Security Council "concerned" by limits on UN troop movement in East Africa

Members of the United Nations Security Council today expressed concern over reports that the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) does not have the full freedom of movement it needs to monitor the border between the two countries.

UN report urges new development plan for Africa to consolidate recent gains

Africa is experiencing "impressive" economic growth, but with recovery fragile and poverty on the rise, the continent needs a new development plan to consolidate recent gains, according to a report released today by the United Nations.

Subregional approach needed to end violence in West Africa: UN report

A mission to West Africa by United Nations agencies has recommended that the international community adopt an integrated subregional approach to prevent the further emergence of conflicts, restore peace and stability and promote economic and social development in the area, according to a report released today in New York.

Rural development and market access keys to fighting hunger in Africa: UN

A firm commitment to investment in agriculture and rural development was key in any effort to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Refugees from Pemba and Zanzibar islands will go back if tensions ease: UNHCR

Tanzanian refugees who fled to Kenya from the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar have told the United Nations refugee agency that they would be ready to return home if talks between the Government and the opposition lead to a joint declaration that would ease tensions on the islands, agency officials said today.

Africa requires massive funding to help stem health crisis, experts tell UN panel

Addressing an expert panel at United Nations Headquarters in New York, a Harvard University professor today made an impassioned appeal for massive assistance to help Africa stem its current health crisis.

UN committee on security in Central Africa opens meeting in Bujumbura

A United Nations committee which aims to foster security and development in Central Africa opened a week-long session in Bujumbura, Burundi, today.

UN agencies help Tanzania to set up HIV/AIDS national body

Several United Nations agencies have joined forces to help the Government of Tanzania to set up a new national body to coordinate all aspects of the country's response to HIV/AIDS, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a lead partner in the effort.

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.