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Paul Volcker Issues a Report on Oil-For-Food Programme Armed Militias Hand in their Weapons in the DR Congo Togo Prepares for Elections in April

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A Link Between Dumping of Toxic Waste Products and Enjoyment of Human Rights Established

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A UN-Backed Ecological Report Gives Low Marks for the Planet’s Sustainability

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Human Rights Rapporteur Says War on Terror is Causing Violations of Right to Food

The UN’s Human Rights Rapporteur on the Right to Food says the global war on terror has increased hunger in the world by diverting resources from food aid.

31 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

MONUC to Disarm Former Rwandan Combatants in the DRC

UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has welcomed the announcement by Rwanda’s main Hutu rebel group, based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that it is ending its armed actions against Rwanda and denouncing the 1994 genocide.

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MONUC to Enforce April 1st Deadline for Disarmament of Ituri Rebels

Meanwhile, April 1st is the deadline for rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri region to lay down their arms and the UN Mission in the country, MONUC, today reaffirmed that there will be no extension for them to comply.

31 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Report Says Root Causes of Human Trafficking in South Eastern Europe Are Not Being Addressed

A new report on the trafficking of human beings in South Eastern Europe says the root causes of the problem are not being adequately addressed.

31 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WFP Sends Final Shipment of Assistance to China

The World Food Programme is scheduled to end its assistance to China when the last shipment of wheat from Canada arrives on the 7th of April.

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UN Secretary-General Is Exonerated by Oil for Food Report

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Bulgarian NGO Uses Technology to Empower Women

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Security Council Votes to Strengthen Sanctions on Parties in Darfur

The UN Security Council voted Tuesday to strengthen an arms embargo on Sudan’s Darur region.

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Annan Relieved After Being Cleared by Volcker Report

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed relief after an independent inquiry into the Oil-for-Food Programme in Iraq cleared him of any wrong-doing.

30 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Volcker Committee Questions about Role of Security Council in Iraq Programme

Meanwhile, the head of the Committee, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, says the Committee has a great deal of work to do in the months ahead.

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UN Rights Official Urges North Korea to Bring Immediate Halt to Rights Abuses

A UN human rights official has urged North Korea to take immediate action to prevent further human rights abuses.

30 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Earth’s Ecosystems Crucial for Economic and Social Stability: Study

Growing populations and expanding economic activity have strained the earth’s ecosystems over the past 50 years, a trend that threatens international efforts to combat poverty and disease.

30 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Extends Peacekeeping Mission in DRC

The UN Security Council Wednesday voted to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for another six months until October.

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A Review of the Situation of Women 10 Years after Beijing Sees the World’s Women Moving in the Right Direction Progress for Women in Pakistan The Lives of Ghanaian Women Improve After Beijing

30 Mar 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

The 20th Anniversary of the Day of Solidarity with Detained or Missing UN Staff: Alec Collette Whereabouts Still Unknown

29 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Rapporteur Urges DPRK to Reform Laws and Ensure Humanitarian Access

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Oil-for food investigators say there’s no proof Annan knew of Cotecna’s bid

“There is no evidence that the selection of Cotecna in 1998 was subject to any ….improper influence of the secretary-general in the bidding or selection process.”

29 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN responds swiftly to earthquake disaster off coast of Sumatra

The United Nations has been working to assess the level of damage and loss of life, and provide assistance as quickly as possible to those affected by the Monday's earthquake near Sumatra.

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WFP ferrying injured from earthquake shattered island

The World Food Programme has sent two teams to evaluate the damage caused by Monday's killer earthquake in Nias and Simeulue.

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Tsunami warning system helped alert region on earthquake: UN

Meanwhile, the initial parts of an Indian Ocean tsunami early warning system helped to alert governments of the region to Monday's earthquake.

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No significant progress towards stable peace in Cote d’Ivoire: UN

The peace process in Cote d'Ivoire has not made any significant progress and continues to suffer from the reverberations of the attacks of last November.

