UN to investigate reports of rape in eastern DR Congo

The United Nations is dispatching some of its peacekeepers to a town in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to investigate reports of recent rapes, a spokesperson said today.

More must be done to overcome obstacles in providing aid – UN official

Aid workers and peacekeepers face a range of security and logistical challenges as they assist the most vulnerable, but there are steps they can take to improve the plight of those in need, a senior United Nations relief official stressed today.

Security Council extends mandate of DPR Korea sanctions panel

The Security Council today extended for a third term the mandate of the expert body dealing with United Nations sanctions imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for nuclear arms testing.

UN city garden project in DR Congo boosts nutrition, jobs and profits

A five-year United Nations urban horticulture programme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has more than doubled its output of vegetables, turned profits, increased nutrition and employed thousands – some at four and five times the income they made previously, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

DR Congo: UN envoy tells Security Council of improving security, remaining threats

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) told the Security Council today that there have been significant improvements in security in the central African country, but many challenges remain before stability is restored in conflict-affected areas.

DR Congo: UN official calls for more aid to remote eastern areas

United Nations humanitarian agencies and their partners need to scale up aid to remote eastern and north-eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a senior United Nations official said today, warning that as many as 1.7 million people remain displaced from their homes and in fear of daily attacks from armed groups.

UN official arrives in DR Congo to spotlight humanitarian crisis

A top-level United Nations humanitarian official started a five day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today, “aiming to draw international attention to one of the world’s most serious and chronic humanitarian crises.”