Africa

Annan appeals for funds for post-conflict Sierra Leone

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is appealing for funds to help the Sierra Leonean military and police "quickly improve their overall capability and project a credible deterrence profile" as progress is made in consolidating peace in the West African country.

Food harvest in Southern Africa imperilled by dry spell, UN reports

A lack of recent rain across Southern Africa has delayed the planting of crops in four countries and is expected to reduce the yields of those already planted, according to United Nations agencies working in the region.

Liberia: UN troops move further into rebel-held territory

United Nations peacekeepers today moved further into parts of Liberia that had been held by two different rebel groups in the war-ravaged country.

Benin gets its first-ever sovereign credit rating through UNDP initiative

As part of an assault on poverty in Sub-Saharan African countries, Benin has been assigned sovereign credit ratings by one of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) partners, Standard & Poor’s, joining Ghana and Cameroon which were recently also rated for the first time.

Liberia: UN peacekeepers move into rebel area for first time

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has made its first military move into an area controlled by the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), winning the cooperation of the rebels who previously tried to delay the deployment.

UN atomic agency chief says Libya was in early stages of nuclear programme

After visiting Libya to start verifying its clandestine activities, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today said that Tripoli’s nuclear programme was “at an early stage of development.”

First group of Burundian ex-fighters repatriated from the DR of Congo, UN says

The first group of Burundian former combatants who volunteered to go home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been repatriated, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today.

Annan pays tribute to Monsignor brutally murdered in Burundi

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his shock and sadness at the murder of Monsignor Michael Courtney, the Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi.

UN peacekeepers in Liberia set to expand into rebel strongholds

With its numbers approaching half the projected total of 15,000, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia will deploy troops to three rebel strongholds in the next few days and should have most of the country covered by the end of January, the Force Commander said today.

UN refugee agency denounces Botswana's return of asylum seekers to Namibia

Denouncing Botswana's recent deportation of eight Namibian asylum seekers to their home country, the United Nations refugee agency today pressed the Gaborone Government for an explanation.