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World No Tobacco Day Urges Health Professionals to Help Smokers Kick the Habit

31 May 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

Should Women Go to Jail?

31 May 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

UN Warns of Violence Against Children in Residential Institutions

Violence against children in residential institutions can be found across Europe and Central Asia.

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

UNHCR Concerned by Burundi’s Decision to Put Rwandan Refugees in Ill-Equipped Transit Centre

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says it’s very concerned by the actions of the authorities in Burundi in dealing with Rwandan refugees.

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

Human Rights Chief Concerned Over Arrest of Humanitarian Worker in Darfur

UN human rights chief Louise Arbour has expressed serious concern over the arrest of the head of the Dutch section of Doctors without Borders after the aid agency spoke out about alleged rape cases in Darfur.

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

WHO Urges Health Professionals to Support Tobacco Control

The World Health Organization is encouraging health professionals to become involved in tobacco control.

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

ILO Annual Conference to Discuss Wide Range of Labor Issues

The International Labor Organization began its annual conference Tuesday considering a wide range of issues, including the global scourge of forced labor.

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

International Day of UN Peacekeepers Marked with Medal Ceremonies

30 May 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

International Labor Conference Expected to Set Labor Standards for Fishing

The annual International Labor Conference, starting Tuesday in Geneva, is expected to adopt new labor standards for commercial fishing.

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

FAO Warns of Risk from Pesticide Waste in Latin America

Tens of thousands of tons of toxic pesticides have been uncovered in Latin America.

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

Secretary-General Hails First Round of Lebanese Elections

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is very encouraged by the democratic conduct of the first round of the Lebanese parliamentary elections.

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

Secretary-General Back from Visit to Sudan

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has returned to New York after a 3-day visit to Sudan, where he met with government officials, the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and local citizens, in both Darfur and in southern Sudan.

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

Security Key for Peace in Sudan: Secretary-General

30 May 2005 | Posted in Today's Features | Read More »

A Caribbean regional seminar on non-self-governing territories calls for a public awareness campaign on the political options available to the territories <> The Group of 77 and China urge wider international support for the African continent <> Caribbean and Latin American States warn of the formidable challenges facing Africa <> The Group of 77 urges member States to pay their assessed contributions to the UN regular budget on time and without conditions.

27 May 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Review Conference on Nonproliferation Treaty Concludes

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

At the UN Forum on Forests, A Reminder that Human Life Cannot Exist Without Plant Life.

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

WHO Alarmed at the Possibility of Flu Pandemic if Avian Flu Combines with Human Flu

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

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Visits Sudan

The UN Secretary-General Kofi today met with senior Sudanese officials in Khartoum, including Ali Osman Taha, to discuss ways to stop violence in Darfur.

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

Number of Refugees Fleeing Togo Continues to Rise

The number of refugees fleeing violence and a climate of fear in Togo continues to rise steadily.

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

WFP Warns Of Food Crisis in North Korea

The World Food Programme has warned that the food crisis in North Korea is getting worse.

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

UN Human Rights Office Unveils Plan of Action

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has drawn up a plan of action to protect and promote human rights around the world.

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

UN Secretary-General Condemns bombing in Islamabad

The UN Secretary-General has strongly condemned the bombing of a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan today which reportedly killed at least twenty people and injured many more.

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

UN is Concerned About Situation in Bolivia

The United Nations Secretary-General has urged all Bolivians to peacefully and democratically resolve their differences over major issues of national interest including the use of natural resources, regional autonomy and proposals for a constituent assembly.

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

Sudan: Donors Meet in Addis Ababa Sierra Leone Court Wants Charles Taylor

27 May 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

The world is overdue for an influenza pandemic and it may be triggered by the avian flu in Asia: WHO warns that up to 1.6 billion people may become infected; NPT: is the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty fair to all countries? And, why tigers are near extinction in India

26 May 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

An International Wall of Peace

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

Leading Investors Address Financial Implications of Climate Change

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

UN Commissioner Investigating Killing of Former Lebanese Prime Minister Arrives in Beirut

The head of the United Nations International Independent Commission on the assassination of former Prime Minister of Lebanon Rafic Hariri arrived in Beirut today.

