Africa

UN agency launches push to help African nomads preserve environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced the launch of a multi-million dollar project to help nomads and communities in three African countries boost the prospects for native flowers, shrubs and trees.

UN agency announces new global campaign to tackle hunger in Africa

Responding to mounting concern about the food crisis gripping Africa, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the creation of a global campaign to help more than 38 million hunger victims on the continent.

Deadly livestock virus threatening to break out of Africa, UN agency warns

A devastating livestock virus is on the verge of breaking out of its last stronghold from northeastern Kenya and southern Somalia, threatening recent progress in eradicating the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Annan urges African countries to join digital revolution

Underscoring the rising importance of communications technologies, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged the world’s poorest countries to embrace the digital revolution in a message marking Africa Industrialization Day.

Annan appeals for more humanitarian assistance to southern Africa

Appealing to the international community for more assistance to address the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, especially in Zimbabwe, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said today that he was concerned about the deteriorating situation of almost 7 million people in that country who are in need of food aid.

UN agency launches $50 million project to reverse land degradation in Africa

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched a $50 million pioneering project that would determine the key causes of land degradation in Africa and draw up plans to stop and reverse the destruction.

Funding shortfall for supplies hampers aid for southern Africa crisis

The United Nations today expressed concern over a funding shortfall, particularly for non-food items, for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, saying that relief money was being stretched to the limit.