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Commission on Sustainable Development (the CSD) agrees on measures to speed implementation of water, sanitation and human settlements goals in developing countries The Group of 77 developing countries and China express disappointment with portions of the final text of the Commission Belize calls for more assistance in water resources management The eleventh United Nations Crime Congress concluded this week with the adoption of the Bangkok Declaration Women in developing countries often bear the brunt of natural disasters

29 Apr 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

More Togolese Refugees Arrive in Benin and Ghana

Approximately 6,000 Togolese refugees have arrived in Benin following instability in Togo caused by the dispute over the presidential election results.

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

WFP Warns that 30,000 People Face Food Shortages in Djibouti

The World Food Programme has warned that 30,000 people in Djibouti are facing serious food shortages following three years of poor rains.

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

‘The Angel of Burundi’ Receives Nansen Refugee Award

The winner of this year’s Nansen Refugee Award is Ms. Marguerite Barankitse, who is known as the ‘Angel of Burundi’ in recognition of her tireless work to help children affected by conflict in Burundi.

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

More than 20 Cases of Polio Have Been Confirmed in Yemen

More than twenty cases of polio have been confirmed in Yemen.

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

UN Secretary-General Appeals to Iraqis to Desist from Violence

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has appealed to Iraqis to desist from acts of violence.

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

UN Envoy Says Withdrawal of Syria Ends Foreign Interference in Lebanon

A full withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon would represent significant action towards finally ending the foreign interference that has characterized Lebanese politics for decades.

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

Withdrawal of Syrian Troops from Lebanon Has Been Hailed as a Momentous Event

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

UN-Habitat Hears the Unheard Voices of Women on Housing, Water and Sanitation

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

UNICEF Head Takes Stock of Agency’s Work at End of Ten-Year Tenure

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

ILO and WHO Call for Strategies to Prevent Job Related Accidents and Illnesses

The International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization have called for measures to prevent job related accidents and illnesses.

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

Former Rwandan Town Councilor Is Sentenced to Life for Genocide

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has sentenced former Rwandan town councilor Mika Muhimana to life in prison for participating in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls for Return to Constitutional Rule in Nepal

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the return to constitutional rule in Nepal as soon as possible.

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

People Flee from Togo as Violence Break Out in Togo

At least one thousand people have fled Togo to neighbouring countries following violent protests against the announcement that Faure Gnassingbe has won the presidential elections in the country.

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

UN Secretary-General Welcomes Establishment of Transitional Government in Iraq

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed the establishment of the Transitional Government of Iraq.

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

Secretary-General Speaks to Indian Civil Society

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

COTE d’IVOIRE: A major stumbling block to peace is removed as President Laurent Gbagbo declares that October’s presidential elections will be opened to all candidates – including his main rival former prime minister Alassane Ouattara <> TOGO: Violence and confusion follow the presidential polls as the son of the late president Faure Gnassingbe is declared winner <> DARFUR, SUDAN: The Acting head of UNHCR, Wendy Chamberlain, visits Sudan and Chad and talks about the problems of insecurity and lack of food for refugees and IDPs in Darfur and Chad plus funding needs for re-settling thousands of Sudanese returnees in the south.

28 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

COTE d’IVOIRE: A major stumbling block to peace is removed as President Laurent Gbagbo declares that October’s presidential elections will be opened to all candidates <> TOGO: Violence and confusion follow the presidential polls as the son of the late president Faure Gnassingbe is declared winner <> DARFUR, SUDAN: The Acting head of UNHCR, Wendy Chamberlain, visits Sudan and Chad and talks about the problems of insecurity and lack of food for refugees and IDPs in Darfur and Chad plus funding needs for re-settling thousands of Sudanese returnees in the south.

28 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

After visiting Nepal, UN Envoys call for urgent human rights and humanitarian action and two income-generating projects in Asia receive SEED Awards: cultivating the versatile seabuckthorn berry in Nepal’s rugged areas; and in Cambodia, growing rice in a way that is cheaper and less polluting

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Africa Malaria Day: Kenya’s Strides Against the Killer Disease UN Tsunami Envoy, Bill Clinton, Addresses US Business Leaders Meeting to Advance Public and Private Partnerships in Response to Global Disasters Reclaiming of Water Resources by Communities in India Bears Fruit

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East Asian Economies Show Steady Growth, Despite Tsunami Losses: World Bank

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Some 500 Billion Dollars Illegally Laundered Every Year

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A Vaccine for Malaria Within the Next 5 to 10 Years?