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

WFP Says Shortages of Funds Will Force it to Cut Aid to People of Burundi

The World Food Programme has warned that shortages of funds will force it to cut its food assistance to two million people in Burundi unless it receives more than 20 million dollars.

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

Deputy Secretary-General Stresses Need to Prevent Relapse of Conflicts

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Louise Frechette today stressed the need to prevent relapses of conflicts.

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

Donor Countries Pledge Significant Support for the AU Mission in Sudan

Representatives of donor countries who met in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa have pledged to provide support for the African Union mission in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan.

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

Annan Urges Donors to Support African Union Efforts in Darfur

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

Security Council Welcomes Disarmament Agreement in Cote d’Ivoire

The Security Council has welcomed an agreement between the Government of Cote d’Ivoire and the Forces Nouvelles to start a process of disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating former combatants into society.

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

Access to Land for Women as a Way out of Poverty <> Indigenous Women Struggle to Put a Stop to the Violence against Them <> Concern is Growing About the Increasing Number of Women in Prison

26 May 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

An Ogoni Youth’s Concern about the Effects of Oil Drilling on the Environment

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

Empowering Women Through Access to Land

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

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Says Africa Does Not Get Needed Humanitarian Support

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

Time Right to Include Sport in Reaching MDG’s: Frechette

The time is right to include sport in our work to reach the Millennium Development Goals.

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

National Forest Programmes Can Contribute to Broader Development Framework: Ocampo

Sustainable forests management has the potential to contribute substantially towards achieving many of the internationally agreed development goals such as eradicating extreme poverty and hunger while achieving health and environmental sustainability.

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

UN Urges Quicker Action in Combating AIDS and Hunger in Africa

A senior United Nations official on Wednesday urged southern African countries to move faster in coping with the triple threat of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity and the loss of human capacity in the region.

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

Annan Applauds EU Agreement to Increase ODA

An agreement by the European Union to substantially increase its official development assistance over the next decade has been applauded by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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

Funds Urgently Needed to Support Peace Process in Sudan: FAO

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization warns that agricultural relief operations are crucial for supporting the smooth transition to a sustainable peace in southern Sudan.

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

Greenlandic Inuit Choir Performs at UN Indigenous Forum

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

UNHCR sees upward trend in Rwandan returnees

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reports a marked increase in the number of Rwandan refugees in eastern Congo who want to return to Rwanda.

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

UN concerned about reports of violence against Sudanese internally displaced

The UN mission in Sudan says it’s concerned about preliminary reports that government, police and military forces opened fire on internally displaced persons during an operation in the Soba Aradi Squatter area near the capital, Khartoum.

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

Annan to mobilize support for African force in Darfur

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is headed to Africa to mobilize support for the African Union’s force in Sudan’s Darfur region.

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

Burundi on path to becoming a stable country: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he believes Burundi is on the path to becoming a stable and peaceful country.

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

Security Council says Burundi ceasefire agreement will facilitate elections

The UN Security Council says it’s convinced that a ceasefire between Burundi’s transitional government and the Hutu rebel group – Palipehutu-FNL – will facilitate upcoming elections scheduled for 3 June.

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

Fighting Environmental Injustice

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

World Health Assembly Adopts New International Health Regulations

In Geneva, the World Health Assembly has approved a new set of international health regulations to manage public health emergencies of international concern.

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

Annan Hails Adoption of International Health Regulations

The decision of the World Health Assembly to adopt the International Health Regulations has been welcomed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

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

Armed Conflicts Leading Cause of World Hunger Emergencies: FAO

Armed conflicts are now the leading cause of world hunger with the effects of HIV/AIDS and climate change not far behind.

