Libya: UN envoy hails new national government after years of ‘paralysis and internal divisions’ 

After years of “paralysis and internal divisions”, progress towards a lasting peace through stable national government and dialogue, is being made in Libya, the top UN envoy for the country said on Wednesday. 

Forced disappearances leave communities in “spiral of anguish”

The ‘horrendous’ practice of enforced disappearances can affect entire communities by creating an atmosphere of fear and chaos.

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Sudanese government obliged to extend more rights to Darfuris

The Government of Sudan has an obligation to extend greater “economic, social and cultural rights” to the citizens of the troubled Darfur region.

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Colombia deal a “significant” step for peace

Displaced by Colombia’s armed conflict, this family now lives in Arjona, an impoverished community outside Cartagena on the northern coast. Photo:Kristy Siegfried/IRIN

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Southern Africa: Alarm over attacks on foreigners and refugee camps

Another xenophobic attack in South Africa and refugees on the move across the Malawi border are a major cause for concern, according to UN agencies in the region.

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Libyans urged to forge their own peace now

The warring parties in Libya have been urged to form a government of national unity, at a high-level UN meeting on the future of their country on Friday.

Failure to do so, would only allow the extremist militants of ISIL to gain a stronger foothold in Libya, the meeting heard.

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Guinea-Bissau calm after dismissal of government

Guinea-Bissau remains calm after the president dismissed the government over a row with the prime minister, according to a senior UN envoy to the West African country.

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Security Council urges new Somali President to step up peace efforts

The United Nations Security Council today voiced concern over the growing violence in Somalia, while it commended the Horn of African country’s lawmakers on the recent election of their new President.

UN chief urges new Somali President to prioritize national reconciliation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged newly elected President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of Somalia to reach out to all people and parties in the strife-ridden country.

E-government can help meet globalization's challenges, UN-backed forum says

Governments at all stages of development face the challenges of 21st century globalization, which make "improved governance and public administration" necessary preconditions for sustainable development, the Fifth Global Forum on Re-inventing Government, supported by the United Nations, declared today.