UN report urges new development plan for Africa to consolidate recent gains

Africa is experiencing "impressive" economic growth, but with recovery fragile and poverty on the rise, the continent needs a new development plan to consolidate recent gains, according to a report released today by the United Nations.

Subregional approach needed to end violence in West Africa: UN report

A mission to West Africa by United Nations agencies has recommended that the international community adopt an integrated subregional approach to prevent the further emergence of conflicts, restore peace and stability and promote economic and social development in the area, according to a report released today in New York.

'Founding father' of UN war crimes tribunal for Rwanda mourned

United Nations officials today paid tribute to Judge Laïty Kama of Senegal, the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), who died on Sunday in a Nairobi hospital following a short battle with illness.

Tighter Security Council sanctions against Liberia to take effect on Monday

New sanctions against Liberia, set out in a Security Council resolution adopted two months ago, will automatically take effect next week because Monrovia has not demonstrated compliance with the Council's demands, the President of that body said today.

UN continues evacuating Sierra Leonean refugees from troubled Guinea area

A massive evacuation of Sierra Leonean refugees from an isolated and troubled area of Guinea is gaining momentum, according to a spokesman for the United Nations agency carrying out the task.

Security Council condemns exploitation of natural resources in DR of Congo

The United Nations Security Council today condemned the illegal exploitation of natural resources by individuals, governments and armed groups involved in the current conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Major players in Sierra Leone peace process review ceasefire accord

Although the warring parties in Sierra Leone have virtually stopped fighting in recent months, both sides have been slow to implement elements of their ceasefire agreement, according to a review of the country's peace process.

UN health agency, drug company team up to fight sleeping sickness in Africa

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and a major pharmaceutical company today announced a major step forward in combating African Trypanosomiasis, better known as sleeping sickness.

Security Council briefed on killing of Red Cross workers in DR of Congo

The President of the United Nations Security Council said today that last week's murder of six relief workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was a matter of continuing concern for the Council, which hoped that the perpetrators would be caught and brought to justice.

Humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone shows signs of improvement: UN official

The humanitarian situation in Sierra Leone appears to be improving, in contrast to neighbouring Guinea and Liberia where there are signs of deterioration, a top United Nations relief official said today in New York.