29 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Armed Militias in Eastern DR Congo Disarm in Large Numbers

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UN Public Information Officer Witnesses Tsunami Humanitarian Assistance

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UN Urges Asia to Choose Sustainable Growth

A two-day meeting of environment ministers from the Asia-Pacific region opened Monday with a challenge of how to enhance development without hurting the environment.

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Post-Tsunami Hunger Crisis Averted: WFP

The World Food Programme says starvation and widespread malnutrition have been successfully averted in the three months since the December 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

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Annan Urges States to Do More to Protect UN and Associated Personnel

The United Nations on Monday paid tribute to its staff members who have been arrested, detained, abducted or have “disappeared” while in the service of the Organization.

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

Greece Ready to Restart Reunification Process in Cyprus: Foreign Minister

Greece has expressed its readiness to re-start the process of re-unifying Cyprus.

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Annan Condemns Bombing in Lebanon.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Sunday condemned the continued bombings in Lebanon, calling on the Lebanese government to prevent a further deterioration in the country’s security situation.

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The UN System Launches the “Water for Life” Decade The UN Pays Tribute to Health Providers on World TB Day Skin Cancer Cases Are On The Rise Due to Artificial Tanning

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Women Scientists Look into Increasing Education and Career Opportunities for Women

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Jordan Presented with FDR Award for Upholding Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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Secretary-General Appeals to Parties in Cote d’Ivoire Peace Process to Carry Out AU Plan of Action Without Delay

In his latest report on Cote d’Ivoire, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the country’s peace process has been limited since last November, and the protracted delays are dangerous, increasing the possibility of renewed hostilities.

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

Secretary-General Endorses Strengthening Measures to Prevent Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called upon member states to put in place changes to help resolve the problem of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

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

UN Security Council Authorizes Peacekeeping Mission for Sudan

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voted unanimously to authorize a peacekeeping mission for southern Sudan.

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

Security Council Receives Report on UN Investigation into Hariri Assassination in Lebanon

The United Nations Mission of Inquiry into last month’s assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of Lebanon has delivered its report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has, in turn, forwarded it to the Security Council.

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

Head of UNRWA, the Agency Responsible for Palestinian Refugees, Prepares to Leave

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

2005 World TB Day: Tribute to Health Providers

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On World TB Day, the UN and its Partners Call for Stepping Up Efforts against the Disease, Especially in Africa

Tuberculosis kills two million people every year.

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

UNHCR Completes Relief Effort in Indonesia’s Tsunami-devastated Aceh Province

The UN refugee agency says it is phasing out its emergency relief operations in Indonesia’s Aceh province, as work in the tsunami-devastated region shifts to long-term reconstruction.

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

Briefing on Middle East to Security Council

On his recent visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated the UN position that Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the northern West Bank was not an end in itself, but rather an important step in the broader peace process.

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

UN Report Recommends Stricter Measures to Punish Peacekeepers for Sexual Abuses

A new UN report has recommended that measures to punish peacekeepers accused of sexual abuse should be strengthened.

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Secretary-General presents his report entitled "In Larger Freedom: Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All”. The report deals with terrorism, human rights and the reform of the United Nations so that it can better face challenges in today’s world. The Central African forest is shrinking at an alarming rate of 8,000 kilometres per year as a result of illegal logging and poaching. To address this problem, African leaders met recently in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo where they signed a treaty to protect the continent’s forest.

24 Mar 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Secretary-General Kofi Annan unveils proposals to reform the United Nations System The Head of the UN Mission in Haiti Says the Mission Wants to Combine Military Operations with Development Projects Haiti Says Respect for Women’s Rights Forms the Basis of Sustainable Development and for Building Democracy Suriname Joins in the Call to Include Boys and Men as Equal Partners and Advocates for Equality The Head of the Caribbean Epidemiological Centre Says the Centre Has Helped Reduce the Problems of Diseases

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

Secretary-General calls for a deal by world leaders on poverty, security and human rights. Can the world really make a difference in the lives of the Poor?

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World Meteorological Day

Today is World Meteorological Day, a day to recall how advances predicting weather have improved the well-being of mankind.

