Despite improvements, millions still face hunger in sub-Saharan Africa – FAO

Despite an improvement in the overall food situation in sub-Saharan Africa, millions of people continue to face hunger and starvation, according to new findings by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Head of UN mission reports 'positive' results of visit to eastern DR of Congo

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo said today that his recent trip to three eastern cities with a group of senior diplomats from six countries was a positive development for the peace process in the DRC.

Security Council debates measures on illegal exploitation of natural resources in DR of Congo

The time had come to take decisive action to halt the exploitation of the resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which had become the means for sustaining the conflict, the chairman of a panel of experts told the United Nations Security Council today at the outset of a daylong debate on the issue.

UN food agency launches urgent appeal to feed 500,000 in Zimbabwe

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urgently appealed for $54 million to feed more than half a million people in Zimbabwe suffering from severe food shortages caused by natural disasters and economic hardship.

Angola: Annan extends appointment of chief envoy for African issues

With many issues in Angola remaining to be addressed, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to extend the appointment of his special adviser for Africa through February 2003.

Sierra Leone parties still mining diamonds illegally, Security Council says

After reviewing its ban on Sierra Leone diamonds imposed last year, the Security Council today warned that it was ready to extend the embargo after noting that both rebel and government-backed forces were still illegally mining the precious stones.

Scientists from UN health agency arrive to help Gabon fight latest Ebola outbreak

A team of scientists from the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has arrived in Gabon to help coordinate the international response to an outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever, the West African country’s fourth since 1994.

UN efforts to broaden availability of anti-AIDS drugs gain momentum

United Nations efforts to broaden access to anti-AIDS drugs are gaining momentum, with tangible results emerging in one out of five African countries, according to officials of both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Sierra Leone: UN's top military officer, rebel leader urge fighters to disarm

The United Nations top military officer in Sierra Leone and a leader of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) have urged fighters in the country's eastern district to disarm.

Annan's envoy in Angola to see how UN can help 're-energize' peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser for Africa is in Angola for a series of meetings to determine how the UN can best help the country re-energize the peace process, a UN spokesman in New York said today.