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

UN Special Envoy Condemns Alleged Abuse of Afghan Detainees

The top UN official in Afghanistan has condemned as utterly unacceptable the alleged abuse and inhumane treatment leading to the deaths of two Afghan prisoners in Bagram in 2002.

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

Rwandan Tribunal Reduces Genocide Convict’s Life Sentence to 45 years

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has reduced the life sentence of a former Rwandan mayor to 45 years, saying his rights were violated during his arrest and detention before trial.

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

The Rain People of Venezuela Fight for Survival

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

Indigenous Women against Violence

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

Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Detention

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

Jamaica tells UN Forum on Forests to support traditional knowledge provided by indigenous and local communities <> Trinidad and Tobago suggests monetary value be placed on the intangible value of forests <> The Caribbean Regional Seminar on Non-Self-governing Territories Concludes.

23 May 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Forestry Students Bring Their Concerns to the UN Forum on Forests

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

Roma in Germany Return to Kosovo

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

Ghanaians in Italy Set Up Cooperative to Support Farmers Back Home

Ghanaian migrants living in the Italian town of Modena have organized a cooperative to support farmers back home.

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

UNCDF and UNDP Approve $42 Million for Sub-Saharan Africa

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the UN Development Programme have approved a project to provide $42 million dollars to enable people to have access to finances.

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

There Is a New Influx of Rwandans into Burundi

More Rwandan refugees have fled into Burundi because of fear of appearing before village courts known as the ‘gacacas’ which are looking into the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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

UN Human Rights Expert Requests Invitation to Visit Uzbekistan

The United Nations independent expert on extrajudicial executions, Professor Phillip Alston, has requested an invitation from the Government of Uzbekistan to visit the country to assess the current situation there.

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

UN Secretary-General Recommends Deployment of Additional Troops in Haiti

The United Nations Secretary-General has recommended that the United Nations Mission in Haiti deploy additional troops in the Caribbean country.

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

ILO Global Report on Forced Labour

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

UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists in Iraq

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, has condemned the killing of two Iraqi journalists, Najem Abed Khodair and Ahmad Adam.

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

UN Appeals for Over $16 Million for Niger

he United Nations has appealed for more than sixteen-million dollars for Niger to combat the severe food crisis in the country.

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

U.S. Donates $20 Million to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal

The United States has announced a donation of twenty million dollars to the Emergency Appeal of the United Nations Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA.

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

Ebola Outbreak Is under Control in Republic of Congo

Health workers in the Republic of Congo are doing their best to control the latest outbreak of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

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

UN Dispatches Another Team to Troubled Camp in Sudan

The United Nations has dispatched another team to a camp south of the Sudanese capital Khartoum where people were killed during a clash between Sudanese security forces and internally displaced people.

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

UN Chief of Staff Assures U.S. Congress That UN Is Being Reformed

The United Nations Chief of Staff, Mark Malloch Brown, has assured members of the United States Congress that the United Nations is undergoing real reforms.

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

World Health Assembly to Discuss Destruction of Smallpox Virus

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

New Ebola Outbreak in Congo-Brazzaville DR Congo Needs More Donor Support Water and Sanitation in Africa.

19 May 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Efforts to eradicate polio in India: UN Foundation chief Timothy Wirth discusses the vaccination campaign with a Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh and Japan cracks down on entertainment visas which lure tens of thousands of unsuspecting Asian women into the sex industry

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

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Calls for Action to Save the World’s Forests

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

Caribbean Indigenous Groups Call for Recognition

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

UN Political Chief Tells Security Council of Increase in Violence in the Middle East

The United Nations head of political affairs, Kieran Predergast, has told the Security Council that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and the West bank is a significant step along the road towards realizing the vision of a sovereign Palestinian state existing side by side with Israel in peace.

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

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Uzbekistan

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concern over the violence and loss of life in Uzbekistan.

