Amid mounting cholera outbreaks in West Africa, UN convenes regional meeting

Faced with an alarming increase in cholera outbreaks in West Africa this summer, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has convened a regional meeting of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working to arrest the spread of the disease.

West African countries face ‘serious’ human rights issues – UN rights chief

With war-torn West Africa still facing “very serious” human rights issues and tensions, the United Nations top rights official today voiced concern for deteriorating human rights in Côte d’Ivoire, fading protections for women in Sierra Leone, and the “profoundly inadequate” justice system in Liberia.

Top UN rights official to visit three post-conflict countries in West Africa

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is heading to three West African countries emerging from armed conflict – Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone – to survey the efforts being made to build effective systems for protecting human rights.

Heads of peacekeeping missions meet in Senegal to review progress and needs

Reviewing the progress made by West African peacekeeping missions, their chiefs today called on the international community to redouble its efforts to strengthen humanitarian assistance for all needy countries in the region, especially for the drought-stricken Sahelian countries facing famine, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) said.

UN-backed forum to look at community re-integration for West African ex-combatants

Seeking to avoid renewed violence in West Africa, a United Nations-backed meeting tomorrow is set to look at new approaches to rehabilitating and re-integrating some 200,000 former combatants in the region.

UN West Africa office calls for more regional respect for constitutional authority

With West Africa holding the African record for unconstitutional government tenure, including coups, a top United Nations envoy today called on the region's leaders to understand that power entails responsibilities to protect, care for and be accountable to their people.

West Africa needs funds to head off festering problems, Security Council told

Reforming the security sectors and reintegrating former militia members into their communities in West Africa need funds that have not been forthcoming and the high youth unemployment has created a desperation that could create unrest even in countries that are now calm, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today.

Military chiefs of UN peacekeeping missions in West Africa meet in Senegal

The military chiefs of the three United Nations peacekeeping missions in West Africa met today in Dakar, Senegal, to share information and assessments of risk.

Annan urges West Africa to make regional arms moratorium permanent

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has recommended that the Security Council take action to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by naming violators of the regional body's arms moratorium and embargoes and by prosecuting those responsible for trafficking in human beings and natural resources.

Preparing mass repatriation, UN refugee chief to visit West Africa

With West Africa now at the centre of a huge repatriation movement as hundreds of thousands of people uprooted by long-running civil wars return home, the head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a six-day mission to the region on Sunday for talks with all sectors, ranging from presidents to the returnees themselves.