Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security Holds Sixteenth Consultative Meeting in Addis-Ababa

The Joint Task Force welcomed the cooperation between the two organizations in Madagascar and Central African Republic (CAR) as models of cooperation

The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its sixteenth consultative meeting at the African Union headquarters in Addis-Ababa on 12 February 2019. The African Union (AU) Commission and the United Nations (UN) Secretariat were represented respectively by Commissioners Smaïl Chergui (Peace and Security), Minata Samaté-Cessouma (Political…

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Service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers ‘at the forefront of our minds’: UN chief

The UN chief’s praise for the work of Blue Helmets and other peacekeeping personnel was part of his address to Heads of State gathered at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has thanked African Member States and the African Union Commission for supporting peace operations in Africa, saying that the service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers is “at the forefront of our minds.” The UN chief’s praise for the work of Blue Helmets and other peacekeeping personnel…

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North-east Nigeria displacement crisis continues amid ‘increased sophistication’ of attackers, warns UN

An upsurge in violent attacks in crisis-riven north-east Nigeria has displaced nearly 60,000 people in the last three months, the UN migration agency, IOM, said on Tuesday

Armed extremists, notably Boko Haram militants, have contributed to a decade-long humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states, that has spilled over into the Lake Chad region. “Since November we’ve seen 59,200 [displaced],” IOM Nigeria’s Chief of Mission, Frantz Celestin, said in Geneva, noting that in the last two…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Flintlock 2019 Announced

Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual Special Operations Forces exercise

More than 2,000 service members from more than 30 African and western partner nations will participate in Flintlock 2019 at multiple locations in Burkina Faso and Mauritania from February 18 – March 1, 2019. Flintlock is an annual, African-led, integrated  military and law enforcement exercise that has strengthened key partner…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) alarmed by displacement of 30,000 people from Nigeria to Cameroon (Statement by Eric Batonon)

We call for Cameroon to keep its borders open

Statement by Eric Batonon, Country Director in Nigeria for the Norwegian Refugee Council "The Norwegian Refugee Council is alarmed by the massive displacement of 30,000 people from the Nigerian town of Rann into Cameroon, less than one week after 9,000 Nigerians fled a deadly attack in the city. Last week,…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Webcast: Fighting Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): New Tools & New Challenges

The epicenter of the outbreak is in a conflict area in North Kivu province, making a rapid response much more difficult

Join Doctors Without Borders for a live webcast panel discussion on efforts to contain the current Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). MSF teams are responding to the second largest Ebola outbreak ever recorded, trying to halt the spread of this highly infectious, deadly disease. In some ways,…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

United Nations appeals for Sustained Humanitarian Support amid surge in conflict and displacement in Nigeria’s North-East

Humanitarian organizations in Nigeria are targeting 6.2 million people hardest-hit by the crisis in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in the country’s north-east

Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across north-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence has uprooted tens of thousands more people, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation. Top UN officials are calling for support to respond to a…

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

As Boko Haram violence surges, UNHCR seeks US$135 million to aid displaced

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, together with the UN Development Programme and other partners, is today launching the 2019 Nigeria Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP), an appeal for US$135 million to help hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the worsening Boko Haram insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region.…

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UN chief of peace operations honours fallen Chadian ‘blue helmets’ serving in northern Mali

The attack, which targeted the mission’s camp in Aguelhok, in the Kidal region, in northern Mali, took place in the early hours of Sunday 20 January and left at least 25 ‘blue helmets’ wounded in addition to the 10 who lost their lives

After 10 Chadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were killed in a terrorist attack on 20 January, the UN chief of peace operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, went to N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, to pay tribute to them on Monday in a ceremony organised by the Government. "I…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias

Gilmour underlined the UN Human Rights Office’s strong commitment to continue to support the implementation of the compliance framework

Senior UN human rights official, Andrew Gilmour, has welcomed the commitment of countries of the Sahel to protect the rights of civilians as they confront terrorism, and warned of the dangers posed by the growing number of ethnic-based private militias. At the end of a nine-day visit to the region,…