News by region: Africa


UN agencies, partners to launch polio vaccination campaign across Africa

24 March – More than 116 million children are set to be immunized against polio starting tomorrow in one of the largest of its kind synchronized vaccination campaigns across west and central Africa, United Nations agencies today announced.


Security Council and region must ‘speak with one voice,’ end suffering in South Sudan – UN chief

23 March – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today stressed the need for the leadership of South Sudan to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities, restore the peace process and ensure unrestricted humanitarian access in order to pull the world’s youngest country back from the abyss, and back from a widening famine.


‘We can no longer turn our backs’ on communities affected by migration crisis in Libya – UN agency chief

23 March – The top United Nations migration official is visiting Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment.


In cyclone’s wake, UN appeals for $20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar

23 March – The United Nations and humanitarian partners are appealing for $20 million to address the devastating consequences of Cyclone Enawo in Madagascar.


Somalia: A moment of hope amid tragedy, says UN envoy

23 March – Noting that Somalia faces a number of “daunting difficulties” after decades of conflict, a senior United Nations official today highlighted that there is also a new momentum in the country for fresh political engagement amongst its people with the recent electoral process.


UN agency, Ugandan government call for urgent support amid influx of South Sudanese refugees

23 March – United Nations refugee assistance efforts in Uganda are seriously overstretched as thousands of refugees from South Sudan, desperate for safety and assistance, pour into the country that is already hosting more than 800,000 people, the organization’s top official dealing with refugee issues warned today.


ICC adds one year to Bemba's conviction for attempted bribery of witnesses

22 March – The United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) today sentenced the former Congolese Vice-President, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, to another year in prison and about $325,000 in fines for interfering with his trial.


DR Congo: UN, partners need urgent aid for over 370,000 displaced in south-east province

22 March – Intercommunal violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, a top United Nations aid official in the country has said, warning that the current response is being outstripped by the needs.


In Juba, UN peacekeeping chief urges political solution for South Sudanese crisis

21 March – The security situation in South Sudan is “very worrisome,” the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations today said, warning that the number of people fleeing the country showing no signs of slowing, and calling for a political solution to the hostilities.


UN agency voices concern about forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon

21 March – The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that forced returns of refugees from Cameroon’s far north region to crisis-gripped north-eastern Nigeria are continuing despite the recent signing of a tripartite agreement aimed at ensuring the voluntary nature of returns.