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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.