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

United Nations Appeals for $7.5 Million for Djibouti

The United Nations has appealed for more than seven million dollars to combat a severe crisis that is threatening Djibouti.

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Carol Bellamy Says Not Enough Has Been Done to Improve Lives of Children

The outgoing Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund, Carol Bellamy, says there has been progress in improving the lives of children around the world.

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Hundreds of Thousands of Nepalese Have Been Displaced

Thousands of people have been displaced as a result of the conflict between government forces and Maoist rebels in Nepal.

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council Considers Sending Mission to DR Congo

The Security Council has discussed the possibility of sending a number of its ambassadors on a mission to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Advance Parties of Peacekeepers Arrive in Sudan

An advance party of six peacekeepers from Nepal arrived in Sudan today to join another group of six who are already in the town of El-Obeid in central Sudan.

27 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Reclaiming of Water Resources by Communities in India Bears Positive Results

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

The Security Council Hears of Progress in Cote d’Ivoire’s Peace Process

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Belarus, Russia and Ukraine Still Grapple with Effects of Chernobyl

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to the international community to help communities affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that happened 19 years ago.

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

IOM’s Hands over Houses in Aceh for Families Made Homeless by the Tsunami

The International Organization for Migration today handed over the first nine of thousands of prefabricated housing units for families made homeless by the December 26 tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia.

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNESCO Sees Slow Progress in Providing Education for Boys and Girls

More than 100 countries are participating in the observance of Education for All week to take stock of what has been done to meet the goal of providing primary education for all boys and girls this year.

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Is Concerned about Burning of Abandoned Villages in Darfur

Abandoned villages in the West Darfur region of Sudan are once again being burned to discourage people who once lived there from returning home.

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Ivorian Leaders Ask UN to Help in Security and Preparations for Elections

Leaders of Cote d’Ivoire have requested the United Nations to help them prepare for the forthcoming elections and to provide security in their country.

26 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Antigua and Barbuda says water as a key resource should remain under government control <> Jamaica says globalization requires effective governance <> Trinidad and Tobago says terrorism can only be addressed through a coordinated response by the international community <> The Group of 77 says the poorest always gets left behind when it comes to health <> The Special Committee on Decolonization meets in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for its annual regional seminar on non-self-governing territories <> Jamaica says the UN Department of Public Information has an indispensable role to play in promoting the image of the United Nations.

25 Apr 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Africa Malaria Day: Kenya’s Strides Against the Disease

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

US Corporations urged to Maintain Support for Tsuami Affected Countries

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

FAO Says Bird Flu Outbreak is Controlled in North Korea

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says that the recent outbreak of bird flu in North Korea has been successfully contained.

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

Former President Bill Clinton Calls on Private Sector to Continue Helping Tsunami Affected Countries

The former United States President Bill Clinton has called on the private sector to continue to help the countries that have been devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.

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

Pfizer Executive Says it is Not Easy to Help DR Congo

The Chief Executive Officer of the Pfizer pharmaceutical company, Hank McKinell, has said it is difficult for the private sector to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

UN Secretary-General Sends Team to Verify Withdrawal of Syrian Troops from Lebanon

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, is sending a team to verify the withdrawal of all Syrian troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus from Lebanon.

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

Displaced Women and Girls Suffer in Sudan

Displaced women and girls continue to suffer in Sudan.

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

UN Human Rights Chief Supports Proposal for Overhaul of UN Human Rights Body

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

Making Access to Water and Sanitation a Reality in South Africa

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

WFP Says It Has to Cut Food Rations for Refugees in Sierra Leone

The World Food Programme has said that lack of funds will force it to cut part of the food rations that it gives to Liberian refugees in Sierra Leone.

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

Human Rights chief Says there is Space for Creating Human Rights Council

The United Nations human rights Commissioner, Louise Arbour has said that there is space for the creation of a Human Rights Council.

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

The UN Prepares to Establish Monitoring Offices in Nepal

The United Nations Human Rights Commission is preparing to establish monitoring offices in Nepal where King Gyanendra seized power in February and declared a state of emergency.

