Angola: UNITA should do more for reconciliation, Security Council members say

Noting that Angolan authorities have recently taken steps to establish a reconciliation and amnesty process, members of the United Nations Security Council today said they wanted to see more involvement in the effort on the part of the UNITA rebel army.

More funds needed for humanitarian work in DR of Congo: Security Council

The United Nations Security Council today said donor countries must "come forward" to help fund the humanitarian efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN body's president.

Annan pays tribute to Reverend Sullivan, apartheid foe and Africa advocate

Expressing "great sadness" at the death of the Reverend Leon Sullivan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said that the legacy of this renowned foe of apartheid and champion of African development demonstrated "how much one individual can do to change lives and societies for the better."

First "Africa Malaria Day" marked to spur action on prevention, treatment

The first ever "Africa Malaria Day" was marked widely today as the United Nations and its partners used the occasion to inform communities about malaria prevention and treatment and to mobilize action against a disease that kills over a million people a year, with nine tenths of the victims in Africa and most under the age of five.

Somalia: UN development agency helps former militia to promote civil protection

A Somalian police training school supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has welcomed 350 new recruits - many of whom are former militia members - to begin training as part of a larger programme to improve the police force countrywide, the UN agency said today.

Abuja Summit will help to end 'conspiracy of silence' on HIV/AIDS, Annan says

As ministerial meetings got under way today in Abuja, Nigeria, in advance of the African summit on HIV/AIDS, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said this week's forum would help cast light on the once-taboo subject of the deadly disease.

Annan sees hopeful signs in DR of Congo after change in leadership

The change in leadership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has brought with it a new willingness to cooperate with various Congolese factions towards a peaceful settlement of the country's long-standing conflict, according to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Annan recommends two-month extension of UN's Western Sahara mission

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reported that there has been no progress in the implementation of the United Nations Settlement Plan for Western Sahara, but recommended that the UN mission in the country be extended for two months to allow the parties to explore a possible solution.

Refugees from Pemba and Zanzibar islands will go back if tensions ease: UNHCR

Tanzanian refugees who fled to Kenya from the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar have told the United Nations refugee agency that they would be ready to return home if talks between the Government and the opposition lead to a joint declaration that would ease tensions on the islands, agency officials said today.

UN General Assembly elects two additional judges for Rwanda war crimes tribunal

The United Nations General Assembly today elected two additional judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).