During six-nation trip in August, Annan to open UN anti-racism forum in Durban

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will open the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance next month in Durban, South Africa, during a trip that will take him to six countries in Europe and Africa, a United Nations spokesman announced today.

Sierra Leone: village chiefs aid disarmament effort in Kono, UN reports

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today reported that the rate of disarmament in the diamond-rich district of Kono had increased thanks to help from traditional leaders.

UN refugee agency delivers aid to 25,000 Central Africans in DR of Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today completed the first phase of an emergency airlift of relief supplies to more than 25,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) located in the north-western town of Zongo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria wage determined battle against AIDS -- UN envoy

Returning from a fact-finding trip to three African countries, a senior United Nations official said today that Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria today were waging a determined effort to battle the pandemic, offering hope that it could be reversed and even defeated.

DR of Congo: ceasefire continues to hold as UN verifies troop disengagement

The ceasefire and disengagement agreement between the parties to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is continuing to hold, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in charge of monitoring the cessation of hostilities and verifying troop withdrawal.

UN fact-finding mission probes small arms proliferation in Kenya

A United Nations fact-finding mission has begun work in Kenya to determine the scale of the proliferation of small arms in that country, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

ECOSOC suspends 2001 session after close examination of African development

The United Nations Economic and Social Council has suspended its annual session, which focused largely on development in Africa while touching on other pressing issues, including genetic testing and information and communications technology.

Rwandan war crimes suspect arrested in Belgium - UN tribunal

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda announced today that a member of the Akazu - the inner circle of former President Juvénal Habyarimana - was arrested yesterday in Belgium, at the Tribunal's request.

UN military command leads disarmament efforts in Sierra Leone

The military command of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today continued a series of visits to Kono District to encourage combatants to join the disarmament process.

DR of Congo: UN refugee and food agencies gear up relief efforts

Urgently needed relief supplies are being delivered to northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where tens of thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic fled following a failed coup attempt in their country earlier this year, the United Nations refugee agency announced today.