Africa

Annan recommends extending UN Office in Angola to help peace efforts

With fighting continuing in many parts of Angola, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the United Nations office in the country be extended through mid-October to help support efforts to bring peace to the country.

UNICEF set to aid children trapped aboard alleged slave ship off Africa coast

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, has set up a centre in Benin to assist the children who are aboard an alleged slave ship that has not been seen in four days since it was turned away by authorities in Gabon and Cameroon, a UN spokesman said today in New York.

UN committee on security in Central Africa opens meeting in Bujumbura

A United Nations committee which aims to foster security and development in Central Africa opened a week-long session in Bujumbura, Burundi, today.

Security Council condemns violence in Burundi, urges parties to pursue dialogue

Concerned over ongoing violence in Burundi, members of the Security Council today urged the parties to halt all attacks and pursue a process of dialogue aimed at ending the fighting.

UN agencies help Tanzania to set up HIV/AIDS national body

Several United Nations agencies have joined forces to help the Government of Tanzania to set up a new national body to coordinate all aspects of the country's response to HIV/AIDS, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a lead partner in the effort.

Annan to attend African summit on AIDS, infectious diseases later this month

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Nigeria later this month to attend a top-level African forum focusing on the problem of infectious diseases on the continent, his spokesman announced today in New York.

Senegal added to UN list of "least developed countries"

The United Nations General Assembly this morning added Senegal to its list of "least developed countries" -- bringing the total number of such countries to 49.

Relief needs in DR of Congo outweigh available funds: top UN aid official

Wrapping up a six-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a top United Nations humanitarian official today warned that the scope of the country's relief needs was far greater than the resources available to aid organizations in the country.

Leading aid agencies rally in support of UN appeal to feed millions in Kenya

A group of 42 leading humanitarian and development organizations working in Kenya has urged governments and donors to support the $89 million appeal launched in February by the Kenyan Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Malaysian companies ready for business in Africa: UN development agency

Malaysian business executives attending a workshop on Sub-Saharan Africa have expressed their interest in doing business on the continent, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which sponsored the event.