At Harvard, Annan urges support for Africa's new spirit of democratic empowerment

An emerging spirit of democratic empowerment in Africa deserves international support, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today in a speech to Harvard University in Boston, United States.

UN agency says several countries in southern African threatened by food crisis

Prolonged dry spells, floods and the disruption of farming activities in several southern African countries could cause serious food shortages for more than 4 million people in the region, according to a report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Partnerships with private sector can help Africa achieve development goals - Annan

In a message to a top-level African forum in Senegal, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that public partnerships with the private sector could help Africa achieve many of its development goals, particularly the target of halving the proportion of people living in poverty by 2015.