News by region: Africa


Ahead of polls, Ban calls on all Central Africans, including candidates, to ensure credible elections

13 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on all Central Africans, including the candidates, to ensure that the presidential run-off and the new round of legislative elections, set to take place Sunday, are conducted in a peaceful and credible manner.


FEATURE: Hailed as ‘role models,’ all-female Indian police unit departs UN mission in Liberia

12 February – Since 2007, there have been nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities have been to provide 24-hour guard duty and public order management and to conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.


Ahead of elections in Central African Republic, UN urges focus on children's needs

12 February – As voters in the Central African Republic (CAR) prepare for the second round of presidential and legislative elections on Sunday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is urging the candidates to make strong commitments to invest in the survival, education and protection of children to ensure lasting peace in the country.


El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa's harvests and food security

12 February – Over the coming year, humanitarian partners should prepare for food insecurity levels and food insecure population numbers in southern Africa to be at their highest levels since the 2002-2003 food crisis, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today, citing an 'intense' drought as the main cause.


Mali: UN condems attack against Mission base that kills five peacekeepers

12 February – Top United Nations officials have condemned the attack this morning against a UN camp in Kidal, in the north-eastern region of the country, which killed at least five peacekeepers and wounded 30 others.


Ban appoints Senegalese General as UN Force Commander for Central African Republic

11 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Balla Keïta of Senegal as the Force Commander of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).


UN agencies boost efforts to prevent further spread of Lassa fever in Benin

11 February – Following the outbreak of Lassa fever in Benin, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) officials in the country are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.


Ban deplores twin suicide bomb attack on camp for displaced persons in northeast Nigeria

11 February – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the recent double suicide attack carried out by suspected Boko Haram elements in the Dikwa Camp in Borno State in restive northeastern Nigeria.


UN presses donors to continue vital support for Malian refugees in Mauritania

11 February – Three United Nations humanitarian agencies today urged donors to mobilize the necessary resources to maintain the vital assistance to 50,000 Malian refugees in Mberra camp in south-eastern Mauritania.


Climate outlook ‘particularly concerning’ in southern Africa due to El Niño - UN agency

10 February – El Niño conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reported in its latest report.