Senior UN relief official in Africa for talks on humanitarian emergencies

Seeking to improve the national and international response to major humanitarian emergencies in parts of Africa, a top United Nations relief official arrived on the continent today for talks with government officials and civil society groups.

UN-backed meeting issues urgent call for action on meningitis in Africa

An expert meeting convened by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners on the emergence of an epidemic strain of meningitis in Africa has concluded that a readily available supply of affordable vaccine is vital for the success of a new action plan to tackle the outbreak.

UN study urges overhauling international policy approach to African development

Calling for a major overhaul in the international policy approach to African development, a United Nations study released today says new initiatives must be accompanied by outside aid, debt relief and access to global markets.

Stockpiles of obsolete pesticides in Africa higher than expected, UN says

The amount of toxic waste stemming from obsolete pesticides in Africa is more than double previous estimates, threatening the health of the poor and contributing to land degradation and water pollution, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Southern Africa’s food crisis worsens, with over 14 million people now in need – UN

The ongoing food crisis in southern Africa – currently threatening millions of people with shortages – has worsened, placing even more at risk, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian situation in the region said today.

UN rights expert on protecting children from exploitation set to visit South Africa

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography is scheduled to begin a 10-day trip to South Africa today.

Hailing aid effort in Malawi, UN envoy calls for further international support

Praising the international community's efforts to help alleviate the food shortage in southern Africa, a United Nations envoy to the region today called for further support to forestall the looming humanitarian crisis.

UN, Red Cross and Red Crescent team up to fight southern Africa food crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies today agreed to team up as part of their response to the unfolding food crisis in southern Africa.

HIV/AIDS playing key role in worsening southern Africa's food crisis - UN envoy

The United Nations envoy for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa today said that the HIV/AIDS pandemic was playing a key role in the region's worsening situation.

Zimbabwe: UN envoy stresses urgency of helping millions facing food shortage

Continuing his visit to southern Africa, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy on the region's humanitarian crisis, James Morris, today strongly urged increased donations to help more than 6 million people in Zimbabwe facing growing hardship.