Aid for Africa’s farms drops as developed States maintain subsidies – UN official

Developed countries have increased their aid to Africa’s agricultural sector, but they are taking the money back in the form of debt and other repayments while subsidizing their own agricultural exports to the detriment of the continent’s farmers, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa said today.

UN envoy wraps up meetings on tackling Horn of Africa’s humanitarian crisis

The United Nations Special Envoy working on the humanitarian crises in drought-stricken Ethiopia and Eritrea has wrapped up three days of extensive meetings on the lack of food security in the area.

Congolese head home from Burundi border under UN mission protection

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today started escorting home hundreds of refugees who fled fighting in the eastern region in June, but who had returned to the country from Burundi despite continuing regional instability.

UN agencies hail results of measles vaccination campaign in Madagascar

At least 7.3 million children in Madagascar have been vaccinated against measles in the past month, exceeding the expectations of a campaign by Untied Nations humanitarian agencies to transform the African country’s immunization rates.

UN receives new reports of attacks against displaced persons in Darfur, Sudan

The United Nations is continuing to receive fresh reports of attacks against internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region, where tens of thousands of people have already been killed and more than 1.65 million others are displaced.

Africa needs Europe's help with peacekeeping, senior UN official says

Efforts by industrialized countries to train troops from Africa in peacekeeping are welcome but cannot substitute for those nations deploying their own forces to the continent, the senior United Nations peacekeeping official said today.

Annan hails inauguration of Somali Transitional President Ahmed

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the inauguration of Col. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed as Transitional President of Somalia, calling it "a significant and hopeful development" in the Horn of Africa country that has lacked effective national governance structures for more than a decade.

Commission expert on AIDS in Africa says pandemic threatens continent's future

The future stability of Africa will be thrown into doubt if its people now living with HIV/AIDS - a valuable human resource for the continent - are denied treatment, a patron of the United Nations-chaired Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa said today.

Security Council may meet in Kenya to prod parties in Sudanese peace talks

The Security Council is considering holding a meeting next month in Kenya, where peace talks to resolve the long-running civil conflict in southern Sudan are taking place, to stimulate the two parties towards striking a final peace agreement.

UN official in DR Congo to review how peacekeepers can do more with less

Following on a Security Council decision to expand the tasks of the United Nations operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the senior UN peacekeeping official is in the country today reviewing the challenges ahead.