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

Close to 240 Angolans Die of the Marburg Disease

Close to 240 people have died of the deadly Marburg disease in Angola.

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

UNHCR Is Concerned About Indigenous People in Colombia

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has sent observers to the southwestern province of Cauca in Colombia where fighting between guerrillas and government forces has displaced indigenous people.

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

UN Secretary-General Urges African and Asian Leaders To Attend This Year’s Summit in New York

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi has appealed to Asian and African leaders to attend this year’s summit in New York.

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

The Life and Legacy of Dag Hammarskjold;The UN Marks the 11th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide;UN Human Rights Expert Calls for Stricter Measures to Combat Child Pornography on the Internet

22 Apr 2005 | Posted in | Read More »

Legendary Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador: his focus will be polio eradication and HIV and AIDS; and former US President Bill Clinton gets a UN job: he will be in charge of Tsunami Recovery – he also talks about his latest work in Asia on HIV/AIDS

21 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

The Human Right to Clean Water

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

Protecting and Respecting Child Victims and Witnesses of Crimes

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

Acting Head of Refugee Agency Calls for More Relief Aid for Sudan

The Acting UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Wendy Chamberlin, has called on the international community to contribute more funds for humanitarian assistance to internally displaced people in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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

World Food Programme Warns of Child Malnutrition in Niger

More than three-hundred thousand children under five years of age in Niger could be suffering from malnutrition.

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

Government and Opposition Withdraw Weapons in Cote d’Ivoire

Government forces and the opposition Forces Nouvelles in Cote d’Ivoire today began withdrawing heavy weapons from the front line.

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

Ministers Continue Discussion of Water, Sanitation, and Housing

Ministers from around the world today continued to discuss provision of water, sanitation and human settlement, in the current session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, the CSD.

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

UN Secretary-General Says World is not Paying Enough Attention to Development

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said today that the world is not paying enough attention to the challenges of development.

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

UN Human Rights Chief Says Her Office Needs Reform

The United Nations Human Rights Chief, Louise Arbour, has said that the Human Rights Commission needs fundamental reform.

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

DR CONGO: UN peacekeepers flex more muscle in a cordon and search operation in the volatile Ituri district in the north-east and reports suggest up to forty militiamen may have been killed; COTE D’IVOIRE: A new ray of hope as military commanders from the government and rebel sides come together and agree to get rid of heavy weapons; COW DUNG POWER: An innovative and enterprising Nigerian civil engineer wins a UN award for turning slaughterhouse waste into power and fertiliser.

21 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Environmental award winner turns waste into energy

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Saving the Asian Tiger from Extinction

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Security situation in Haiti still fragile

Despite some progress, the security situation in Haiti remains fragile.~

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

$30 billion a year needed to meet water and sanitation goals, according to the Deputy Secretary-General

The international community has a responsibility to support governments in their efforts to build safe, healthy and prosperous communities by providing clean water, adequate sanitation, and decent housing.

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan urges Togo’s political leaders to work for peaceful elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urgently called on leaders from across the political spectrum in Togo to avoid any actions or statements that could incite or contribute to violence before, during, or after the 24 April presidential elections.

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN envoy says Cambodia becoming increasingly autocratic

The Cambodian government is becoming increasingly autocratic and the country's democracy is a “shaky facade”.

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN report says prevention is key to ending human trafficking in the Balkans

Human traffickers are growing ever more brutal, increasingly targeting children over the Internet, in schools and youth groups.

20 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Finance Ministers Discuss Ways to Meet the UN’s Millennium Goal for Meeting Water and Sanitation Needs

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UNU Researcher Recommends Regulation of Use of Nature as Raw Material by Pharmaceutical Industry

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annan Calls for Commitment to Development

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on both developed and developing countries to play their part in meeting development needs.

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

98 Percent of Flu Virus Mistakenly Sent Already Destroyed: WHO

The World Health Organization says 98 per cent of the potentially dangerous flu virus samples inadvertently distributed to laboratories around the world have been destroyed.

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Moves to Meet Challenges of Media Attacks

Despite efforts to counter attacks in the media, and other successful initiatives to tell the UN’s story to people around the world, the United Nations’ standing in many countries has never been lower.

