UN and Africa: focus on Libya, West Africa and the situation in South Sudan

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda speaks before the Security Council. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

ICC Prosecutor calls for more action in Lybia

The Prosecutor of the UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) is calling on the international community to support Libya, especially on issues of justice and accountability. The North African country has been mired in factional fighting since former president Muammar al-Qhadafi was overthrown nearly four years ago. In 2011, Libya's situation was referred to the ICC by the UN Security Council to investigate alleged crimes linked with the political upheaval. Cristina Silveiro asked ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda about her discussions with the Council.


Lessons from ebola tragedy must be taken on board. Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

Ebola failures require big changes at WHO, say experts

The UN’s health agency “failed” to hold back the spread of Ebola and must make big changes to prevent a similar tragedy happening in future, health experts said this week. The warning comes from a high-level panel of independent investigators called in by the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate the agency’s response to the killer disease in West Africa. More than 11,000 people have died in the outbreak. Chief investigator Dame Barbara Stocking described Ebola as a “defining moment” for WHO and said the agency would have to work hard to “win back” people’s confidence in future. Daniel Johnson reports.

Newly displaced civilians from Sudan's Nuba Mountains approach Yida in South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/S. KuirChok


South Sudanese driven into "bush" as aid agencies leave

Women and children in Unity State in South Sudan are being driven out of their villages and into the bush to escape an upsurge in fighting, according to the United Nations. The UN and other aid agencies have been forced to suspend operations because of the violence, leaving 300,000 people without the emergency relief they need. Sebit William asked UN Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer for an update.

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