Students in war-torn Côte d’Ivoire take final exams thanks to UN-backed effort

After a two-year wait, tens of thousands of students in war-torn Côte d’Ivoire have at last been able to take their final examinations and complete their education, thanks to a United Nations-backed initiative that used churches, mosques and traditional storytellers to mobilize the youngsters in the rebel-held north.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN police train local officers in airport safety

United Nations police have trained nearly 300 Ivorian agents in airport safety, the world body’s peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) announced.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN official urges building on democratic gains ahead of October elections

All members of society should build on the political gains achieved in Côte d’Ivoire and work towards polls planned for later this year, the United Nations official responsible for elections in the divided country said today, as he welcomed the inauguration of the Independent Electoral Commission in Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN conducts massive school exam operation in divided north

The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) announced today it has deployed nearly six hundred troops and police in a massive operation to support school testing in the rebel-held north of country, which has been divided since a failed 2002 coup sparked a civil war.

Côte d’Ivoire: Annan encourages leaders to continue dialogue, pledges UN support

Welcoming Wednesday’s meeting between the main leaders in Côte d’Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged them to continue their constructive dialogue and pledged the world body’s support in realizing their goals.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN hails first meeting on Ivorian soil of leaders of rival sides

The United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire today hailed the first meeting of the main political and military leaders on Ivorian soil since the 2002 civil war as “a significant step on the road to national reconciliation” in the divided country.

20 detainees released in Côte d’Ivoire after UN human rights officers intervene

Twenty people arrested by the Forces Nouvelles armed opposition in Côte d’Ivoire, on charges of spying or being disloyal to the movement, have been released after human rights officers from the United Nations mission in the West African country met the military leader of the Force, UN officials said today.

Security Council urges Côte d’Ivoire to help humanitarian groups to return

The United Nations Security Council today urged Ivorian officials to help humanitarian groups return to the troubled West African nation since recent political unrest prompted many to leave.

UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire investigating letter that warns of attacks

Human rights officials from the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) today began investigating the circulation of an anonymous letter that warns of attacks on villages in the so-called Zone of Confidence separating Government and rebel forces as well as other areas in this volatile West African nation.

UN official shocked at extent of anti-humanitarian destruction in western Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland said today he was profoundly shocked at the extent of the destruction that occurred at UN and other humanitarian offices during violent protests last month in the western town of Guiglo, Côte d’Ivoire, and was concerned that some assistance programmes for 3.5 million people had to be suspended.