African professionals lost to migration and HIV/AIDS must be replaced, UN says

With Africa losing professionals to the brain drain and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, policy makers met today for a United Nations-sponsored workshop on using donor assistance more effectively to educate and train replacements.

Cost of UN peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan will top $1 billion in first year

More than $1 billion will be needed to fund the first year of the proposed United Nations peacekeeping mission in southern Sudan, set up to help the vast region stabilize and its people rebuild their lives after a 21-year civil war.

UN environmental agency takes on your neighbourhood plastic bag

The United Nations environmental agency today took on the ubiquitous flimsy plastic shopping bag, launching a children’s book that alerts communities to the menace of discarded plastic and welcoming a Kenyan report that proposes a ban on the flimsiest versions of the bag and slap a hefty levy on thicker ones.

Aid workers released a day after Darfur rebels detain them, UN in Sudan says

Seven Sudanese aid workers operating in the war-torn Darfur region have been released after rebels detained them for 24 hours earlier this week, the United Nations Advance Mission to the country (UNAMIS) said today as it reported continuing insecurity in the region.

Senior UN officials in Ethiopia urge donors to note urgency of humanitarian needs

With food stocks running dangerously low in Ethiopia, the United Nations representatives there have called on Governments wishing to donate humanitarian aid to the Horn of Africa country to make firm pledges to the joint humanitarian appeal "as soon as possible."

Locust outlook improves in northwest Africa, UN update reports

With the desert locust situation continuing to improve in northwest Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that a swarm invasion of the region is not expected this spring because breeding failed to occur in northern Mauritania during the winter.

UN emergency team deploys in south Sudan to lay ground for refugee return

The United Nations refugee agency is sending a 15-member team to southern Sudan to start urgently needed reintegration projects in preparation for the return of some 550,000 Sudanese from neighbouring countries now that a peace accord between the Government and rebels has ended Africa’s longest civil war.

Ethiopia’s cereal stock expected to run out next month, UN warns

With 2.4 million Ethiopians needing immediate food aid, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that cereal stocks in the Horn of Africa country could run out by next month.

Military chiefs of UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa meet in Senegal

The military chiefs of the three United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa met today in Dakar, Senegal, to share information and assessments of risk.

Fortnight of fistula correction kicked off in Nigeria, UN Population Fund says

Forty-six women have undergone surgery in northern Nigeria to correct fistula, an obstetric injury that leads to incontinence and stigmatization, kicking off a two-week campaign sponsored in part by the United Nations population agency to treat hundreds of women and train more doctors and nurses.