UN Children's Fund resumes programme in north-east Somalia

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today said it was resuming its programme in north-east Somalia, a semi-autonomous area known as Puntland, after talks with the territory's President in nearby Kenya during which they re-affirmed their commitment to working together.

Floods plague Horn of Africa, wash away refugee shelters – UN

Flooding continues to plague the Horn of Africa, with the number of dead and missing in Ethiopia rising and heavy rains washing away shelter for 25,000 Somali refugees in Kenya.

New UN envoy for Somalia arrives in Kenya

The new Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, François Lonseny Fall, was scheduled to arrive today in Nairobi, Kenya, to head the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), which is mandated to spearhead reconciliation talks in the post-conflict Horn of Africa country.

Guinean to be named UN envoy for Somalia

Former Guinean Prime Minister François Lonseny Fall has been chosen to be United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, a UN spokesman said today.

Monitoring group for Security Council arms embargo against Somalia reappointed

With Somali armed groups reported to be still receiving weapons despite a 1992 embargo, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed four experts as members of a re-established sanctions Monitoring Group called for by the UN Security Council.

Security Council recommends continued monitoring of Somali embargo violations

The United Nations Security Council today recommended that Secretary-General Kofi Annan re-establish the group monitoring weapons embargo violations in Somalia and that the Council's relevant sanctions committee visit the Horn of Africa country to show the Council's "determination to give full effect to the arms embargo."

Arms traders circumvent Security Council's embargo against Somalia – UN report

Despite a weapons embargo against Somali militias, they continue to receive arms and to train fighters, leading to "a seriously elevated level of threat of violence against the peaceful establishment in Somalia of the Transitional Federal Government," the UN Monitoring Group on the Horn of Africa country says.

Security Council notes need to expand UN presence in Somalia

Calling on United Nations Member States to support war-battered Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, the Security Council today said it would welcome an incrementally expanding role for the world body in the Horn of Africa country.

Arms embargo against Somalia must be tightened, UN report says

With sporadic fighting continuing in Somalia and preventing the implementation of United Nations programmes in large areas of the country, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is calling for a tighter arms embargo against the Horn of Africa country, especially for heavy weapons.

UN decries killing of BBC journalist, attack on private media firm in Somalia

United Nations officials today condemned the killing of a BBC journalist Wednesday in Somalia as well as a recent grenade attack on the headquarters of a private media firm in the Horn of Africa country’s capital, Mogadishu.