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Urges Sudan to Live Up to its Responsibilities

The top official at the UN refugee agency has called on the Sudanese government to live up to its responsibilities to protect its own citizens and to help Sudanese displaced by civil war to return to their homes in the south of the country.

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Congratulates the New Pope Benedict XVI

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has congratulated His Holiness Pope Banedict XVI on his assumption of the papacy.

19 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

11th Crime Prevention Congress Begins with a Focus on Strategic Alliances in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

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

UNICEF Says Gender Gap in Primary Education Is Shrinking, but Not Fast Enough

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

No Improvement in Security Situation in Darfur: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says there’s been no improvement in the security situation in Darfur during the month of March.

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

Crime, Corruption and Terrorism Threaten National Sovereignty: UN

Meanwhile, UN Radio’s Gerry Adams, in Bangkok, reports that the Crime Congress will be discussing a range of topics from human trafficking to environmental crimes.

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

Organized Crime – Leading Threat to Peace and Security: Annan

Organized crime is a leading threat to international peace and security in the 21st century.

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

More Children Are Going to School: UNICEF

More children are going to school than ever before.

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

Annan Sees Real Chance of Freer, Fairer and Safer World in Coming Months

The coming months offer a unique opportunity to make real changes in the international system – changes that can make the world freer, fairer and safer…

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

Widows at Commission on Status of Women Reveal Problems They Face <> World Health Day 2005 – Make Every Woman and Child Count <> Eleven Years After the Genocide in Rwanda, Survivor Talks about Her Ordeal

15 Apr 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Fewer Internally Displaced People Are Re-registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina

There has been a substantial drop in the numbers of registered internally displaced people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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

UNICEF Appoints Legendary Bollywood Star Amitabh Bachchan as Goodwill Ambassador

The legendary Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan, is the latest goodwill ambassador appointed by UNICEF.

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

Water Shortages Has Created Food Scarcity in Eritrea

An acute water shortage in Eritrea has put nearly 250 more Eritreans at risk.

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

Over 200 Sudanese Seek Asylum in Ghana

More than 200 Sudanese refugees have arrived in Ghana where they are seeking asylum.

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

Security Council Condemns Killing of Peacekeeper in Haiti

Members of the Security Council Mission in Haiti have condemned Thursday’s killing of a Filipino soldier serving with UN peacekeepers in the country.

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

UN Security Council Visits Haiti

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

Rwanda Embarks on a Journey to Recovery, 11 years After the Genocide

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

Scientists in several countries, including the Caribbean, scramble to destroy the 1957 flu virus sent to them by mistake; A high level meeting aims to tackle the crises of dirty water, poor sanitation and slums; Antigua and Barbuda’s representative warns of the challenges facing developing countries in their efforts to reach the goals of clean water, sanitation and human settlements; The Group of 77 urges the Commission on Social Development to make its current session more action-oriented; CARICOM calls on developed countries to increase developmen assistance; A 15-member Security Council delegation is in Haiti to assess the current peace-keeping mission and focus on long-term development strategies.

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

Tsunami Envoy Bill Clinton

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

General Assembly Adopts Convention on Nuclear Terrorism

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

Child Pornograpy on the Internet

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

Former US president Bill Clinton calls on world media leaders to do more in the fight against HIV/AIDS <> The Deadly Marburg fever that’s broken out in Angola claims more than 200 lives <> Cote D’Ivoire’s political process reaches another critical juncture as South African president Thabo Mbeki – acting on behalf of the African Union – rules that everyone, including the banned Alassane Ouattara, must be allowed to run in October’s presidential elections.

14 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Former United States president Bill Clinton call on world media leaders to do more in the fight against HIV/AIDS <> The deadly Marburg fever that’s broken out in Angola claims more than 200 lives <> Cote D’Ivoire’s political process reaches another critical juncture

14 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Former United States president Bill Clinton call on world media leaders to do more in the fight against HIV/AIDS <> The deadly Marburg fever that’s broken out in Angola claims more than 200 lives <> Cote d’Ivoire’s political process reaches another critical juncture

14 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WFP Unveils Video Games to Raise Awareness of Hunger

The World Food Programme has unveiled a video game to raise awareness of global hunger among children.

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

Renewable Energy is Discovered in Developing Countries

A project carried out in thirteen developing countries is proving that there is potential for generating new renewable energy from solar panels and wind turbines.

