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Deadly toxic waste dumping in Côte d’Ivoire clearly a crime – UN environmental agency

The dumping of toxic chemical waste in Côte d’Ivoire that has already killed eight people and led nearly 78,000 others to seek medical care is clearly a crime although who was responsible and the actual nature of the crime has yet to be determined, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) said today.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN health team helps out in toxic waste emergency

A United Nations health team has flown to Côte d’Ivoire to help the authorities deal with an environmental emergency in the West African country’s largest city following the dumping of toxic chemical waste that has already killed seven people and sent over 44,000 others in search of medical care.

UN meeting leads to stepped-up diplomatic efforts to end instability in Côte d’Ivoire

The Security Council is likely to meet next month to discuss the instability plaguing Côte d’Ivoire and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has agreed to hold a series of meetings on the issue before then amid mounting regional and international concern over the situation there.

Côte d’Ivoire: Annan concerned after president reportedly rejects peace process

With Côte d’Ivoire already reeling from a toxic waste disaster that has claimed at least half a dozen lives, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed concern that the country’s president’s reported decision to abandon the ongoing peace process could lead to further instability there.

Security Council extends expert group on arms embargo against Côte d’Ivoire

Determining that the situation in Côte d’Ivoire continues to pose a threat to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today unanimously voted to extend the mandate of the three-person team monitoring the arms embargo against the West African country.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN sends team to help coordinate response to deadly toxic waste crisis

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today dispatched a three-member team to Côte d’Ivoire to help the West African country’s Government respond to the contamination crisis following last month’s dumping of toxic waste around the city of Abidjan.

Côte d’Ivoire: UN environmental arm probes dumping of deadly toxic wastes

The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) is investigating reports that toxic waste dumped last month around Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, and already linked to the deaths of at least three people, may have been illegally exported from Europe.

Beninese major general appointed by Annan to lead UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed a Beninese major general as the new Force Commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire.