Investing in Africa is vital for peaceful world order - Annan

Noting that the world is continually being distracted from investing in Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned in a message today that there could be no "credible vision of a humane and peaceful world order" that did not also include a positive future for that continent.

Italian woman named recipient of UN refugee award for work with Somalis

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today named an Italian woman who has spent more than three decades helping displaced Somalis recipient of its annual humanitarian award.

DR of Congo: UN pledges support for peace process in northeast

A high-level United Nations delegation – including a top envoy of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and representatives of the Security Council – today gathered in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to welcome the creation of a power-sharing local administration that will manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over.

Swaziland's judicial system requires urgent reforms, UN rights expert says

Following weekend protests by leading jurists in Swaziland who refused to appear before any judges recently appointed by the Government, the top United Nations expert on judicial independence called on authorities in Mbabane to take immediate steps to shore up the country's crumbling judicial system.

Security Council welcomes progress towards new government in Côte d'Ivoire

While welcoming the progressive efforts of the parties in Côte d'Ivoire towards the formation of a new government, the United Nations Security Council today nevertheless voiced concern for the continuing violence in the country, calling for an immediate end to attacks aimed at undermining the peace and reconciliation process.

UN Security Council discusses improving implementation of Somali arms ban

Concerned at the continued violations of the arms embargo on Somalia, the United Nations Security Council today exchanged views on how to better implement the ban.

Africa must harness technology to ensure sustainable development - UN official

To effectively deal with the many tough and frustrating developmental challenges that confront Africa, a United Nations official has said the continent must take urgent steps to harness the power of modern technologies.

UN-backed commission adopts interim peace measures in DR of Congo

In a determined bid to end nearly five years of violent conflict, rival militia and tribal groups in the northeast of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have agreed to set up interim body to manage that region until a new post-war national government takes over, according to the United Nations mission in the country.

UN agency issues urgent appeal to feed millions of drought-stricken Ethiopians

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urgently appealed today for $205 million to provide relief food to millions of drought-affected Ethiopians for another year..

UN mission participates in first meeting of panel to help transition in DR of Congo

An international panel convened to support the political transition in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has held its first meeting with the participation of the United Nations mission in that country.