Security Council calls for wide-ranging steps to ensure lasting peace in West Africa

The disarmament and reintegration of former combatants, an end to the threat from the illegal trafficking of small arms and light weapons, and much stronger national institutions and civil society groups are just some of the necessary steps that West Africa must take if peace is to consolidate across the region, the Security Council said today.

Youth unemployment a ‘ticking bomb’ for security in West Africa: UN study

Increasing levels of youth unemployment in impoverished West Africa, where almost three quarters of the population is under 30, poses a serious threat to the security and stability of the whole region, the United Nations Special Representative for the area warned today, highlighting the findings of a UN study looking at ways to diffuse this “ticking bomb.”

UN launches $92 million appeal to stave off new hunger, deaths in West Africa

Facing a difficult new lean season which could mean death for more than 300,000 children in four West African sub-Saharan countries unless steps are taken now, the United Nations today launched an appeal for nearly $92 million to feed one of the world’s poorest regions.

UN agency calls for international aid as millions battle for survival in West Africa

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community to fully support its efforts to tackle hunger and poverty in West Africa, saying it has a “huge job to do in 2006” to assist the poorest region of the world.