Central African Republic at critical juncture

Warning that the Central African Republic (CAR) is now at a critical juncture, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community to help restore security in the country, including by boosting the peacekeeping effort there.


Despite insecurity, UN provides food for hundreds of thousands

The United Nations today called for security to be re-established along the main roads in strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to allow access for vital aid and humanitarian staff as 38 trucks with a month’s supply of food for 155,000 people remained blocked at the frontier.

South Sudan

Ban, Security Council welcome ceasefire agreement

Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the signing of an agreement between anti- and pro-Government forces in South Sudan, a step towards a comprehensive deal that would halt the violence that has engulfed the country for more than a month.


Brutality against children reaches unprecedented levels

With brutality against children in the Central African Republic (CAR) reaching unprecedented levels,  the world community must use all the tools at its disposal to stop the conflict, the Security Council was warned on Wednesday.


Hunger looms in South Sudan as fighting threatens to disrupt agriculture

United Nations food agencies are ramping up their relief efforts in South Sudan, warning that the fighting there threatens to increase hunger and unravel the modest gains made in food security in the two years since the country seceded from Sudan and became the world’s youngest nation.


DR Congo peace efforts, regional framework at crucial juncture

Efforts to attain peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at an important juncture, senior United Nations officials said today, calling on all parties in the region to fulfil their commitments to achieve lasting peace.


New transitional leader could help restore hope

The speedy election of a new transition leader is crucial to the stability of the Central African Republic, a senior United Nations official said today, stressing also the importance of starting reconciliation between Christian and Muslim communities in the country after thousands of people have been killed in weeks of sectarian violence.

South Sudan

UN releases $15 million in urgent aid but peacekeeper surge will take longer

While the United Nations has released $15 million from its rapid response fund for immediate humanitarian operations in war-torn South Sudan, even amid “very substantial progress”, it could take up to eight weeks before the full 5,500-strong surge in UN peacekeepers and equipment is deployed on the ground.

Federal solution

Puntland’s presidential poll heralds way to federal future for war-torn Somalia

The top United Nations official in Somalia today hailed the election of a new president of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland as the harbinger of a peaceful, federal solution for the entire Horn of Africa country, which has been wracked by civil war, factional fighting and Islamist extremism for over two decades.

Ongoing violence

Top UN officials in South Sudan travel to strife-ridden north to meet displaced civilians

The top two United Nations officials in South Sudan are today meeting with families displaced by the ongoing violence between pro- and anti-Government forces, as aid agencies aim to reach civilians with urgently needed supplies.