west africa

At meeting, heads of UN peace operations stress key role of cooperation in resolving West Africa crises

The critical role of cooperation at local, regional and international levels in addressing the numerous peace and security problems in West Africa was highlighted today at a meeting of the heads of United Nations peace missions in the region.

Amid diverse challenges, continued support for West Africa remains critical – UN envoy

While significant progress has been made over the past years in promoting and consolidating peace in West Africa, the continued attention and support of the United Nations remains critical, according to the world body’s top envoy for the region.

During West African trip, Security Council hears testimonies of Ivorian refugees

On the latest leg of their mission to West Africa, the fifteen members of the Security Council today heard from Ivorian refugees who relayed their stories of survival and expressed their concerns.

Security Council to visit Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone

The members of the United Nations Security Council will leave New York on Friday for an official mission to West Africa.

Head of UN peacekeeping discusses cooperation with senior official of West African bloc

The United Nations top peacekeeping official had discussions with a senior official of the sub-regional bloc of West African States on issues of mutual interest between the two organizations, including how to better work together, during a visit to the region this week.

UN envoy for West Africa stresses cooperation to address regional threats

The United Nations envoy for West African today underlined the Organization’s determination to strengthen partnership with countries in the region to effectively combat threats to stability, including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, drug trafficking and organized crime, as well as the food crisis and insecurity in the Sahel belt.

UN human rights office welcomes Togolese report on violence against detainees

The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the release of an independent report in Togo that examines allegations that members of the West African country’s intelligence agency tortured individuals accused of taking part in an attempted coup d’état in 2009.

UN envoy calls for closer ties with West African regional bloc

A senior United Nations official today called for closer ties between the UN and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deal with threats and challenges to the region after the 15-member body selected a new leadership team.

UN official reports greater stability in West Africa, but progress remains tenuous

Political stability is taking root in West Africa, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, cautioning, however, that progress remains tenuous and could be undermined by developments such the presence of an extremist group in Nigeria or the recent disturbances in Guinea-Bissau where soldiers reportedly tried to seize weapons.