DR of Congo: UN mission helps rebel factions in northeast reach ceasefire accord

The United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) has helped three armed rebel movements that have been fighting in the northeastern part of the country to reach a ceasefire agreement, according to a UN spokesman in New York.

Eritreans in Sudan to lose refugee status, UN agency says

With today marking the end refugee status for more than 320,000 Eritreans in the Sudan, thousands of people are coming forward seeking continued protection while others are asking to be taken home or applying to remain as immigrants, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has reported.

Dry spell leaves more than 11 million Ethiopians facing severe food shortages – UN

A prolonged dry spell that led to a poor harvest in many parts of Ethiopia now threatens to leave more than 11 million people facing serious food shortages and possible starvation, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Annan spotlights women in Africa’s battle against AIDS and famine

Shining the spotlight on the plight of women during African crises, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged that more attention be devoted towards saving these traditional caretakers as the continent currently battles the twin threat of famine and AIDS.

Kenya: Annan welcomes peaceful elections, congratulates new President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed news of the peaceful elections in Kenya and congratulated new President Mwai Kibaki and the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) for their victory.

Fresh donations boost UN food aid to southern Africa

Fresh, end-of-year contributions totalling more than $25.2 million have boosted emergency operations in southern Africa out of a weeks-long funding slump, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

UN wraps up human rights assessment mission to Côte d'Ivoire

United Nations officials returned to Geneva today after spending close to a week in Côte d'Ivoire observing the human rights situation in the country.

Kenya: UN official hails peaceful atmosphere surrounding elections

The head of the United Nations Office in Nairobi today hailed the "orderly and calm" atmosphere prevailing during Kenya's national presidential and parliamentary elections.

Peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea progressing steadily, Annan reports

Despite occasional difficulties and delays, the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea has progressed steadily, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report, voicing his hope that the parties will continue their cooperation with the UN mission during the next crucial phase of delineating the border between the two countries.

Annan urges rebels to halt offensive in northeastern DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced deep concern over reports that rebel forces have continued military offensives in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) despite committing themselves earlier this month to a ceasefire and agreeing on transitional arrangements intended to set the stage for the holding of free and fair elections.