Africa

West Africa is destabilized by border-crossing foreign troops, UN says

Stability, good governance and development remain out of reach for four West African countries because of inadequate United Nations peacekeeping troop strength, the possible repatriation of ex-combatants, the cross-border movements of foreign fighters and a lack of urgent financial assistance.

UN Security Council urges DR of Congo to upgrade security sector for elections

Welcoming the improvement of relations between post-conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighbours, the United Nations Security Council today called on the DRC Government to turn its attention to promoting domestic human rights and accelerating the integration of irregular forces into military or civilian life.

Local community access to information technologies is vital – UNESCO chief

Local community access to information technologies is essential if the digital divide between rich and poor is to be bridged, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today in a message to mark the launch of 150 community multimedia centres (CMCs) in Africa.

UN Secretary-General expresses concerns at disturbances in Liberia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his concerns today about disturbances in Liberia since the formal launch at the weekend of the West African country’s disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRR) programme.

UN humanitarian envoy notes improvements in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire

A United Nations humanitarian envoy said today she saw progress in providing basic and humanitarian services during her fourth evaluation mission to Côte d’Ivoire, a country trying to return to normal life after intense conflict.

Liberia: banditry, looting, shooting mar UN demobilization campaign

More than 2,000 former soldiers in war-torn Liberia have turned in their weapons since Sunday’s start of a disarmament campaign, but a spate of banditry, looting of humanitarian supplies and random shooting by ex-combatants seeking immediate payment of a stipend have marred the process, UN agencies reported today.

Annan alarmed at reports of widespread abuses of civilians in Darfur, Sudan

As humanitarian workers said nearly 10,000 new Sudanese refugees had fled into Chad from the strife-torn Darfur region of the Sudan, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed alarm today at reports of widespread abuses against Darfur civilians and the obstructing of humanitarian efforts there.

Annan welcomes new information and communications centre in Ghana

United Nations Secretary-General today congratulated the Governments of Ghana and India for setting up the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Information and Communications Technologies, saying he hoped it would help bridge the digital divide between rich and poor.

With African crop prospects mixed, UN urges trade from surplus to deficit areas

Though some regions in sub-Saharan Africa can expect bumper crops, food shortages are forecast in 23 countries, with some facing a critical situation, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today as it called for trade from surplus areas to those with deficits to combat the problem.

UNESCO to set up 150 community multimedia centres in Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will work with a Swiss government agency to set up 150 multimedia centres in marginalized communities in Africa, providing locals with access to information and communication technologies through the Internet.