Number of UN peacekeepers in DR of Congo reaches 500

The number of United Nations peacekeepers on the ground in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reached nearly 500, a UN spokesman reported today.

Ethiopia, Eritrea recommit to assuring UN mission's freedom of movement

The Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) today stressed the vital importance for peacekeepers to be able to move freely in their area of operation, while representatives of the two countries restated their commitment to the goal.

Guinea: UN agency boosts efforts to relocate refugees from border areas

In a race against time and the weather, the United Nations refugee agency is stepping up its efforts to move tens of thousands of Sierra Leonean refugees away from volatile border zones in south-western Guinea to safer sites in the interior of the country.

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign: UNICEF

In a major step towards saving the lives of millions of children, a global immunization campaign supported by several United Nations agencies began today the first round of its worldwide schedule of vaccine deliveries.

Renowned African singer joins UN in aid effort for flood victims in Mozambique

Renowned South African singer Miriam Makeba, an Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), joined the United Nations agency today in its effort to bring new fishing boats and nets to Mozambican fisherfolk whose livelihoods were devastated by last year's cyclone and flooding.

Pakistan to contribute over 4,000 soldiers to UN mission in Sierra Leone

The Government of Pakistan has decided to deploy a brigade-size contingent of over 4,000 troops to the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), a UN spokesman announced today in New York.

New World Bank project for Africa to help protect trade from political risks

The World Bank today announced the approval of $110 million in credits to help seven African countries to reduce poverty by providing access to political risk insurance that could stimulate private sector-led growth and cross-border trade.

Somalia: last two detained UN staff freed, flown to Nairobi

The remaining two United Nations staff members detained in Somalia after last week's militia attack were released today in Mogadishu and flown to Kenya.

Top UN relief official condemns attack against aid workers in Burundi

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today denounced a recent rebel attack on a UN food convoy in Burundi which left four aid workers injured, one critically.

UN mission in DR of Congo welcomes arrival of first Senegalese UN soldiers

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today welcomed the first batch of 130 Senegalese troops in Kananga, in the central province of Kasai Occidental.