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Envoy Calls on Bosnia and Herzegovina to Cooperate with UN Tribunal

The High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lord Ashdown, has reiterated that the only way the country can join the European Union and NATO is by cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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

OIC Calls for Halt to Building of Israeli Wall in West Bank

Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan, in Geneva has called on the international community to urge Israel to stop building its separation wall in the West Bank.

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

Secretary-General at Arab League Summit

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Arab leaders to nurture the growing appetite for democracy in the Arab world.

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

UN Mission Liberates Haiti’s Police Stations from Armed Gangs Threatening Population

As Haiti prepares for elections in October and November, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH, is freeing police stations from occupation by disbanded military and armed gangs.

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

Progress for Women in Pakistan

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

Skin Cancer Cases Rise Due to Artificial Tanning, UN Warns

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A joint UNICEF/India program eases children’s trauma following the tsunami and major epidemics are believed to have been thwarted due to prompt delivery of clean water and vaccination campaigns in interim shelters: a report from the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, India

23 Mar 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Annan Expresses Sadness over Death of Peacekeepers in Haiti

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed his sadness over the death of two UN peacekeepers in Haiti.

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

Security Climate in Kosovo Substantially Improved: UN Envoy

The UN Special Envoy to Kosovo says the security climate in the province has improved substantially in the past year.

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

Access to Safe Water a Priority as UN Marks World Water Day

Today is World Water Day.

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

Human Rights Office Considers Reform Proposals a Promising Step Forward for UN System

The Secretary-General’s blueprint for reform is a promising step forward for human rights and the United Nations system.

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

Annan Hopes Governments Accept Reform Proposals

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed the hope that governments will conclude that Monday’s sweeping proposals for over-hauling the United Nations is in their interests.

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

The International Community Celebrates World Water Day

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West Africa Struggles to Maintain Democracy

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Annan Calls for Far-Reaching Reforms of United Nations

Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday unveiled the most far-reaching and radical proposals in the 60-year history of the United Nations, saying they're aimed at reforming the organization to play a central role in the global decisions of the 21st century.

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

World Bank Reacts to UN Reform Proposals

Reaction to the Secretary-General’s Reform Proposals Was Quick.

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

UN official calls attention to major challenges facing China

A top United Nations official says China continues to face serious challenges posed by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, environmental pollution, and gender inequality despite its social and economic progress.

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

Top Investigator on Racism Calls for Respect for Cultural Diversity in Europe

There’s been a call for political leaders to continue international and European efforts to eradicate racism and contribute to building an inclusive Europe that reflects the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of its people.

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

Egeland Calls on DRC Authorities to Protect the Congolese Population

The UN’s top emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland has expressed deep concern at the deteriorating security situation in eastern Congo and the effect it’s having on the lives of the Congolese people.

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

The Secretary-General Calls for a Deal by World Leaders on Poverty, Security and Human Rights

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March 21st Marks 45th Anniversary of UN’s Efforts to Fight Racism

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The US Virgin Islands Say Limited Access To UN Programs Impedes its Capacity to Fully Implement the Barbados Programme of Action Jamica Calls For Sustainable Development to be an Integral Part of National Planning Civil Society Says it can Play a Major Role in Implementation of the Programme of Action There’s a Renewed Call for the Installation of a Tsunami Early Warning System in the Caribbean Barbados Says its Making a Concerted Effort to Widen the Scope of Disaster Managaement Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts-Nevis says the region continues to work diligently in the Fight against HIV/AIDS

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

UN Official is Concerned about Private Military Companies

The United Nations independent expert on the use of mercenaries, Shaista Shameen, has expressed concern about the proliferation of international private companies operating around the world.

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

UNHCR is Concerned about Italy’s Deportation of People to Libya

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has expressed concern about the deportation of 180 people from the Italian island of Lampedusa to Libya on Thursday.

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Human Rights Commissioner Calls for Total Prohibition of Torture

Torture has re-surfaced as a critical international human rights issue.

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

IOM and UN Agencies Help Internally Displaced in Liberia

The International Organization for Migration says it needs $4 million to assist approximately 300,000 internally displaced people in Liberia.

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

OPEC Donates $300,000 For Re-Integration in Burundi

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has donated $300,000 to help resettle people who have returned to Burundi.

