Guinea: UN agency moves over 27,000 Sierra Leoneans to safer areas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has moved more than 27,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea from high-risk border camps to safer sites further inland, a spokesman for the organization said today in Geneva.

UN food agency launches new emergency effort to feed 2.5 million Ethiopians

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a new $89.7 million emergency operation to feed 2.5 million small-scale farmers in Ethiopia.

Issue of malaria in Africa proposed for consideration by General Assembly

At the request of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), a United Nations committee has proposed that the General Assembly discuss the question of malaria in Africa.

New UN report predicts 28 million Africans will face severe food shortages

Some 28 million people in Africa will face severe food shortages this year -- many in countries that have been torn by conflict and ravaged by adverse weather conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Sierra Leonean rebel group pledges to cooperate with UN peace operation

The Sierra Leonean rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has assured a visiting top-level United Nations official of its desire to cooperate with the peacekeeping operation in the country to further the peace process.

In Sierra Leone, UN Deputy Secretary-General meets with President Kabbah

President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone has told a top-ranking United Nations official that his administration was working "extremely well" with the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and expressed his appreciation for the operation's emphasis on development.

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.