west africa

Ban urges implementation of peace agreement to resolve instability in Mali

The promotion of peace and stability in Mali is crucial to its people, for the region and for the world, United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon said today, urging the parties involved in the country's reconstruction to implement the foundations that have been laid out regarding the way forward.

Security Council urges cooperation among countries in West Africa and the Sahel to tackle Boko Haram

While welcoming recent political developments recently observed in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council today stressed the need to increase military cooperation between the States in the region and Sahel to fight against the terrorist group Boko Haram.

“Positive stories” across West Africa but “serious challenges” remain

There are “very positive stories” emerging from West Africa but “serious challenges” continue, that require greater UN support.

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UN Gender Focus: reproductive rights, women police officers and solar energy

Zimbabwe activist champions sexual reproductive rights for women

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Solar energy: A catalyst for transforming lives in West Africa

Solar energy is lighting the pathway to a better future for rural youth and women in West Africa; that’s according to an engineer from Burkina Faso who attended a recent UN conference in Turkey devoted to the world’s Least Developed Countri

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Piracy on steady decline in the Gulf of Guinea

Piracy and armed robbery in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea has been on a steady decline over the past few years, but insecurity remains a source of concern a senior UN official told the Security Council on Monday.

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Diversify to grow the economy, says top economist in Gabon

Diversifying Gabon’s economy will make it more resilient in the face of plunging oil prices.

That’s according to International Monetary Fund’s Mission Chief for the West African country, Montfort Mlachila.

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US$900 million loan from IMF supports Ghana’s economic recovery

Ghana has received more than US$114 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support its economic recovery following several years of turbulence.

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UN and Africa: focus on prison conditions in Benin, drought in Ethiopia and Niger elections

Benin authorities urged to tackle “inhumane” prison conditions

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West Africa: UN Security Council welcomes positive developments, but concerned about political tensions

Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.”