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

UN SG Kofi Annan Expects Full Withdrawal from Lebanon by Spring

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

Progress Towards Achieving Millennium Development Goals Disappointing

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

Review of the Situation of Women 10 Years after Beijing Sees the World’s Women Moving in the Right Direction

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

OCHA Is Concerned about the Neglect of the DRC Crisis

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Ethiopia/Eritrea: The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea is still not able to complete its work as a result of a stalemate on the demarcation of the border which sparked a war between the two countries <> Darfur Crisis: The UN has withdrawn its relief workers from western Darfur because militias have threatened to attack them <> HIV/AIDS: UNAIDS recently issued a report which outlines three scenarios of the AIDS epidemic in Africa in the next 25 years.

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

UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Health Visits Uganda

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to enjoy the best standards of physical and mental health is on a week-long mission to Uganda.

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

Withdrawal of Syrian Troops from Lebanon

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he expects the full withdrawal of all Syrian troops from Lebanon before the country’s parliamentary election take place.

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

High Level UN Meeting on How to Meet Millennium Development Goals

The UN’s Economic and Social Council is continuing its two-day meeting on how to reduce poverty, inequality and slow economic growth.

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

Skin Cancer Cases Rise Due to Artificial Tanning

The World Health Organization, WHO,has warned that people who tan themselves artificially face a greater risk of skin cancer from tanning beds.

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

Zimbabwe Minister Speaks Out in Support of Elections

Zimbabwe’s Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs has said that his country should be left alone to elect the leaders of its choice in the referendum scheduled for March 31st.

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Basotho Women Learn New Skills to Earn a Living <> UN Secretary-General Attends the Inauguration of the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem <> Ten Years After Beijing, a Look at the Situation of Women in Ghana

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India grows as a regional power, but still struggles with 250 million undernourished people: two notable scientists propose solutions – and can the corporate world help?

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ECOSOC’s High-Level Preparatory Meeting Targets the Problems of Poverty and Hunger

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After 10 years of Civil War, Burundians Will go to the Polls in April to Elect a New Parliament and President

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Millennium Development Goals Best Security Investment: Ocampo

The Millennium Development Goals are the best security investment states can make.

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

Annan Welcomes Convening of Iraq’s Transitional National Assembly

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the convening of the Transitional National Assembly of Iraq.

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

UN Withdraws Staff After Threats in Sudan

The United Nations has withdrawn its international staff in parts of western Sudan.

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

Viet Nam Urges Reform of Commission on Human Rights

Viet Nam has called for reform of the Commission on Human Rights.

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

Security Council Demands Countries Enforce Arms Embargo on Somalia

The UN Security Council has demanded that all nations enforce an arms embargo against Somalia.

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

WFP Assists Drought Hit Northerastern Uganda

The World Food Programme has launched a six-month food relief operation to assist nearly 6-thousand Ugandans suffering from drought in the northeastern region.

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

Basotho Women Learn New Skills to Earn a Living

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Secretary-General Kofi Annan Attends the Inauguration of the Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem on the Third Day of His Visit to the Middle East

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

Theft of trucks hampering WFP aid operations in Darfur

The UN food agency (WFP), says it fed a record number of people in Sudan’s Darfur region in February.

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

UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea extended to mid-September

The UN Security Council has renewed the mandate of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia until September 15th.

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

UN condemns attempt on Kosovo’s president

The UN's top envoy in Kosovo has strongly condemned Tuesday's attempted attack against President Ibrahim Rugova, after a bomb exploded as his convoy passed through central Pristina.

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

Security Council welcomes Burundi’s approval of constitution

The UN Security Council has welcomed the recent approval of a new constitution by the people of Burundi.

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

UN has a responsibility to combat intolerance: Annan

The United Nations has a sacred responsibility to combat hatred and intolerance.

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

Quartet determined to work for Mid East peace: Annan

Kofi Annan says members of the Quartet on the Middle East Peace Process are determined to work with Israel and ensure that the peace process leads to the objectives they are all seeking so desperately.

