News by region: Africa


Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF

15 December – South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”


UN Security Council pledges support for regional push to revive South Sudan’s peace pact

14 December – As the brutal conflict in South Sudan enters its fifth year, the United Nations Security Council on Thursday said it remains deeply concerned over the situation there, and expressed strong support for a regional initiative aimed at salvaging a 2015 peace deal.


In Tanzania, UN peacekeeping chief pays tribute to ‘blue helmets’ killed in DR Congo

14 December – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Thursday attended a ceremony in the port city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in honour of the country’s peacekeepers recently killed during their mission in a neighbouring country.


UN peacekeeping chief visits injured Tanzanian ‘blue helmets’ in DR Congo

13 December – The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today thanked individually peacekeepers who fought to hold off an attack on 7 December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


With ‘so much at stake’ in crisis-torn South Sudan, UN and partners launch $1.72 billion appeal

13 December – The United Nations relief wing and the humanitarian community in South Sudan launched on Wednesday a $1.72 billion appeal to assist six million people affected by conflict, displacement and hunger.


Unified action needed in Central Africa to defuse regional tensions, Security Council told

13 December – Despite some positive developments, the overall situation in Central Africa still requires concerted action at all levels to address sociopolitical tensions, economic difficulties and abuses by armed groups, a United Nations envoy for the region said Wednesday.


New Year could bring more misery to children in DR Congo’s restive Kasai region, warns UNICEF

12 December – In the coming year, severe acute malnutrition could claim the lives of more than 400,000 children under the age of five in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasai region, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday.


ICC Prosecutor asks Security Council to act on outstanding arrest warrants

12 December – Omar Al Bashir recently travelled to countries that recognize the International Criminal Court (ICC) but none arrested or surrendered the Sudanese President, the ICC Prosecutor today told the United Nations Security Council.


Recalling Algiers attack, Secretary-General says, 2007 bombing ‘hit heart of the UN’

11 December – In a message commemorating the 2007 bombing of the United Nations offices in Algiers, the capital of Algeria, Secretary-General António Guterres expressed the Organization’s continuing support to combat terrorism and violent extremism.


UN honours 14 peacekeepers killed in eastern DR Congo

11 December – The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Monday paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed on 7 December in the worst attack on UN 'blue helmets' in recent history.