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Eastern DR Congo “a rapidly escalating crisis” – MONUSCO Head

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The senior United Nations (UN) representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) warned the Security Council (SC) the “rapidly escalating crisis” in the...

Top UN body demands Houthis cease Red Sea ship attacks

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Ever-increasing attacks on shipping in the Red Sea by rebel Houthis saw the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) this week demand cessation of attacks...

UN Security Council hears Al-Shabaab resilient and unpredictable in Somalia

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Al-Shabaab in Somalia remains unpredictable and has the ability to conduct devastating attacks, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) was informed by ATMIS (African...

Guterres urges Africa to “unleash its peace power”

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres maintains peace is the key to unlocking Africa’s future as well as strengthening the continent’s voice when it...

UNSC wants Sudan hostilities ended immediately

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Adopting what is being called “a key resolution”, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) demands “immediate cessation of hostilities” in war-torn Sudan. The resolution was...

Fighting in eastern DR Congo “worrisome” – Keita

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Fighting between M23 and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) armed forces (FARDC - Forces Armees de la Republic Democratique du Congo) in the east...

MONUSCO withdrawal planning underway

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The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) stands ready to decide by year-end on the future of its peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of...

“Fragile lull” in eastern DRC

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Months of fighting and rising tension across eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is on hold with “a fragile lull”, including improvement in relations...

Make or break year for South Sudan

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South Sudan is at a critical crossroad with action needed to quell inter-communal clashes, ramp up assistant to ever more communities in need and...

External and internal factors hamper peace processes in Africa

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A senior United Nations (UN) Africa specialist told the Security Council efforts to address and prevent violence on the continent are hampered by external...

Ramaphosa calls for UNSC reform

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “urgently reformed” so it can credibly and effectively meet its mandate, SAnews...

Volatile DRC situation discussed at UN Security Council

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The recent spate of violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is, according to a senior United Nations (UN) official entrusted with African...

UN Security Council slams M23 attack in DR Congo

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An M23 attack on MONUSCO and FARDC forces in DR Congo’s North Kivu province has been “strongly condemned” by the United Nations (UN) Security...

New alliance wants to oust Ethiopia’s PM by talks or force

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A newly-formed alliance of Ethiopian opposition factions set a goal on Friday of bringing down Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed by force or negotiation to...

ISS: Does Russia influence Africa on the UN Security Council?

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Research suggests that the links are overstated, especially compared to Africa’s voting patterns with other council members. Over the past two decades, Russia has aimed...

ISS: Africa must get on board as world attention turns to...

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The African Union should up its engagements as the UN Security Council takes the lead on maritime security debates. Coastal states and the shipping industry...

Mali tells UN it will confirm post-coup election date in December

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Mali's interim authorities will confirm a date for post-coup elections after national reform consultations in December, a representative of a UN Security Council delegation...

UN Security Council asked to authorise more troops for Mali mission

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the Security Council to authorise additional troops for the peacekeeping mission in Mali in response to rising...

UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal

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UN Security Council members on Thursday backed African Union mediation efforts between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in a dispute over the operation of a...

Arab states call on UN Security Council to meet over Ethiopian...

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Arab states are calling on the UN Security Council to discuss the dispute over Ethiopia's plan to fill a giant dam it is building...

US pushes UN Security Council to publicly address Ethiopia’s Tigray

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US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Thursday pushed for the UN Security Council to meet publicly on Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region,...

UN Security Council concerned over election impasse in Somalia – US...

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The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern over a standoff in Somalia on holding new elections, the United States’ top UN diplomat...

ISS: South Africa’s UN Security Council term has ended – now...

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The country’s next steps on foreign policy will be crucial for its role in multilateral institutions. In December 2020, South Africa ended its two-year term...

UN chief to foreign forces: ‘Leave the Libyans alone’

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The UN Security Council and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for thousands of foreign fighters and mercenaries to immediately leave Libya, with Guterres...

Speech: Naledi Pandor on South Africa’s tenure in the UNSC and...

