Trial of Congolese militia leader can proceed, International Criminal Court rules

The International Criminal Court (ICC) can try Congolese militia commander Germain Katanga on war crimes charges, its appeal chamber ruled today, rejecting a defence claim that the case be dismissed because he is also under investigation by authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Road to prosperity does not go through aid, Mauritius tells General Assembly

The world’s poorer countries should focus more on devising pro-business policies than relying only on aid if they are to eliminate poverty and register lasting economic growth, the leader of Mauritius told the General Assembly today.

Madagascar: General Assembly denies delegation permission to address forum

The General Assembly ruled today that a delegation from Madagascar, where violent political unrest earlier this year led to the ousting of the president, cannot address the high-level segment of the Assembly’s 64th session.

Liberia urges UN to focus attention on gender issues, appoint more women

The United Nations system is in urgent need of reform to ensure there is gender equality in all its organs and related agencies, Liberia’s Vice-President told the high-level General Assembly debate today.

Budding entrepreneurs in Burkina Faso earn boost from UN agency

The United Nations agency tasked with helping the rural poor has announced it will provide more than $16 million for a programme in Burkina Faso that aims to help thousands of young people and women in the landlocked West African nation develop non-farm enterprises.

UN agency unveils plans to support staging of elections in Burundi

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced it will manage a $44 million fund to promote the peaceful staging of presidential, parliamentary and local elections next year in Burundi, which was been wracked by ethnically-based strife for decades.

Financial crisis eroding development gains, African leaders warn at UN

The current worldwide recession is jeopardizing strides made toward reaching development targets, African leaders told the General Assembly today, calling for imbalances in the global trade system to be rectified to ensure that developing nations can grow their economies.

African leaders unite to meet UN malaria eradication targets

African leaders are at the forefront of a landmark initiative to protect all those at risk from malaria with life-saving interventions by the end of 2010, the United Nations Envoy for efforts to defeat the deadly disease says.

Global help needed to curb youth unemployment in Africa, Tanzania says at UN

Tanzania’s President called for global assistance in the “gigantic task” of generating employment for African youth at the General Assembly today, warning that the problem can serve to perpetuate conflict on the conflict.

UN mission in Chad and Central African Republic needs funds – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to donor nations and institutions to be generous when they meet next week in Brussels to raise much-needed funds for the UN Mission in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR).