

Stemming the flow of illicit arms in Central Africa can help reduce the growing threat of piracy and maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, disrupt the activities of trans-national armed groups, notably the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and prevent acts of terrorism and election-related tensions, Secretary-Ban Ki-moon said today.

UN envoy sees momentum on releasing child soldiers in Central African Republic

A Central African rebel group’s agreement to release an estimated 1,500 child soldiers is a sign that momentum is gathering in the strife-torn country for all armed groups to soon end the recruitment and use of under-age fighters, a senior United Nations envoy said today.

UN finds child labour, underage marriage among displaced Central Africans

Displaced civilians in northern Central African Republic (CAR) are facing acute hardship, including a high incidence of child or teenage marriage and widespread use of children as labour, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

Security Council demands end to attacks by rebel Lord’s Resistance Army

The Security Council today strongly condemned ongoing attacks carried out by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) across Central Africa and demanded an immediate end to the atrocities.

Central African Republic calls for aid after withdrawal of UN mission

The Central African Republic (CAR) today appealed to the international community to take urgent action to help consolidate peace and prevent fighting following the withdrawal of a United Nations peacekeeping mission.

UN team calls for end to use of children in conflict in Central African Republic

The Security Council’s Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict has expressed concern over continuing violations of children’s rights in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged all armed groups in the country to immediately halt the practice.

UN helping Central African Republic face ‘serious’ challenges, envoy says

The United Nations is sparing no effort to assist the Central African Republic (CAR) in confronting serious challenges, including poverty, corruption and impunity, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in that country told the Security Council today.

Ban presses for continued support for poverty reduction in Central African Republic

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reiterated the need for international organizations to continue supporting the poverty reduction efforts of the Central African Republic (CAR), one of the world’s poorest nations.