Africa

Liberia: UN refugee agency steps up activities as thousands return home on their own

The United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its activities in Liberia as thousands of people return home on their own, buoyed by hopes that the widening deployment of UN peacekeeping troops will finally bring peace to their war-shattered land.

UN agency distributes food to survivors of Uganda refugee camp massacre

The United Nations emergency feeding agency has begun distributing aid to thousands of survivors of a massacre at a refugee camp in northern Uganda where some 200 people, mostly women and children, were hacked with machetes or burned to death last Saturday by rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Security Council authorizes full peacekeeping operation in Côte d'Ivoire

The United Nations Security Council today authorized a full one-year peacekeeping operation for Cote d'Ivoire and mandated nearly 7,000 UN personnel to monitor the comprehensive ceasefire agreement the West African country's warring parties reached last May.

UN aid workers suspend activities after coming under attack in southern Sudan

The United Nations today condemned a "deliberate and concerted" attack by armed militia on eight aid workers in southern Sudan that has led to the suspension of humanitarian relief activities in the area.

UN inspectors to supervise Libya's destruction of chemical weapons stockpile

Libya has announced it will today begin destroying more than 3,300 unfilled bombs, intended for the delivery of chemical weapons, under the supervision of outside inspectors, a United Nations spokesman reported.

Annan pledges UN backing for African Union summit goals

As the members of the African Union gathered for an extraordinary summit in Sirte, Libya, today to consider critical issues of peace, stability and security, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged the world body's fully support for reaching the continent's goals.

Surmounting baseless rumours, many Nigerian states resume polio immunization - UN

Thirty-five of Nigeria's 37 states are taking part in a massive United Nations polio immunization campaign, a big increase over the second half of last year when only 18 states in Africa's most populous country participated due to unfounded rumours that vaccination against the paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease was unsafe for girls and young women.

UN-backed report warns of food emergency in Somalia

More than 200,000 people in the north and centre of Somalia are facing food shortages and starvation brought on by a long period of drought considered the worst in 30 years, a new report from the United Nations, the European Union (EU) and the United States says.

Sudanese report UN aid supplies being stolen by armed militias in Darfur

Internally displaced people in western Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region are reporting that aid given to them by United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is being stolen by armed militia.

UN development official calls for expanding credit ratings in Africa to boost investment

A senior United Nations development official today called for greater inclusion of African nations in international financial markets through the continued expansion in the continent of sovereign risk ratings – which place countries on the investor map and allow them access to international capital markets.