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‘The time for action is now’ senior UN peacekeeping official says, urging support for regional force combating Sahel terrorism

The Joint Force aims to bolster coordination to “neutralize” armed groups in the region

The five-year-old force working to stabilize Africa’s Sahel has shown great potential, but needs more support from the international community to reach full operational capacity, a top UN peacekeeping official said on Thursday, calling for enhanced political and economic solutions to help tackle the strife-torn region’s myriad challenges. Dubbed the…

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    • WFP/Abeer Etefa Aerial view of the capital of Sudan, Khartoum. 2018.
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Sudan: UN chief calls for ‘positive momentum’ as civilian rule talks stall between military and opposition

António Guterres urged negotiators on both sides to maintain the positive momentum and reach agreement on the remaining details

The UN Secretary-General has commended the progress made so far between Sudan’s military leaders and opposition forces towards agreeing a timetable for a return to civilian rule, following the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir just over a month ago. On Tuesday, the Transitional Military Council and the Declaration of Freedom and…

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    • OCHA/Otto Bakano A family go in search of water in Burkina Faso where more than 950,000 people are severely food insecure, notably in the conflict-hit northern regions
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UN condemns deadly attack on Burkina Faso church

The church was burned to the ground, along with other buildings including a health centre

Senior UN officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres have voiced their outrage at a deadly attack on a Catholic church in the north of Burkina Faso on Sunday, during which six people were reportedly killed by gunmen. According to media reports, the attack took place in the town of Dablo, situated in a region that has…

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    • CITES Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling levels remain alarmingly high in Africa
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African elephants under continued threat of poaching, warns UN-backed report

Evidence reveals that Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants (PIKE) levels peaked in 2011 when an alarming 10 per cent of African elephants were poached

An updated assessment by a United Nations Environment Programme-administered treaty has confirmed that poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of the African elephant. Based on the Proportion of Illegally Killed Elephants data, or PIKE, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has…

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    • UNICEF/Taha Almahbashi Millions of children across Yemen face serious threats due to malnutrition, (file 2018)
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Around 52 million in Near East, North Africa, suffering chronic undernourishment, new UN food agency report reveals

The report also highlights that unemployment in NENA, particularly for young people and women, is a significant regional challenge

Hunger continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have worsened in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA), which is likely to affect food security for years to come, warned the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday.  Conflicts and civil instability have long-lasting impacts on the food and…

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    • UNOCHA/Giles Clarke In the streets of Tripoli, Libya, a UNOCHA staff member visits a Sudanese caregiver's house, before the recent clashes began. (February 2019)
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‘Abhorrent’ ambulance attack in Libyan capital imperils life-saving work, warns UN

As the conflict continues into its second month, more than 400 people have died and some 2,000 have been wounded, in addition to the thousands of displaced civilians

An attack on an ambulance in Tripoli on Wednesday that has critically injured the head of emergency services in Libya’s war-torn capital, along with two paramedics, has been strongly condemned by UN humanitarians. Health workers and civilians have not been spared in heavy clashes that erupted in early April between…

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DR Congo: Ebola claims over 1,000 lives, Guterres commits ‘whole’ UN system, to help ‘end the outbreak’

Mr. Guterres expressed concern over the number of new Ebola cases in the east of the DRC on Wednesday, reiterating UN support “for efforts to end the outbreak”

Now in its tenth month, the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has claimed more than a thousand lives, prompting Secretary-General António Guterres to throw the support of “the whole United Nations system” into stemming the spread of the deadly virus. Mr. Guterres expressed concern over…

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    • Refugees from Nigeria arrive in the Cameroonian village of Goura in January 2019 following armed attacks by extremists.
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Cameroon: Clear ‘window of opportunity’ to solve crises rooted in violence - Bachelet

The announcement came after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, concluded a visit to the West African country

The UN human rights chief on Monday welcomed Cameroon’s willingness to cooperate over finding workable solutions to “major human rights and humanitarian crises”, caused by months of serious unrest and violence across the west and north of the country. The announcement came after the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet,…

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UN and African Union in ‘common battle’ for development and climate change financing

The UN chief emphasised the “alignment” between the UN’s and African Union’s respective plans to ramp up inclusive and environmentally responsible economic development

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a “quantum leap” in funding for development and climate change for Africa, speaking to journalists on Monday, following the plenary meeting of the latest United Nations-African Union (AU) Conference, which took place in New York. Mr. Guterres declared that the Organization’s work to…

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UN aid teams scramble to reach ‘most remote places’ cut off by Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique

With heavy rains expected to continue in the coming days across northern Mozambique, access to the most remote areas affected by Cyclone Kenneth “remains difficult” the UN warned on Tuesday

Humanitarian affairs coordination office, OCHA, reported that heavy rains had paused in the morning around the coastal city of Pemba, with aid workers going flat out to prepare relief flights – including medical supplies – to the island of Matemo, one of the worst-hit by the cyclone. “Emergency staff will also do…