UN envoys decry disorder in Côte d'Ivoire, opponents of Liberia's peace process

The heads of the five United Nations peacekeeping and political missions in West Africa today decried attempts to derail elections in Liberia and called on the parties in Côte d'Ivoire to break the "perennial impasse" in that country's peace process.

UN emergency feeding agency calls for more international support for West Africa

As West Africa struggles with challenges posed by drought, locusts and civil unrest, United Nations relief officials called on the international community for more and consistent support for the region.

UN agency urges increased aid for West Africa to safeguard fragile peace process

Warning that the absence of headline-grabbing battles now risked pushing three West African countries under the humanitarian radar and undermining nascent peace efforts, the United Nations emergency feeding agency has called on the world community to bolster support for one million people struggling to emerge from the devastation of war.

Annan asks Security Council for three-year renewal of UN West Africa Office

Requesting a three-year extension of the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it has proved a useful instrument in raising public awareness about cross-border problems and promoting conflict prevention in the region.

West Africa mission shows relevancy of UN, Security Council told

Anyone who wonders about the relevancy of the United Nations in today's world should have accompanied the Security Council mission to West Africa where UN employees were helping governments better meet their country's needs, British Ambassador Sir Emyr Jones Parry said today.

West Africa needs UN help to prevent instability, Security Council says

After a fact-finding trip to seven West African countries last month, United Nations Security Council members are recommending strengthening of institutions working for regional stability, such as the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

West Africa full of potential but states are fragile, Security Council told

West Africa is full of potential, but the fragility of its states has brought on a cycle in which there is no sustainable development without security, and little security or stability without development, British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said today as he reported on a Security Council fact-finding trip to seven countries in the region.

Security Council team reports signs of increasing stability in West Africa

The Côte d'Ivoire Government of National Reconciliation has pledged to move forward on its peace agreement with the armed opposition by submitting the recommended political reforms to the National Assembly next month and complementing United Nations peacekeeping actions, a UN Security Council mission visiting West Africa said today.

Security Council delegation says Liberia sanctions will end if conditions are met

As a Security Council mission to West Africa arrived in Liberia today, the team leader said the arms embargo and other measures now in place against the country will be lifted only when conditions are met.

UN Security Council representatives start 10-day mission to West Africa

Representatives of nearly all members of the United Nations Security Council have started a 10-day fact-finding mission, led by British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, to seven West African countries, the UN spokesman said today.