Africa

Annan calls for more aid, fairer trade and green revolution for Africa

Africans have undertaken a remarkable struggle over the past 10 years to confront the three overarching challenges of greater security, better development and respect for human rights, but the magnitude of the continent’s needs leaves little room for complacency, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said last night.

Senegalese fleeing to Gambia from clashes in south now total 6,200, UN reports

Refugees from Senegal’s southern Casamance region, fleeing sporadic fighting between Government and separatist forces, continue to pour into Gambia, with the number now reaching 6,200 since mid-August, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.

UN humanitarian convoys in Darfur come under attack in two incidents

United Nations convoys bringing humanitarian assistance to war-torn South Darfur have come under attack by armed men in two separate incidents in recent days, a UN spokesperson said today.

UNICEF launches online Swahili game to boost HIV prevention in East Africa

Seeking to reach East African adolescents and young people in the battle against AIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched its first interactive feature in Swahili, an online game that empowers the young to make good life choices and prevent HIV.

UN agency hails inclusion of vast wetlands in south Sudan on conservation list

Efforts to preserve one of Africa’s most important wetlands received a major boost today at an event co-sponsored by the United Nations when the Sudd region in southern Sudan was included in an intergovernmental treaty providing for national action and international cooperation for conservation.

University of Liberia sets up Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation

The University of Liberia, a country which the United Nations helped to lead from civil war to democratic elections in little over two years, has inaugurated the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation (KAICT) to develop human resource capacity for policy studies in conflict, peace, security, gender and development.

Security Council extends UN Western Sahara mission for six months until April 2007

Calling on all parties in the Western Sahara and neighbouring states to cooperate fully with the United Nations mission in bringing peace to the disputed territory, the Security-Council today voted to extend the UN mission for another six months until April next year.

DR Congo: Annan calls on presidential candidates to avoid violence as votes are counted

With provisional results in yesterday’s presidential poll in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) not expected for another 10 days, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today called on the two candidates and their supporters to avoid acts of violence at all cost after the largest and most complex elections the United Nations has ever helped organize.

UN says the international community must continue support for strife-torn Burundi

The international community must stay engaged in Burundi where the “overall situation remains fragile,” helping to reduce crime and ensure reintegration of a swelling numbers of refugees returning to the country emerging from 12 years of civil war, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a report released today.

UN helps Guinea to avert water-borne epidemics after heavy flooding

Seeking to prevent cholera and typhoid outbreaks following severe flooding in the Kindia region of Guinea, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will distribute water purification tablets and help local authorities take other measures to treat the water supply.