Industrial development in Africa can help achieve better world for all, says Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the need to increase international cooperation to unleash Africa's potential, saying that the continent's development can contribute to a better world for all.

Africa’s youth can do great things for the continent, says Ban

Africa’s young population can drive the continent’s future development, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told an international symposium taking place in Benin.

Domestic resources and diversification key to economic growth in Africa – UN

African countries must mobilise domestic revenue and diversify their economies to supplement resources that flow into the continent from foreign aid, loans and investment to sustain growth during the global financial crisis, the head of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said today.

More than 1.8 million people in West and Central Africa affected by floods – UN

Over 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in Central and West Africa, which have also killed nearly 400 people, the United Nations humanitarian arm reported today, adding that Benin remains the country hardest hit by the disaster.

General Assembly President urges more support for African development goals

The President of the United Nations General Assembly today underlined the need to devote increased financial and technical resources to priority areas of African development, particularly agriculture, to increase the potential of States on the continent to achieve their goals.

Morocco proposes high-level UN dialogue on African investment

To maximize Africa’s potential, the Prime Minister of Morocco today called for a high-level General Assembly dialogue on spurring investment in the continent, which is home to more than 900 million people and abounds in natural resources.

African development strides propelled by policy innovations, says UN-backed report

Expanded social protection programmes and other innovative policies have helped to spur Africa’s progress in achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a new United Nations-backed report.

Ban calls for four-pronged approach to preventive diplomacy in Africa

Highlighting the crucial role of preventive diplomacy in stemming conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged a four-prong approach to defuse tensions and resolve disputes in Africa.

Small-scale farmers in Malawi latest beneficiaries under UN local purchase scheme

Malawi has become the latest country to join an innovative scheme by which the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) buys surplus from local farmers’ organizations for its aid operations, thereby helping to boost agricultural production and incomes in developing nations.

UN envoy holds consultations on Western Sahara

The United Nations envoy dealing with Western Sahara is holding consultations in the capitals of the nations comprising the so-called Group of Friends, a diplomatic cluster working to help resolve the dispute over the territory.