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UN Conducts Ten-Year Review of Advancement of Women

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World Population to Reach 9.1 Billion in 2050, UN Projects

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Commission on the Status of Women 10 Year Review of Beijing

At a meeting on Monday to review progress on women’s advancement 10 years after the Beijing Conference, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has told participants that specific investments and policies are needed to make a difference in the lives of women.

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNRWA Seeks $1.1 billion for Palestinian Refugees over Five Years

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is asking for over one billion dollars to help Palestinian refugees over five years.

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO Report Says 36 Countries Face Serious Food Shortages Worldwide

Thirty-six countries world wide need external food assistance, says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Secretary-General Condemns Car Bomb in Baghdad

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has strongly condemned the suicide car bombing in Hillah, south of Baghdad in which over one hundred and ten people were killed and at least one hundred and thirty others injured.

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Truth and Friendship Commission in Timor L’este has been established.

A Commission of Truth and Friendship has been established by Timor L’este and Indonesia.

28 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Togo – Political Crisis Deepens Rwandan Genocide Suspects Protest in Arusha Africa’s Development Under The Spotlight

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Mass Polio Campaign Starts in East and West Africa

A mass polio immunization campaign in twenty-two countries across east and West Africa started today.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Conference in Vietnam Calls for Making Bird Flu a Priority

Chief Veterinary officers from close to thirty countries have called on governments in Asia to make the fight against bird flu a priority.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Warns of Insufficient Food for Refugees in Rwanda

50,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees may face food shortages unless donors provide more than two million dollars.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Assists Victims of Harsh Winter in Afghanistan

More than 200,000 people in Afghanistan have received assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to cope with the unusually harsh winter conditions in the country.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nine Peacekeepers are Killed in DR Congo

Nine United Nations peacekeepers from Bangladesh were killed on Friday morning when gunmen attacked them in the northeastern Ituri region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kofi Annan Says West Africa Continues to Face Security Challenges

The Security Council today discussed cross-border problems in West Africa.

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO’s Anti-tobacco Treaty Set to Reduce Death and Illness from Tobacco Use

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Past 3 Months Marked by Positive Trends in Kosovo, but Challenges Remain for 2005

25 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The US Virgin Islands on the Barbados Programme of Action; Jamaica calls on sustainable development; Civil society says it can play a major role in implementation of the programme of action; A renewed call for the installation of a tsunami early warning system in the Caribbean; Barbados says it’s making a concerted effort to widen the scope of disaster management; Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas of St.Kitts-Nevis on fight against HIV/AIDS.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Refugee Commissioner Bids Farewell to Staff

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers,today said goodbye to his staff in Geneva.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Battles to Provide Food to Isolated Communities in Afghanistan

Tens of thousands of impoverished people have been cut off by severe winter and are in need of emergency assistance in Afghanistan.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Says Minorities in Kosovo Continue to Feel Insecure

Minorities in the United Nations administered Kosovo province continue to feel insecure.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Lack of Water Kills Hundreds of Children in Developing Countries

Thousands of children in developing countries die from common diseases related to a lack of water and sanitation.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO Invites Governments to Join Tobacco Convention

The World Health Organization has invited governments that have not yet done so to join the convention on tobacco control.

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Fistula Fortnight Addresses Debilitating Condition in Nigeria

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Iraq’s Political Path to Peace Outlined to UN Security Council

24 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming Enters into Force The Impact of the Falling Prices of Agricultural Goods Securing Employment for Youth

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Tunis Summit to Resolve Issues of Internet Governance and Financing

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF Helps Assess Need for International Assistance Following Earthquake in Iran

An emergency team from UNICEF is in south west Iran, to make a preliminary assessment of the need for international assistance after an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the region early Tuesday morning.

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The WHO Strongly Warns About the Global Threat Posed by Bird Flu

The World Health Organization, WHO, has issued a strong warning about the global threat posed by bird flu.

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Concrete Action Needed to Protect Children in Armed Conflict

A significant progress has been achieved since 1996, when the foundation was first laid down for protecting children in armed conflict.

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Helps Launch Campaign for Universal Birth Registration

According to the UN Chilren’s Fund, every year the births of some 48 million children go unrecorded.

