Annan urges central African governments to consolidate efforts to secure peace

Central Africa, one of the continent's most blighted regions, shows signs of hope, but its leaders must demonstrate a commitment to consolidating the gains achieved so far in order for peace to be secured, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Chief of UN health agency calls for prompt response to food crisis in southern Africa

The head of the United Nations health agency has appealed to donor governments and other sources of assistance to respond “promptly and generously” to the humanitarian crisis facing southern Africa, where 13 million people are on the brink of starvation.

21 African countries face 'food emergencies,' millions on brink of starvation, UN reports

Warning that 21 African countries are facing “food emergencies,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today urged donor nations to commit critically needed aid and financial support to the continent to avert a large-scale humanitarian crisis.

In Côte d'Ivoire, Annan says reconciliation will foster further progress

During an official visit to Côte d'Ivoire, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed reconciliation moves in the country and voiced confidence that they would lead to improvements on the development front, a UN spokesman reported today.

Southern Africa food shortage most serious humanitarian crisis after AIDS - UN envoy

Next to HIV/AIDS, the food crisis in southern Africa - in which some 13 million people were at risk of starvation - was the most serious humanitarian emergency in the world, a senior United Nations official said today.

Annan heads to Africa for five-nation official visit later this month

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, heads to Africa later this month for official visits to five African countries, culminating at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, a UN spokesman announced today.

UN urges dispatch of health services to avert mass death in drought-hit southern Africa

Basic health supplies and services must be provided to southern Africa as part of the international response to averting the looming risk of famine and widespread death, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.