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Note to correspondents on Under-Secretary-General Lacroix's visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Under-Secretary General reaffirmed the UN's determination to help the DRC achieve lasting stability by ensuring that MONUSCO delivers on its core mandated objectives of supporting the political process and protecting civilians, as efficiently as possible

The Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, met today with President Joseph Kabila, in Kinshasa, as part of a five day trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to exchange views with members of the Government, local authorities, political and civil society actors on the current political, security…

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UN expert urges 'bold action' to address raft of human rights abuses in Eritrea

The Special Rapporteur noted that Eritrea has no constitution and lacks fundamental institutions that underpin a society based on the rule of law

Actions against severe human rights abuses meted out to Eritrean citizens must not be delayed, a United Nations rights expert has warned in a new report to the Human Rights Council. “I regret to report that, as of now, the Government has made no effort to end ongoing human rights…

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'Security vacuum' in Central Africa may be exploited by armed groups – UN envoy

Any training efforts would need to be in line with the overall security sector reform process and coordinated with other partners supporting the Central African armed forces

The United Nations envoy for Central Africa today expressed his concern that the withdrawal of troops from the regional force by some contributing countries would create a security vacuum that may be exploited by an armed group. “The continued threat by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to regional stability should…

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Joint African action crucial to protect persons with albinism from violence, highlights UN expert

The regional action plan to end attacks on persons with albinism in Africa – the first-ever such joint initiative – was recently endorsed by the African Commission on Human and People's Rights

Highlighting the importance of cooperation among countries to overcome the violence and discrimination faced by persons with albinism, a United Nations rights expert has urged African nations to fully implement a regional action plan on ending attacks on persons with albinism. “The plan sets out clearly what States can do…

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Central African Republic: UN mission determined to fulfil mandate despite attacks on peacekeepers

Despite significant progress and successful elections, CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest

The United Nations envoy for the Central African Republic today warned against increasing attacks on civilians and peacekeeping personnel while stressing the need to reenergize the political process to achieve sustainable peace in the conflict-torn country. “The intensity of the attacks, their premeditated nature and the targeting of ethnic minorities,…

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UN Africa forum launches high-level migration panel to help create political momentum for change

The 14-member High-Level Panel was established in April last year by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners

Amid growing concern for the safety of migrants, particularly in Africa, as they undertake extreme risks in hopes of a better future or to escape violence and persecution, a high-level body established by the United Nations development arm in the continent has launched a process to help forge political consensus…

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UN human rights chief urges repeal of repressive NGO law in Egypt

Law 70 of 2017, which was enacted on 24 May, requires all NGOs to work in line with the Government's development and social welfare plans or face jail time

The United Nations human rights chief today urged Egyptian officials to repeal a new law on non-governmental organizations, saying that it “further tightens the noose” around NGOs trying to hold the Government to account for human rights obligations. Law 70 of 2017, which was enacted on 24 May, requires all…

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On Africa Day, UN chief says world must move from ‘managing crises to preventing them’

As the international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to tackle global poverty, inequality, instability and injustice, Mr. Guterres highlighted that Africa has adopted its own complementary and ambitious plan: Agenda 2063

‘Africa Day’ 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said, urging humanity to listen and learn with the people of Africa. “All of humanity will benefit by listening, learning and working with the people…

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South Sudan: ‘Fighting must stop now’ so millions can be spared from famine, say UN agency chiefs

José Graziano da Silva, head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP’s David Beasley made the call during a visit to the former Unity state, one of the areas in South Sudan worst hit by the current hunger crisis

Despite “appalling conditions” in South Sudan, it is not too late to save more people from dying, the head of the United Nations agriculture agency said today, joining the World Food Programme (WFP) chief in a call to all parties enmeshed in the country’s conflict to end the violence and…