Africa

Industrial development key to Africa's integration into global economy – UN official

The head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned today that Africa must overcome the obstacles to boosting industrial production and gaining a larger share of world trade to benefit from the global economy.

Darfur: UN-African Union official highlights role of civil society in peace talks

The top United Nations-African Union official for Darfur has highlighted the role of civil society groups in the search for a solution to the strife that has plagued the Sudanese region, encouraging their full participation in the peace talks that resumed in Doha today.

Angola seeks UN aid to repatriate 60,000 nationals from DR Congo

Angola has requested the re-activation of a tripartite mechanism with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the United Nations refugee agency to repatriate some 60,000 Angolans still in DRC in the wake of the mutual expulsion of scores of thousands of each other’s nationals by the neighbouring States.

International inquiry into deadly Guinea crackdown begins work – UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today with the members of the International Commission of Inquiry set up to probe September’s violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Guinea, ahead of the team’s visit to the country next week.

Tree-planting photos win UN environmental contest in Africa

Photos of Kenyans planting trees and Moroccan women turning plastic bags into handbags today won a United Nations-backed eco-themed contest focused on Africa, which profiles ordinary people working to preserve the environment and reduce the effects of climate change in their communities.

Anti-piracy efforts must deal with its root causes, says UN envoy for Somalia

Piracy off Somalia’s coast is a symptom of wider problems ashore, and any strategy to tackle it must also deal with its root causes and strengthen regional capacity, the United Nations envoy to the country warned today.

Yellow fever vaccination drive to cover almost 12 million West Africans – UN

The largest-ever mass vaccination campaign protecting populations from the dangerously infectious yellow fever disease will begin next week across three West African countries, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Women’s empowerment in Africa targeted at UN-backed conference

A week-long United Nations-backed conference on achieving the equality and empowerment of women in Africa has opened in Banjul, The Gambia, with calls for an urgent revamping of current practices on the continent.

Green energy on rise across Africa but still lags behind other regions – UN

More green energy and climate-friendly projects target Africa than ever before, but the numbers still lag behind Asia and Latin America, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced today.

UN report condemns trial in DR Congo military court over killing of journalist

A United Nations report released today criticizes the judicial process in a Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) military court in connection with the trial of a murdered Congolese journalist, including the alleged bribery of the presiding judges.