Burundi: UN Security Council backs emerging peace process

The United Nations Security Council today reiterated its full support for the nascent peace process in Burundi, approving the Secretary-General's request to renew the mandate of the country's UN peace-building office and increase its resources.

UN Security Council adjusts sanctions against Liberia

Responding to recent changes in Liberia, where a transitional government has been established, the United Nations Security Council today adjusted its embargoes against the West African country, especially its ban on timber and diamond exports and war materiel imports.

Annan welcomes Libya's assurances on weapons of mass destruction

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed Libya's announcement that it will fulfill all obligations under regimes covering the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Spread of polio in West Africa threatens global eradication drive - UN

Declaring the alarming spread of polio in West Africa to be the biggest threat to its global eradication, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today called for the adoption of an emergency plan to stop transmission of the disease inside the region within a year.

UN refugee agency begins relocating displaced Liberians

The United Nations refugee agency and other humanitarian organizations today began a three-day operation to move displaced Liberians to new camps from a stadium that once housed 47,000 people uprooted by fighting around Monrovia, the capital.

UN agencies seek funds to help malnourished refugees in Western Sahara

United Nations food and refugee agencies today urgently appealed for funds to help tens of thousands of Western Saharan refugees suffering from acute and chronic malnutrition.

Security improves in Ethiopian town rocked by ethnic clashes, UN reports

Security in the Ethiopian refugee-hosting area of Gambella has improved since deadly ethnic violence there earlier in the week, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.

West Africa: Annan encourages preventive measures to deal with regional conflicts

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged a grouping of West African countries to come up with preventive measures to deal with conflicts created by governments in the region that violate constitutional norms and flout basic principles of good governance.

UN Security Council appeals for urgent help for Guinea-Bissau

The United Nations Security Council today renewed its appeal for urgent assistance to Guinea-Bissau as the transitional government of the West African country prepares for March elections amid a stagnant economy.

Locusts may threaten crops in North Africa and Middle East, UN says

After good rains in the summer and autumn, desert locusts have reproduced rapidly and may threaten winter crops from northwest Africa to the Red Sea, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.