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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.

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.