Annan names four experts to UNITA sanctions monitoring body

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed four experts to the United Nations Security Council body monitoring the sanctions against the Angolan rebel group UNITA.

Guinea's humanitarian needs remain unmet following recent floods, UN reports

Guinea's humanitarian needs remain unmet following last month's severe floods in the eastern part of the country, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.

Concrete agenda needed for sustainable development summit: UN official

An upcoming international conference on sustainable development would lack credibility if it did not produce real and practical steps for maintaining such economic growth, a senior United Nations official said today.

Nearly 100 child soldiers reunite with their families in Sierra Leone: UN mission

Ninety-five children formerly associated with fighting forces have been reunited with their families in northern Sierra Leone, the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMSIL) said in a statement issued today in Freetown.

Former Rwandan governor pleads not guilty to genocide: UN tribunal

A former Rwandan governor today made his initial appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), pleading not guilty to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Rwanda Tribunal saw more work, better results in past year, UN reports

The past year saw a remarkable improvement in the performance of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), with its work accelerated and its output multiplied, the President of the court says in a just-released report.

UN-backed sports event in Somalia brings together people from conflict areas

A two-day football and basketball tournament bringing together athletes from conflict areas in southern Somalia concluded today in Baidoa, after drawing a huge crowd of onlookers, according to the United Nations Sports for Peace Programme.

Namibia's border curfew may block refugees fleeing fighting in Angola: UNHCR

The Namibian Government's imposition of a dusk-to-dawn curfew along the country's north-eastern border could prevent Angolan refugees fleeing the renewed fighting between government and rebel forces from seeking asylum, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Sierra Leone: UN troops to begin first deployment to diamond-rich town

The United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) reported today that UN peacekeepers would be deploying for the first time in the rebel-controlled town of Kailahun, near the country's eastern border with Guinea.

With UN's help, West African nations agree on steps against human trafficking

West African experts at a United Nations-sponsored conference have agreed to an action plan committing their countries to take steps in the next two years towards eliminating human trafficking.