1 in 8 Ethiopians facing hunger this year, donor aid needed - UN

With the food situation in Ethiopia deteriorating significantly due to rain failure in some areas and poor rains in many others, international aid is needed to feed a growing number of hungry that this year will reach 1 in 8 of the population, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.

UN aid team goes to southern Ethiopia where humanitarian emergencies loom

Aiming to avert a potential humanitarian catastrophe, United Nations aid coordinators have opened an office in the Somali region of Ethiopia to provide assistance in the areas devastated by drought.

New force commander for UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea takes over

Taking up his post as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE), Maj. Gen. Rajender Singh of India has pledged to uphold the "highest standard" of values in supervising the operation in the border area between the two countries, which fought a war that ended in 2000.

Ethiopia needs nearly $7 million to avert malaria epidemic - UN

With a potentially devastating malaria epidemic threatening to break out in Ethiopia, United Nations agencies are working with the country's Government to raise nearly $7 million to purchase new medicines needed to treat the disease.

Security Council hopes Annan's visits to Ethiopia, Eritrea will break deadlock

The United Nations Security Council today expressed the hope that the meetings between Secretary-General Kofi Annan and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia in their capitals earlier this month would bring new commitment from both to meet his Special Envoy for constructive negotiations over their problems.

UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea gets new force commander

An Indian general will succeed a British one as Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) later this month, UN Secretary-General Kofi told the Security Council President in a letter made public today.

Political deadlock between Eritrea and Ethiopia could bring instability - Annan

The political impasse over marking a border between Eritrea and Ethiopia, following their 1998-2000 war, is a source of instability in the Horn of Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says.

Once world's largest refugee camp in Ethiopia now closed - UN agency

What was once the world's largest refugee camp, hosting more than 250,000 Somalis in Ethiopia, has closed after the final return convoy left for northwest Somalia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Annan responds to Eritrean allegations about UN mission

Calling on Eritrea and Ethiopia to engage constructively with the United Nations mission in the region, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today Eritrea's recent verbal attacks on the mission and the restrictions imposed on it could endanger the lives of UN personnel and limit their effectiveness.

UN funding nutrition training in Ethiopia

With more than half of Ethiopians suffering from chronic malnutrition, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has funded programmes to train trainers at three Ethiopian medical schools, adding nutrition to the expertise of more than 100 medical professionals so far this year, the agency said today.