Food crisis, corruption could reverse progress in West Africa, says UN envoy

Challenges – including youth unemployment, corruption and the food crisis – threaten to roll back positive gains made in West Africa, the Secretary-General’s envoy to the 15-nation region told the Security Council today.

UN envoy encourages Somali parties to ‘get it right’ in forming new government

The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today voiced his hope that talks in Djibouti aimed at forming a unity government will succeed and bring stability to the strife-torn nation that has not had a functioning central government since 1991.

Congolese displaced by Ugandan rebels to receive UN aid

The flood of Congolese civilians fleeing raids by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are in dire need of food, shelter, medicines, clothes and other aid items, and United Nations’ relief will begin reaching them tomorrow despite immense logistical challenges, the Organization’s refugee agency said today.

Inclusive dialogue key to all other progress in Central African Republic – UN report

Without concrete and substantive progress in inclusive political dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR), efforts to achieve improvement in security, rule of law and development will remained stalled in a country that is beset by unrest, widespread displacement and entrenched poverty, according to United Nations report released today.

UN official applauds Liberian police after a record number of female officers graduate

A record number of over 100 newly-trained women police officers, making up two-thirds of the cadets completing the training for the Liberia National Police (LNP), prompted a senior United Nations official to hail the progress made since the first batch of recruits passed through the gates of the National Police Training Academy in 2005.

Envoy hails progress in UN-backed talks to halt violence in eastern DR Congo

The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today welcomed progress toward a key agreement between the Congolese Government, Rwanda and a rebel militia that last year launched a devastating offensive in the eastern region of the vast central African country.

Zimbabwe receives $5 million boost from UNICEF in fight against cholera outbreak

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have announced a $5 million donation for Zimbabwe’s besieged health sector to help it battle an out-of-control cholera epidemic and the effects of collapsing health services.

UN-supported programme helps African orphans in fight against hunger and AIDS

A United Nations-backed scheme aimed at reducing hunger and the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people in Kenya has brought hope to children from the ancestral homeland of United States President-Elect Barack Obama.

Solid peace in West Africa requires collaboration in meeting challenges – UN report

West Africa continues to strengthen its hold on peace and stability, but the 15-nation region needs a well-coordinated approach to overcome food uncertainty and the effects of the global financial downturn, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.

With 30,000 civilians at risk, UN urges halt to renewed clashes in South Darfur

The senior United Nations humanitarian official in Sudan has called for an end to the renewed fighting in southern Darfur's Muhajeria area, which has exposed about 30,000 people to previously unseen levels of violence, destroyed an aid agency's office and forced the world body to relocate its staff.