UN’s focus in DR Congo remains civilian protection, Ban says on eve of mission change

As the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) transforms into a stabilization force, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed that the world body’s main priority of protecting civilians will continue.

Outgoing UN envoy reflects on gains and remaining challenges in DR Congo

Much of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) currently enjoys a measure of peace but a number of challenges remain, particularly in the violence-prone east of the vast African nation, according to the outgoing United Nations envoy there.

DR Congo: UN experts welcome steps taken in wake of murder of rights defender

A group of United Nations experts today welcomed the suspension of the chief of the national police of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the arrest of several officers in the investigation into last week’s murder of a prominent human rights defender.

Veteran United States diplomat appointed to top UN post in DR Congo

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Roger A. Meece, a United States national with over three decades of international experience, including in a number of African nations, as the top United Nations envoy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Low funding threatens humanitarian work in DR Congo, UN warns

A funding shortfall for relief operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) could lead to a major reduction in aid to hundreds of thousands of people in the African country, where conflict in some areas has displaced a large slice of the population, the United Nations warned today.

UN condemns murder of DR Congo human rights defender, urges inquiry

Senior United Nations officials called today for a prompt and rigorous investigation into the killing of a renowned Congolese human rights defender whose body has been found on the outskirts of the capital, Kinshasa, one day after he was summoned to a police station.

DR Congo: UNICEF warns a lack of funding hinders efforts to assist displaced

Nearly 1.9 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – half of them children – continue to live away from their homes after having been displaced by armed conflict, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today, adding that a lack of funds was hindering efforts to continue assisting them.