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

Security Council Voices Concern for Political Situation in Guinea-Bissau

The Security Council has expressed concern about mounting political tensions in Guinea-Bissau, which is preparing for presidential elections next month.

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

Deputy Secretary-General Unveils UN Reforms

The United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, has unveiled a series of reforms undertaken by the United Nations in response to criticisms of UN management.

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

UN ESCAP Wraps Up Its 61st Session

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has ended its annual session after discussing a host of issues of importance to the region, not least of which was the idea of an independent Asian Investment Bank.

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

Fourth Indigenous Forum Opens with Focus on Education and Poverty Eradication

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

UNHCR Sends Team to Border between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

The United Nations refugee agency has urged the governments of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to leave the border open to all civilians who have fled violence in the Uzbekistan.

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

WFP Needs $350 Million to Feed Refugees around the World

The World Food Programme has warned that it will be forced to cut food rations to refugees unless it receives more aid.

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

Caribbean Region Holds Seminar on Decolonization

The success of the UN in decolonization should inspire and encourage further efforts to ensure that the people of the remaining non-independent territories can exercise their right to self-determination.

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

India Ships Wheat to Help Feed School Children in Afghanistan

India has sent another major food shipment to Afghanistan as part of its pledge to donate one million metric tons of wheat to help feed school children in the country.

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

Global Initiative on Health Information is Launched in Geneva

Participants in the World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva today launched a new global initiative to facilitate availability of health information in developing countries.

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

58th World Health Assembly Appeals For Ambitious Approach to Health Problems

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

Putting Disarmament Back into the NPT

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

International Day of Families – the Impact of HIV and AIDS on Family Well-being

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

UN Secretary-General is Concerned about Guinea Bissau

And Mr.Annan has expressed concern about the situation in Guinea Bissau which is preparing for presidential elections next month.

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

UN Secretary-General Welcomes Agreement on Cote d’Ivoire

The United Nations Secretary-General has welcomed the agreement on the timeframe and modalities for the disarmament process and plan for the restructuring of the armed forces in Cote d’Ivoire.

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

UN Warns of Biological Terrorism at World Health Assembly

The risk of outbreak of infectious diseases is closely connected with the serious threat of biological terrorism.

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

UNHCR Sends Team to Border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

A team from the United Nations refugee agency is on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to assess the needs of hundreds of Uzbeks who have fled violence in their country.

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

Deputy Secretary-General Says Indigenous People Continue to Suffer

Indigenous peoples from around the world have gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for this year’s session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

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

UN Secretary-General Appeals to North Korea To Cooperate on Nuclear Issue

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appealed to North Korea to cooperate in resolving the dispute over its nuclear programme.

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

UN Human Rights Office Plans to Establish Presence in Uganda

The United Nations Human Rights Commissioner is finalizing arrangements to establish a human rights operation in northern Uganda where the conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

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

UNHCR Is Concerned About Rwandan Refugees in Burundi

The UN Refugee Agency has expressed concern that Rwandan asylum seekers in Burundi say they have been verbally and physically intimidated to return to Rwanda.

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

WFP Says There Is Insecurity in Southern Sudan

The World Food Programme says that fighting among Sudanese clans over grazing has displaced many people in south Sudan.

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

UNIFIL Investigates Exchange of Fire across Israeli-Lebanese Border

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is investigating an exchange of fire which occurred across the border between Lebanon and Israel at the Shebaa Farms.

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

UN Appoints German Prosecutor to Investigate Killing of Lebanese Prime Minister

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has informed the Security Council that he intends to appoint Mr. Detlev Mehlis of Germany as the Commissioner of the International Independent Investigation Commission into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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

The UN Rapporteur on Adequate Housing says Homelessness is a Growing Problem throughout the World

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

Helping the Victims of Trafficking in Ukraine

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

The conference on nuclear non-proliferation treaty has adopted its agenda; Jamaica warns that the nuclear non-proliferation treaty is in crisis; Guyana says the ability of developing countries to generate domestic capital; Antigua and Barbuda says it’s committed to the goal of water for all;The UN proposes nearly $100 million in the budget for the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti; Trinidad and Tobago says efforts by the international community will contribute to stability and development in Haiti.

