Africa

Polio campaign shows it is possible to treat all in Angola – UN health chief

Successful nationwide polio and measles immunization campaigns in Angola, which only four years ago had the largest recorded polio outbreak in Africa, show it is possible to provide health care for all in a country that was torn by almost three decades of civil war, according to the new head of the United Nations health agency.

Annan welcomes high voter turnout for Rwanda presidential elections

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the presidential elections in Rwanda – the first since the genocide of 1994 – as an important step towards the opening of a new democratic era for the country.

Wrapping up regional tour, top UN envoy returns to Liberia

Wrapping up a weeklong regional tour to rally support for the peace in Liberia, the top United Nations envoy for the country returned to the capital Monrovia today to complete his security and humanitarian assessment report for the Security Council.

ECOSOC and Security Council work together on post conflict situations in Africa

Continuing its efforts to enhance the relationships among the top bodies within the United Nations on challenging international issues, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today provided the Security Council an update on work underway to assist African countries emerging from conflict.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN urges government to protect civilians from forced displacement

With inter-ethnic tensions building in western Côte d'Ivoire, and widespread reports of foreign nationals being harassed and expelled from local villages, the United Nations today urged Ivoirian authorities to assume their responsibilities for the protection of all civilian populations living within their boarders.

UN envoy in Côte d'Ivoire to bolster Liberia peace process

Continuing his tour of West Africa to help bolster Liberia's peace process, the top United Nations envoy for the war-torn country is in Côte d'Ivoire today to discuss the possibility of opening up humanitarian corridors so that desperately needed food, clean water and medicines are readily available.

Top UN envoy tells Liberian rebels all hostilities must cease

Following reports earlier this week of fresh fighting between government and rebel forces in Liberia, the top United Nations envoy for the country has told the rebel group Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) that all hostilities must cease.

Security Council, West African leaders pledge full backing for Liberian peace process

The United Nations Security Council today reaffirmed its readiness to establish a follow-on UN stabilization force to support Liberia's welcome political transition, and joined West African leaders in a pledge to ensure the full implementation of a recent peace accord signed by the parties.

DR of Congo: Security Council authorizes multinational force to aid UN troops

Seeking to maintain stability in war-torn Bunia, the United Nations Security Council today authorized countries participating in the French-led force currently policing the tense northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assist UN peacekeepers during the upcoming handover of authority there.

Liberian capital calm but situation in countryside 'precarious' - UN

With a fragile peace accord holding and a slight increase in the overall security in Liberia, life is slowly returning to normal inside war-ravaged Monrovia, but the United Nations today said it remained concerned about thousands of people still struggling for survival beyond the capital city's limits - and the reach of relief agencies.