West Africa is destabilized by border-crossing foreign troops, UN says

Stability, good governance and development remain out of reach for four West African countries because of inadequate United Nations peacekeeping troop strength, the possible repatriation of ex-combatants, the cross-border movements of foreign fighters and a lack of urgent financial assistance.

Appointment of Annan’s special adviser on Africa extended another year

The United Nations Security Council has agreed, at the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to extend the term of appointment of Mohamed Sahnoun, Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Africa.

UN labour agency calls for new international policies to create jobs in Africa

The present model of globalization is not working for Africa and international policies must change to put jobs at the centre of the development debate in an employment-centred approach to alleviating the continent's chronic poverty, the head of the United Nations labour agency said today.

UN must support efforts of Central Africa to stabilize itself, a UN official says

A senior United Nations official, introducing a report on the conflict-plagued Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), called on the Security Council to assist the area in its efforts to stabilize itself and build peace and democracy.

UN agency sponsors nutrition workshop for West Africa in Burkina Faso

Improving the diets of West Africans facing nutritional deficiencies will be the focus of a workshop next week in Burkina Faso sponsored by the United Nations and research institutions.

Annan calls for end to tariffs and subsidies that stifle Africa's trade

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on industrialized countries today to lift the tariffs and subsidies that lock poor countries into poverty by reducing their ability to trade manufactured goods.

UN can do more to help Central Africa overcome problems, mission finds

The United Nations can do more to help the nations of Central Africa promote good governance and stem cross-border problems like the illegal flow of arms, drugs and militia, a UN mission to the region has found.

UN's four West African missions discuss how to cooperate more

The heads of the four United Nations' west African peacekeeping and political missions met on Saturday in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, to discuss how to better harmonize their work.

West African insecurity problems need regional solutions, UN says

Movement of combatants and weapons across borders makes insecurity a major problem that needs a regional solution in West Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s envoy for the region said today.

Millions in southern African face 'severe hunger', UN food agency warns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that funding for its operations in southern Africa are at less than half of what is needed and unless donations pick up some 6.5 million people will face "severe hunger."