Organized crime in West Africa the focus of talks between UN envoy, Interpol

Transnational organized crime in West Africa, including illicit drug trafficking and the proliferation of illegal arms, as well as maritime piracy, dominated discussions today between a senior United Nations envoy and the head of the international police organization, Interpol.

West Africa: UN agencies step up relief efforts in wake of widespread floods

United Nations humanitarian agencies are expanding their relief efforts across West Africa, where rising flood waters have displaced hundreds of thousands of people in seven countries, damaged major infrastructure and sparked the threat of widespread outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Shutdown looms for UN air service for aid workers in West Africa

The future of the United Nations air service that helps relief workers to deliver life-saving supplies and assistance to hundreds of thousands of West Africans is in jeopardy because of a funding shortfall of more than $5 million, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.

Despite progress, West Africa faces challenges in consolidating peace – Ban

Although West Africa has made strides towards shoring up peace, the region must still overcome such obstacles as youth unemployment, rapid urbanization and irregular migration, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a new report made public today.

UN envoy to visit Sahel to draw attention to regional challenges

A senior United Nations envoy heads to West Africa next week for a three-country mission aimed at spotlighting the effects of climate change, the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and other challenges facing the countries of the Sahel.

Deadly violence between Malian forces, Tuareg rebels alarms Secretary-General

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern today about the situation in Mali, where clashes yesterday between Government forces and ethnic Tuareg rebels in the north-east of the West African country have resulted in numerous fatalities.

Ivorian peace process tops agenda of Ban Ki-moon’s final stops in West Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today reaffirmed the continued support of the United Nations for Côte d’Ivoire’s peace process, including the elections slated for later this year, as he arrived in Abidjan, the final stop on a four-nation tour that also took him to Ghana, Liberia and Burkina Faso.

Ban Ki-moon selects Algerian official as top envoy for West Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his plan to appoint Algeria’s Said Djinnit as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

Western Sahara: UN envoy to visit region for in-depth consultations

The United Nations envoy for Western Sahara travels tomorrow to the region for a round of in-depth consultations with the parties ahead of the next round of scheduled talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario.

New UN initiative aims to boost food security in West Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched projects in five West African countries, considered to be among the world’s poorest, to help increase agricultural output and create new markets for products.