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.

UN project documents erosion on Africa’s coastlines, hopes to foster action

With the coastline in parts of Africa receding rapidly, a new United Nations project aims to call attention to the problem and foster dialogue on solutions, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today.

13 million people in southern Africa risk starvation, UN envoy says

Nearly 13 million people in southern Africa are at risk of starvation, James Morris, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy on the humanitarian crisis in the region, said today.

Annan names new envoys for West Africa and Great Lakes Region

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has announced the appointment of new envoys to two key regions in Africa.

UN agency launches $25 million emergency project for southern Africa food crisis

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched a $25 million appeal to help seven million people in southern Africa severely hit by a severe food crisis.

New UN report offers cautiously optimistic prognosis for Africa's economy

frica grew faster than any other developing region in 2001, reflecting better macroeconomic management, strong agricultural production, and the end to conflicts in several countries, according to a new United Nations report.

UN food agency appeals for more donations to fight starvation in southern Africa

Warning of worsening hunger and starvation for millions of people in southern Africa, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for more donations in order to stave off the impending humanitarian disaster.

With African Union set to replace OAU, Annan sees hope, challenges ahead

Addressing the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on the eve of its transformation into the African Union, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the continent's advance towards further integration but cautioned that success would require further effort.