Africa

More international troops and equipment needed in Liberia - UN report

Inadequate support for peacekeeping in Liberia could hamper future missions in Africa, Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns in a new report, urging countries to make good on their pledges of soldiers and support units.

DR of Congo: UN force commander offers upbeat assessment at tour's end

The peace process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the work of the United Nations mission (MONUC) there have made good progress, Force Commander General Mountaga Diallo said today as he wound up his nearly four-year tour of duty.

Food prices spike beyond reach of average Zimbabwean family, UN says

As drought, deaths from HIV/AIDS and a general decline decimate the Zimbabwean economy, the prices of basic foods have risen by nearly half again in the last month, putting them out of the average family's reach, the United Nations warned today.

UNHCR helps first group of refugees to return to DR of Congo

The United Nations refugee agency is preparing to launch the repatriation of 432,000 people who fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) during a bitter war, and has arranged for a pioneering group of nearly 300 to fly to the country.

UN official says more peacekeepers are needed in Africa

The United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has issued an appeal to Member States to expedite the deployment of troops they have offered for the United Nations Mission and to be prepared to provide troops for anticipated future operations in various other parts of Africa.

Demand in Europe driving cannabis cultivation in Morocco, UN anti-drug agency says

The demand for cannabis in Europe is driving more farmers in Morocco to cultivate the plant at the expense of legal crops, resulting in a growing industry now worth about $12 billion, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today.

New accord paves way for Angolan refugees to return from South Africa - UN

The sixth and last tripartite agreement for the repatriation of Angolan refugees has been signed by South Africa, Angola and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), laying the groundwork for 13,000 Angolans to return home.

UN officials head to Algeria and Morocco for talks on Western Sahara refugees

Senior United Nations officials are travelling to Algeria and Morocco today to discuss with officials in those countries new confidence-building measures to help some 165,000 Western Saharan refugees who have spent nearly three decades in camps in the desert.

UN food agency awards Agricola medal to Nigerian President Obasanjo

President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria today received the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Agricola medal from for his role in bringing peace and boosting agricultural and social development in Africa's most populous country.

Security Council calls for panel to monitor breaches of Somali arms embargo

Aiming to stem the continued flow of weapons through Somalia, the United Nations Security Council today requested the establishment of an expert group to make recommendations on tightening the arms embargo against the country.