west africa

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.

Joint UN-African delegation backs delaying Benin’s presidential election

A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officials today backed calls for delaying Benin’s presidential poll, scheduled for Sunday, to allow time to ensure that the electoral process is credible.

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.