In Libya, UN calls for greater role of civil society in political transition

Civil society must play an important role in Libya’s political transition in the wake of its civil war, the United Nations top envoy to the country said as he visited two towns in Libya’s Nafousa Mountains region.

Libyan authorities working to respond to people’s high expectations – UN envoy

Libya’s interim authorities are working to respond to the immediate needs of the people, the top United Nations envoy there told the Security Council today, noting that the fledgling government faces the challenge of meeting high expectations and building accountable institutions.

Libya: UN panel encouraged by commitment to tackle rights abuses

A three-member panel tasked by the United Nations with probing human rights violations committed during the Libyan conflict said today it is encouraged by the Government’s commitment and initial steps taken to address the abuses that occurred.

UN mission on impact of Libyan crisis on Sahel region heads to Mauritania

A United Nations mission to assess the impact of the recent turmoil in Libya on the Sahel region is heading to Mauritania for talks with top officials in the West African nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson announced today.

Libya: Security Council extends mandate of UN support mission

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in Libya until the middle of March next year, and expanded its tasks to include assisting the North African country’s transitional Government in its efforts to address the threat of arms proliferation.

Libya: UN official urges increased funding for mine action work

A senior United Nations official has urged donors to increase funding for de-mining efforts in Libya, where mine action teams are striving to clear landmines and other explosive remnants of war after the recent conflict to ensure that the weapons do not harm civilians.

Most pressing task for Libya is consolidation of security, UN envoy reports

Libya’s interim Government faces a number of challenges as it seeks to move past the recent conflict and decades of dictatorship, the most immediate of which is consolidating security, the top United Nations envoy to the country said today.

Libya: UN chief welcomes formation of new interim Government

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the formation of the new interim Government in Libya and congratulated Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib and members of his cabinet.

ICC judges will decide where Qadhafi’s son will stand trial, says Prosecutor

It will be up to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to decide where Saif al-Islam Qadhafi, son of the former Libyan leader, will stand trial to face charges for crimes against humanity, the court’s Prosecutor said today as he arrived in Tripoli for talks with national authorities.

Arrest of Qadhafi’s son vital ‘for the future of justice in Libya’ – UN human rights chief

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today welcomed the capture of one of the sons of deposed Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi as well as the regime’s former chief of intelligence.