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

FAO Says 23 Sub-Saharan African Countries Need Food Aid

A report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization today, says that some 23 countries in Sub Saharan Africa will need food assistance in the coming months.

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

UN Sports Official Calls for Solidarity with Tsunami Affected People

The United Nations Special Adviser on Sports for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi, has stressed the need for sports people to show solidarity with the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

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

Delegation from Northern Uganda Meet ICC Prosecutor

Representatives of communities in northern Uganda today arrived at The Hague to meet with the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno-Ocampo.

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

Head of UNAIDS Says Long-term Commitment is Needed to fight AIDS

The head of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Peter Piot, has said that long-term commitment is needed to fight the pandemic.

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

Risk of Infection from H2N2 Influenza Virus Low

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Annan Hails General Assembly’s Adoption of Accord

Secretary-general Kofi Annan hailed the Assembly’s adoption of the treaty.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN General Assembly Adopts New Nuclear Terrorism Treaty

The UN General Assembly adopted a nuclear terrorism treaty on Wednesday that would oblige governments to punish those who illegally possess atomic devices or radioactive materials.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Expert Calls for More Laws to Combat Child Pornography

Governments must do more to combat Internet child pornography which is flourishing in many countries that have failed to address the threat.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Former President Clinton Named UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery

The United Nations today introduced former United States President Bill Clinton as the special envoy to deal with the Indian Ocean tsunami recovery effort.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

WHO Warns Countries to Destroy 1957 Flu Virus

Scientists in several countries around the world are being advised to destroy vials of a 1957 influenza virus sent to them by mistake.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Security Council mission arrives in Haiti to assess peacekeeping mission

A UN Security Council mission has arrived in Haiti to show its commitment to the country and assess its long-term needs.

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Critical Stage in Cote d’Ivoire’s Peace Talks Set to Begin Thursday with Meeting on Disarmament and Demobilization

13 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN works to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS in India, where over 5.1 million people are infected. The headmistress and students of NKT Secondary Girls’ School in Chennai discuss the impact of an HIV awareness program sponsored by UNICEF; and HIV-positive Ramu Padin talks about his work on eradicating the stigma of the disease and how to live with HIV.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

President Clinton Addresses Media Leaders on AIDS Crisis

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Envoy Sees Positive Momentum in IRAQ

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Bold Action Needed to Reduce Extreme Poverty: World Bank/IMF

Bold and urgent action is needed to reduce extreme poverty and improve people’s economic and social prospects in developing countries in keeping with key development targets in the Millennium Development Goals.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNHCR Appeals for Funding to Help Returning Refugees to Southern Sudan

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it needs $60 million this year to begin the return and reintegration of refugees to southern Sudan.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Security Council Welcomes Political Developments in Iraq

The UN Security Council has welcomed the progress made in recruiting and training Iraqi forces.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Human Rights Commission Concerned Over Defamation of Religion

In Geneva, the Human Rights Commission has adopted a resolution on combating defamation of religion.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Three Million Ethiopians Facing Risk of Hunger: WFP

The World Food Programme warns that the future of three million Ethiopians in need of food aid is in jeopardy, with malnutrition rates on the rise and funding for humanitarian operations in Ethiopia drying up.

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Plans to Visit Detention Centre at Guantanamo Bay <> International Organization for Migration Assists Roma Holocaust Survivors <> Food and Agriculture Organization Encourages Countries to Invest in Forests

12 Apr 2005 | Posted in | Read More »

Dag Hammarskjold’s Legacy Is Remembered on His Centenary

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

Sustainable Development Commission on Challenges of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

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

Annan Calls for More than $2bn to Rebuild Sudan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged donors to give generously to support the comprehensive peace agreement for Sudan.

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

CSD to Decide on Policies to Reach Goals on Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

The challenges facing developing countries are immense in their efforts to reach the goals and targets for water, sanitation and human settlements agreed to in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

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

International Meeting on Poverty and Women’s Rights Opens in Sweden

A summit on global poverty and its connection to women’s rights and reproductive health opened in Sweden Monday with organizers aiming to raise the issue higher on the political agenda.

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

UN Court Hears DRC Complaints against Uganda

The Democratic Republic of Congo has told the World Court that there is an “urgent need to stop the massacres of the Congolese people by Ugandan troops.”

