Flood waters rise faster than funds for UN aid to hundreds of thousands in East Africa

Flood waters in East Africa are rising much faster than funding for United Nations efforts to feed some 1.5 million people whose lives are threatened by the disaster.

UN-sponsored conference seeks ways to ensure safe water in sub-Saharan Africa

With over 300 million people lacking access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million without adequate sanitation, a United Nations-sponsored workshop of water utility managers across the continent has called for increased financing and oversight, including innovative ways to raise funds.

South African university centre wins UN prize for human rights education

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that a South African university centre established during the apartheid era has been awarded its biennial prize for human rights education.

With over 3 million at risk from East African floods, UN steps up airdrops, fundraising

With up to 1.8 million East Africans already at risk of infectious diseases and malnutrition from some of the worst flooding in recent memory, a figure than could top 3 million by the end of the month, United Nations agencies today stepped up their relief operations, from airdrops of critical supplies to appeals for emergency funding.

UN-backed strategy seeks to develop powerful malaria vaccine by 2025

With two people dying from malaria every minute and up to 1,000 others becoming infected, a new United Nations-backed global strategy was launched today to develop a highly effective vaccine within the next 20 years.

It’s a goaaaaaaaaaaaaaal! Spanish soccer great shoots in UN battle against hunger

In the latest collaboration between United Nations agencies and world sports, Spain’s national soccer team captain Raúl Gónzales is shooting to combat hunger across all of Africa, the continent most seriously affected by poverty and under-nutrition.

African industrialization key to cutting poverty, UN officials say

While Africa now produces only a fraction of global manufactured goods, industrialization of the continent is critical to reducing poverty there, say top United Nations officials.

UN flies in more aid to hundreds of thousands of flood victims in Horn of Africa

By truck, donkey cart and on foot, thousands of Somalis who have already fled fighting and drought in their homeland are trekking from flooded refugee camps to drier ground in north-east Kenya as United Nations agencies rush in emergency supplies for up to 1.8 million people hit by the worst floods in years in the Horn of Africa.

Africa can overcome dramatic public health crisis with international support – UN report

While Africa confronts the world’s most dramatic public health crisis, it can over time meet the challenges, given sufficient international support, according to first-ever report to focus on the health of the 738 million people living in the United Nations health agency’s African Region, released today.

Annan hails China’s commitment to double aid to Africa

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has hailed a commitment by China to double its aid to Africa by 2009.