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict Briefs the Security Council

23 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

ITU Launches Multi-purpose Community Telecenter Initiative in 20 African Countries that will Empower Women

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNICEF Helps Displaced People in War-Affected Northern Uganda

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNEP Advises Governments to Rebuild Differently After Tsunamis

The destruction caused by the Asian tsunami to the environment offers an opportunity to rebuild in a manner that preserves natural resources for the benefit of the local communities hardest hit by the disaster.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF UK Says One in 12 Children Forced into Worst Forms of Child Labour

One child in 12 is forced into the worst forms of labor, including slavery, the sex trade and hazardous and illicit activities.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Says Rebels Abducting Fewer Children in Northern Uganda

Fewer children are being abducted and trained as soldiers by insurgents in northern Uganda.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Says Acceptance of Lubber’s Resignation No Indication of Guilt

In Geneva, staff of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), have been told that the acceptance of Ruud Lubbers resignation as head of the agency should not be interpreted as indicating he’s guilty of sexual misconduct.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New Micro-credit Agency Established

A new institution has been created to bring together a broad range of financial products and services for the poor.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Ready to Respond to Iran’s Humanitarian Needs

The United Nations is organizing assessment missions to the Kerman province region of Iran affected by this morning’s earthquake.

22 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Day After Kyoto

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Special Rapporteur Visits the Occupied Palestinian Territories

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Afghanistan’s Future Holds Promise and Peril:UNDP Report

Afghanistan’s remarkable progress could easily slip back into chaos and abject poverty, says a UNDP report.

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO Investigates Pheumonic Plague Outbreak in DRC

A World Health Organization team left for the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the weekend to investigate an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the northern part of the country.

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Refugee Agency to Start Repatriating Sudanese Refugees

Following the comprehensive peace agreement signed in early January, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has announced plans to start repatriating Sudanese refugees who fled the country during the 21 year civil war.

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Urges Peaceful Settlement of the Togolese Constitutional Crisis

As the constitutional crisis in Togo remains deadlocked, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed his concern and called for a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Says Move of UNHCR Chief to Resign is in Best Interest of Refugee Agency

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has accepted the resignation of the High Commissioner for Refugees, Ruud Lubbers.

21 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

There is Concern in the UN about the Political Crisis in Togo

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Govenments are Urged to Renew Efforts Towards a Shared Vision of a More Just and Equitable World<>Trinidad and Tobago Says its Vision of Becoming a Developed Country Calls for Promoting an Equitable Society by Eradicating Poverty Among Other Things<>Guyana Says the Challenge of Social Development Looms Larger Today than 10 Years Ago<>Secretary-General Kofi Annan Says Climate Change is A Global Problem Requiring a Global Response<>Caricom Secretary-General Edwin Carrington Says Deteriorating Market Access Conditions Have Led to the Region’s Economic Vulnerability<>The Bahamas Says It Has Made Progress in Implementing The Barbados Program of Action

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN’s Kyoto Treaty against Global Warming Comes into Force <> A Regional Conference on Avian Flu is Held in Viet Nam <> FAO is Restoring the Livelihoods of Fishermen and Farmers in Tsunami Affected Countries <> and, helping Aceh’s Fishing Communities

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Regional Conference on Avian Flu to be Held in Viet Nam

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WHO to Send Team to Probe Outbreak of Pneumonic Plague in DR Congo

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing to send a team to investigate an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Condemns Bombing in Iraq

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the deadly mosque bombings that took place today during prayers in Baghdad.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert Requests a Visit to Ecuador to Probe Judicial Crisis

The ongoing judicial crisis in Ecuador has prompted the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy, to reiterate his request to visit Ecuador.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Says Over 1,000 Afro-Colombians Have Fled Their Homes

More than one thousand Colombians of African descent have fled their communities along the Bojaya River in Colombia to avoid impending clashes between various armed groups in the area.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Nearly 800,000 Tsunami Survivors Still Need Aid

Nearly eight-hundred-thousand survivors of the tsunami disaster in Indonesia’s Aceh province will need food assistance for months to come.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Refugee Head Says Over One Million Afghans May Return Home

More than one million Afghans living in exile in Pakistan and Iran are likely to return home in the next two years as the security situation is likely to improve.