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

Africa Commission Says $50 Billion Will Be Needed for African Development by 2010

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

Secretary General Upbeat after His Meetings in the Middle East

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Annan Says He’s Optimistic about Middle East Peace Process

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the international community is determined to work with both sides Israelis and Palestinians to press ahead with the peace process and implementation of the roadmap.

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

UN to Register Property Damage Caused by Israeli Separation Wall

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General says the United Nations is establishing a register of property damage caused by Israel’s separation barrier.

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

UN Rights Official Concerned about Selective Concerns Towards Human Rights

The UN’s top human rights official says the UN Human Rights Commission needs to change its approach to better protect people against abuses.

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

UN Commission on Human Rights: What is it?

So, exactly what is this Commission on Human Rights and what is its role?

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

UN Gets Accounting Assistance from US Accounting Firm

The accounting and legal firm of Price Waterhouse Coopers has offered to enhance the UN’s transparency and accounting of funds received for tsunami relief at no cost to the United Nations.

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

Governments Call for Responsible Post-Tsunami Reconstruction of Fisheries

Governments have called for the rebuilding of fisheries and aquaculture in tsunami-affected countries in a responsible and people-centered manner.

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

Security Council Urge Haiti’s Transitional Government to Ensure Due Process for All Citizens Secretary-General Kofi Annan Has Set Out a Global Strategy for Fighting Terrorism Belize Says it will Continue to Intensify Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women Jamaica Says Initiatives to Improve Gender Equality and the Status of Women Have Been Influenced by Extensive Research Cuba Says its Women Have Followed an Upward Pat of Economic, Political, Cultural and Social Participation.

11 Mar 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

10 Years After Beijing, a Look at the Situation of Women in Ghana

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

UN Secretary-General Says Killing of Innocent Civilians Is Terrorism

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that any attempt to kill and maim innocent civilians is terrorism pure and simple.

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

Over 800 Burundians Flee to Rwanda

Rumours of attacks and threats have forced more than 800 people to flee from Burundi to Rwanda.

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

World Food Programme Needs More Food for Refugees in Tanzania

The World Food Programme says it has managed to buy 12,000 tonnes of food for refugees in Tanzania, thanks to new donations from Britain, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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

IOM Helps Assessment of Damage in Indonesian Aceh Province

The International Organization for Migration has agreed to coordinate assessment of damage caused by the tsunami in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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

WFP Warns that 600,000 Rural Azerbaijani Face Food Shortages

The United Nations food agency has warned that more than half a million rural people of Azerbaijan are facing food shortages.

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

Efforts Continue for the Repatriation of Refugees and Displaced Persons in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

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

International Cooperation is Key to Fighting Terrorism

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

Joint UNECE/FAO Report Says Forest Sector in Europe is Shifting to the East

A new UN report says Europe's forest sector is shifting to the east.

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

UN Report Says Political Strikes in Bangladesh Are Causing Huge Economic Losses

Political strikes are causing staggering losses to the economy of Bangladesh, which is one of the world's poorest countries.

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

UNHCR Calls for Action after Smuggled Somalis Drown on the Way to Yemen

Amid reports that more than a hundred people have drowned in the past week in attempts to smuggle them from Somalia to Yemen, the UN refugee agency has called for concerted international efforts to deal with human traffickers and to solve the root causes that force people to take such risks.

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

UN Envoy Discusses Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon With Egyptian President

The UN’s Special Envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, responsible for the implementation of the UN resolution calling for the complete withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, met with Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

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

Secretary-General Lays Out Five-Point UN Strategy to Combat Terrorism

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has presented a five-point strategy for the United Nations to fight terrorism.

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

Ten years after the world conference on women which was held in Beijing, women from around the world came to the UN Headquarters to review progress that has been made.

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

The UN Marks International Women’s Day by Looking Back on the Women’s Conferences Efforts of Maasai Women in Kenya to Overcome Discrimination Bulgarian NGO Uses Technology to Empower Women

10 Mar 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Looking at the gender perspective of the tsunami: socio-cultural traditions in South Asia are being challenged as disturbing statistics and trends emerge, such as why more women than men died and sexual harassment in the shelters. The UNIFEM Gender Advisors based in Sri Lanka and Indonesia discuss the situation on the ground.

