UN Development Programme co-sponsors first AFRASIA Business Council

With African exports to Asia having increased markedly in a decade, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped to launch the AFRASIA Business Council (AABC) in Mauritius to help local entrepreneurs across the continent take greater advantage of global opportunities.

Nigeria may delay pilot project for marking boundary with Cameroon, UN says

The work of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission marking the boundary between the two West African countries could be delayed because Nigeria "regrettably" has decided to skip verification of the line in a village in the pilot project, the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said today.

Angolan outbreak of Marburg disease sets death toll record: UN health agency

The death toll from Marburg virus in Angola has already surpassed the largest number of fatalities ever recorded during an outbreak of this rare but highly lethal haemorrhagic disease with epidemic potential, the United Nations health agency announced today.

Annan welcomes rebel Rwandan force's intention to return home from DR of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a statement by Rwanda's main rebel group that it condemns the 1994 genocide in that country, renounces the use of force and will disarm, return peacefully to Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and cooperate with the international justice system.

UN mission decries human rights violations by Ivorian Government and rebel forces

Serious human rights violations have been taking place in areas under Government and rebel control in Côte d'Ivoire, but both sides have become amenable to cooperating in restoring normalcy on rights, the United Nations mission in the West African country said today.

Security Council expresses concern about Guinea-Bissau's political developments

Recognizing progress in Guinea-Bissau, the United Nations Security Council today called on those involved in the West African country's politics to commit themselves unequivocally to a peaceful electoral process and free, peaceful, transparent and fair elections.

Security Council calls on DR of Congo and UN mission to disarm foreign fighters

The United Nations Security Council today called on the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "develop a joint concept of operations for the disarmament of foreign combatants," together with the UN peacekeeping mission there, as it extended the mission's mandate to 1 October.

Security Council members review work on African issues

United Nations Security Council members, winding up the month's work with a discussion on Africa, said the continent is still the focus of Council efforts to maintain international peace and security and that both the UN and Africa itself have learned valuable lessons from past developments in peacekeeping.

UN envoy for West Africa calls on Bissau-Guineans to unite against rising tensions

The United Nations special envoy for West Africa today called on the people of Guinea-Bissau to unite in respecting the new 19 June election date, a month later than earlier scheduled, and to do their utmost to put in place a political environment conducive to peaceful, free and transparent elections.

UN steps up efforts to help Angola fight highly fatal Marburg disease

United Nations agencies are stepping up their efforts to help Angola fight an outbreak of Marburg virus disease, a rare but highly fatal haemorrhagic illness with epidemic potential that has already killed 117 of the 124 victims so far identified in the southern African country, most of them children.