News by region: Africa


UN rights expert welcomes US decision to lift most unilateral sanctions on Sudan

19 January – A United Nations human rights expert today welcomed the decision of President Barack Obama to lift most sanctions unilaterally imposed by the United States on Sudan.


Gambia: Security Council backs regional efforts to ensure peaceful transfer of power to Barrow

19 January – Urging all Gambian parties to respect the outcome of the 1 December election recognizing Adama Barrow as the country’s President-elect, the United Nations Security Council today expressed its support for the commitment of West African States to “ensure, by political means first, respect of the will of the people.”


Mali: UN condemns suicide bombing of Gao military camp as ‘direct attack’ on peace process

18 January – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the suicide-vehicle attack earlier today perpetrated against a military camp in the northern Mali city of Gao that reportedly left at least 50 people dead and dozens injured.


Amid outpour of sympathy, UN emergency responders aid bombed Nigerian camp

18 January – United Nations humanitarian helicopter and emergency medical personnel are in north-eastern Nigeria following a military airstrike that hit a displacement camp killing dozens of people, including aid workers, and wounding a reported 100 others.


Ethiopia: UN-backed humanitarian appeal launched, seeking $948 million in 2017

17 January – On the heels of failed rains and a calamitous El Niño in Ethiopia, the country's Government today launched an appeal for $948 million to urgently address food and non-food needs, while the United Nations agriculture agency warned that a new drought may put the East African nation's hard fought gains at risk.


Somalia: Only early action will avert another catastrophe, says senior UN relief official

17 January – Faced with a 'slight but steady' increase in the number of people in need, the humanitarian community in Somalia launched today an $864 million to reach 3.9 million people with urgent life-saving assistance, the United Nations relief wing reported.


Killings, rapes in South Sudan continued 'unabated' after July 2016 violence, UN reports

16 January – Hundreds of people were killed in South Sudan during an outbreak of violence last July and more than 200 people were raped, according to a United Nations report today released which emphasizes the need for accountability and justice for those human rights violations.


UN mission in South Sudan confirms discussions on regional protection force continuing

15 January – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan has confirmed that it continues its discussions with the transitional national unity Government on a 4,000-strong regional protection force, which was authorized by the Security Council last August but has yet to be deployed.


Central African Republic: UN-backed humanitarian plan aims to save 2.2 million lives

13 January – The Government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the United Nations humanitarian country team today launched the nearly $400 million response plan for the 2017-2019 period to meet the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans.


Amid progress in West Africa and the Sahel, UN envoy warns of region’s political challenges

13 January – Briefing the Security Council on the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region, a senior United Nations official cited a “rising tide of democracy” throughout the continent, noting that a number of countries had recently held elections which largely complied with electoral norms and standards, upholding their status a model in the region and beyond.