13 May 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Mayors for Peace at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review; Atomic Bomb Survivors Call for the Destruction of Nuclear Weapons; The 50th Anniversary of Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Observed

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World Discrimination against Africa <> The Forgotten Crisis in Northern Uganda – An ILO Perspective on Forced Labour <> Nigeria and Cameroon on Bakassi

12 May 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

UN and AU Identify Leader of Militias Who Attacked Khor Abeche in South Darfur

The United Nations and the African Union have identified the commander of the militia forces that attacked the village of Khor Abeche in South Darfur last month.

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

WFP Condemns Attacks on Truck Drivers in South Darfur

The World Food Programme has condemned the killing by bandits of two drivers of the trucks used to deliver food in South Darfur.

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

UN Secretary-General Concerned about Firing of Rocket from Lebanon to Israel

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed concern over the firing of a Katyusha rocket from Lebanon into the village of Shlomi in northern Israel last night.

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

Seven Peacekeepers Injured in Ambush in DR Congo

Seven United Nations peacekeepers have been injured in an ambush by armed elements in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

UN Condemns Killings and Attacks on Its Premises in Afghanistan

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the violence which resulted in the killing of civilians and attacks on its premises and those of other agencies and organizations in Jalalabad on Wednesday.

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

A New Report Says Iraqis Live Under Difficult Conditions

A survey by Iraqi authorities and the United Nations released today, says that the Iraqi people are suffering from a desperate lack of jobs, housing, health care and electricity.

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

More Arguments Against Nuclear Weapons

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

Women Against the Bomb

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

Community Radio Broadcasting Under International Spotlight A Women’s Organization joins the international non-proliferation and the banning of nuclear weapons campaign The European Union makes progress advancing the status of women, 10 years after Beijing

12 May 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Asian nations review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: does it meet today’s challenges and how do clandestine operators use loopholes to create nuclear weapons? Should the five declared nuclear weapons states disarm now? And a look at the special cases of North Korea, Pakistan and India.

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

Former UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and a US Congressman Raise Concerns About Nuclear Weapons

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

ILO Global Report sheds light on Forced Labour

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

UN official says lack of funding causing too many deaths in Africa

A senior United Nations official has charged rich countries with discriminating against Africa when it comes to much-needed humanitarian aid.

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

ILO says more than 12 million in forced labor worldwide

The demand for cheap labor has helped force more than 12 million people into slave-like work around the world.

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

Nigeria, Cameroon agree to speed efforts to resolve border dispute

The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon have agreed to speed up efforts to settle their longstanding border dispute.

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

Total elimination of nuclear weapons still far from being achieved: Kenya

While the nuclear non-proliferation treaty has served the world well, the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons is still far from being achieved.

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

The European Union Makes Progress Advancing the Status of Women, 10 Years After the Beijing

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

FAO Appeals for 11.4 Million to Help Countries of the Sahel

The Food and Agriculture Organization has appealed for more than 11 million dollars to help alleviate the food situation in the countries of the Sahel in north Africa.

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

IOM and UNHCR Resumes Repatriation of Zambian Refugees from Angola

The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration have resumed the voluntary repatriation of Angolan refugees from Zambia.

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

Some Togolese Refugees Return Home from Ghana

As the situation improves in Togo, more refugees who had fled to Ghana are returning home.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls on Israel to Stop Overflights of Lebanon

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated his call on Israel to stop its planes from flying over Lebanon.

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

Former UN Chief Inspector Says Many Countries Are Concerned About Nuclear States

The former Chief of United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq, Hans Blix, has said that concerns about non-nuclear states acquiring nuclear weapons have been muted by the attitude of nuclear weapons states.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls on Investors To Help Save Environment

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for investors to help tackle the challenge of climate change.

