Annan urges conference to make African urbanization sustainable

The third Africities summit, meeting in Yaounde, Cameroon, this week, gives participants a chance "to address some of the underlying factors that have hindered sustainable urbanization in Africa," according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Cameroon and Nigeria set to adopt UN-sponsored withdrawal plan

A United Nations-chaired panel set up to peacefully resolve the border dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria is about to adopt its plan for the scheduled withdrawal of troops from the Lake Chad area and to improve cooperation between the two countries.

Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea and Liberia resume repatriation - UN agency

Sierra Leoneans have been returning home from Guinea by land this week, after a three-month hiatus due to the rainy season, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Tensions rising in Côte d'Ivoire, UN relief official says

United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland expressed concern today about the rising tensions in Côte d'Ivoire and the impact of possible renewed civil conflict on civilians there.

UN labour agency calls for new international policies to create jobs in Africa

The present model of globalization is not working for Africa and international policies must change to put jobs at the centre of the development debate in an employment-centred approach to alleviating the continent's chronic poverty, the head of the United Nations labour agency said today.

UN tribunal convicts former Rwandan mayor and sentences him to life in jail

The United Nations war crimes tribunal for Rwanda today convicted a local mayor and sentenced him to jail for the rest of his life for his role in the genocide that roiled the African country in 1994.

New envoy appointed for UN mission in Sierra Leone

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed senior Tanzanian official Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago his new Special Representative for Sierra Leone, succeeding Oluyemi Adeniji, who recently became Nigeria's Foreign Minister.

UN human rights envoy visits DR of Congo

A United Nations human rights expert is on her fourth visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to tackle such issues as national reconciliation, human rights violations, impunity, illegal exploitation of natural resources and the administration of justice.

UN mission kicks off disarmament programme in Liberian capital

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today formally launched its programme of disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration (DDRR), which it hopes will bring security and hope to the war-ravaged West African country.