18 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Country Teams in Mano River Union Meet to Discuss Sub-Region’s Challenges

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Community Urged to Immediately Find Way to Halt Killings in Darfur

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World’s Population Reaches 6.5 Billion This Year

A United Nations report says that the world population has reached six-and-a-half billion this year, despite low fertility in developed countries and high mortality in developing countries.~

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Over 40,000 Combatants Are Disarmed in Afghanistan

More than 40,000 combatants have been disarmed in Afghanistan as the country continues its demobilization efforts, after two decades of war and factional conflict.

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Says There Are Still Child Soldiers in Uganda

Many Ugandan children who have been freed from rebel militia groups are participating in armed conflict again. This time, serving with the national army.

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Head of Disarmament Affairs Reports Progress in Controlling Small Arms

The Head of the UN Disarmament Affairs, Nobuyasu Abe, has said that progress has been made in controlling small arms and light weapons.

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Political Crisis in Togo Thousands Flee Violence in DR Congo HIV/AIDS in Zambia

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

FAO Says Fisheries Are the Worst Affected by the Tsunami

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says that fisheries are the worst affected sector after the tsunami struck south east Asia in December.

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Chief Calls for Justice for Victims of Violence in Darfur

The UN Human Rights Commissioner, Louise Arbour has said that people suspected of committing war crimes in the western Darfur region of Sudan should face justice before the International Criminal Court.

17 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Notes Improvements and Shortfalls in Zambia’s Fight Against HIV/AIDS

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Kyoto Global Warming Pact Takes Effect

An international treaty aimed at curbing emissions of greenhouse gases entered into force Wednesday.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Climate Change Requires a Global Response: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan hailed the Kyoto Protocol’s entry into force saying climate change was one of the biggest challenges facing mankind in the 21st century.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Iraq’s Challenge is to Form a Transitional Government Representative of Iraqi Society

Iraq’s most immediate challenge is to form a transitional government that is broadly representative of Iraqi society, and to find ways to bring together all Iraqis in a national effort to define the future of their country.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNICEF Calls for Action on Fighting in DRC

More than 30-thousand civilians have been uprooted by fighting in eastern Congo during the past week.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Report Urges States to Combat Illicit Cross-border Activities Harmful to Children

Member States and regional organizations have been urged to commit themselves to combat illicit cross-border activities harmful to children.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Donors Commit US$20 Million to Tsunami Appeal

The Food and Agriculture Organization has received firm donor commitments of around US$20 million to finance early recovery assistance for the millions of fishermen and farmers affected by the tsunami disaster.

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Kyoto Protocol Enters Into Force Today

16 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Great Expectations: the World Health Organization Follows Six Women from Pregnancy through Delivery <> NGO Helps the UN Women’s Anti-Discrimination Committee with Alternative Reports <> A “Cause-metics” Company Sells a Lip Gloss to Benefit UNIFEM

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Conference Discusses Biotechnology’s Potential for Poverty Alleviation <> A Search for an HIV Vaccine <> A Piano Concert by Gleb Ivanov

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Commission on Social Development on Youth Employment

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UNHCR working too improve conditions for returning Sudanese refugees

UNHCR working too improve conditions for returning Sudanese refugees

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO – Agriculture Commodity Prices Continue Long Term Decline

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP says the lack of funds limits its ability to provide complete food baskets in Darfur

The lack of funds is limiting the ability of the World Food Programme to provide complete food baskets to displaced families in Darfur.

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan says assassination of Rafik Hariri is a great loss

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says a great political leader has been removed from the scene with the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Sees Progress in Zambia’s Fight against HIV/AIDS

Zambia may reach its target of treating 100-thousand of its citizens living with HIV/AIDS by the end of the year.

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Agriculture Commodity Prices Continue Long-term Decline: FAO

A new report today says the long-term downward trend in agricultural commodity prices threatens the food security of hundreds of millions of people in some of the poorest developing countries.