10 Mar 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Experts Assess Progress Achieved Improving Women’s lives since the Fourth World Conference on women, ten years ago Equality Now Calls for an End to Laws Discriminating Against Women More Investments Needed to Reduce The Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa

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2005: Make or Break Year for Sudan: Egeland

2005 is a make or break year for Sudan — that’s the assessment of the UN’s top official for Humanitarian Affairs.

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

UN Team to Assess Situation on the Ground in Darfur

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the United Nations is sending a mission led by the African Union to Sudan’s Darfur region to assess the situation on the ground.

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

Security Council Resolution Calls for Full Withdrawal: Annan

The Security Council resolution is very clear and does require Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.

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

UNHCR Working on Repatriation of Refugees in Great Lakes Region

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) still has a lot to do in voluntary repatriation operations in Africa’s Great Lakes region.

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

Annan to Outline Comprehensive Strategy to Counter Terrorism

Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Madrid where he will deliver the keynote address to the closing plenary of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security.

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

Civil Society Proposes Formation of Citizens Network to Counter Terrorism

In Madrid, a proposal has been made for a Citizens Network to support civil society groups in areas of violence.

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

Fledgling Peace Process in Somalia in need of World Support

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

Toxic Waste Released by Tsunami in Somalia

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

Annan Urges Action to Change Legacy Putting Women at Disadvantage

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for specific, targeted action to change the historical legacy that puts women at a disadvantage in most societies.

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

Anti-Terrorism Conference Opens in Madrid

An international anti-terrorism conference opened in Madrid Tuesday with delegates describing terrorism as an “attack against each one of us.”

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

UN Envoy Calls for Expanded Help For Somalia

There’s still no peace or reconciliation in Somalia after years of civil war and the security situation remains fragile.

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

Security Council Urges Somalis to End Hostilities

The UN Security Council has urged all Somali factions and militia leaders to cease hostilities.

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

Speakers at Celebration of International Women’s Day Stress Women’s Equality Is Integral to Building a More Secure Future

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

Palestinian Women Living In Israel Struggle For Equality Ten Years After Beijing

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

A joint UNDP and government of India project saves lives when the tidal waves hit Tamil Nadu – villagers of Samiyarpettai,Tamil Nadu meet to discuss lessons learned; in Nepal, an activist tackles some of the 172 laws that discriminate against women

7 Mar 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Deepak Chopra launches latest book, “Peace is the Way”, at the United Nations

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

More Investments Needed to Reduce the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa

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WHO Appoints Ethiopian Fashion Model Liya Kebede as Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Health

The World Health Organization has appointed Ethiopian fashion model Liya Kebede as WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

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

FAO Report Says Depleted Fish Stocks Require Recovery Efforts

Nearly a quarter of the world’s marine fish stocks are over-exploited.

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

UN Commission on Status of Women Continue High Level Session

The UN Commission on the Status of Women continued its session today with statements from government ministries responsible for women’s affairs.

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

UN Envoy is Set to Discuss Syrian troop Withdrawal from Lebanon

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending his special envoy Terje Roed Larsen to the Middle East to discuss the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.

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

Secretary-General and Security Council Members on Sudan

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met Monday with Security Council members to discuss the situation in Sudan.

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

A Look at the Concerns of Maasai Women Ten Years after the Beijing Women’s Conference

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

The Group of 77 developing countries says the time has come to ensure progress in advancing women’s rights <> Antigua and Barbuda says it’s fully committed to the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action <> The Bahamas says it has made tangible progress in improving the status of women <> Barbados says it has undertaken several initiatives aimed at creating an awareness of gender development <> Trinidad and Tobago says it has an integrated policy in pursuit of gender equity and equality <> The Caribbean Epidemiological Centre celebrates 30 years of serving the health needs of Caribbean States.

4 Mar 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

The United Nations Marks International Women’s Day

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UNHCR Denies Issuing Documents to Illegal Migrants in Malaysia

The United Nations refugee agency has rejected claims that it has issued identity documents indiscriminately in Malaysia.

