Four central African nations, UN agencies launch major polio vaccination effort

As a massive polio immunization campaign got under way today in conflict-affected countries of central Africa, top United Nations health and humanitarian officials warned that that for all children to be protected, there must be respect for peace during the all-out effort against the crippling disease.

DR of Congo-Uganda summit "great step" in right direction, UN envoy says

The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed a summit meeting between the leaders of the DRC and Uganda, expressing hope that their discussions would spur implementation of the Lusaka peace agreement.

Former Sierra Leonean fighters lay down arms at new disarmament site, UN reports

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) today reported the opening of a new disarmament centre where fighters from both sides of the country's conflict have begun to lay down their weapons.

UNHCR prepares aid for new refugees in DR of Congo

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is making preparations to dispatch aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to assist thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic before the coming rainy season, a spokesman for the agency said today.

Hailed as leader, reformer, Annan named for 2nd term as UN Secretary-General

Six months before the end of his current mandate, Kofi Annan, a native of Ghana, was unanimously appointed today by the General Assembly for a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

After four-week sea odyssey, Liberian refugees seek asylum in Lagos: UN agency

Most of the 156 Liberian passengers on board a ship that docked last week in Lagos after a month-long odyssey at sea have indicated that they are seeking asylum in Nigeria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which completed the first day of interviews with the group on Wednesday.

Foiled coup in Central African Republic displaces over 75,000 people: UN agency

More than 75,000 people have fled their homes in the Central African Republic following a failed coup attempt last month that triggered a government crackdown on the opposition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Former jurist pleads not guilty to genocide charges at UN tribunal for Rwanda

A former Deputy Prosecutor from Rwanda today pleaded not guilty to genocide charges in his initial appearance before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania.

Security Council calls for end to hostilities in Burundi

The United Nations Security Council today called for an immediate suspension of hostilities in Burundi and for the armed groups to enter into negotiations.

Security Council backs Annan's proposal for framework talks on Western Sahara

Expressing its full support for a proposal by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for new talks on Western Sahara, the Security Council today extended for five months the mandate of a United Nations mission deployed to organize a referendum for the self-determination of the Territory's people.