Tens of thousands in Burundi cut off from vital food aid by fighting – UN

The deteriorating security situation in Burundi is hampering efforts to reach tens of thousands of people in dire need of food assistance after they fled their homes in the face of renewed fighting, arson and looting, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Longer-lasting anti-mosquito bednets in Africa could save millions of lives – UN

Two United Nations agencies today announced an international partnership that enables African countries to manufacture innovative anti-mosquito bednets that have the potential to save millions of lives on the continent where 90 per cent of the world’s deaths from malaria occur.

Liberians return from Côte d'Ivoire, fearing political uncertainty there - UN

Thousands of Liberian refugees from the war in their own country, fearing political uncertainty in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire, have begun drifting back into the relatively peaceful eastern region of Liberia, the UN refugee agency reported today.

UN agency calls for new funds to meet ‘critical’ needs in Ethiopia

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today sent out an appeal for $7.7 million to assist some 13 million people in Ethiopia, including rural populations in southern region whose needs, it said, are “particularly critical.”

WHO appeals for funds to buy 6 million doses of meningitis vaccine for Africa

Gearing up for the meningitis season, the United Nations health agency today appealed for funds to purchase six million doses of an inexpensive new vaccine to enable African countries to build an emergency response stockpile.

Sudan: Annan welcomes accord on interim security arrangements

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed an agreement on security arrangements between the Sudanese Government and the main autonomist group in the southern part of the country, widely seen as a key step in talks aimed at ending the two-decade old conflict, and urged both sides to maintain the momentum.

A 'pattern of instability' emerging in Liberia, UN relief official says

The United Nations special humanitarian envoy in Liberia today warned of an emerging "pattern of instability" in the north-central region of the country.

UN agencies boost efforts to help African countries fight HIV/AIDS

As Africa struggles with 30 million of the world's 42 million people living with HIV/AIDS, United Nations agencies are strengthening their efforts to help the continent stop the pandemic from devastating the vulnerable populations in the cities, the armed forces and young people.

African leaders pledge non-interference at DR of Congo talks called by Annan

Representatives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and three neighbouring countries today agreed to refrain from interference in each other's affairs, and to prevent arms shipments to warring groups in the eastern areas of the country following a meeting called by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Secretary-General calls in African leaders for talks on DR of Congo

Capitalizing on recent "positive developments" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for tomorrow a high-level meeting on the war-torn country.