15 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Deputy Secretary-General on globalization; Jamaica on behalf of the Group of 77 and China about poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean;Suriname on Caribbean Community about achieving social development; The U.N. on appeal for flood-battered Guyana; U.N. agencies on Small Island States; Trinidad and Tobago on Barbados Programme of Action

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

World Health Organization Follows Six Women from Pregnancy through Delivery

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP Concerned That Tsunami Is Overshadowing Africa’s Hungry

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annan Urges World to Adapt to New Security Threats

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Europe and the United States to think ahead and help plant the seeds of long term global collective security.

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Intensifies Efforts for Resumption of Talks on North Korea’s Weapons Programme

The United Nations is intensifying efforts to secure a resumption of negotiations in the six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ILO Report Sees Weak Global Job Growth in 2004

A new report by the International Labour Organization shows that job growth globally was generally weak.

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Commission on Social Development Ends Hi-Level Segment with Calls for Renewed Commitment to a More Just and Equitable World.

A high-level meeting to review the 1995 World Social Summit has ended with a 10-point declaration urging governments to renew their call to all people in all countries to join in realizing the shared vision of a more just and equitable world.

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Says Tsunami Aid May Overshadow Africa’s Needs

The UN food agency (WFP) has urged donors not to let the tsunami disaster overshadow its operations in Africa where it says more than 20-million people are in need of food assistance.

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

M.S. Swaminathan, Father of the Green Revolution in India UN helps Aceh’s Fishing Communities after the Tsunami Dr. Klaus Stohr of the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Programme on the transmission of the Bird Flu virus

14 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UNHCR Is Concerned About Iranian Kurd Refugees at Iraq/Jordan Border

A group of just over 100 Iranian Kurd refugees, including at least five pregnant women and a large number of children, is stuck at the border between Iraq and Jordan.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO Says Three Cases of Polio Exported to Saudi Arabia Are Not a Setback

The World Health Organization says that recent cases of the polio virus, which was carried by three children from West Africa to Saudi Arabia, are not a setback in the campaign to eliminate polio by the end of this year.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The World Meteorological Organization Undergoes Reform

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)is undergoing reforms to improve its management, re-establish its integrity, and improve its transparency by providing information to Member States and senior management.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Human Rights Agency Calls for Probe of Massacre of Colombian Peasants

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on Colombian authorities to immediately investigate the massacre of seven peasants at the end of last month.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The Secretary-General Says More Is Needed to Deal With Small Arms

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called for more measures to prevent the spread of small arms.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert Launches Action Plan for Systematic Worldwide Reporting of Child Abuse

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Government Ministers Meet to Assess Progress Made Since ’95 Social Summit

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The 60th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference. Nothing about Us without Us. World Economy Peaks in 2004; Moderate Slowdown Expected in 2005.

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The UN Faces up to the Crimes Against Humanity in Darfur, Sudan.

11 Feb 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General Calls for Tackling Threats of Terrorism and Poverty

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on governments to decide on a package of reforms that will enable the Organization to confront the combined threats of terrorism and poverty.

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Deputy Secretary-General Says Poverty Rates Remain Shockingly High

The Deputy United Nations Secretary-General, Louise Frechette, said today that poverty remains shockingly high.

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert Launches Plan for Protection of Children in Armed Conflict

The United Nations special representative for children and armed conflict, Olara Otunnu, has launched a plan to ensure monitoring and reporting of child abuse worldwide.

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

MONUC Confirms Killings in Eastern part of the DRC

The UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has confirmed that 52 civilians were killed in the Ituri region of the eastern part of that country.

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IAEA Is Concerned about North Korea’s Nuclear Issue

The International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed concern about the decision of North Korea to suspend its participation in the six party talks on its nuclear programme.

