APO - Africa Newsroom

Source: United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Lagos |

UN Headquarters Observes International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 24 May 2017

2 fallen peacekeepers from Nigeria to be honoured at ceremony at UN Headquarters

The United Nation Headquarters will observe the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers on Wednesday, 24 May. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will lay a wreath to honour all fallen peacekeepers and will preside over a ceremony at which the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal will be awarded posthumously to 117 military, police and…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

UNAMID calls for restraint amid renewed Darfur clashes

UNAMID wishes to remind all the parties of their unilateral commitment to a ceasefire which was decided in goodwill with a view to advancing the peace process

Fighting has been taking place in the past few days between Government of Sudan forces and non-signatory movements in North and East Darfur, with reports of multiple casualties. UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative, Jeremiah Mamabolo, said that the Mission was deeply concerned about these developments. “Significant progress has been made on…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Sudan / Human rights: UN expert calls on the Government to adopt urgent democratic reforms

During his fourth visit to the country, the UN human rights expert met with the Sudanese authorities, civil society actors, academia, community leaders, members of the diplomatic corps, and UN entities in Khartoum and Blue Nile

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Aristide Nononsi, has called on the Sudanese authorities to undertake democratic reforms as a means for ensuring the protection and promotion of human rights in the country.   “I remain concerned about a number of human…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Gender Based Violence (GBV) Multi-sectoral Coordination in Libya

UNFPA, United Nation Fund for Population, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and IFRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, have jointly organized a training on “Gender Based Violence Multi-Sectoral Coordination in Libya” during the period 14th to 18th of May 2017. The overall objective of the training…

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Ireland |

Minister Joe McHugh welcomes free Africa Day 2017 events

National flagship Event celebrating Ireland-Africa links set to attract 30,000 visitors in Farmleigh, Dublin on Sunday, 21st May Events will also take place in Cork, Kilkenny, Kildare, Limerick and Galway The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D., has welcomed Africa Day 2017 celebrations which…

Source: African Union Peace and Security Department |

Communique of the 685th PSC meeting on the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA)

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 685th meeting held in Addis Ababa on 12 May 2017, considered the renewal of the mandate of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) and adopted the following decision: Council, 1. Takes…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UN report exposes human rights violations and abuses against civilians in and around Yei, South Sudan

The report exposes cases of indiscriminate shelling of civilians; targeted killings; looting and burning of civilian property and cases of sexual violence perpetrated against women and girls, including those fleeing fighting

A United Nations report published today released the findings of an in-depth investigation into human rights violations and abuses committed in and around Yei town, Central Equatoria (150km southwest of the capital, Juba) between July 2016 and January 2017. The report by the Human Rights Division of the United Nations…