UN’s regional African offices meet to discuss common security issues

The United Nations political offices in West Africa and Central Africa have held a joint meeting on common cross-border threats, such as piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the aftermath of the Libyan crisis on security across the Sahel and the activities of the notorious rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

Africa, on eve of economic renewal, needs world trade and investment – UN

With Africa potentially on the eve of an economic renewal, a senior United Nations official today called on the international community to grant the continent fairer access to markets for its exports and invest in its lucrative resources by funding the necessary infrastructure.

Peaceful transfer of power in Zambia after elections offers an example to world – Ban

Zambia has set an example for the rest of Africa and the wider world about how power can be transferred peacefully, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he congratulated its people for its staging of presidential elections.

UN refugee agency to airlift aid into Somalia for Eid al-Fitr holiday

The United Nations refugee agency today said it will airlift 240 tons of aid from Saudi Arabia to Somalia during the Eid al-Fitr holiday to ensure that those facing the severe food crisis in the Horn of Africa country have enough to eat during the special occasion, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan.

Manufacturing is an answer to poverty in Africa – UN report

A new United Nations report released today on development in Africa calls for increased manufacturing on the continent to reduce poverty.

Youth education and employment key to progress in Africa – Migiro

The United Nations today urged African countries to empower the continent’s youth through schooling and jobs, stressing that the foundation for peace and development lay in giving young people opportunities to build better lives for themselves.

Africa’s children deserve more protective environments, UNICEF says

African governments need to provide “more protective environments” to keep children safe and free from harm and exploitation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) urged today.

African trade diversification should be encouraged – UN-backed report

African countries should develop closer ties with both traditional and emerging partners, to boost sustainable and inclusive growth, according to a United Nations-backed report released today.

Africa’s young people vital to sustainable development, says UN chief

One of Africa’s greatest untapped resources is its young people, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, urging the continent to take advantage of the skills and talents of its youth to promote sustainable development.

Refugee numbers in East Africa rises, as internal displacement declines slightly – UN

The number of refugees in 10 countries in Eastern Africa has risen to nearly 1.4 million, an eight per cent increase since September, the United Nations humanitarian office said today in an update that shows that the majority of the new asylum-seekers travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia.