Hammarskjöld remains one of the most revered UN leaders; and in Africa, his legacy is particularly relevant given his commitment to decolonisation.
For first time in 70 years, the UN is holding open hearings for those hoping to become its next secretary-general. But 'club' retains the final say.
In the face of American opposition to Boutros-Ghali, Africa came up with Kofi Annan as Secretary-General. Annan held the post until 2006
Nkurunziza's refusal to compromise has raised the prospect of tougher measures ahead to stop almost nightly outbreaks of violence.
Burundi: UN security council met with demos, to tell Nkurunziza to his face to take action as stakes heighten
Hundreds of pro-government protestors lined the road leading from the airport to greet the envoys with signs that read "stop interfering in Burundi".
Burundi descended into bloodshed when President Nkurunziza decided to run for a controversial third term, which he went on to win in July elections
It would be the first time much-criticised bloc would invoke the right to move into a member state on a continent where it often operates as a club.
UN chief Ban says 1,100 more peacekeepers needed to protect civilians as shaky South Sudan peace deal takes hold
The report to the Security Council last week painted a pessimistic picture of the conflict in the world's youngest nation.
Gunmen also opened fire at a nightclub in the city’s Bwiza district, killing three people.
Some 200 people have been killed in the violence and 200,000 have fled the country, raising fears of a return to all-out war.
Kiir signs deal to end S. Sudan’s war, then kicks it down. It’s ‘humiliation’ and ‘reward for rebellion’, says Juba
Foreign-led Monitoring and Evaluation Commission seen as "taking over the sovereignty and the hard won independence" of the South Sudanese.
One of the alleged victims is a minor. UN chief says sexual abuse in peacekeeping is a "cancer in our system".
Regional bloc often criticised for inaction now wants continent's youngest nation punished.
Triumph in adversity—just 9 months ago Liberia nearly collapsed, now it stands on the brink of victory over Ebola
West African country could be declared free from the terrifying virus this weekend. It will be emotional, and richly deserved.