west africa

UN official urges troubled West African States to learn from Guinea poll

The successful elections that put Guinea back on the path to democracy last month is an example that other West African countries facing political instability can emulate, a senior United Nations official said today, presenting to the Security Council a report on peace and stability in the region.

Guinea-Bissau requires sustained international support, General Assembly hears

Guinea-Bissau needs sustained international support to help the fragile and impoverished nation tackle its major challenges, such as organized crime, high unemployment, environmental degradation and a poorly performing justice system, its President told the General Assembly today.

UN agencies launch appeal to assist flood victims in Burkina Faso

United Nations aid agencies and their partners today launched an appeal for more than $14 million to help the victims of flooding in Burkina Faso rebuild their homes and livelihoods over the next six month.

West Africa still at crossroads despite recent progress, says UN envoy

Root causes of conflicts in West Africa, including ethnic tensions and governance challenges, could overturn gains made in consolidating peace, leaving the region at a crossroads, a senior United Nations official said today.

UN sounds alarm on funding gap as rainy season gets under way in West Africa

The rainy season is under way in West Africa and has already caused deadly flooding, but no aid has come in to help the region’s countries, sparking the concern of the United Nations humanitarian arm.

West Africa needs to work on good governance, Ban says

Although some West African countries have made positive gains in consolidating peace and human rights, such strides are being undercut by the paucity of good governance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in a new report.

UN supports democratic transitions in Guinea and Niger, says envoy

The United Nations is working to ensure that democratically-elected administrations are established in Guinea and Niger through the holding of peaceful elections in the two countries, which have been rocked by political instability in the recent past, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, Said Djinnit, said today.

UN humanitarian chief to visit Senegal, Niger and DR Congo

United Nations emergency relief coordinator John Holmes heads later this week to West Africa where the combined effects of poverty, food shortages and rapid population growth have put millions of people in a state of chronic vulnerability.

UN chief calls for peaceful polls in Togo

This week’s presidential election is a “crucial opportunity” for Togo to continue efforts to consolidate democracy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, appealing for the poll to be unscarred by violence.

Unconstitutional changes in West African governments spark Ban’s concern

The recent resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government and other undemocratic practices in West Africa, especially the situation in Guinea, could have negative implications for peace and stability in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon cautioned today.