Africa

Science can shield Africa from economic crisis, spur growth, UN official says

African governments must strongly support the development of new technologies to spur sustainable development and shield the continent from the global economic crisis, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN releasing over $3 million to aid southern African flood victims

The United Nations has released over $3 million in emergency relief funding in response to the devastation caused by torrential rains in southern Africa, which have led to the deaths of over one hundred people and left tens of thousands homeless, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

DR Congo: top UN humanitarian official condemns new ‘terror and upheaval’

The top United Nations humanitarian official today condemned a resurgence of violence against civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), amid a serious of offensives against a Rwandan militia group.

Extending Sudan mission, Security Council urges bolstering of north-south peace

The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for another year, urging all parties to fully comply with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan.

Security Council extends UN’s Western Sahara mission for another year

The Security Council today extended for one year the mandate of the United Nations mission tasked with organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara and monitoring the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.

More than 10,000 Mauritanians return home from Senegal with UN help

The number of Mauritanian refugees that have returned home from years of exile in Senegal under a programme launched by the United Nations refugee agency last year has now topped 10,000.

Top UN envoy in Sudan hails demobilizations, calls for full funding

Nearly 2,500 ex-combatants from the decades-long civil war in southern Sudan have been demobilized in a recently-begun programme, the top United Nations envoy to the country said, as he called for full funding of the crucial effort.

Empowering and protecting Darfur’s women focus of new UN initiative

Ensuring gender equality and promoting the participation of women in the search for peace in Darfur are among the aims of a new initiative launched by the United Nations in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

International assistance in Côte d’Ivoire must turn to reunification – UN official

International efforts in Côte d'Ivoire, long focused on elections, must now prioritize uniting the country, which has been divided since 2002 between the Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, a United Nations envoy said today.

UN gathers experts to help West African farmers cope with climate change

A United Nations-backed workshop aimed at identifying ways for West African farmers to limit the damaging effect climate change has on their livelihoods kicked off in Burkina Faso today.