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UNEP, PUMA in joint strategic deal to support biodiversity worldwide

Xinhua - January 7, 2010

Congo rainforestThe "Play for Life" campaign focuses on Africa, a continent that hosts exceptional biodiversity including two of the five most important wilderness areas on earth, the Congo Basin, and Miombo-Mopane Woodlands and Savannas of Southern Africa.
Kabila sacks 3,000 civil servants

BBC News - January 5, 2010

Joseph KabilaAlmost 3,000 government employees have been sacked - or forcibly retired - in the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Joseph Kabila fired more than 100 people accused of corruption from the ministry of finance and other government departments.
Top LRA Commander Killed

VOA News - January 4, 2010

Central African Republic, Congo, Uganda, SudanThe Ugandan military says its forces in the Central African Republic have killed the acting guerilla commander of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army.  The death adds to the lengthening list of recent captures and killings of senior LRA combatants as the hunt for its infamous leader continues.
UN helping to monitor volcanic eruption in eastern DR Congo

UN News - January 4, 2010

Mount NyamulagiraMount Nyamulagira, which sits some 40 kilometres northwest of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, erupted on Saturday, and while it has not affected any people, the lava has spewed into a non-populated area of the Virunga National Park.
North Kivu: Nyamulagira volcano erupts, nearby populations safe

MONUC - January 2, 2010

Nyamulagira volcanoThe eruption, which was still in progress at 5 pm local time, on January 2, has not, so far, caused any human casualties or damages on human settlements, the lava flowing down from a vertical fissure on the South Eastern slope of the volcano, heading South and South West towards a non populated area of the Virunga National Park.
DR Congo launches 'Amani Leo' military operation

Xinhua - January 2, 2010

Congo FARDC soldiersThe Democratic Republic of Congo has ended the "Kimia 2" operation in North Kivu and South Kivu provinces and launched "Amani Leo" (a Kiswahili word for "peace today"), according to the military. Kimia 2 has already achieved its objectives with nearly 5,000 combatants of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) neutralized by the FARDC with the logistical support from the UN mission in DR Congo (MONUC).
Alan Doss: Human Rights Watch attack on MONUC 'shortsighted'

Alan Doss/The Washington Times - December 28, 2009

Alan DossThe Human Rights Watch report also catalogues numerous atrocities committed by the FDLR. The U.N. Security Council has called for the elimination of this threat. Peaceful relations between the DRC and Rwanda - a prerequisite for peace in the region - are riding on effective military operations against the rebel group. The national security forces of the DRC, with all their failings, are the only instrument the democratically-elected government has to neutralize the FDLR.
Blue helmets protect thousands daily, says top UN envoy

UN News - December 28, 2009

Alan DossIn its report on the mission, Human Rights Watch “brushes aside the crucial role that MONUC plays in protecting tens of thousands of civilians every single day, often in very remote areas,” Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special-Representative, wrote in an op-ed in today’s The Washington Times.
UN opens website detailing zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse by peacekeepers

UN News - December 24, 2009

Goma - MONUCSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon is steadfastly enforcing the policy proclaimed by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, in 2004 amid charges that UN peacekeeping personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), both civilian and military, committed sexual exploitation and abuse.
UN extends peacekeeping mission in the DRC

Congo News Agency - December 23, 2009

MONUC peacekeepers in CongoThe resolution asks the Secretary-General to conduct a strategic review of the situation in the DRC and MONUC’s progress toward achieving its mandate and to determine, in close cooperation with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and MONUC, the modalities of a reconfiguration of MONUC’s mandate.



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