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Addresses British Government on Reform Agenda

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Ten Years After Copenhagen Declaration, the Commission on Social Development Says Little Progress has Been Made

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The United Nations Faces up to the Crimes Against Humanity in Darfur, Sudan

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

SUDAN : Key Architects of the North-South Peace Agreement Lay Out Their Plans for the Future in the Security Council, but the Crisis in Darfur Remains Bad

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Bill Clinton is the new Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Tsunami-affected Countries Rehabilitation Efforts Are Underway in the Indonesian Province of Aceh Iraq’s first democratic elections are celebrated; and WHO’s Dr. Heymann on polio eradication

10 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Security Council Gravely Concerned by Situation in Darfur

Members of the UN Security Council have condemned the serious crimes under international law which have been committed in Sudan's Darfur region.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Official Urges Decisive Action to Foster Social Development Goals

The UN Commission for Social Development opened its 43rd session Wednesday with a call for bold and decisive actions to reverse the negative trends of the decade since the adoption of the Copenhagen Declaration ten years ago.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Millennium Declaration Won’t Be Complete Without Recognition of Social Development Issues: Ambassador Kumalo

Chairman of the Commission for Social Development, Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo of South Africa, says negotiations are underway on the substantive proposals that would make up the session's outcome document.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert says Respect for Human Rights is Key to Stability in Somalia

A UN independent expert on human rights in Somalia has warned that peace will remain elusive if the country’s new government fails to ensure respect for human rights.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Launches Project to Prevent Gender-based Violence in Refugee Camps

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and its partners in Kenya have launched a project to strengthen existing actions to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in refugee camps.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

NPT Review Conference Seeks to Curb Weapons Spread

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

University Student Helps Recover Tsunami Victims

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Secretary-General on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Misconduct at the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has written to the Security Council regarding allegations of sexual exploitation and misconduct at the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Search for an HIV Vaccine

9 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African ministers hold a conference on housing A ten year old girl dies of bird flu in Vietnam United Nations takes the initiative to protect indigenous peoples and their rights by establishing the permanent forum on indigenous issues Organic farming points the way to reducing rural poverty

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UN Says Sudan’s Compliance with Commitments Has Been Uneven

The UN Envoy to Sudan has said that the Sudanese government’s compliance with its commitments and obligations has been uneven.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Says its Sudan Programme Is Under-funded

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says that its programme to help Sudanese refugees and internally displaced people return to their homes does not have sufficient funds.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Welcomes Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire Statements

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the statements of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who are meeting in Sharm-el-Sheik.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Appeals for $3 Million to Help Guyana

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is appealing for $3 million to respond to the humanitarian crisis created by floods that hit Guyana last month.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IOM Is Asked to Help to Introduce a New Central American Passport

Central American leaders have asked the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assess the feasibility of introducing a new common passport for Central America.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

New UN-Backed TV Commercial Promotes Public Transport

A new animated 3-second commercial promoting the use of public transport is about to be carried by a number of international television stations in various languages around the world.

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Piano Concert by a Young Russian Pianist at the UN

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security Council Discusses Findings on Human Rights Violations in Darfur, Sudan

8 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The UN Population Fund calls for greater efforts and investments to fight HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean <> UNAIDS says the continuous movement of people throughout the region plays a role in HIV transmission <> The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says it has specific programmes to support sustainable development of small island developing States <> United Nations agencies are preparing to launch an international flash appeal to cover flood recovery efforts in Guyana <> Grenada’s Prime Minister talks about ongoing efforts to rebuild the country following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan <> The Food and Agriculture Organization says the role of agriculture in the sustainable development.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Biotechnology in agriculture as a tool to feed a growing population

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

African leaders agree on a treaty to conserve tropical forests in the Congo Basin

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annan Warns Terrorists: “We Will fight You at Every Turn”

We will build a world of law and right in which terror has no appeal, and no place.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Key Issues Facing Tsunami Survivors are Housing and Jobs: UN Envoy

A senior United Nations official is urging donor countries to provide enough funds for temporary housing and job creation for survivors of the December 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Global Partners Strengthen Collaboration to Speed Progress in HIV Vaccine

The quest for an HIV vaccine is about to get a major boost.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Suspends Two Senior Officials Involved In Oil-For-Food Programme

Secretary-general Kofi Annan has suspended the head of the UN Oil-for Food Programme, Benon Sevan and a senior UN official also involved in the programme -Joseph Stephanaides.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Urges International Support For Israeli/Palestinian Dialogue

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the coming year will be crucial for the Middle East peace process.

7 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

60th Anniversary Of Yalta Conference

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Chief of Staff Says UN is Taking Action on Results of Oil-for-Food Inquiry

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Acts on Oil-for-Food Report

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has initiated disciplinary action against two UN officials implicated in a report of the independent Committee probing allegations of corruption in Iraq's oil-for-food programme.