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Address by Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on the occasion of the Chatham House London Virtual Engagement, 20 January 2020. Head...

Darfur displaced fearful as UN peacekeepers hand over to local forces

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Ahlam Hamid fled from her home in Sudan’s Darfur region 17 years ago when government troops and militiamen, some on horseback, raided her village...

Strengthening cooperation between the UNSC and the AU

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union to speed up deliberations to ensure that peacekeeping operations on...

UN Security Council president dismisses US sanctions move on Iran

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The president of the UN Security Council, Indonesia, said on Tuesday it was “not in the position to take further action” on a US...

After second round of voting, Kenya wins spot on UN Security...

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Kenya was elected to the UN Security Council on Thursday, defeating Djibouti in a second-round of voting by the 193-member General Assembly after an...

ISS: SA ends its first big act on the UN Security...

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By 31 October, South Africa will have completed the first of its two presidency months as an elected member of the United Nations Security...

ISS: South Africa proves its mettle on the UN Security Council

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South Africa is six months into its third term on a highly divided United Nations Security Council (UNSC). How has it fared and where...

CAR insecurity threatens wider region UN hears

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Rising violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) threatens to spill into neighbouring countries creating further instability, a senior United Nations official warned, urging...

ISS: Can South Africa make a difference on a fractured Security...

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South Africa was once ‘a giant in the world and our reputation was well known, because of what we represented', says the...

ISS: SA returns to the UN Security Council with a new...

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By happy coincidence, South Africa will take a seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council next year with Cyril Ramaphosa at...

UN Security Council on Somali piracy

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While acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia have subsided substantially, the United Nations Security Council...

US wary of push for West African anti-terror force

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The United States is wary of a French push for the UN Security Council to authorise a West African force to combat...

UN Security council diplomats expected in South Sudan this week

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UN Security Council diplomats are expected to visit South Sudan this week, a foreign affairs ministry spokesman said on Wednesday without giving...

Islamic State expands control in Libya – UN report

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Islamic State has greatly expanded its control over territory in Libya and the militants are claiming to be the key defence for...

Malawian soldier killed and another wounded in latest DRC rebel attack

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The UN peacekeeper killed in fighting between ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) rebels and MONUSCO's Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) was a Malawian soldier,...

UNMIL mandate extended to end September next year

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The Security Council has extended the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) until September 30 next year as well as authorising a reduction...

Russia to hold special Middle East meeting at UN Security Council

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Russia will hold a special ministerial meeting at the United Nations Security Council on September 30 to discuss conflicts in the Middle...

West, Africa trade barbs on U.N. appeal against illicit small arms

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Western and African members of the U.N. Security Council criticized each other on Friday after the 15-nation body narrowly passed a resolution...

UN DRC mission extended but with reduced troop numbers

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The Security Council passed a resolution renewing the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...

U.N. Security Council sets up South Sudan sanctions regime

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The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday established a sanctions regime for South Sudan but stopped short of imposing worldwide travel bans and...

African states to seek U.N. mandate to fight Boko Haram

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African nations threatened by Nigeria's Boko Haram will seek U.N. Security Council authorisation for a multinational force to take on the Islamist...

U.N. Security Council threatens sanctions over Libya turmoil

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The U.N. Security Council on Saturday welcomed Libyan peace negotiations held in Geneva this week but warned the North African state it...

Mali peace process at a crucial stage

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Progress in the political process in Mali over the last three months has been "fairly modest", with fighting continuing despite talks in...

UN South Sudan mission to stay on until May next year

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Yet another indicator of Africa's instability comes with the UN announcement that it will extend its mission in South Sudan for a...

Security Council adopts first ever resolution on UN police operations

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The United Nations Security Council has adopted its first-ever resolution focusing on the world body's policing operations, stressing their invaluable contribution to...

ISS: ICC and UNSC – point scoring and the cemetery of...

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As conflict proliferates and intensifies globally, international crimes are often committed in territories beyond the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This...