Clashes among refugees leave dozens dead in western Ethiopia, UN reports

Tensions remain high among Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia after weekend violence killed dozens of people, including three staff members from an Ethiopian government office, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.

Sierra Leone: UN mission steps up border patrols against infiltration from Liberia

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has stepped up around-the-clock air, land and river patrols along the West African country's borders with Guinea and Liberia to prevent illegal infiltration resulting from efforts to disarm former combatants in Liberia's civil wars.

UN environment chief says green plan central to African development

The success of an environmental plan for African countries is essential to the continent’s development, a senior United Nations official told a two-day meeting which opened today in Algiers.

China and Africa have much to offer one another, Annan says

If China helps Africa ensure food security and fight HIV/AIDS, Africa, in turn, offers China huge investment opportunities in its emerging markets and mining sectors, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Ethiopia, Eritrea agree in principle on UN plan to improve handling of border incidents

Military officials from Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed in principle to a United Nations proposal to improve the handling of border incidents, the UN mission in the area said today.

Burundi peace process on track but economy needs help, Annan says

Hope is emerging for a democratic Burundi, with politics based on peaceful competition rather than ethnic exclusion, but this fragile progress could be undermined by the country's poor living conditions, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Guinea-Bissau's transitional government is normalizing the country, Annan says

Calling the brief military coup in Guinea-Bissau "the culmination of an untenable situation," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on the international community to recommend ways of preventing democratically elected governments in post-conflict countries flouting the basic practices of governance.

Liberia: UN to pause disarmament process while improving conditions

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today announced plans to pause its disarmament of ex-fighters in order to facilitate the overall process.

African ministers responsible for water pledge at UN meeting to improve supplies

With 300 million Africans lacking sustainable access to safe water, a United Nations-sponsored conference on water agreed on a plan today to halve that number by 2015, while maintaining adequate water supplies to agro-industry and managing weather crises.

UN refugee official to visit refugees in Chad, Central African Republic

With 115,000 refugees in Chad and 50,700 in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior United Nations refugee agency official begins a six-day tour of refugee camps tomorrow to try to remove impediments to repatriation.