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UN envoy hails opening of ICC trial against Congolese rebel leader as ‘victory for survivors’

Bosco Ntaganda at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, on 2 September 2015. Photo: ICC-CPI

Bosco Ntaganda at the opening of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, on 2 September 2015. Photo: ICC-CPI

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda opened today, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict said that it served as a powerful reminder to military leaders accused of similar acts that justice will ultimately prevail.

Zainab Hawa Bangura called the ICC trial, which opened today in The Hague, Netherlands, “a victory for survivors of the savage attacks allegedly perpetrated under Mr. Ntaganda’s military leadership, and for the families of those survivors and human rights advocates fighting on their behalf.” Continue reading

UN agency and MasterCard join forces to support refugees and small-scale farmers

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva (right) and Walt MacNee, Vice Chairman, MasterCard Worldwide sign new partnership agreement. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

FAO Director-General Jose Graziano Da Silva (right) and Walt MacNee, Vice Chairman, MasterCard Worldwide sign new partnership agreement. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico

Residents at the Kakuma refugee camp in north-western Kenya will soon be able to buy charcoal produced in an environmentally-friendly way by local farmers as part of an innovative new alliance between the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and MasterCard to support small farmers and poor families.

“FAO is extremely proud of this collaboration with MasterCard that will support small-scale farmers to become economically independent by advancing financial inclusion,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. Continue reading

Security Council adjusts Liberia sanctions; ends travel ban, keeps arms embargo in place

A wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

A wide view of the Security Council. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The United Nations Security Council today renewed an arms embargo on non-State actors in Liberia for nine months while terminating other sanctions on the country, including a travel ban and asset freeze on those deemed a danger to its stability.

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council also renewed for 10 months the mandate of the Panel of Experts that assists the so-called 1521 Committee on Liberia to monitor the sanctions, reducing the panel membership from two experts to reflect the limitation of its purview to the partial arms embargo and the Government’s progress in arms and border management. Continue reading

‘Tangible’ results on Libyan political agreement – UN envoy

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León (fourth left), meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: UNSMIL

Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León (fourth left), meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo: UNSMIL

“Tangible” results have been achieved for a political deal in Libya, but concrete solutions to the conflict will only be reached when all parties agree on a final draft, the United Nations envoy facilitating efforts to restore peace in the North African country said today.

Speaking to journalists in Istanbul after his meeting with a delegation of the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), Bernardino León, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), described the encounter as a “very frank and very open discussion.” Continue reading

Somalia: Security Council strongly condemns Al Shabaab attack on African Union base

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

Sierra Leonean troops with AMISOM conduct a foot patrol near the city of Kismayo in southern Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Jacob Willmer

The United Nations Security Council today strongly condemned the recent attack perpetrated by Al Shabaab against a base belonging to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Janaale District, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

In a statement to the press, the Council condemned the attack, which occurred on 1 September and expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda. The Council also wished a speedy recovery to those injured. Continue reading

UN human rights office ‘deeply regrets’ resumption of executions in Chad

Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR

Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Photo: OHCHR

Chad, 1 September 2015 – Following the first executions in Chad since 2003, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today deeply regretted the resumption of the death penalty in that country and called for an official moratorium on its use.

OHCHR Spokesperson Cécile Pouilly called Saturday’s execution by firing squad of 10 people sentenced to death the day before “an extremely unfortunate development,” particularly given the Government of Chad’s abolition of the death penalty in 2014. The penalty was reinstated in an anti-terrorism law unanimously approved by Chad’s parliament on 30 July. Continue reading

Somalia: UN envoy condemns attack on African Union base

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), walk across a bridge near the town of Janaale, Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Tobin Jones

Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), walk across a bridge near the town of Janaale, Somalia. Photo: AU/UN/IST/Tobin Jones

Somalia, 1 September 2015 – The top UN official in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, has strongly condemned today’s attack by Al Shabaab militants on an African Union Mission (AMISOM) base at Janaale, Lower Shabelle Region manned by troops from the Ugandan contingent.

According to AMISOM, the militants used a car loaded with explosives to trigger the attack and to facilitate their forced entry into the camp after which they engaged soldiers in a gun-battle.

Full control of the base has reportedly been regained. Continue reading

New Ebola case in Sierra Leone prompts expansion of experimental vaccine trial – UN health agency

WHO team organizing intensive response to the new Ebola case reported in Kambia, Sierra Leone. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

WHO team organizing intensive response to the new Ebola case reported in Kambia, Sierra Leone. Photo: WHO/S. Gborie

Sierra Leone, 1 September 2015 – The detection of a new case of Ebola in Sierra Leone over the weekend after the West African country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases has prompted the use of an experimental vaccine to fight the disease, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

“Although no-one wanted to see more cases of Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone, we kept all our teams on alert and ready to respond and close down any new transmission” said Dr. Anders Nordstrom, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone. Continue reading

UNMISS kicks off farming, community projects in Rajaf

Photo: UNMISS

Photo: UNMISS

South Sudan, 1 September 2015 – Seeking to boost relations with the local community, UNMISS has been assisting a Central Equatoria village with farming, carpentry, basketball and kindergarten.

As part of the Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) project, the mission has cleared 1.8 square metres of land for farming in Rajaf village, 15 kilometres south of Juba.

The land was first cleared by the UN Mine Action Service of any potential mines and unexploded ordinance before the Bangladeshi Engineers began preparing it for cultivation on 28 August. Continue reading

Yemen: ‘worrying outbreak’ of dengue fever prompts UN health agency appeal for safe humanitarian corridor

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported campaigns of indoor and outdoor spraying against dengue vectors in Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has supported campaigns of indoor and outdoor spraying against dengue vectors in Yemen. Photo: WHO Yemen

Yemen, 31 August 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for a safe corridor to reach more than 3 million people in war-torn Yemen’s most populated governorate, Taiz, where “an extreme spike” in cases of dengue fever has been recorded over the past two weeks.

“There is an urgent need for a humanitarian corridor to assess the situation and institute control measures,” said Dr. Ala Alwan, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

“We need protection and safety for all people working to control the worrying outbreak of dengue fever in Taiz, which includes support with residual spraying, health education of communities and distribution of other supplies,” Dr. Alwan said. Continue reading