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.

Security Council underscores Central Africa’s potential to contribute to stability

Central Africa, despite its enormous potential, has yet to achieve the stability that would enable it to maximize its contribution to the continent as a whole, the United Nations Security Council said today, urging efforts to bolster the region’s capability.

Aiming to avert famine, UN urges agricultural aid to southern Africa

Aiming to avoid a worsening crisis in southern Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today urged the international community to fund the purchase and distribution of critically needed seeds to the region.

Peace in Central Africa depends on region's governments, people, Security Council told

While the United Nations system would offer needed support, the restoration and consolidation of lasting peace in Central Africa remains the primary responsibility of the governments and peoples of the sub-region, a senior UN official told the Security Council today as it began an open meeting on the issue.

UN food agency renews appeal to donors for southern Africa, Afghanistan

With millions in both southern Africa and Afghanistan facing severe food shortages and threatened by famine, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today stepped up its appeal for international aid for both places.

Top UN rights official pledges support for strengthening Africa's human rights system

Marking the anniversary of the entry into force of a key civil liberties accord for Africa, the top United Nations human rights official today pledged support for the continent's pursuit of "dignity, equality and security."

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.