UN report finds Africa generally more peaceful but still facing threats

Africa is getting better at resolving armed conflicts and promoting peace but its outlook remains uncertain given the prevailing widespread extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS pandemic and continuing high rates of youth unemployment, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the continent's fortunes.

Annan proposes ways to help African Union expand its mission in Darfur, Sudan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed four areas where the United Nations can immediately help the African Union (AU) expand its ceasefire-monitoring mission in the strife-torn Darfur region of Sudan, his spokesman said today.

UN envoy consults with West African leaders on Côte d'Ivoire peace process

A senior United Nations envoy has begun a mission to consult with West African leaders regarding the situation in Côte d'Ivoire and to discuss proposals on how to ensure the full implementation of pledges made by Ivorian parties at a peace summit earlier this year.

UN helps Liberian refugees return to their homeland as peace takes hold

In a sign of recovery in war-ravaged Liberia, the United Nations refugee agency today began a massive repatriation effort which will bring home 340,000 Liberians scattered throughout West Africa over the course of the next three years.

More nations join UN group pushing peace in conflict-prone Central Africa

Angola, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo and Sudan have signed on as members of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, a United Nations-initiated summit that will try to resolve the many problems bedevilling Central Africa.

UN agency boosts anti-locust efforts in West Africa thanks to extra funding

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has stepped up its efforts to control the swarms of crop-devouring desert locusts across West Africa after donors responded to the agency’s urgent appeal for more funds by giving $10 million in the past two weeks.

Chad steps up security at UN camps after three refugees are killed

Chadian authorities are tightening security in and around 10 United Nations refugee camps in the east of the country - where more than 200,000 Sudanese people have gathered after fleeing violence in the Darfur region - after three refugees were killed there in the past week amid rising tensions with locals.

Mandate of UN mission in DR of Congo expanded, troops added

The Security Council today expanded the mandate United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) and authorized an increase in its troop strength, but stopped short of raising levels to what Secretary-General Kofi Annan said would be needed in the war-torn central African country.