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.

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.