west africa

Guinea: Ban presses for reconciliation and dialogue ahead of legislative polls

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Guinea to peacefully resolve all major political disputes to ensure that parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year in the West African country are free and fair.

Mali issues call at UN for international help ahead of elections and referendum

Mali’s Prime Minister has taken to the General Assembly to call on the international community to support a constitutional referendum and national elections scheduled for next year, saying they will cement nearly two decades of democratic behaviour in the West African country.

Security Council voices concern over maritime piracy in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea

The Security Council today voiced concern over increasing maritime piracy, armed robbery and reports of hostage-taking in the Gulf of Guinea, saying the crimes were having an adverse impact on security, trade and other economic activities in the sub-region.

Cape Verde: Ban commends ‘peaceful and credible’ presidential poll

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the peaceful staging of presidential elections in Cape Verde, saying they illustrate the West African country’s continued adherence to democracy and good governance.

UN-backed Cameroon-Nigeria commission meets to resolve border issues

The United Nations-backed Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) kicks off a two-day meeting today in Abuja, Nigeria, to continue discussions on the remaining border issues between the African neighbours, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) reported.

Security Council praises progress towards peace and stability in West Africa

The Security Council today voiced satisfaction with the progress countries in West Africa are making towards greater peace and stability, welcoming the positive developments in post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding, particularly in Guinea and Niger, as well as the end of the violent post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire.

UN-backed meeting on West African polls wraps up with call on electoral laws

The list of eligible voters and the development of electoral laws are critical to determining the ultimate success of the poll and it is therefore vital that the process of drafting each of them is done with as much consultation as possible, a United Nations-backed conference on elections in West Africa concluded today.

UN-backed conference on improving elections in West Africa opens

In a year when many West African countries are preparing to stage critical elections, more than 100 delegates from across the region gathered today for the start of a three-day United Nations-backed conference aimed at helping to ensure that the polls consolidate peace and deter conflict.

Praising Senegal’s progress on human rights, UN official says more work is needed

Senegal has made significant progress in improving human rights, but the country should put the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré on trial for international crimes, and combat the trafficking of children across West Africa, the United Nations human rights chief said today.

UN chief welcomes successful staging of presidential election in Niger

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the provisional results of the second, run-off round of presidential elections in Niger, calling it “an important step towards restoring democratic governance” in the West African country.