New fighting in eastern DR Congo adds to already dire humanitarian situation – UN

Fresh clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between fighters with the rebel 23 March Movement (M23) and the national army have forced thousands of displaced men, women and children to flee again, adding to what United Nations agencies say is an already dire humanitarian situation in which over 2.4 million people are internally displaced due to conflict.

UN troops continue support to DR Congo army as rebels advance on Goma

United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today continued to assist the national army to halt the advance of the M23, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the rebel group to immediately cease its attacks.

Security Council condemns fresh attacks by M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo

The Security Council, meeting in an emergency session on Saturday, strongly condemned the latest attacks by the M23 rebel group, which displaced more civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and prompted the United Nations peacekeeping force there to deploy attack helicopters to support the national army.

UN report finds evidence of arbitrary killings in eastern DR Congo, prompts calls for action

Rebel groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) arbitrarily executed at least 264 civilians, including 83 children, over a five-month period this year, according to a report by United Nations human rights investigators, released today.

Joint UN assessment finds better harvests in DPR Korea along with under-nutrition

There has been an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the second year running but under-nutrition persists for nearly three million people, according to a new United Nations assessment released today.

Citing ‘monumental’ humanitarian needs, UN official urges greater relief aid for eastern DR Congo

A top United Nations relief official today urged a greater response to tackle the “monumental” humanitarian needs being experienced in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where over two million people have been displaced by fighting.

UN rights expert urges DPR Korea authorities to spend less on military, more on people

An independent United Nations expert today voiced continued concern about the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged the Government to re-think its focus on military expenditure and to allocate resources to improve the living standards of its people.