News by region: Africa


Somalia: UN condemns deadly attack on African Union base

26 December – The UN has condemned an attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which resulted in the death of a number of AMISOM soldiers and civilian contractors.


Ban condemns Sudan’s decision to expel UN officials, urges immediate reversal

26 December – United Nations Secretary-General has today condemned the Government of Sudan’s decision to expel two senior UN officials from the embattled nation.


UN Ebola response efforts at ‘full capacity’ following warehouse fire

24 December – The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has reported that a main United Nations logistics hub managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is fully operational despite the fire that swept through the facility last week threatening medicines and laboratory materials used in the fight against Ebola.


UN Peacebuilding Commission commends Liberia for peaceful elections

24 December – The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has congratulated the Government and people of Liberia for the peaceful conduct of their senatorial elections which took place on 20 December.


Libya: UN condemns sectarian murder as ‘alien’ to country’s tradition of tolerance

24 December – The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has strongly condemned the murder of an Egyptian Coptic doctor and his wife in the city of Sirte, as well as the abduction of the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, in the latest spate of sectarian violence in the North African country.


UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan

24 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Moustapha Soumaré of Mali as his Deputy Special Representative (Political) for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS).


Somalia: UN chief hails appointment of new Prime Minister

24 December – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the Parliamentary endorsement of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the new Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia in a step towards resolving the country’s current political crisis.


Christmas just another day for those fighting Ebola in West Africa, says UN staffer

23 December – Christmas will be “like any other working day” for United Nations humanitarian worker Chris Huddart, who – like thousands across West Africa – is spending the holiday responding to the Ebola outbreak.


Tunisia’s successful presidential elections ‘critical step’ in country’s transition – Ban

23 December – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the Tunisian people on the successful holding of the second round of presidential elections on 21 December and congratulated the winner, Beji Caid Essebsi.


Muslim group trapped by Central African Republic violence face dire situation, warns UN

23 December – The United Nations refugee agency voiced concern today over the “deteriorating situation” facing more than 400 members of a Muslim minority group trapped by the ongoing violence fracturing the Central African Republic (CAR).