Africa

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.

In Nigeria, UN habitat agency launches campaign to promote good governance

Nigeria has joined the lead United Nations human settlements agency in launching a campaign to promote transparency and accountability in urban governance.

Guinea: UN agency moves over 27,000 Sierra Leoneans to safer areas

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has moved more than 27,000 Sierra Leonean refugees in Guinea from high-risk border camps to safer sites further inland, a spokesman for the organization said today in Geneva.

UN food agency launches new emergency effort to feed 2.5 million Ethiopians

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a new $89.7 million emergency operation to feed 2.5 million small-scale farmers in Ethiopia.

Issue of malaria in Africa proposed for consideration by General Assembly

At the request of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), a United Nations committee has proposed that the General Assembly discuss the question of malaria in Africa.

New UN report predicts 28 million Africans will face severe food shortages

Some 28 million people in Africa will face severe food shortages this year -- many in countries that have been torn by conflict and ravaged by adverse weather conditions, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).

Sierra Leonean rebel group pledges to cooperate with UN peace operation

The Sierra Leonean rebel group Revolutionary United Front (RUF) has assured a visiting top-level United Nations official of its desire to cooperate with the peacekeeping operation in the country to further the peace process.