Mohamad Sahnoun to serve another year as UN Special Adviser on Horn of Africa

Responding to a decision by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend the term of his special adviser helping with issues affecting the Horn of Africa, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to the renewal of Mohamed Sahnoun's appointment for a year, according to documents released today.

With repatriation soaring in Africa, UN refugee agency appeals for $1.1 billion

With an unprecedented number of repatriation operations underway in Africa, the United Nations refugee agency today launched a $1.1 billion appeal, nearly $100 million more than in 2004, to fund its work for next year to care for some 17 million refugees and other people worldwide.

UN envoys decry disorder in Côte d'Ivoire, opponents of Liberia's peace process

The heads of the five United Nations peacekeeping and political missions in West Africa today decried attempts to derail elections in Liberia and called on the parties in Côte d'Ivoire to break the "perennial impasse" in that country's peace process.

Annan calls on rich countries to fulfill their pledges of aid to sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa will need special help to emerge from the vicious circle of poverty, and rich nations must provide the necessary aid, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a summit meeting of French-speaking countries today.

UN emergency feeding agency calls for more international support for West Africa

As West Africa struggles with challenges posed by drought, locusts and civil unrest, United Nations relief officials called on the international community for more and consistent support for the region.

UN opens workshop on increasing investment flows to Africa

With the harmonization of data related to foreign direct investment (FDI) seen as crucial to increasing such flows to and between African countries, a United Nations-sponsored workshop to help the continent’s specialists strengthen management capability is under way in Ethiopia.

UN agency urges increased aid for West Africa to safeguard fragile peace process

Warning that the absence of headline-grabbing battles now risked pushing three West African countries under the humanitarian radar and undermining nascent peace efforts, the United Nations emergency feeding agency has called on the world community to bolster support for one million people struggling to emerge from the devastation of war.

UN workshop in Kenya looks at finding $64 billion for Africa's development

Difficulties mobilizing development resources for Africa and ways of improving the continent's financial systems are being discussed at a workshop in Kenya this week coordinated by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Noting high growth rate, Annan calls for increased investment in Africa

With many African countries registering their highest economic growth rate in four years, Asian countries can promote trade with and investment in Africa by helping governments there strengthen reforms, encouraging public-private partnerships and using their successes to improve the continent’s image, according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Annan asks Security Council for three-year renewal of UN West Africa Office

Requesting a three-year extension of the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it has proved a useful instrument in raising public awareness about cross-border problems and promoting conflict prevention in the region.