UN human rights office ‘extremely concerned’ that young DPR Korea defectors likely sent home

One day after an independent United Nations human rights expert said he was extremely concerned for the protection of nine defectors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the group has apparently been returned to the country.

Brig Gen James Mwakibolwa: New method of combating violence in the DR Congo

“The Force Intervention Brigade is something very positive,” Brigadier General James Aloizi Mwakibolwa said. “The soldiers who are coming in are very professional. They are trained and instructed specifically on this mission and on how they have to perform.”

Ban says global support for Great Lakes peace deal can help Africa write ‘new narrative’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Governments and private investors alike to be courageous and help Africa’s Great Lakes region leave behind its strife-torn past and a craft a “new narrative” based on peace, security and long-term development.

Senior UN humanitarian official urges end to ‘horrors’ in eastern DR Congo

Lamenting the immense suffering of the people in North Kivu and other parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where violence “has gone on for too long,” a senior United Nations relief official touring the region today called for an end to the fighting.

UNESCO chief calls for investigation into murder of DR Congo journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the murder of a journalist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Guylain Chanjabo.

Joint efforts critical to achieve peace in eastern DR Congo – UN chief

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that African countries have a “historic opportunity” to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and underlined that joint efforts will be critical to stabilize the region.

DR Congo: In Goma, Secretary-General hails regional accord as ‘best chance for peace in years’

Arriving today in restive eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all the leaders of Africa’s Great Lakes region to throw their support behind a recently-signed peace accord which aims to ensure security, as well as development, for the long-troubled country.

On joint visit to DR Congo, UN and World Bank chiefs voice support for latest peace effort

In the first visit of its kind, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support a recent peace deal and promote economic development in the long-troubled region.

UN envoy proposes set of principles to guide peace efforts in DR Congo

The United Nations Envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region today proposed a set of principles to guide immediate peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while voicing concerns over renewed fighting in the eastern part of the country.

DR Congo: UN voices concern as fighting resumes between Government and M23 forces

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today voiced its concern about renewed clashes between rebels from the 23 March Movement (M23) and the national armed forces in the eastern city of Goma.