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

Netherlands, 2 September 2015 – 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. More »

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

Kenya, 2 September 2015 – 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. More »

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

Liberia, 2 September 2015 – 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. More »

‘Tangible’ results on Libyan political agreement – UN envoy

Libya, 2 September 2015 – “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. More »

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

Somalia, 2 September 2015 – 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. More »