UN Population Fund sets up programme for mothers in drought-stricken Niger

A new programme will help pregnant and nursing women in Niger, a drought-stricken, locust-ravaged West African country with one of the world’s highest maternal death rates, with food and anti-malarial supplies, as well as safe child delivery services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says.

Sudan: UN condemns reported killing of de-miners by Ugandan rebels

The United Nations special envoy to Sudan condemned the killing of two de-miners working for a Swiss group in an alleged ambush in South Sudan today by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

UN peacekeeping mission aids DR of Congo national army to move rebels from east

As the national army of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began a two-week operation today to clear thousands of heavily armed Rwandan Hutu rebels from the densely forested Virunga National Park in the east, the United Nations peacekeeping force (MONUC) took up positions to secure the cleared areas.

Annan calls for comprehensive aid to post-civil war Central African Republic

With Central African Republic (CAR) "gradually returning to a path of peace, economic recovery, reconstruction and sustainable development," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for comprehensive joint assistance from the country's development partners.

Annan appeals to Zimbabwe to let UN help homeless after Government rejects aid

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the Government in Zimbabwe to allow the United Nations to provide humanitarian assistance to the country after the authorities rejected the world body's aid amid reports that tens of thousands of people there are still homeless and in need of help.

Côte d'Ivoire: Annan urges parties to cooperate as peace process moves forward

United Nations Secretary-General today pledged his personal support for the peace process in Côte d'Ivoire and urged the parties to refrain from any actions that would jeopardize stability as a new head of government is appointed in the troubled West African country.

UN refugee repatriation in Burundi threatened by serious funding shortfall

Facing a 52 per cent shortfall in funds for one of the biggest voluntary repatriation operations worldwide and the largest in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency warned today that it might have to suspend the return of hundreds of thousands of Burundians from Tanzania as their homeland emerges from decades of war.

With hunger threatening 1.7 million Zambians, UN agency appeals for funding

The lives of many Zambians could be in peril with the number of people needing food assistance climbing to at least 1.7 million due to crop failure and rising food prices, the United Nations World Food Programme warned today in an urgent appeal for more funds.

Security Council extends peacekeeping mandate in Western Sahara until next April

Calling for more contributions to help re-unite families separated during the conflict in Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) there until next April.

DR Congo: UN peace mission expanded and extended until next September

Expressing serious concern about the continuing hostilities by militias and foreign armed groups in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the threat to elections in the country, the Security Council today extended the United Nations Organization Mission (MONUC) there until next September, with an additional 300 troops.