DR of Congo: UN mission condemns latest massacre as ‘unspeakable savagery’

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has condemned the recent massacre of 22 people, including women and children, in the strife-torn northeast of the country as “unspeakable acts of savagery” and said their perpetrators would be brought to justice.

Liberia situation ‘simply horrendous,’ UN envoy for war-affected children says

The United Nations envoy for war-affected children today called for the urgent deployment of an international intervention force in Liberia, where he described the situation as “simply horrendous” with the population being held hostage by warring groups.

UN envoy confirms Nigeria ready to deploy 2 battalions to war-torn Liberia

Responding to persistent appeals for the deployment of an international force in war-riven Liberia, Nigeria has agreed to send two battalions to the West African nation to be the vanguard of a broader engagement by the international community, the senior United Nations envoy to the country said today.

Security Council welcomes imminent deployment of West African troops to Liberia

Concerned about the worsening situation in Liberia, members of the United Nations Security Council today welcomed the pending deployment of a West African force to the war-torn nation, including troops from Nigeria.

Drought, civil strife spark food emergency in sub-Saharan Africa – UN agency

At least 25 million people in 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa need emergency food aid because of civil strife, drought, internal displacement and economic disruption, according to a new report released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

Africa’s development impacted by lack of farm trade reform – UN report

Faltering global talks on farm trade reform and increased United States subsidies for its crop and dairy industries could impede Africa’s efforts to achieve the goals of reducing poverty and hunger set by the United Nations Millennium Summit of 2000, according to the latest report of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Sierra Leone: Swiss freeze assets of Liberian leader Taylor’s associates

Acting on a request from the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Switzerland has frozen some $1.5 million in the bank accounts of two persons linked to embattled Liberian President Charles Taylor, the Swiss justice ministry said today.

ECOSOC agrees to form advisory group on conflict-torn Burundi

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), holding its annual meeting in Geneva, has adopted a resolution to establish an Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi as part of its bid to assist African countries emerging from conflict.

Future of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone at risk – UNICEF

(UNICEF) warned today that the future of thousands of Sierra Leonean children who once fought one of the world’s most vicious civil wars has now been thrown into doubt by a shortfall in funding for on-going education re-integration programmes.

UN refugee chief joins call for end to fighting in Liberia

As the death toll mounts in the war-torn capital of Liberia, where the streets are jammed with thousands of displaced people, the United Nations top refugee official today joined Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s call for an immediate end to the latest round of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to embattled President Charles Taylor.