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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts initiated by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to facilitate a peaceful solution to the situation

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Zimbabwe: The Secretary-General is closely following developments in Zimbabwe and calls for continued calm. He underlines the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means, including through dialogue and in conformity with the country’s Constitution. The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts initiated…

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Note to Correspondents on the Central African Republic

Brigadier-General (retired) Fernand Marcel Amoussou (Benin) to lead an independent special investigation into a number of recent incidents in the south-east of the Central African Republic that occurred between 1 May and 31 August 2017

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations today (November 13, 2017) announced the appointment of Brigadier-General (retired) Fernand Marcel Amoussou (Benin) to lead an independent special investigation into a number of recent incidents in the south-east of the Central African Republic that occurred between 1 May and 31 August 2017.   The…

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The African Union and the United Nations welcome the publication of the electoral calendar in the DRC and urge for consensus on the electoral process

The representatives of the AU and the UN agreed to engage the ICGLR and the SADC with a view to convening a consultative meeting of the Guarantors of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework of the DRC and the region as soon as possible

The African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, met on 9 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,…

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South Sudan: UN Mission weighs re-establishing presence in north-eastern town

Some 71,000 displaced people are currently living in Akobo and the surrounding area after fleeing fighting between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in the north-east

The United Nations peacekeeping mission is expected to reach vulnerable people in remote parts of South Sudan, as it takes a more “nimble and proactive” approach, the head of the operation said Wednesday during a visit to a hard-to-reach area in the country’s north-east. “It’s clear that the needs of…

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UN should investigate 'suspect' appointment of Mugabe, WHO chief should meet Zimbabwe victims & apologize

The non-governmental human rights group UN Watch welcomed the WHO's cancellation of its "absurd, immoral and insulting" appointment of Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador but called for a full, independent and international inquiry into any possible deals made between the WHO chief—Ethiopia's former foreign minister—and Zimbabwe's ruler. “There must be…

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Libya: Security Council endorses UN plan on restarting political process

The Council emphasised the imperative for all Member States to support the primacy of the UN mediation in Libya

The Security Council today endorsed the United Nations’ action plan to resume an inclusive political process in Libya. In a Presidential Statement, the 15-member body strongly urged all Libyans to work together in a spirit of compromise and to engage constructively in the inclusive political process set out in the UN action…

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Libya: UN Mission condemns deadly bombing in Misrata

At least three individuals were killed and more than 15 injured in the attack

Condemning an attack against a court house in the Libyan city of Misrata, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) underscored that those behind the incident must be held accountable. At least three individuals were killed and more than 15 injured in the attack yesterday, the responsibility for which…

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Amid critical resource shortage, UN agency cuts food rations for refugees in Kenya

World Food Programme urgently needs $28.5 million to adequately cover the food assistance needs for the refugees for the next six months

For 420,000 refugees living in northern Kenya, insufficient funding has forced the United Nations food relief agency to cut rations by 30 per cent, as it appeals for nearly $30 million for assistance. “We are facing a critical shortage of resources, which has compelled us to reduce the amount of…

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Darfur: AU-UN mission urges restraint after clashes at camp for displaced persons

The incident reportedly occurred after Sudanese Government forces dispersed a group of IDPs protesting against President Omar Al-Bashir’s visit to South Darfur

The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur today urged “the utmost restraint” by all parties after clashes between government forces and internally displaced persons at the Kalma camp led to the death of at least three IDPs and injuries to some 26 others. “I call upon everyone involved…

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9.9 million USD needed urgently to respond to cholera outbreak in North-East Nigeria

To date, the outbreak has claimed at least 44 lives, out of close to 2,300 confirmed and/or suspected cases

The United Nations and its partners are urgently appealing for $9.9 million to respond to the current cholera outbreak in Borno State, north-east Nigeria, and prevent further outbreaks in high-risk areas. A Cholera Response and Prevention Plan has been developed to address the immediate needs of 3.7 million people that…