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DR Congo: six years on, UN envoy calls for action in Walikale mass rape

Ahead of the six-year remembrance of a mass rape of more than 300 civilians residents of the Walikale region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by armed groups, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict has called on the international community to be relentless in seeking accountability for the crimes.

Political crisis has put long-term stability of the DR Congo at risk, warns UN deputy chief, urging dialogue

An inclusive and credible dialogue among Congolese stakeholders is the only realistic way to defuse political tensions, overcome the electoral impasse and prevent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where public discontent is being fuelled by delays in the electoral process and shrinking democratic space, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson warned today.

DR Congo: Backing political dialogue, UN and partners urge ‘spirit of responsibility’ among stakeholders

Four international organizations, including the United Nations, today reaffirmed their support to the political dialogue in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on all Congolese stakeholders to work towards its successful holding.

DR Congo: Ban ‘profoundly concerned’ over reports of rising political tensions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed profound concern over reports of increasing political tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) linked to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the country’s electoral process.

DR Congo: UN envoy urges ‘patriotic reawakening’ to ease rising political tensions

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed deep concern about the increasing political tensions in some parts of the Central African country, urging both the majority and opposition sides to reawaken their patriotism.

Water scarcity in DPR Korea causes first drop in food production since 2010 – UN agency

The total food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) decreased by nine per cent in 2015, marking the first drop since 2010 due to drought and low irrigation water availability, the latest report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) showed today.

UN agency urges parties to ensure rights of people displaced amid violence in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about the welfare of tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDP) in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been driven out of host sites due to fresh fighting between the Congolese army and rebel forces.

UN sexual misconduct investigation in DR Congo finds violations and cases of abuse

Findings of a United Nations Response Team tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations committed by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) indicate sex with minors along with paternity claims.

Security Council calls for regional solutions to challenges facing Africa's Great Lakes nations

The Security Council today expressed regret over the limited progress in implementing national and regional commitments under the peace, security and cooperation framework for Africa's Great Lakes region, stressing that signatory States must carry out those obligations in order to achieve lasting peace.

Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo through March 2017

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections.