Tourism promotes intercultural understanding, Secretary-General says

Tourism can play a key role in advancing understanding among cultures, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Security in West Africa improving but still fragile: Secretary-General

Security in West Africa is improving, especially in Sierra Leone and Liberia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest regional report to the Security Council, but he adds that despite progress the situation remains fragile and reforms are urgently needed, particularly in the security sector.

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.

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.