Author Archives: Romain Lecadou

UN relief chief heads to South Sudan to bolster humanitarian response as country’s challenges mount

WHO is supporting oral cholera vaccination campaigns in South Sudan as part of the efforts to prevent a potentially large-scale outbreak. Photo: WHO/M. Moyo

WHO is supporting oral cholera vaccination campaigns in South Sudan as part of the efforts to prevent a potentially large-scale outbreak. Photo: WHO/M. Moyo

South Sudan, 21 July 2015 – The top United Nations humanitarian official is heading to South Sudan where a new cholera outbreak has claimed nearly 40 lives, more than 2.2 million people have been uprooted from their homes by conflict and nearly 8 million others are expected to face food shortages during the rainy reason.

Over 1,210 cholera cases, including 39 deaths, have been reported in Juba and Bor counties, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Most of the cases, and 38 of the deaths, were reported in Juba County. Continue reading

Violence in Nigeria drives refugees deeper into neighbouring Cameroon, UN agency warns

Newly-arrived Nigerian refugees register with UNHCR officials at Minawao Camp, northern Cameroon. Photo: UNHCR/D. Mbaiorem

Newly-arrived Nigerian refugees register with UNHCR officials at Minawao Camp, northern Cameroon. Photo: UNHCR/D. Mbaiorem

Nigeria, 21 July 2015 – Weeks after elections in Nigeria, violence and attacks continue to drive population movements within and outside the country, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) warned today, reporting a “steady flow” of Nigerian refugees now seeking safety some 100 kilometres inside the Cameroon border.

On average, some 100 people daily are registering at UNHCR’s Minawao camp in Cameroon – opened in July 2013 – causing a population surge from about 30,000 late last year to approximately 44,000 today. Continue reading

Ban urges parties in Burundi to refrain from violence during elections

A soldier stands guard outside a polling station in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. Photo: MENUB

A soldier stands guard outside a polling station in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. Photo: MENUB

Burundi, 21 July 2015 – In a “worrisome context,” and following the decision of the government of Burundi to hold the presidential election on 21 July, the United Nations chief called yesterday on the authorities to do all in their power to ensure security and a peaceful atmosphere during the polls.

“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon further calls on all parties to refrain from any acts of violence that could compromise the stability of Burundi and the region,” reads the statement issued by the UN Spokesperson. Continue reading

Free screening of “Mandela: The passing of an icon” by the UN in SA to mark Mandela Day 2015

Nelson Mandela International Day documentary screening at Cinema Noveau Brooklyn. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Nelson Mandela International Day documentary screening at Cinema Noveau Brooklyn. Photo: UNIC Pretoria

Pretoria, 16 July 2015 – The United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) South Africa, led by the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria, partnered with Sabido Productions and Cinema Nouveau, Brooklyn to screen the acclaimed documentary “Mandela: The passing of an icon” to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated annually on 18 July, encourages giving and volunteering. The “67 minutes initiatives” are supported globally to honour Nelson Mandela’s appeal to help eradicate social inequality and conflict. Continue reading

On Mandela Day, UN joins call to promote community service and inspire change

Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran

Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran

New York, 18 July 2015 – The 70th anniversary of the United Nations’ founding provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the life and work of Nelson Mandela with a call to action for helping others, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he joined the world gathers in marking Nelson Mandela International Day.

“Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual call to action for people around the world to make a difference in the communities where they live and work by taking time to serve others,” the Secretary-General stated in his message for the Day. Continue reading

UN chief condemns terrorist attacks that killed 60 people in northeast Nigeria

Extreme violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in Nigeria has led some 250,000 civilians to flee their homes and find refuge in safer areas, staying mainly with host families. Photo: UNHCR/Helen Caux

Extreme violence in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states in Nigeria has led some 250,000 civilians to flee their homes and find refuge in safer areas, staying mainly with host families. Photo: UNHCR/Helen Caux

Nigeria, 17 July 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the terrorist attacks that killed over 60 people in the towns of Gombe and Damaturu, in northeast Nigeria over the last two days.

“These heinous crimes came as the victims, along with Nigerians nationwide, were conducting Eid prayers, a sacred time for families and communities to come together. As such, the attacks constitute an assault on the beliefs of all people,” said the UN Spokesperson in a statement issued this afternoon. Continue reading

South Sudan: UN official cites will of the people to achieve peace despite ‘bleak’ situation

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Children at a protection of civilians site in Juba, South Sudan, run by the UN Mission, perform at a special cultural event in March 2015. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudan, 17 July 2015 – The outlook for South Sudan is not completely bleak, a senior United Nations has said in Juba, noting that travelling throughout the country, he has repeatedly heard the phrase: “we want peace now.”

“It is important for us to use this time now to make this phrase a reality,” the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for South Sudan, Moustapha Soumaré, told a press conference in Juba, where he also decried continuing fighting that had resulted in increased numbers of internally displaced persons. Continue reading

Security Council urges all Libyan parties to unite in support of new political agreement

Libyan stakeholders initial the Libyan Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco on 11 July 2015. Source: UNSMIL

Libyan stakeholders initial the Libyan Political Agreement in Skhirat, Morocco on 11 July 2015. Source: UNSMIL

Libya, 16 July 2015 – The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the initialling of the Libyan political agreement in Skhirat, Morocco on 11 July as the latest step towards resolving the country’s political crisis.

The agreement’s initialling is the result of ongoing UN-facilitated consultations between various Libyan parties and comes amid sporadic fighting across the North African country. Continue reading

Full-fledged UN peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be ‘high-risk undertaking,’ Security Council told

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Somalia, 16 July 2015 – A United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia would be a “high-risk undertaking,” considering the threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants and despite advances made by the African Union Mission in the country (AMISOM), a senior UN official told the Security Council today.

“Progress would not have been possible without the continuing sacrifices of AMISOM troops and the Somali National Army. Their heroism deserves our collective tribute,” said Edmond Mulet, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, attributing the significant gains made against Al Shabaab to a surge of AMISOM military personnel and to the logistical support package for the Somali National Army. Continue reading

Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference 2015: The Measure of tomorrow

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

Delegates from different South African universities representing various African countries during the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference at DIRCO.

The UN Association of South Africa – University of Pretoria Chapter (UNASA-UP) under the auspices of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) organized the third Model United Nations South African Universities (MUNSAU) Conference. The Conference, focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Post-2015 Agenda, was held from 10 July to 13 July 2015 at the University of Pretoria and at DIRCO, respectively. Continue reading