UN inaugurates library in Kenya named in honour of Sergio Vieira de Mello

The United Nations today inaugurated a new library at its African headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, named in honour of former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was murdered in a terrorist attack last year while serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Representative in Iraq.

More trees on farms can reduce hunger and restore degraded land, UN says

With about 75 percent of the world's poor - some 1.2 billion people - living in rural areas, growing trees on farms can help alleviate poverty by providing income and food as well as restore degraded land, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Nigerian state to resume polio immunization scheme next month – UN agency

The authorities in the last northern Nigerian state to resume polio immunization campaigns have informed the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) that vaccinations will begin early next month, ending the suspension that had led to the rapid spread of the disease across sub-Saharan Africa.

UN seeks $90 million to repatriate 500,000 Sudanese when war in south ends

As it prepares for the potential return of more than 500,000 people to southern Sudan if the current peace talks succeed in ending the civil war, the United Nations refugee agency has appealed for $90 million to handle the expected influx.

Investigators head to Sierra Leone to probe UN helicopter crash

Teams of investigators from the United Nations and the Russian Federation are on their way to Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, to open an official investigation of yesterday’s helicopter crash that apparently killed two dozen UN workers, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Annan meets Sudanese officials and US Secretary Powell to discuss Darfur crisis

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan held talks today with Sudanese Government ministers and United States Secretary of State Colin Powell about the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region as he began a three-day fact-finding visit to Africa's largest country.

Côte d'Ivoire: UN and Government sign accord on peacekeeping force

The United Nations and the Government of Côte d'Ivoire have signed an agreement on the world body's work in the West African country, the UN peacekeeping operation there (ONUCI) announced today.

West Africa full of potential but states are fragile, Security Council told

West Africa is full of potential, but the fragility of its states has brought on a cycle in which there is no sustainable development without security, and little security or stability without development, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said today as he reported on a Security Council fact-finding trip to seven countries in the region.

Revived rail line transports aid to isolated area of DR Congo, UN mission reports

Long awaited food and other relief supplies are headed to Kindu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today on a rail line that had been inoperative for six postwar years, the United Nations mission in the country has announced.

Western Sahara refugees eagerly line up for UN-organized family visit scheme

A pilot project that enables separated family members from Western Sahara to visit each other is proving extremely popular, with more than 800 participants so far and another 18,000 on the waiting list, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said today.