The UNHCR (UN High Commission for Refugees) is organising Global Consultations on International Protection. They reflect the heightened recognition over recent years of the fact that refugee protection is an international concern and that crafting responses to address many of today's issues is best approached on the basis of multilateral cooperation, fully informed by the protection concerns at stake, as well as the dilemmas and challenges in addressing them in all regions. To move the more

On the second day of his "working" visit to the United States, Nigerian President Olusegun Obansanjo met with President George Bush, African-American leaders, World Bank and IMF executives and congressional leaders. But HIV/AIDS and regional conflict in Africa framed the key discussions.

The National Women's Law Center and Catholics for a Free Choice (CFC) are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to support an amendment to this year's State Department funding bill that would overturn President George W.Bush's ban on federal money for organizations that support or perform abortions abroad.

Mining in rebel-held eastern Congo is driving eastern lowland gorillas closer to extinction and destroying outstanding national parks, the World Wide Fund for Nature said yesterday. Thousands of miners seeking the highly prized mineral colombo tantalite, known as coltan, have invaded and severely damaged the forests in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in eastern Congo, WWF said.

Denmark will not increase aid before the government makes significant improvement on governance and the fight against graft, it announced last week.