Africa

Migiro holds talks with leaders of three troubled African countries

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has held talks with the leaders of three African countries facing enormous political, economic and social challenges – Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau and Somalia – during her visit to Lisbon, Portugal, this weekend to attend the African Union-European Union summit.

UN relief chief sounds alarm about crises in Ethiopia, Darfur and Somalia

The grave humanitarian conditions in south-eastern Ethiopia, the Darfur region of Sudan and Somalia could substantially worsen in the months ahead, the top United Nations relief official told the Security Council today as he briefed members on his recent visit to Africa.

International community should help Africa with border issues – Ban Ki-moon

The international community should support efforts by the African Union to address border issues so that they will no longer be a potential source of disputes, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said.

Measles deaths in Africa plummet by 91 per cent – UN

Deaths from measles in Africa have dropped by 91 per cent – or from an estimated 396,000 to 36,000 – between 2000 and 2006, thus achieving the United Nations goal to cut measles deaths by 90 per cent four years early, it was announced today.

UN humanitarian chief begins three-nation Africa tour

The top United Nations humanitarian official begins a nine-day mission to Africa today that will take him to Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya to meet with aid agencies and officials coping with emergencies affecting millions of people on the continent.

Ban Ki-moon stresses role of science and technology in Africa’s development

Marking Africa Industrialization Day today, United Nations officials stressed the importance of science, technology and human resources in supporting the continent’s efforts to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

UN food agency chief to visit West Africa to spotlight 'silent emergencies'

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will visit West Africa next week to spotlight the “silent emergencies” gripping the region, the agency announced today.

Migiro calls for international cooperation to boost Africa’s development

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged all countries to come together in support of development initiatives for Africa.

Ban Ki-moon lauds gains made in Central African integration, peace

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Central Africa for its efforts towards integration and peace, but warned that the region still faces several hurdles.

Donors lag in meeting global commitments to help Africa – UN survey

African policymakers see significant progress in debt relief but find donors lacking in other globally agreed measures on financing for development, according to a new survey conducted by the United Nations.