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Says Ceasefire Monitoring Will Not Be Enough in Sudan

The UN Special Envoy for Sudan Jan Pronk has said that monitoring a ceasefire will not be enough to support the peace process in Sudan.

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Human Rights Chief is Concerned About Situation in Nepal

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has expressed serious concern about the situation in Nepal following the dismissal of the government by the King.

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Three South Asian Countries are on Target to End Polio

Health Ministers of Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, meeting in Geneva, have drawn up a plan to eradicate polio this year.

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

FAO Urges African Countries to Give Priority to Agricultural Research

The Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Jacques Diouf, has urged African countries to give priority to agricultural research and development.

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

The UN Ambassadors of India and Australia Discuss the High-Level Panel Report on Reforming the United Nations

4 Feb 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Sri Lanka Receives Boat Repair Kits for Fishermen

Sri Lanka today received a consignment of boat repair kits to help restore the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen whose boats were destroyed by the tsunami.

3 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Calls for Inclusion of Sunnis in the Political Process in Iraq

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan has called for the inclusion of Sunni nationalists in the transitional political process in Iraq.

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UN Secretary-General Receives Awaiting Report on Investigation of Oil-for-Food Programme, Secretary-General Vows to Improve UN Management

The Chairman of a committee that is investigating allegations of corruption in the oil-for-food programme, Paul Volcker today presented his interim report to the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

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UN Secretary-General Recommends Deployment of Mission in Sudan

The UN Secretary-General is recommending that the Security Council authorize the deployment of more than 10,000 peacekeeping troops and civilian personnel in Sudan.

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Security Council Determined to End Impunity for War Crimes in Darfur, Sudan

The President of the UN Security Council for February has said the Council is determined to ensure there is no impunity for those who have committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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“Nothing about Us Without Us”

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The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, on the Findings of the International Commission on Darfur

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An International Commission Says Certain Members of the Sudanese Government and its Allied Militias have Committed Gross Violations of Human Rights in Darfur

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UN Electoral Assistance Director Praises Iraqi Election for Organization and Voter Turnout

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The First Woman Ever to Be Charged with Genocide Stands Trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

2 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNHCR Working to Strengthen Protection Mechanisms for Asylum Seekers

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR)is launching a one-year project to gather essential information on migration from North Africa into Europe and its impact on refugee protection.

2 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Authorizes Monitoring of Cote d’Ivoire Arms Embargo

The UN Security Council has adopted a wide range of measures to strengthen a two-month old weapons ban on Cote d’Ivoire.

2 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Ready to Help Iraq Draft Constitution If Asked: Eckhard

Meanwhile, a United Nations spokesman says the UN is ready to assist in the constitutional drafting process, only if asked.

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Iraq Needs the UN on a Number of Fronts: Iraqi Ambassador

All parties in Iraq are determined to make sure that everybody is included in the drafting of the constitution.

2 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Clinton Named UN Envoy for Tsunami Reconstruction

Former US president Bill Clinton has been appointed as the UN special envoy for tsunami reconstruction.

2 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

African Ministers Hold Conference on Housing

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UN Commission Finds that Serious Violations of Human Rights and International Law Have Occurred in Sudan

1 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

WFP Rushes Emergency Food to Madagascar Following Cyclone and Storm

The UN food agency (WFP) has begun sending emergency rice to Madagascar to immediately assist thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ernest and a tropical storm that struck the country last week.

1 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Concerned by Tanzania’s Deportation of Asylum Seekers

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over Tanzania’s deportation of asylum seekers from neighboring Burundi.

1 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Congratulates Iraqis on Sunday’s Election

The UN Security Council has welcomed the completion of Sunday’s election in Iraq.

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African Union Ends Summit Seeking to Raise the Continent’s Voice

African leaders have agreed to strengthen economic ties and work out ways of raising the continent’s voice on the international stage.

1 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Commission Says Sudan Violated International Law in Darfur

The Sudanese government and militias have carried out mass killings and probably war crimes in the Darfur region.

1 Feb 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

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