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

Nepal Agrees to Allow UN Human Rights Monitors into the Country

Nepal has agreed to immediately allow United Nations monitors into the country to help prevent human rights abuse.

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

The Group of 77 on more concrete measures in the development question;Secretary-General Kofi Annan on nuclear terrorism convention; Trinidad and Tobago says terrorism can only be addressed through a coordinated response by the international community;The head of the UN Population Fund warns that AIDS continues to pose a serious threat; CARICOM calls for more efforts to educate people to protect themselves from HIV;The special committee on Decolonization concludes a mission to Bermuda; The General Assembly pays tribute to the late Pope John Paul II.

8 Apr 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Plight of Roma Holocaust Survivors Set to Worsen Without Further Assistance, Warns IOM

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

The UN is Working to Stop the Spread of a Deadly Fever in Angola

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

Shortage of Funds Forces WFP to Cut Food Rations for Darfur

The World Food Programme has said that for the first time since it began its emergency operation in the Darfur region of Sudan, a drastic shortage of funds will force it to cut rations for more than one million people.

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

UN Expert Says Children in Conflict with Law Needs Special Attention

The United Nations expert on violence against children, Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, has said that children in conflict with the law need special assistance and attention.

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

UN Secretary-General Urges Myanmar Authorities to Promote Reconciliation

The UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Myanmar to clarify their position following their recent decision to adjourn the National Convention which is drafting the country’s constitution.

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

Marburg Kills More than 170 People in Angola

The Marburg hemorrhagic fever has killed more than 170 people in Angola.

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

UNHCR Needs $60 Million for Operation in South Sudan

The United Nations refugee agency says it needs $60 million to prepare for the return of refugees and displaced people in south Sudan but has so far received less than $5 million.

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

‘In Larger Freedom’ – Kofi Annan proposes a comprehensive package for reforming and strengthening the United Nations: he urges nations to apply the three freedoms: freedom from want, freedom from fear, and freedom to live in dignity; and promises to make his own house more transparent and accountable

7 Apr 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Prosecutor of ICC – Received a Sealed List of Suspect Rwanda Commemorates the Eleventh Anniversary of the Genocide WHO – Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever Killed Over 150 People in Angola:

7 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WHO Report Calls for Preventing Maternal and Early Childhood Deaths

Today is World Health Day and according to the World Health Organization, more than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth each year and more than 10 million children die before they reach their fifth birthday.

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

On 11th Anniversary of Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda’s Ambassador Calls for Preventive Mechanism

Today is the 11th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, in which 800-thousand people perished.

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

Member States Debate Secretary-General’s Reform

Member States have voiced both support and criticism of the Secretary-General’s reform package on the second day of informal consultations on the plan.

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

Secretary-General Urges Support for Human Rights Reform

The UN Secretary-General has urged members of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva to support his measures to reform the organization’s human rights bodies, including his proposal to replace the Commission itself with a leaner, more authoritative and more empowered body.

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The Health of the World’s Mothers and Children is the Focus of This Year’s World Health Day

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11 Years After The Genocide In Rwanda A Survivor Talks About Her Ordeal

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The UN Marks its 20th Annual Day of Solidarity with Detained or Missing Staff Human Rights Rapporteur Urges North Korea to Reform its Laws and Ensure Humanitarian Access UN-Backed Ecological Report Gives Low Marks for the Planet’s Sustainability

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UN Seeking More Funds for Tsunami Reconstruction

The United Nations is urging international donors to come up with an additional $110 million in aid for countries devastated by last December’s tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Envoy Stresses Importance of Holding Lebanese Elections on Time

Special envoy to the Middle East Terje Roed-Larsen has reiterated the importance of holding Lebanese parliamentary elections as scheduled.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Violence against Children Remains a Hidden Problem: Rights Official

Physical, sexual and psychological violence against children is routine in every country.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Cote d’Ivoire Leaders Pledge to End War

Leaders of Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to end hostilities, start immediate disarmament and make plans for new elections to avoid renewed violence.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Annan Welcomes Peace Agreement Among Ivorians

Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the successful outcome of the meeting of the Ivorian parties in Pretoria.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

G’77 Calls for More Action-Oriented Measures for Development

If there is to be real change, there’s a need for more concrete, action-oriented measures for more adequate treatment of the development question.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

A Closer Look at the Secretary-General’s Plan for Reform

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The FAO Uses Economic Benefits as Basis to Promote Environmental and Social Importance of Forests

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN General Assembly Pays Homage to Pope John Paul II

The UN General Assembly today paid homage to the late Pope John Paul II.

