Annan to attend African summit on AIDS, infectious diseases later this month

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Nigeria later this month to attend a top-level African forum focusing on the problem of infectious diseases on the continent, his spokesman announced today in New York.

Malaysian companies ready for business in Africa: UN development agency

Malaysian business executives attending a workshop on Sub-Saharan Africa have expressed their interest in doing business on the continent, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which sponsored the event.

Issue of malaria in Africa proposed for consideration by General Assembly

At the request of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), a United Nations committee has proposed that the General Assembly discuss the question of malaria in Africa.

Africa receives first vaccines under global immunization campaign: UNICEF

In a major step towards saving the lives of millions of children, a global immunization campaign supported by several United Nations agencies began today the first round of its worldwide schedule of vaccine deliveries.

New World Bank project for Africa to help protect trade from political risks

The World Bank today announced the approval of $110 million in credits to help seven African countries to reduce poverty by providing access to political risk insurance that could stimulate private sector-led growth and cross-border trade.

In Nairobi, Secretary-General discusses regional issues with Kenya's President

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi in Nairobi today to discuss a wide range of regional issues, including conflicts in various parts of Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic on the continent.