UN News stories

17 stories found over the past 45 days
Recent Libya fighting ‘unprecedented in gravity,’ warns outgoing UN envoy

27 August 2014 – In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fuelled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.

More than 300 die in boat tragedies on Mediterranean, marking year’s deadliest week – UN

26 August 2014 – The past few days have been the deadliest this year for people making irregular crossings on the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe, with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reporting that at least 300 people have died in successive boat tragedies.

Cross-border aid reaches civilians displaced by ongoing violence in Libya – UN

18 August 2014 – The United Nations refugee agency said today it has, for the first time, begun sending aid into western Libya from Tunisia to help some of the tens of thousands of people displaced by weeks of fighting in Tripoli.

Libya: UN mission condemns 'grave escalation' in fighting, urges ceasefire

17 August 2014 – The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the grave escalation in the fighting in the capital, Tripoli, and its suburbs and urged all parties to work to put an end to the security deterioration, which forebodes serious consequences on the humanitarian level.

Ban appoints Spanish national as head of UN support mission in Libya

14 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Mr. Bernardino León of Spain as his Special Representative for Libya.

Libya: UN Mission condemns ongoing fighting despite repeated calls for ceasefire

12 August 2014 – The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences.

Civilian conditions in Libya ‘steadily deteriorating,’ warns UN rights office

08 August 2014 – The United Nations human rights office today expressed deep concern over the situation in Libya, where a conflict between multiple armed groups has been raging primarily in Benghazi and Tripoli.

UN agency ‘deeply concerned’ about safety of refugees in embattled Libya

05 August 2014 – As violence escalates in Libya, the United Nations today said it was deeply concerned for the safety of thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently stranded in areas heavily damaged by the continuous fighting.

As new parliament opens in Libya, UN mission renews calls for ceasefire

04 August 2014 – The Libyan parliament convened for the first time today, a move welcomed by the United Nations mission assisting the country which said it hopes that the politicians can lead the north African nation away from continuing bloody battles in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Troubled by escalating violence in Libya, ICC Prosecutor urges halt to fighting

25 July 2014 – The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said today she is “deeply troubled” by the escalating violence in Libya, and called on all parties to refrain from committing criminal acts that may fall within the jurisdiction of the Court.