Africa

Security Council set to begin mission to Africa to discuss Great Lakes conflict

A delegation of the United Nations Security Council will leave New York tomorrow for Africa, where they will help the signatories to the 1999 Lusaka agreement on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to boost their implementation of that accord, the French Ambassador to the UN and head of the Security Council mission said today.

Sierra Leone: UN mission begins weapons destruction and recycling

Close to 10,000 weapons recovered from warring parties in Sierra Leone will be destroyed and recycled at various locations around the country in a process that began today in Freetown, according to the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

Sudan: 3 million in need of aid due to crop failures, civil strife, UN agency warns

Some 2.97 million people in the Sudan are in need of international assistance because of successive crop failures and ongoing civil strife in the south, according to a report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Annan sees hopeful signs on DR of Congo but says challenges remain

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today voiced cautious optimism about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the United Nations has deployed a peacekeeping operation aimed at restoring stability in the area.

UN peacekeepers from Morocco arrive in eastern DR of Congo

A 118-strong military contingent from Morocco arrived today in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to serve as peacekeepers within the United Nations mission in the country, a UN spokesman said today.

Sierra Leone: UN Force Commander meets rebel delegation in northern town

Representatives of a Sierra Leonean rebel army have appealed to the Force Commander of the United Nations mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) to deploy peacekeepers near the border with Guinea, UNAMSIL said today.

HIV/AIDS depletes rural labour force in many African countries, UN food agency warns

Deaths caused by HIV/AIDS in the 10 most affected African countries are projected to reduce the labour force by as much as 26 per cent by 2020, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

UN mission confirms renewed clashes in eastern Sierra Leone, urges restraint

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today confirmed a renewal of fighting in the eastern part of the country and urged all parties to refrain from further violence.

UN relief official 'deeply saddened' by death of Red Cross pilot shot over Sudan

A top United Nations relief official said today that he was "deeply saddened" to learn of the death of a Danish pilot from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who was killed when his plane came under fire during a humanitarian mission over southern Sudan.

Security Council "concerned" by limits on UN troop movement in East Africa

Members of the United Nations Security Council today expressed concern over reports that the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) does not have the full freedom of movement it needs to monitor the border between the two countries.