World must support Africa's Great Lakes countries ahead of conference - Annan

The international community has a duty to support the countries of Africa's Great Lakes region as they prepare to stage a major conference on the area's problems, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council today.

Security Council backs progress on preparing African Great Lakes conference

The United Nations Security Council today praised the progress made towards staging an international conference on Africa's Great Lakes region, saying the proposed event should help build lasting peace in the region.

Zimbabwe: UN rights chief concerned by reports more than 100 demonstrators arrested

The top United Nations human rights official today voiced his concern over reports that more than 100 trade unionists and civil leaders in Zimbabwe have been arrested this week during a protest demonstration in the capital Harare.

Preparations for Africa’s Great Lakes conference proceeding well – Annan

There is a new political momentum in Africa’s Great Lakes region as preparations proceed to stage an international conference on the area, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new report released today.

Mandate of UN office in Guinea-Bissau extended one year

The Security Council has extended for another year, on the recommendation of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the mandate of the United Nations office in Guinea-Bissau so that the transitional government will have the time to strengthen democratic institutions.

UN agencies warn Côte d'Ivoire is struggling to cope

The humanitarian needs of the people of Côte d'Ivoire are outstripping the ability of aid organizations to respond, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today.

DR of Congo: UN mission chief holds talks on repatriating Rwandan fighters

The head of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) is in Rwanda today holding talks about the repatriation of Rwandan combatants currently in the DRC.

Security Council condemns exploitation of natural resources in DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Annan's special representative in Algeria for talks on Western Sahara

The Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Western Sahara, Alvaro de Soto, is holding talks today in Algeria as he continues his initial tour of the region, according to a United Nations spokesman.

Support for Sudan more critical than ever, says UN humanitarian update

Foreign aid and support to the Sudan is more important than ever as the prospects for peace rise, according to the latest humanitarian update from the African country.