Following deadly fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria, Annan offers UN disaster prevention help

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today reacted with sadness to the news of a fuel pipeline explosion that killed hundreds of people in Nigeria, and pledged the world body’s help in efforts to prevent other disasters from occurring in West Africa.

UNICEF helps Nigeria immunize 29 million children against measles

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided crucial logistical support to Nigeria for a massive immunization campaign to protect 29 million children against measles, a highly contagious virus that kills more children than any other preventable disease in Africa’s most populous country.

Steady progress on demarcating the border between Nigeria and Cameroon – Annan

The situation remains calm on the border between Nigeria and Cameroon as steady progress is made in demarcating their common boundary, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest update on the work of the commission charged with overseeing the peaceful transfer of the once-disputed oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula.

Nigeria hands Cameroon formal control of Bakassi Peninsula under UN-sponsored deal

A formal ceremony was held on the Bakassi Peninsula today to mark Nigeria’s peaceful transfer of authority over the once-disputed region to Cameroon following a pact signed under United Nations auspices earlier this year.

Nigeria withdraws troops from border area with Cameroon as part of UN-sponsored pact

Nigeria has completed withdrawing its troops from the Bakassi Peninsula, beginning the next phase in the implementation of the pact signed under United Nations auspices in June that ensures the border area’s peaceful transfer to Cameroon.

UN-sponsored committee prepares for implementation of Cameroon-Nigeria pact

Kicking off preparations to transfer authority in West Africa’s Bakassi Peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon, following a pact recently brokered by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York, a top United Nations envoy met with facilitators today in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Secretary-General sets first meeting on accord between Nigeria and Cameroon

The first meeting on the details of transferring authority in West Africa’s Bakassi Peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon, as agreed in a recent pact signed under United Nations auspices in New York, will take place in Geneva during the first week of July, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told the Security Council.

UN rights experts urge Nigeria authorities not to infringe on Commission’s independence

Expressing “profound concern” at the removal earlier this month of the head of Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission, two United Nations human rights experts today urged the country’s authorities not to interfere in the independence of the body but to guarantee its freedom of expression.

Under intensive UN mediation, Nigeria and Cameroon sign accord ending border dispute

The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon today signed an agreement settling a decades-old, sometimes violent, border dispute over the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula following intensive mediation over the weekend by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, seeking to avert a potential crisis flashpoint in already troubled West Africa.

Nigeria-Cameroon accord expected after Annan brokers talks on border dispute

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is conducting intensive diplomacy with the leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon in a bid to achieve a breakthrough over their border dispute, a United Nations spokesman said today, predicting that an accord could be finalized on Monday.