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Senior UN relief official visits DR Congo after murder of five aid workers

A senior United Nations official is on a week-long visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for talks with Government and aid officials amid safety concerns following the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest such assault in the vast country.

DR Congo: UN advises prudent use of abundant resources to spur development

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the capacity to become the driving force of Africa’s economic development if its vast forests, water resources and trillions of dollars worth of mineral reserves are used prudently, according to the findings of a United Nations assessment released today.

DR Congo: UN deplores murder of five humanitarian workers

The United Nations today called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to capture and try those responsible for the murder of five non-governmental organization (NGO) staff in the deadliest ever single assault on humanitarian workers in the vast country.

DR Congo calls for UN mission to move from peacekeeping to development

With peace returning to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), President Joseph Kabila today called for a reappraisal of the United Nations mission which had helped to bring stability to the vast country, moving its focus away from peacekeeping to economic development.

UN voices concern after mass prison outbreak in DR Congo

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is voicing concern about prison security in the impoverished nation after a mass outbreak earlier today from a jail in the DRC’s southeast.

DR Congo: UN condemns pre-election violence and urges dialogue

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today called on all parties in the upcoming elections to avoid actions that could jeopardize the smooth running of the polls following a recent wave of violence.

DR Congo: UN supporting probe as employee is implicated in mineral smuggling

The United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) said today it is fully cooperating with the authorities there who are investigating an attempt by a local UN employee to smuggle about one ton of cassiterite ore from the country to neighbouring Rwanda.

Audit of DR Congo’s debt necessary for transparency, UN human rights expert says

A United Nations human rights expert today urged authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to undertake an audit of the country’s debt as part of a broader effort to improve transparency and accountability in the impoverished nation’s public sector.

Millions of children reached in UN-run anti-measles vaccination in DR Congo

Some 3.1 million children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been vaccinated against measles in a United Nations-coordinated campaign to combat the disease outbreak which has claimed the lives of 1,145 children since the start of this year.

UN report calls for prosecution of perpetrators of mass rape in DR Congo

A United Nations investigation into mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) seven months ago identifies the rapists as Congolese army soldiers, demands their prosecution and asks the Government to protect the victims from reprisals from the perpetrators.