Africa

Sudan must act on Darfur in 30 days or face measures, Security Council warns

The Security Council today adopted a resolution paving the way for action against Sudan in 30 days if it does not make progress on pledges to disarm the militias accused of indiscriminate murders, rapes and other attacks against civilians in the Darfur region – a move that was immediately welcomed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Annan’s summit on troubled Côte d’Ivoire meets for an extra day

A summit convened in Ghana by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to try to heal the bitter divisions in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire met for an extra day today, holding closed-door talks on the West African country’s constitution with Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and Prime Minister Seydou Diarra.

In possible boon to refugees, UN study finds signs of water sources in Chad

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that a just-completed ground-breaking study indicates there may be hidden water sources under eastern Chad, a potential solution to the serious water shortages in an area home to about 200,000 Sudanese who fled there from their country’s troubled Darfur region.

Team from International Criminal Court finishes first trip to DR Congo – UN

A team of experts from the International Criminal Court (ICC) today concluded a five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) aimed at promoting cooperation as the judicial body prepares to investigate events in the war-ravaged country over the past two years, a United Nations spokesperson reported today.

International Criminal Court to probe rebel actions in northern Uganda - UN

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today announced plans to open an investigation into the situation concerning Northern Uganda, where the country's Government says rebels are committing atrocities, a United Nations spokesperson reported today.

UN agencies fight meningitis epidemic in northern Burundi

United Nations relief agencies are teaming up with the Government of Burundi to help fight a meningitis epidemic in the country's north, where 24 cases were confirmed last week.

Annan addresses West African summit on Côte d'Ivoire

Addressing a West African summit in Ghana, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the opposing parties in Côte d'Ivoire to use the meeting to break the present deadlock in the peace process and to speak candidly about any contentious issues.

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping mission in DR Congo until October

With the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) posing a threat to international peace and security in the region, the United Nations Security Council today extended the peacekeeping mission in the Great Lakes country until the beginning of October.

As Security Council readies text on Sudan, Annan sounds alarm on Darfur rapes

Citing reports of rapes and other attacks by militiamen against villagers in Sudan's Darfur region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the Government to protect civilians, while the Security Council prepared to vote tomorrow on a resolution threatening measures against Khartoum if it does not disarm the militias and bring the leaders to justice.

In Ghana, Annan prepares for summit on Côte d’Ivoire peace process

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today held several meetings in Ghana in preparation for the West African summit he will open tomorrow on re-starting the deadlocked Côte d'Ivoire peace process.