Africa

Annan urges efforts to solve crisis in Togo after its suspension by West African group

With regional talks aimed at ending Togo's constitutional crisis at an impasse, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today pressed for action to resolve the country's situation peacefully.

Doctors in Nigeria to get training in treating fistula, UN says

With hundreds of thousands of Nigerian women living with fistula, a debilitating and sometimes fatal childbirth injury, a team of international and Nigerian surgeons will train volunteer physicians in fistula surgery and together they will treat an unprecedented number of women for two weeks, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

World must act now on Darfur, with millions of lives at stake – UN relief chief

The situation in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region is deteriorating rapidly, more than 4 million people could be in desperate need of life-saving aid by mid-year, and the Security Council and world at-large must act now to put a robust force on the ground and pressure on all sides, the top United Nations relief official warned today.

Eastern DR of Congo hit by less usual form of plague, UN says

A form of plague that infects humans from the air they breathe, pneumonic plague, has killed 61 diamond miners since late December in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations public health agency said today.

Uganda’s child soldiers trapped in vicious cycle of war, UNICEF says

Many former child soldiers in Uganda who have been freed from rebel militia groups have been drawn again into armed conflict – this time with the national army, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports, throwing a spotlight once again on an issue the UN says the world should know more about.

Egypt exempts UN peacekeeping equipment from new Suez Canal surcharge

Ships carrying military equipment for United Nations peacekeeping operations in regions as far apart as Haiti and Burundi can pass through the Suez Canal without paying a new Egyptian 25 per cent surcharge, a UN spokesman said today.

UN Africa adviser says High-level Panel’s report needs to clarify development strategy

The report of a blue-ribbon panel on challenges facing the United Nations was restrained on development and humanitarian strategies and silent on Africa’s special needs, according to a top aide on Africa to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Annan urges Security Council to take action against killings, displacement in Darfur, Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, saying the evidence pointed to crimes committed by the Sudanese Government, militia and rebel forces, today urged the Security Council to act urgently to stop further death and suffering in the strife-torn Darfur region and "to do justice for those whom we are already too late to save."

AIDS negating improvements in governance in Africa – UN regional commission chief

The HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa is threatening to destroy national institutions and is killing members of some professions faster than their replacements can be trained, undercutting the improvements the continent has made in governance, the head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said today.

Sudan cannot be trusted to tackle Darfur war crimes, UN human rights chief tells Security Council

Any new initiative proposed by the Sudanese Government to deal with the atrocities committed in the country's war-torn Darfur region should be dismissed given the extent of the involvement of that Government's officials in the crimes, the top United Nations human rights official told the Security Council today.