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

Is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty a fair agreement – we’ll hear from the UN’s top man on disarmament

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

The conference to review the nuclear non-proliferation treaty opens with a warning that the regime was under great stress <> The Caribbean Community expresses concern over the shipment of nuclear waste through the Caribbean Sea <> The United Nations says Grenada is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Ivan <> St. Kitts-Nevis moves to ensure a continued water supply well beyond 2015 <> Barbados warns that sustainable development is littered with failures <> The Committee on Information says the voice of the UN should be heard in a clear and effective manner

9 May 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

MATERNAL MORTALITY: UN says rates in South Asia remain at a ‘very high level’ – a UN Radio report from Uttar Pradesh, India. UN REFORM: Former Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Ali Alatas, to promote the UN Secretary-General’s comprehensive proposals for reforming the United Nations system

9 May 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

Community Radio Broadcasting Under International Spotlight

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

General Assembly Remembers Victims of Second World War

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

The General Assembly Marks End of Second World War

The United Nations General Assembly today marked the Sixtieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls for Strengthening of AU Mission in Darfur

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has called for the strengthening of the African Union Mission in the western Darfur region of Sudan.

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

UN Secretary-General Says This Is a Promising Moment for Israelis and Palestinians

This is a hopeful and promising moment for both Palestinians and Israelis.

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

WFP Says At Least 11 Million Tons of Food Is Needed to Feed the Hungry

The head of the World Food Organization, James Morris, has said that at least eleven million tons of food aid are needed to feed the hungry people around the world.

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

UN Secretary-General Condemns Bombing at an Internet Cafe in Kabul

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the suicide bombing at an Internet cafe in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday.

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

FAO Helps African AIDS Orphans with Farming Know-how and Life Skills

The Food and Agriculture Organization has set up more than thirty schools to provide farming life skills young people who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

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

South Africa’s Delegate to the NPT Review Conference Is Concerned about the Process

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

Activist Works for a Nuclear-Free World

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

Secretary-General Congratulates Prime Minister Tony Blair

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has expressed his warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom who has won his country’s elections for a third term.

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

Close to 280 People Die of Marburg Fever in Angola

More than 300 cases of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever have been identified in Angola and close to 280 people have died of the disease.

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

UNHCR Registers 22,600 Togolese Refugees in Benin and Ghana

More than 22,000 refugees fleeing insecurity in Togo have arrived in Benin and Ghana.

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

IOM Says Tsunami Victims in Aceh Want a Return to Normality

A study released by the International Organization for Migration says that the people of the Aceh province of Indonesia affected by last year’s tsunami want to return to normal life.

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

UN Agencies Will Vaccinate Over Five Million Children in Indonesia

The United Nations Children’s Fund is supporting the emergency vaccination of children in a district near Jakarta, in Indonesia, in an attempt to halt the spread of an outbreak of polio.

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MANAGEMENT OF WATER: 1.1 billion people do not have adequate access to safe drinking water; in 20 years that number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion. This program explores who manages water, who does it best and why. Situations around the world – including how waste occurs, the debate over privatization – are discussed by an expert from the World Bank, Ministers of Water, non-governmental organizations and Utility Companies.

5 May 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

More States Call on Nuclear Powers to Get Rid of their Nuclear Weapons

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50th Anniversary of Mimimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners Observed

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Security Council Calls on Syria and Lebanon to Cooperate with UN Team

The Security Council has called on the governments of Syria and Lebanon to cooperate fully with the team sent by the United Nations to verify Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon.

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FAO Helps Displaced People in Northern Uganda

The Food and Agriculture Organization says it will provide seeds, tools and agricultural training to more than ninety-thousand vulnerable families living in camps for internally displaced people in northern Uganda.

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

UNHCR Treats Injured Togolese Refugees in Benin

The United Nations refugee agency is treating some of the refugees who have fled political unrest in Togo to neighbouring countries.

