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Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province – UN

Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported in the DRC's Bas Uele Province – near the vast country's border with the Central African Republic – two have been confirmed by laboratory tests and three people have died so far, the agency says

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported in the DRC's Bas Uele Province – near…

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The Government of Sudan and the United Nations Sign the UN Development Assistance Framework for 2018-2021

Twenty UN agencies, funds and programs will contribute to the execution of this third UNDAF for Sudan, which amounts to $1.4 billion worth of programming over the four-year period in four focus areas

The Government of Sudan (GoS) and the United Nations (UN) signed today the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018-2021, which is the planning framework for UN development collaboration in Sudan over the next four years. The UNDAF was signed by His Excellency Mr Osman Ahmed Fadul Wash, Minister of…

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Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot malaria vaccine trial – UN

Announcement of the coordinated rollout comes as the international community marks World Malaria Day and the kick-off of World Immunization Week, 24-30 April, which celebrates the widespread use of vaccines that protect people against 26 diseases

The United Nations health agency’s regional office for Africa has announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a breakthrough pilot programme to make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018. “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in…

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Accountability for rights abuses in South Sudan 'more important than ever,' says senior UN official

Violence earlier in April led to the death of 19 Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers and at least 28 civilians, according to State officials

A lack of accountability for crimes perpetrated during the ongoing conflict in South Sudan remains one of the country's “biggest challenges,” the Human Rights Director for the United Nations Mission (UNMISS) said today as he wrapped up a visit to the north-western Wau region. Violence earlier in April led to…

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UN refugee agency sending urgent relief items for Congolese civilians fleeing to Angola

The refugees are fleeing from the Kasai region, a formerly peaceful area that turned violent in mid-2016, after a traditional leader, Kamuina Nsapu, was killed in fighting with security forces

The United Nations refugee agency is shipping tents, mosquito nets and other essential relief items to Angola, where some 9,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have fled this month alone. “Refugees reported fleeing attacks from militia groups, who are targeting police, military officials, and civilians who…

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UN, African Union sign new partnership framework to better respond to evolving challenges

The new understanding will also help align the African Union’s Agenda 2063 with the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that they are both a “success story” in the continent

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today signed a new landmark framework to strengthen partnership between the two organizations on peace and security pillars and better respond to the changing dimensions and evolving challenges of peace operations. “We no longer have…

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UN blue helmets and Malian forces targeted in ‘cowardly’ terrorist attacks

Two peacekeepers and one civilian were seriously injured; the vehicle, part of an escort of a logistics convoy, was damaged

The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali today strongly condemned the “cowardly” attacks that took place against its personnel as well as members of the national armed forces, and voiced deep concern at ongoing insecurity in the northern and central parts of the country. Early this morning,…

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African migrants reportedly being sold in ‘slave markets’ in Libya, UN agency warns

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is sounding the alarm today after its staff in Niger and Libya documented over the past weekend shocking testimonies of trafficking victims from several African nations, including Nigeria, Ghana and the Gambia

Hundreds of migrants along North African migrant routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The International Organization for…

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Statement by the United Nations on Recent Violence at Kumasi Circuit Court

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN system in Ghana, Christine Evans-Klock, have followed with consternation the acts of impunity perpetrated by the Delta Force vigilante group in the aftermath of December 2016 elections

The United Nations has consistently drawn attention to the negative role of vigilante groups in the two leading political parties of Ghana. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the Resident Coordinator of the…

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Central African Republic: Security Council pledges support for President’s efforts to stabilize country

Recalling the UN’s zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, the Council urged all authorized non-UN forces to take adequate measures to prevent and combat impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse by their personnel

The United Nations Security Council today expressed its support for the efforts of President Faustin Archange Touadera of the Central African Republic (CAR) to restore State authority as well as for the African Union-led mediation initiative to find a political solution to the situation in the crisis-torn country. In a…