As UN peacekeepers leave Sierra Leone, Annan pledges help to consolidate stability

With the peacekeeping United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) ending its mandate tomorrow, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan today noted its successes and pledged that the UN would remain active in the West African country, helping the Government and people to address the root causes of a brutal civil war and to rebuild national capacity.

Victor Da Silva Angelo of Portugal named head of UN Integrated Office for Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named his Deputy Representative for Sierra Leone, Victor da Silva Angelo of Portugal, as head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).

Sierra Leone: as UN mission ends, Security Council urges continued donor aid

With the United Nation mission that over the past six years has brought peace and stability to Sierra Leone winding up this month, the Security Council has called on donors and development partners to continue their support to consolidate the West African country’s rebirth after a vicious civil war.

Sierra Leone: UN rights body calls on Government to establish rights panels

To avoid a recurrence of the long civil war in Sierra Leone, the international community must bolster national initiatives on human rights and the Government must quickly establish related panels and a comprehensive law reform programme, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says in a report to the General Assembly released today.

As peacekeepers depart Sierra Leone, numerous challenges remain – UN official

Sierra Leone faces a spectrum of challenges, from explosive youth unemployment to taking legitimate control of its rich mineral resources, as the United Nations peacekeeping mission winds down and the next phase of the West African country's development begins, the mission chief said today.

UN-affiliated Special Court for Sierra Leone raises $10 million

The United Nations-affiliated Special Court for Sierra Leone received nearly $10 million from Member States today for the next year, but the amount fell far short of the estimated $25 million needed to continue bringing to justice those accused of having committed serious crimes during the West African country's 1990s civil war.

Sierra Leone makes progress on peace but not on issues that led to war, UN says

With the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone winding down, Secretary-General Kofi Annan hascommended the West African country's Government for its efforts towards consolidating peace, but said many root causes of the 14-year conflict, such as youth unemployment, have not been addressed.

UN mission in Sierra Leone helps start new political talks

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has brought together, for the first time, what are now the three leading political parties in the West African country emerging from more than a decade of civil strife, as the mission winds down its peacekeeping and peacebuilding work.

Sierra Leone: UN mission chief calls on security forces to respect constitution

With only a few months left on the United Nations peacekeeping mission's timetable in Sierra Leone, the mission chief has called on the nation's security forces to respect the constitution by subjecting themselves to civilian authority and to build trust between themselves and the people of the West African country emerging from 12 years of civil war.

Security Council establishes UN integrated support team for Sierra Leone

With the six-year-old United Nations peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone set to close its doors in January, the Security Council today authorized the establishment of a follow-on UN integrated office to help achieve long-term stability and sustainable development as the West African country continues to recover from a bloody civil war during the 1990s.