UN-backed project aims to jump start economic development in Guinea-Bissau

A new project backed by the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will boost the incomes and living conditions of some 100,000 rural poor in Guinea-Bissau.

Guinea-Bissau: UN peacebuilding office should be extended – Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended that the mandate of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau be extended for one year, with the possibility of it transforming into an integrated mission following the 2008 legislative elections.

Security Council warns drug trafficking, other crimes imperil Guinea-Bissau

Drug trafficking and organized crime are threatening to undermine the efforts of Guinea-Bissau to develop the rule of law, democracy and transparent governance and they are also destabilizing the wider West African region, the Security Council said today.

Guinea-Bissau: drug trafficking threatens consolidation of democracy, says Ban Ki-moon

Despite recent progress in the fields of public finance and cooperation with international finance institutions, the consolidation of democracy in Guinea-Bissau is being impeded by numerous challenges, particularly drug trafficking, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.

Migiro urges greater support for Guinea-Bissau and other post-conflict nations

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today called for greater international support to Guinea-Bissau and other African nations emerging from conflict, following a visit to the small West African nation last week.

Rising organized crime in Guinea-Bissau alarms Security Council

Voicing concern about the “alarming increase in organized crime, drug trafficking and the proliferation of illicit small arms in Guinea-Bissau,” the Security Council today called on the international community to step up its efforts to bolster the security institutions of the small African country.

Ban Ki-moon pledges UN support for Guinea-Bissau’s parliamentary polls

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has assured Guinea-Bissau of the world body’s support in organizing and monitoring the parliamentary elections to be held next year in the small West African country, which has witnessed rising political and social tensions, and a deteriorating economic situation.

Migiro visits Guinea-Bissau in show of UN’s support

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrived in Guinea-Bissau today on a visit intended to reaffirm the world body’s support for the West African’s country’s ongoing efforts to consolidate peace, national reconciliation and constitutional governance.

Resignation of Guinea-Bissau’s Prime Minister sparks Security Council concern

The Security Council voiced alarm today about the political and social tensions in the small, impoverished West African nation of Guinea-Bissau after the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, and called on Government and legislative leaders to resolve their differences through dialogue.

International support for Guinea-Bissau undermined by persistent bitter rifts, UN reports

Enduring political and personal rifts are undermining Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to attract regional and international support, public administration and security sector reforms are vital, and international aid is crucial to help the small West African country fight mounting drug trafficking and organized crime, according to a United Nations report released today.