Uganda pullout of Lusaka accords "not necessarily a setback": Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said Uganda's announcement that it had withdrawn from the Lusaka peace accords was "not necessarily a setback" if the authorities respect the spirit of the agreement.

UN mission to open new human rights office in eastern Sierra Leone

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) is set to open a new human rights office in the eastern part of the country to promote the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and to help instil a culture of human rights.

Benin, UNICEF confirm child trafficking aboard ship in West Africa

The Government of Benin and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today confirmed that the suspected slaveship that docked in Cotonou on 17 April was in fact used for child trafficking.

Annan, Security Council deplore murders of relief staff in DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations Security Council today expressed distress at the killings of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and urged parties to the conflict to ensure safe access by humanitarian agencies.

Security Council extends UN's Western Sahara mission for two months

The Security Council today voted unanimously to extend for two months, until June 30, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), which was set up in 1991 to allow the people of the Territory to choose between independence and integration into Morocco.

Security Council mission to check progress towards peace in Great Lakes region

Members of the United Nations Security Council will visit the Great Lakes region of Africa next month to monitor the progress made towards peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, a UN spokesperson announced today.

Comoros: Annan appeals to all parties to adhere to reconciliation agreement

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to all parties in the Comoros to adhere to a reconciliation agreement they signed earlier this year aimed at ending the country's secessionist crisis.

UN to begin massive evacuation of refugees from Guinea's "Parrot's Beak"

In a massive relocation exercise expected to take a month, the United Nations will start evacuating tens of thousands of refugees from the volatile "Parrot's Beak" region of southern Guinea next week, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today.

Rural development and market access keys to fighting hunger in Africa: UN

A firm commitment to investment in agriculture and rural development was key in any effort to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

UN-mandated effort on conflict diamonds makes progress in latest meeting

Wrapping up a meeting today in Belgium, representatives of 38 governments have made significant strides towards creating a certification system to stop illegal trafficking of diamonds to fuel armed conflicts, in accordance with a United Nations resolution calling for solutions to the problem.