New World Bank project for Africa to help protect trade from political risks

The World Bank today announced the approval of $110 million in credits to help seven African countries to reduce poverty by providing access to political risk insurance that could stimulate private sector-led growth and cross-border trade.

Somalia: last two detained UN staff freed, flown to Nairobi

The remaining two United Nations staff members detained in Somalia after last week's militia attack were released today in Mogadishu and flown to Kenya.

Top UN relief official condemns attack against aid workers in Burundi

The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator today denounced a recent rebel attack on a UN food convoy in Burundi which left four aid workers injured, one critically.

UN mission in DR of Congo welcomes arrival of first Senegalese UN soldiers

The head of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today welcomed the first batch of 130 Senegalese troops in Kananga, in the central province of Kasai Occidental.

Sierra Leone: Deputy Secretary-General arrives for meetings with President, UN staff

As the deployment of United Nations troops continued in Sierra Leone, Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette today began a four-day trip to the country, where she is expected to meet with the nation's president and foreign minister, as well as UN staff members.

New 'miracle' rice holds promise of higher yields, incomes in Africa: UN agency

A new variety of rice developed in Africa can yield up to 50 per cent larger crops without fertilizer, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which supported the research that led to the breakthrough.

Annan encourages leaders of Rwanda, Uganda to continue pullout from DR of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the Presidents of Uganda and Rwanda to continue the ongoing withdrawal of their respective troops from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and assured them of the United Nations' commitment to rapidly deploy military observers.

In Nairobi, Secretary-General discusses regional issues with Kenya's President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi today to discuss a wide range of regional issues, including conflicts in various parts of Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the continent.

World Food Programme launches emergency relief effort for flood-hit Malawi

Responding to Malawi's worst floods in over a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a three-month emergency operation aimed at feeding 208,500 people affected by the disaster.

Somalia: Annan says UN has access to detained staff as talks continue on release

Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the United Nations remains in contact with two of its staff members who have been detained in Somalia since last week, as talks continue to secure their release.