The delegation of the United Nations Security Council that has just returned from Africa's Great Lakes region described today an improved situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and outlined a number of positive developments indicating movement towards a possible solution to the conflict there.
The United Nations Mission in the DRC (MONUC) today reported that it had received the first patrol boats for use on the Congo River, which will allow a resumption of riverine traffic between the East and West of the country.
On his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa, the head of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP) has reached an agreement with the President of Nigeria on a course of action to help the country recover assets stolen due to organized crime, a UN spokesman said today.
The fragile situation in Sierra Leone is not conducive to the repatriation of the country's thousands of refugees, according to a just-released report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who warns that large parts of the territory remain under rebel control and beyond the reach of humanitarian aid and government services.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has completed the relocation of tens of thousands of refugees from an insecure area near Guinea's volatile border with Sierra Leone to better protected camps further inland, a spokesman for the agency announced today.
In a bid to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS among a high-risk group in Ethiopia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began a series of innovative awareness building sessions for truck drivers employed by the agency.