Latest UN Africa News

Latest Africa-focused news stories from the United Nations and UN agencies

  • 23 February 2015

    UNICEF condemns abduction of children by armed group in South Sudan

    The United Nations children&#39s fund has condemned in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young as 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.

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  • 20 February 2015

    UN health agency approves rapid test for Ebola as decline in cases appears to level off

    The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that it has approved for use a rapid diagnostic test kit for Ebola that can provide results in 15 minutes and correctly identify 92 percent of patients infected by the disease that has killed more than 9,400 people, mainly in West Africa.

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  • 16 February 2015

    UNIC will continue to partner Police and CSOs to ensure peaceful elections - NIO

    The National Information Officer (NIO)of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun, has assured of the Centre’s continued collaboration with the police authorities, the civil society organisation and other key stakeholders for the success of the democratic process, especially the March 2015 general elections in Nigeria.

    He gave this assurance while presiding over a roundtable dialogue between the Lagos State Police Command and the leadership of...

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  • 13 February 2015

    2015 Radio Day ‘Youth and Radio’

    World Radio Day was celebrated in Windhoek on Friday the 13th by many Namibians which use or make use of this media platform to entertain and inform the masses on a daily basis. This year’s observance of World Radio Day highlighted the involvement of youth in content production of radio programmes. 

    Many activities were put together to hear the voices of the youth and to highlight the importance Radio play in the life of the Namibian child. Radio programmes are most...

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  • 9 February 2015

    Conditions and rights of Egyptian children in a new episode of “Voices from Egypt”

    “Voices of Egypt” this month discussed the rights of Egyptian children in the presence of several Egyptian figures and experts.

    “Voices from Egypt” is produced through a partnership between the United Nations Information Centre in Cairo, the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, ONTV and Egyptian Center for Media (Aswat).

    Participants agreed that Poverty and Population growth make it difficult to secure the Egyptians children’s full right to health...

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  • 9 February 2015

    Human Rights issues echo as Covenant University students visit UNIC

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    Tolerance, intercultural dialogue and human rights issues formed the core of discussion at the interactive session with students and faculty members of Covenant University, Ota Ogun State, Nigeria during their recent visit to the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos. The delegation comprising of 97 students and three faculty members, was of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the university....

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  • 5 February 2015

    Food crisis escalates in South Sudan

    A staggering 2.5 million people – about one-fifth of the population – remain in either Crisis or Emergency level food insecurity as fighting continues in South Sudan, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report, released this week.

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  • 3 February 2015

    UNIC partners with NGOs, calling for peace during and after elections

    UNIC partners NGOs, calls for peace during and after electionsAs Nigeria prepares for the general elections, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, has called on Nigerian youths to eschew violence and promote peace before, during and after the general elections in the country.

    Making the call was the National Information Officer of UNIC Lagos, Oluseyi Soremekun while speaking at different youth fora organized by UNIC and partners. 

    Addressing youths and...

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  • 29 January 2015

    FAO Director-General attends African Union Summit

    FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today attended an African Union summit which is set to focus on a continent-wide commitment by governments to end hunger by 2025, and also on efforts to boost the role of women in achieving prosperity in Africa.

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  • 29 January 2015

    Launch of a three- day commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance 2015

    Student asking a question

    Around nine hundred students from secondary schools of Bujumbura participated in educational outreach activities to commemorate the International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, organized and hosted by the UNIC Bujumbura from 27 to 29 January 2015 under the theme “Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Holocaust Survivors”. 

    This year’s commemoration coincided with the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the...

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