Annan's panel on HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa set for launch

A panel of commissioners appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to study the impacts of HIV/AIDS on Africa's economic development and governance is set to be officially launched tomorrow in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at an event expected to be attended by leaders from the continent.

Sudanese refugees fleeing into Chad to escape air attacks - UN agency

Hundreds of Sudanese refugees are streaming into Chad to escape new air attacks, reportedly by government forces, in Sudan's war-scarred Darfur region, pushing the number of Sudanese who have recently fled to the neighbouring country to nearly 70,000, according to the UN refugee agency.

First UN relief mission in months lands in Liberia port town

For the first time in months, a joint United Nations humanitarian mission managed to enter the small port of Harper in southern Liberia and has reported that the "largely deserted" town has suffered extensive looting.

Security Council condemns coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau

The United Nations Security Council today joined Secretary-General Kofi Annan in condemning the coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau and called for the speedy restoration of constitutional order in that country.

Guinea-Bissau: Annan condemns coup d'etat, urges end to violence

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the coup d'état in Guinea-Bissau, urging measures to bring stability to the turbulent African nation.

Security Council lifts sanctions against Libya imposed after Lockerbie bombing

After several delays in recent weeks, the United Nations Security Council today finally lifted decade-old sanctions imposed against Libya over the deadly bombing in 1988 of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, after Tripoli agreed to pay up to $10 million each to the families of the 270 victims.

UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea extended 6 months

With an eye towards facilitating the successful demarcation of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, while maintaining stability in the region, the United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN mission in the region for six months, until 15 March 2004.

Burundi: UN agencies send joint team to investigate reports of fighting in west

United Nations humanitarian agencies have rushed a joint assessment team to western Burundi following reports that civilians had fled rebel fighting in Bubanza province.

DR of Congo: thousands receive food aid following deployment of UN troops in Bunia

Thousands of people who had been cut-off from all humanitarian aid for many months because of inter-ethnic combat have been able to receive help this week following the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops in Bunia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Top UN envoy for Liberia poised to ask Security Council for 'large force' to rebuild country

In New York to press for the massive numbers of troops needed to stabilize and help rebuild Liberia, the top United Nations envoy for the country said today he would ask the Security Council "not to be indifferent" to the West African nation but to do its utmost to support a founding member of the UN "that had fallen on hard times because of poor leadership and exploitation."