News by region: Africa


UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack in Egypt

21 October – Condemning “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack that took place Friday in Egypt's El Wahat desert, the United Nations Security Council underlined the need to bring the perpetrators and sponsors of such “reprehensible acts” to justice.


Closing UN’s ‘Africa Week,’ Assembly President says continent’s vision getting close to reality

20 October – Addressing the final event of this year’s Africa Week at the United Nations, General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Friday highlighted the continent’s transformative changes driven by the African Union’s development agency.


UN delivering coordinated humanitarian response in wake of Mogadishu bombings

19 October – The United Nations family of agencies and programmes is continuing to roll out its response in support of the recovery and clean-up effort in Mogadishu following Saturday’s massive car bomb blast, which killed some 300 people, injured hundreds more, and is being called Somalia’s worst-ever such attack.


Africa's rapid urbanization can drive industrialization, says new UN report

19 October – A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the continent's rapid urban transition to drive industrial development.


With fast-growing youth population, Africa boasts enormous market potential – UN deputy chief

18 October – African countries individually represent relatively small markets, but collectively, they represent enormous market potential, the United Nations deputy chief told an Africa Week event in New York on Wednesday.


UNICEF and partner agencies in South Sudan help reunite 5,000 children with families

18 October – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Save the Children and other partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.


UN chief announces trip to Central African Republic, where crisis is 'far from media spotlight'

18 October – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”


UN health agency supports yellow fever immunization for 874,000 people in Nigeria

17 October – A 10-day campaign launched by the Government of Nigeria will immunize nearly 874,000 people against yellow fever in the states of Kwara and Kogi, according to the United Nations health agency.


Libya: Smugglers holding refugees and migrants in deplorable conditions, say UN agencies

17 October – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.


South Sudan's leaders must pull country back from 'impending abyss,' UN peacekeeping chief

17 October – Amid worsening security and the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in South Sudan, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations on Tuesday called on the international community to demand that the country's leadership act in a manner that is expected of them.