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

UNEP Says Somalis Suffer From Diseases as a Result of the Tsunami

People of Somalia living along the coastline are showing symptoms of illnesses caused by toxic waste from containers, which were broken by the tsunami.

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

UN Experts Calls on North Korea to Release Kidnapped Japanese

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, Vitit Muntarbhorn, today ended his visit to Japan, where he discussed the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by North Korea.

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

U.S.A Withdraws Anti-Abortion Language in Women’s Declaration

The United States has withdrawn an amendment to include anti-abortion language in a declaration that will be adopted at the current session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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

WFP Says Violence Has Increased the Number of Displaced People in DR Congo

The World Food Programme says that the recent violence in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to an increase in the displacement of thousands of people.

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

Bringing Obstetric Fistula into the Open

3 Mar 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UN Conducts a Ten-Year Review of the Advancement of Women World Population to Reach 9.1 Billion According to UN Projections Plastic Bags in Kenya

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Equality Now Calls for an End to Laws that Discriminate Against Women

3 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

World on Target to Halve Measles Deaths by Year’s End

Deaths of children from measles have been reduced by nearly 40 per cent in the past 5 years, thanks to mass immunization campaigns led by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

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

Experts Assess Progress Achieved Improving The Lives of Women

3 Mar 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNIS-UN Conference Discusses Global Health

“Global Health-Rights and Responsibilities in the 21st Century” is the theme of the 29th annual conference of the United Nations International School and the United Nations.

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

IAEA Chief Calls for More Transparency in Iran

The Head of the UN’s Atomic Energy Agency has said that its inspectors are making “good progress” in verifying Iran’s nuclear programme.

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

Secretary-General’s Statement on Democratic Republic of the Congo

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has emphasized that the show of force by UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this week was an attempt to defend themselves and a determination to fulfill their mandate of protecting civilians as effectively as possible.

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

Women Make Up Nearly Half of World’s Migrants

Women are migrating in unprecedented numbers, making up nearly half of all international migrants.

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

Burundians Have Approved Power Sharing Constitution <> Drugs in Africa <> Food Situation in Africa

3 Mar 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Cyber Dialogues Open Doors to Beijing + 10 Discussions on Women’s Equality

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

UN Peacekeepers Carry Out an Operation in the DRC in which Militia are Killed

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

Time for Concerted Effort to Ensure Progress in Advancing Women’s Rights

The time has come for a concerted effort by the international community to ensure that women are accorded the status that is rightfully theirs and for which they’ve worked so hard.

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

Narcotics Control Board Concerned About Drug Abuse in Africa

The International Narcotics Control Board says there’s a growing concern over drug abuse in Africa.

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

Annan Seeks Tighter Arms Embargo on Somalia

Greater efforts should be made to enforce the arms embargo on Somalia.

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

UN Peacekeepers Involved in Fierce Firefight with Militia in DRC

UN Peacekeepers responded to hostile fire and killed more than 50 members of a militia group in the Ituri district in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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

Security Council Condemns Attack Against Peacekeepers

The UN Security Council has condemned last Friday’s attack against a patrol of UN Peacekeepers by the Nationalist and Integrationist Front in the Ituri district which resulted in the murder of nine Bangladeshi Peacekeepers.

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

Plastic Bags in Kenya

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

Women and Armed Conflict

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

Annan welcomes successful conduct of referendum in Burundi

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has congratulated the transitional government of Burundi and the Burundian people for the successful conduct of a referendum on the post-transitional constitution which took place Monday.

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

Asylum claims fall to lowest level since 1986: UNHCR

The number of asylum seekers arriving in industrialized countries fell sharply last year for the third year in a row.

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

Progress slow in putting gender-sensitive policy into practice

A meeting to review progress on women’s advancement 10 years after the Beijing Conference has been told that while much has been achieved, a large gap remains between policy and practice.

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

Palestinian Authority deserves financial and technical support: Annan

This is a moment of promise and potential.

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

Quartet calls for resumption of progress under roadmap

The Quartet on the Middle East Peace Process has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to help Israelis and Palestinians make progress towards a two-state solution which it says is deeply in their interests.

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

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