Security Council mission heads to West Africa to observe peace operations

With the United Nations Security Council spending at least half of its time on African issues, the Ambassadors of 14 of the 15 Council members will leave New York on Sunday for a 10-day fact-finding visit to seven West African countries, the leader of the group said today.

UN disarmament teams in West Africa meet to work out strategies

Four Disarmament, Demobilization and Re-Integration (DDR) teams from United Nations peacekeeping missions, national governments and development partners have discussed how to stop the circulation of fighters and weapons through porous regional borders.

Annan calls on Mano River Union to speed up socio-economic development

The Mano River Union, blessed by nature, could become the engine of growth for the West African region if the leaders of the three member states would exercise the necessary political will to accelerate the development of their countries, according to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Five UN peace missions in West Africa to meet in Senegal on Friday

The heads of the five United Nations missions in West Africa will meet Friday in Senegal's capital to continue coordinating their policies and operations and to the discuss specific cross-border issues, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said today.

Meetings seek to boost UN cooperation with West Africans

A meeting of representatives of the United Nations and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Senegal this weekend will explore how best the two organizations and civil society can implement UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations on stabilizing West Africa, the UN regional office said today.

Annan urges West Africa to break with authoritarianism

West Africa's problems stem from abuses of the region's governance, human rights and transparency obligations, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the Security Council today.

Security Council reviews steps to facilitate cross-border operations in West Africa

Weighing Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations to reduce conflict in West Africa, the United Nations Security Council today said it would consider facilitating cross-border operations and strengthening cooperation among the UN peacekeeping missions in the region.

Annan to urge coordinated approach in helping to stabilize West Africa, aide says

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will urge the Security Council to adopt a coordinated approach to tackling the cross-border problems plaguing West Africa, one of his senior aides said today.

West African peace mandates must help establish good governance - UN report

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the Security Council to allow peacekeeping missions in West Africa enough time in post-conflict countries to help establish good local governance and ensure national involvement in fostering reconciliation in the region.

Heads of UN peace missions in West Africa to meet Friday

The heads of all five United Nations peace missions in West Africa will meet later this week in a bid to harmonize the UN’s policies and activities in the region, pulling together common assets across the area and exploiting synergies among the operations to achieve greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness.