Annan asks Security Council for three-year renewal of UN West Africa Office

Requesting a three-year extension of the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it has proved a useful instrument in raising public awareness about cross-border problems and promoting conflict prevention in the region.

About a third of West African children have no access to iodized salt - UNICEF

Though programmes are in place to provide all families in West Africa with iodized table salt by next year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said about 3 million children in the region still have no access to the treated condiment which could protect them against some forms of brain damage.

Liberia: UN-run disarmament tops expectations but aid needed to help ex-fighters

Over 95,000 former fighters in Liberia - including 10,000 children - have turned in weapons to United Nations peacekeepers as the end of the process approaches, but more funds are needed to ensure their safe reintegration into society, the top UN envoy to the country said today.

Joint UN-Sudan panel to meet on worsening security in Darfur

Deteriorating security in Sudan's Darfur region and its impact on humanitarian operations and the safety of aid workers will be discussed tomorrow at a meeting bringing together United Nations and Sudanese Government officials.

Côte d'Ivoire peace process still mired in stalemate - report to UN

With the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire still mired in a stalemate, a monitoring group has suggested again that United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other West African leaders continue to press President Laurent Gbagbo on the obstacles preventing the passage of key reform legislation.

UN peacebuilding role in Somalia will depend on new government, Annan says

As several organizations work on structuring a peacebuilding framework for Somalia, a call may come for an enhanced role for the United Nations, but that expansion must be based on discussions with the new government, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.

Highlighting insecurity in Sudan's Darfur, UN urges support for African force

The United Nations mission in Sudan today said the security situation remains tense in the Darfur region, while Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged support for African Union (AU) efforts to bolster its monitoring and protection presence there.

UNICEF adviser says rape in Darfur, Sudan continues with impunity

Armed militias in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region are continuing to rape women and girls with impunity, an expert from the United Nations children’s agency said today on her return from a mission to the region.

Death toll in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region up to 70,000 - UN health agency

Up to 70,000 people made homeless by conflict in Darfur, Sudan, have died as a direct result of their squalid and precarious living conditions since March, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).

Annan calls for constitutional reform, disarmament in Côte d'Ivoire

With the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire stalled as deadlines for key accords pass without action, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today urged the parties to make good on their pledges to change the constitution and begin disarmament.