6 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Widows at Commission on Status of Women Reveal Problems They Face

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Human Rights Rapporteur Is Concerned About Erosion of Consensus on Prohibition of Torture Post 9/11

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Death Toll from Rare Virus in Angola Continues to Climb

A deadly virus that causes massive internal bleeding has killed 150 people in northern Angola.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Secretary-General Concerned over Conduct of Zimbabwe Elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has expressed concern over Zimbabwe’s parliamentary election.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

Bellamy Urges Legislators to Protect Children from Exploitation

UNICEF – the UN Children’s Fund – has challenged legislators from around the world to do more to protect the health and well-being of children.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

China Says UN Reform Should Be Balanced and Comprehensive

China believes that reform of the United Nations should be balanced and comprehensive and take into account the interest of all sides.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UNFPA Calls for More Effective Strategies to Combat HIV/AIDS

The Millennium Development Goals will not be achieved without an intensified, expanded and effective global response to HIV/AIDS.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

ICC Prosecutor Says It’s His Duty to Investigate Darfur Atrocities

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says there’s now a common task to end the culture of impunity in the Darfur region of Sudan.

5 Apr 2005 | Posted in Today's News | Read More »

UN Report Finds Anti-Trafficking Measures Are Inadequate in Southeastern Europe

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

UN-Habitat Chief Anna Tibaijuka Talks about Challenges of Rapid Urbanization and Poverty

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

UN Investigator on Torture to Discuss Visit to Guantanamo with US Officials

The UN special investigator on torture was meeting with high-level American officials Monday to discuss a possible visit to the US naval base at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay.

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

UN Warns of Tripling of Slum Population to 3 Billion

The United Nations has warned that growing poverty and urbanization may result in a tripling of the population of the world’s slums to three billion people by 2050.

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

UN Envoy Says There’s Common Understanding for Syrian Withdrawal from Lebanon

The UN special envoy for the Middle East Terje Roed-Larsen says there’s now a common understanding between the United Nations and Syria that the implementation of the Security Council resolution calling for Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon should proceed in a way that would best ensure the stability and unity of both countries.

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

Annan Appoints Envoys to Promote Bold Agenda

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has announced the appointments of four prominent world leaders as envoys to promote his agenda for the Summit in September that will review implementation of the Millennium Declaration.

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

Annan, GA President Pay Homage to Pope John Paul II

United Nations officials have paid homage to Pope John Paul II, who died on Saturday.

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

Darfur Cases Referred to International Criminal Court

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

Armed Militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Rush to Surrender Their Weapons before the 12 Midnight Deadline

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

North Korea urgently needs food aid: the World Food Program has started to reduce food rations A second major earthquake hits Indonesia: was the international community better prepared this time? And, Pakistan passes legislation that treats honour killings as murders

1 Apr 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Oil-for-food investigators clear Secretary-General Kofi Annan of any wrong-doing <> The Secretary-General says he’s relieved after being cleared by the Independent Inquiry Committee <> The Caribbean Epidemiological Centre says there’s light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against HIV/AIDS <> The World Meteorological Organization calls for the establishment of more early warning systems <> Antigua and Barbuda finance minister says this year’s meeting on small island developing states was useful.

1 Apr 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

UN Secretary-General Calls on States to Become Party to Anti-Terrorism Convention

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on all States to become parties to the Nuclear Terrorism Convention.

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

More Armed Militias Surrender Weapons in DR Congo

More than 8,000 armed militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have surrendered their weapons.

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

Marburg Disease Kills Over 120 People in Angola

The World Health Organization and the Angolan Health Ministry have dispatched mobile surveillance teams to investigate rumours that the deadly Marburg disease has spread from Uige to other parts of Angola.

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

More than 10,000 Liberians Return Home

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees says that more than 10,000 Liberians have returned home since it started its voluntary repatriation programme last year.

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

Security Council Refers Crimes in Darfur, Sudan to the International Criminal Court

PRES:The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution referring the prosecution of crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan to the International Criminal Court, the ICC

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

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