News by region: Africa


Root causes of Boko Haram threat in Lake Chad Basin must be tackled – UN political chief

27 July – To bring an end to the Boko Haram threat in the Lake Chad Basin region, affected countries must address the root causes that contributed to the emergence of the group, including the social, economic and political grievances of marginalized communities, the top United Nations political affairs official said today.


UN deputy aid chief calls for strengthened response to upcoming La Niña weather event

27 July – Following a week-long visit to southern Africa, the United Nations deputy humanitarian chief has called for increased efforts to help mitigate the impact of the La Niña weather phenomenon occurring towards the end of the year.


UN rushes to ramp up support for South Sudan's battle against cholera outbreak

27 July – The United Nations and its partners are rushing to ramp up support for South Sudan's fight to contain a cholera outbreak through measures, including an oral vaccination campaign to reach over 14,000 people and the creation of treatment and rehydration centres.


UN agency appeals for added funds for return of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp

26 July – The United Nations refugee agency today appealed to donors for an additional $115.4 million to fund the voluntary return and reintegration of Somali refugees from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp.


On first International Day, UNESCO calls for protection of mangrove ecosystems

26 July – Mangroves are rare and vital ecosystems that help to protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change, but their survival is being jeopardized, the United Nations cultural agency said today, calling for greater preservation efforts as the international community marks the first ever International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem.


Some 4,000 South Sudanese fleeing into Uganda daily – UN warns

26 July – Recent fighting in South Sudan has forced 37,491 people to flee to Uganda in the past three weeks, averaging more than 4,000 a day in the past week, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.


Somalia: UN condemns terrorist attack near Mogadishu airport

26 July – The United Nations chief and his envoy for Somalia have denounced today's terrorist attack in the vicinity of Mogadishu International Airport that killed at least a dozen people.


UN Assembly adopts resolution proclaiming Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa

25 July – Underlining the need for the sustainable industrialization of Africa, the United Nations General Assembly today unanimously adopted a resolution proclaiming the period 2016-2025 as the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa.


Security Council authorizes countries to help Libya destroy chemical weapons

22 July – Following a request from the main international organization working to achieve a world free of chemical weapons, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution authorizing the transfer of such weapons out of Libya for their safe, timely destruction.


Somalia: UN envoy calls for better protection of children affected by armed conflict

22 July – Concluding a six-day visit to Somalia, a United Nations child rights envoy has called for better protection of children caught up in armed conflict, urging the country's authorities to treat former child soldiers as victims in need of protection rather than as criminals.