UN chief following Mali crisis ‘with concern’ as Security Council strongly condemns arrests

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the derailing of Mali’s transitional government following the apparent forced departure of both the President and Prime Minister on Tuesday, by the leader of last August’s military coup.

UN-backed meeting of African States targets terrorism, violent extremism

Regional security topped the agenda of a United Nations-backed joint summit on Central and West Africa searching, among other things, for a practical approach to fighting terrorism.

UN and Africa: focus on Gambia, Uganda and Congolese refugees in Tanzania

Gambia transition “clear evidence” of “preventive” diplomacy in action

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“Women feed Africa” but have low access to land

Women are the main producers of food in Africa but continue to have problems accessing land that is typically owned by men; that’s according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Ban welcomes deal aimed at ending tensions between Ghana and the Gambia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached by the Gambia and Ghana to end tensions that emerged after the deaths and disappearances of Ghanaian nationals on Gambian territory in 2005.

Gambia: joint UN-African team to probe deaths of Ghanaian nationals

A joint fact-finding team from the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been set up to look into the deaths of a number of Ghanaian nationals who were found buried in Gambia in 2005, the world body announced today.

West Africa: Annan encourages preventive measures to deal with regional conflicts

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today encouraged a grouping of West African countries to come up with preventive measures to deal with conflicts created by governments in the region that violate constitutional norms and flout basic principles of good governance.