Annan praises Congolese conduct of constitutional referendum

Echoing yesterday’s acclamation from the United Nations Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for the successful conduct of their constitutional referendum on 18 and 19 December, despite the tremendous challenges they faced.

DR Congo: UNICEF rushes aid to 10,000 people displaced by fresh fighting

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has provided emergency relief items to over 10,000 newly displaced people in three camps, north of Katanga province.

Child malnutrition remains unacceptably high in Niger, UN-backed survey shows

Images of the gaunt eyes and scrawny bodies of Niger's children shocked the world into action earlier this year, bringing aid that saved 90 per cent of the more than 300,000 children treated, but the impoverished country’s youngsters still face high levels of malnutrition, a new United Nations-backed survey warns.

UN says tension remains between Eritrea and Ethiopia despite redeployments

The military situation in and around the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) that separates Ethiopian and Eritrean forces remains tense and potentially volatile, even though Ethiopian troops have started pulling back in accordance with Security Council demands, the United Nations mission keeping the truce in the region said today.

Sierra Leone: as UN mission ends, Security Council urges continued donor aid

With the United Nation mission that over the past six years has brought peace and stability to Sierra Leone winding up this month, the Security Council has called on donors and development partners to continue their support to consolidate the West African country’s rebirth after a vicious civil war.

Liberia: UN Council renews bans on sale of arms, diamonds, timber

After receiving reports that the situation in Liberia is still a threat to international peace and that its natural resources are still not being used in a way that benefits its people, the United Nations Security Council has renewed the sanctions regime it imposed on the war-torn country in 2001, which now includes timber, travel, arms and diamond embargoes.

Looming food crisis threatens up to 2 million Somalis, UN agency warns

Up to 2 million people in Southern Somalia are likely to be in a ‘humanitarian emergency’ or ‘acute food and livelihood crisis’ for at least the next six months due to failed rains, double the number previously projected, according to the latest report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN commends Liberian election runner-up for concession

The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) today praised the decision of the losing party to halt its challenge of the results of last month’s run-off presidential elections - the culmination of efforts to move the West African nation toward peace and democracy after 14 years of civil war.

Peacekeeping mission in Burundi extended until July 2006

Expressing serious concern at the continuation of hostilities by a rebel group in Burundi despite the successful transition to a democratically-elected Government there, the United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country for six months until 1 July 2006.

Armed attack in Chad prompts Security Council condemnation

The United Nations Security Council today condemned attacks by “armed elements” on Chad’s national army on Monday and also expressed concern that the continuing violence in western Sudan’s Darfur region might spill over into its neighbour.