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UN rights experts concerned by last-minute derailment of visit to The Gambia

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Posted by admin 36 days ago (http://www.un.org)
The Gambia postponed a visit at the last minute by two United Nations independent experts, a move they find “extremely worrying” and which casts doubt on the West African country’s commitment to human rights.

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Last group of Congolese refugees return to their homes in DR Congo – UN

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
A final group of Congolese refugees have returned to their homes in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a voluntary repatriation programme by the United Nations refugee agency.

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South Sudan on brink of a ‘humanitarian catastrophe,’ warns senior UN peacekeeping official

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned that after just three years of independence, South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict.

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Burundi: UN envoy says 2015 elections will be ‘litmus test’ for democratic processes, stability

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
While noting Burundi’s efforts to ensure an inclusive political climate ahead of elections in 2015, the United Nations envoy for the country warned today that the socio-political situation there remains characterized by “deep-rooted divergences and persisting mistrust between the Government and opposition parties, and between and within opposition formations as well.”

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DR Congo: despite improved security, situation remains ‘fragile,’ UN envoys warn

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
Two senior UN officials warned today that although the security situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has vastly improved since this time last year, it remains fragile and the gains are “not irreversible.”

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Darfur: African Union-UN envoy urges Security Council to support Sudanese dialogue

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
The challenge for the international community remains how best to impress upon all the parties involved in the Darfur conflict that a military solution and the status quo are untenable, the African Union-United Nations envoy on the region said today, urging the Security Council to play a more proactive role in supporting the holding of a successful national dialogue in Sudan.

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UN declares Ebola outbreak global ‘international public health emergency’

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency, saying: “our collective health security” depends on urgent support for containment in the affected countries.

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‘World must act now’ to avert repeat of devastating famine in Somalia – UN expert

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Posted by admin 40 days ago (http://www.un.org)
A United Nations human rights expert today urged the international community to “act now” to avert a humanitarian disaster in Somalia, where a widening hunger crisis has sparked fears of a repeat of the 2011 famine that devastated the war-ravaged country.

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