News by region: Africa


Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

23 April – A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region.


UN envoy welcomes restored Internet service in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions

21 April – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa was relieved to learn that Cameroon President Paul Biya instructed that full internet services be restored in the North-West and South-West Regions of Cameroon.


UN food relief agency air-lifts food, medical supplies to 31,000 famine-stricken Somalis

21 April – As the drought intensifies in south and north-eastern Somalia, the United Nations emergency food relief agency today airlifted to Mogadishu enough high-energy biscuits to assist 31,000 people for three days.


UN refugee agency sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola

21 April – The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone.


Political momentum must be renewed if Libya’s challenges are to be addressed – UN envoy

19 April – It is more important than ever to forge unity within Libya, the United Nations envoy for the country told the Security Council today, while he called on Libyan stakeholders to regain the optimism generated by the 2015 Political Agreement, which has faded and is being replaced by “frustration and disappointment.”


UN, African Union sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges

19 April – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations.


General Assembly confirms appointment of Achim Steiner as new UN development chief

19 April – The United Nations General Assembly today confirmed the appointment of Germany’s Achim Steiner as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).


Peacekeepers in South Sudan working to strengthen protection of civilians – UN chief

19 April – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has done “significant work” to more effectively protect civilians and respond in case of a crisis, Secretary-General António Guterres has said in a letter to the President of the UN Security Council.


Senior UN official in South Sudan warns women and girls face 'extremely high risk' of sexual assault

19 April – Without peace in South Sudan, millions of people will go hungry and millions of women and girls could be raped as they try to go about their daily lives, including as they search for food, a senior United Nations official today warned.


Discovery of more mass graves reveal 'unfolding horror' in DR Congo – UN rights chief

19 April – Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by an international mechanism, such as the International Criminal Court.