Africa

Ban lauds new report on ways to boost development cooperation with Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today lauded a new report which outlines steps to be taken by Africa and its development partners to help lift millions of people across the continent out of poverty.

Industrialization will help Africa fully join world economy, says Ban

Armed conflict, inadequate infrastructure, weak governance, limited financing and technological abilities, and policies that stifle entrepreneurship, limit competition and raise the cost of doing business are hindering the industrialization that Africa needs to fully join the global economy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Industrial development key to Africa's integration into global economy – UN official

The head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) warned today that Africa must overcome the obstacles to boosting industrial production and gaining a larger share of world trade to benefit from the global economy.

More than a million recently displaced in Eastern and Central Africa – UN

The total number of people forced from their homes in the past six months by persistent violent conflict in Central and Eastern Africa has topped 1 million, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

Africa has full partner in UN in fight against forced displacement – Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged full United Nations support to help Africa address the needs of some 14 million refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) driven from their homes by fighting and prevent the conflicts that caused their plight.

Last African gathering before Copenhagen climate summit kicks off

Negotiators and experts from Africa, the continent most vulnerable to global warming, have converged in Ethiopia for their last United Nations-backed meeting before December’s summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, where nations are set to conclude negotiations on a new climate change agreement.

African governments on the improve, but corruption on the rise – UN report

African nations have made marginal progress in the core areas of governance over the last four years, according to a new United Nations report, which has expressed concern over a rise in corruption in the continent’s authorities in the same period.

African States need to move faster on development, Uganda tells UN debate

The countries of sub-Saharan Africa have spent too long “wandering in the desert of under-development” and need to take faster steps towards building infrastructure and modernizing their economies, the President of Uganda told the opening of the General Assembly’s high-level debate today.

UN agency hails 40th anniversary of landmark African refugee convention

Today marks the 40th anniversary of an African refugee convention, which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) hails as “groundbreaking” for having paved the way for millions on the continent to receive protection and assistance.

Around 88,000 people displaced by floods in Burkina Faso, UN reports

An estimated 48,000 people uprooted by severe flooding in Burkina Faso are sheltering in temporary accommodation such as schools, churches and public buildings while another 40,000 are living with host families, the United Nations reported today.