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DR Congo: Restore internet services as 'a matter of urgency', urges UN expert

More than a week after voters went to the polls to choose a new President in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), results have yet to be announced and all primary telecommunications remain shut down – prompting a UN expert on Monday to urge the authorities to restore internet services as “a matter of urgency”.

DR Congo violence puts Ebola humanitarian response at risk, UN food relief agency warns

A spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned any violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that could slow down the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in the vast country’s north-east, following an attack on a UN base and nearby hotels housing UN staff, in the city of Beni on Friday.

International crime gangs amass ‘staggering’ profits in conflict zones, expert tells Security Council

During a Tuesday briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security,” that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits.

Peacekeepers playing key role in effort to fight deadly Ebola in DR Congo

Despite tremendous efforts, an Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has yet to be fully contained, due in part to difficulties accessing parts of the region where conflict is raging. The UN’s peacekeeping mission in the country, MONUSCO, has played a key role in helping to contain the outbreak from day one, as David Gressly, MONUSCO deputy chief, told Cristina Silveiro of UN News.

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News In Brief 26 July 2018

  • People with HIV at higher risk of losing jobs –UN report
  • DR Congo: UN Mission faces growing expectations as resources continue to shrink
  • Forced eviction in Kenya’s Kibera settlement ‘a gross violation’ of human rights
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FROM THE FIELD: A rare look inside the UN's DR Congo Mission

Africa is projected to have the highest demand for moving people to safety next year, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the greatest needs of all, according to the United Nations refugee agency’s Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2019 report.

Film on Blue Helmets in DRC charts radical evolution of peacekeeping

The documentary Until There Is Peace focuses on what happened when the UN Security Council created a specialized “intervention brigade” to proactively protect civilians under threat from armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Director Melonie Kastman and MONUSCO Deputy Force Commander Jean Baillaud talked to Daniel Johnson.

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Security Council renews UN mission in DR Congo

The Security Council on Tuesday extended for one year the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), making it a priority for the operation to protect civilians and provide support for implementation of a 31 December 2016 agreement on holding elections.

Despite unrest, DR Congo must press ahead with preparations for credible elections, says UN envoy

Highlighting political tensions and the disintegrating security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Leila Zerrougui, briefing the Security Council for the first time as head of the UN stabilization mission in the contry, said significant progress is being made on preparations for upcoming polls. 

News in Brief 12 February 2018

  • UN rights chief alarmed at civilian casualties in Yemen
  • Step up action to stop child soldiers: UN expert
  • UN concerned about misconduct allegations at DRC Mission
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