Africa

Annan welcomes reconciliation agreement in the Comoros

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the signing of an agreement between the president of the Comoros Union and three autonomous islands in the Indian Ocean nation, which has been plagued by secessionist disputes recently.

As refugees pour into Chad from Sudan, UN announces plans for safer camps

With nearly 100,000 refugees from fighting in western Sudan's Darfur region pouring into remote areas of Chad this year the United Nations refugee agency today announced plans to move an initial group of 10,000 from the volatile border to a safer site further inland.

Mozambique: UN human rights expert decries discrimination against AIDS patients

A United Nations human rights expert today hailed Mozambique's efforts to protect the health of its citizens but cautioned that policies must be translated into action in the southern African nation, where 13 per cent of all adults have HIV.

UN sets up emergency fund to help Guinea-Bissau maintain key social services

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today announced the establishment of an emergency fund to help Guinea-Bissau cover its destabilizing budget gap so that the country's Transitional Government can resume social services.

UN calls for more aid to people of northeastern DR of Congo

A United Nations humanitarian mission to a strife-torn northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is calling on aid organizations to help people there whose lives are being held together by a "desperate thread."

Security Council hails Libya's cooperation with UN on weapons verification

Lauding Libya's renunciation of weapons of mass destruction, Security Council members today encouraged Tripoli to cooperate with the United Nations in verifying that the decision is carried out.

As hunger looms, UN food agency seeks urgent new aid for Zimbabwe

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for urgent new cash contributions for Zimbabwe, where more than 2.6 million people face a bleak Christmas after their rations were halved because of insufficient donations.

UN agency seeks $2 million to replenish Liberia’s depleted rice seed stocks

Liberia’s seed stocks have been so depleted by 14 years of civil war that only one in four farmers have access to rice seeds for next year’s season, prompting a United Nations food agency appeal to redress the problem.

UN atomic energy agency chief to visit Libya for talks on nuclear activities

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced plans to visit Libya with a team of senior technical experts to quickly begin an "in-depth process" of verifying all of the country's past and present nuclear activities.

UN feeds drought-stricken Somalis threatened by famine

Thousands of starving people, whose food supplies have been cut off by the worst drought in northern Somalia in 20 years, have received rations over the last three weeks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency reported today.