Security Council urges Côte d'Ivoire leadership to appoint interim prime minister

The Security Council today expressed deep concern "at the persistent disagreements among Ivorian parties" over the appointment of an interim prime minister to lead the divided West African country into the next phase of its political transition after years of political unrest and a failed 2001 coup.

Burundi: Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeepers until mid-January

Noting that "factors of instability" remain in post-election Burundi, the United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the peacekeeping UN mission there for two months until mid-January.

UN mission continues to press for return home of Hutu rebels from DR of Congo

Noting that more than 12,000 foreign militia members have been repatriated from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and about the same number remain, the head of the United Nations mission said the programme has reached its limits and the mission is increasingly joining with the DRC army to put pressure on those staying behind.

UN refugee agency gears up for large-scale returns in South Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency is gearing up to assist Sudanese who wish to return to their villages after a January peace agreement in South Sudan ended 21 years of civil war that displaced four million people within the country and made refugees of another 500,000 in neighbouring countries.

Annan calls on Sudanese negotiators over Darfur peace to end atrocities

Welcoming the beginning of the renewed Sudanese peace talks to end civil conflict in Darfur, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged representatives of the Government and the two rebel movements to stop the atrocities and bloodshed and to negotiate a just and all-inclusive accord.

Increasing restrictions on Eritrean-Ethiopian border hampering UN peace mission

Increasing restrictions on the freedom of movement of United Nations peacekeepers following an Eritrean ban on helicopter flights has made it harder to warn the international community of any new outbreak of hostilities on the tense frontier with Ethiopia, where the two countries fought a two-year border war.

From sex workers to truckers, UN food agency adds AIDS protection to arsenal

Sex workers, truck drivers, store personnel and port workers now all have access to information, counselling on HIV and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases where and when they need it most, thanks to an innovative new project launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners in Malawi.

UN envoy welcomes Nigerian-Cameroonian meeting on Bakassi boundary

The meeting between the President of Nigeria and the Prime Minister of Cameroon this week to discuss the Bakassi Peninsula, which the World Court awarded to Cameroon, holds out the hope that outstanding boundary issues could be settled to the benefit of both countries, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, said today.

Racing Dream Team raises $18,000 for Ethiopian orphans, UNICEF says

Dream Team members who ran in the first sponsored 2005 Toyota Great Ethiopian Run to raise funds for orphans and vulnerable children pulled in more than $18,000 in Sunday’s “Run for Their Dreams” campaign, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

UN labour agency and financial institution plan to help African women entrepreneurs

The United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) and the African Development Bank said today that they will offer new support to women entrepreneurs who are playing an ever-increasing role in the economies of African countries despite limited access to land, credit and training.