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

Ukraine Calls for Legally Binding Security Assurances From Nuclear States

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine,Ihor Dohov, has called for legally binding security assurances by countries that possess nuclear weapons in order to remove incentives for non-nuclear states from pursuing nuclear capabilities.

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

UN Secretary-General is Concerned About Increase in Violence West Bank Bank

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has expressed concern about the increased violence witnessed in recent days in Palestinian territories.

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‘It is Asia’s turn to nominate the next Secretary-General’, Kofi Annan tells the region during his visit to India and Indonesia; the economy of East Asia grows by 7.2% in 2004; and the views of New Zealand and Australia on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, currently under review.

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Mayors for Peace at Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review

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Nuclear Bomb Survivors Call for the Destruction of Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear Weapons Only Serve to Increase Insecurity: South Africa

South Africa says nuclear weapons do not guarantee security.~Rather, it adds, they distract from it.

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

Annan Gravely Concerned by Obstruction of UN mission in Lebanon

Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday deplored the actions of Palestinian armed elements in denying freedom of movement to members of the United Nations verification mission.

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

WFP Warns of Plummeting Food Aid

Deliveries of world food aid fell by 30% in 2004, despite rising numbers of hungry people and record levels of money from donors.

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

WHO Urges Action after Second Case of Polio Emerges in Indonesia

The World Health Organization has called on Indonesia to speed up a vaccination drive to prevent an outbreak of polio.

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

More than 20,000 Refugees Flee Political Unrest in Togo

The number of refugees fleeing political unrest in Togo continues at a steady pace with more than 20,000 Togolese now seeking refuge in neighboring states.

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

World Press Freedom Day Event Focuses on Media’s Role in Fostering Tolerance

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

Number fleeing Togo Political Crisis Continues to Climb

The number of people fleeing the ongoing political crisis in Togo is still rising.

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

Iran Determined to Pursue all Legal Areas of Nuclear Technology

Iran is determined to pursue all legal areas of nuclear technology, including enrichment for peaceful purposes.

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

The Challenge Now is to Get a Slate of Decisions on UN Reform: Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the challenge now is to get from his proposals for United Nations reform to a slate of decisions.

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

Annan Issues Mixed Report on Progress in Containing AIDS

Despite encouraging signs that AIDS is beginning to be contained in a small but growing number of countries, the overall epidemic continues to expand.

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

Malaria Kills One Million a Year: UN

Malaria kills more than a million people and sickens between 350 and 500 million people a year, mainly in Africa.

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

Media Have a Role to Play in Good Governance

Today is World Press Freedom Day.

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

The First Ever World Malaria Report Released Today

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Saving the Wild Tigers in India Protecting Children Who Are Victims or Witnesses of a Crime New Strategies to Fight Malaria

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TOGO – MORE THAN 20,000 REFUGEES FLEE INTO NEIGHBOURING BENIN AND GHANA: We hear, separately, from UNHCR officials in Benin and Ghana about flow of refugees, the stories of those seeking refuge, their condition and what UNHCR and other agencies are doing to help them. AFRICA AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Africa possesses no nuclear weapons. So why should African countries care when senior government and political figures from around the world gather at the United Nations for a review of the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty?

2 May 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Annan sees encouraging signals for peace between Georgia and Abkhazia

There have been encouraging signals from both the Georgian and Abkhaz sides of their interest in settling their conflict by peaceful means only.

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

UN team in Kenya to evaluate progress in counter-terrorism

A team of UN experts is in Kenya to assess progress made in meeting UN anti-terrorism mandates.

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

Thousands of Togolese seek refuge in Benin and Ghana

Increasing numbers of refugees are fleeing post-election insecurity in Togo for neighbouring Benin and Ghana.

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

Annan condemns “heartless” wave of bombings in Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned the wave of bombings and other attacks that have killed more than 100 Iraqis and wounded many more since Friday.

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

Fears of nuclear detonation re-awakened in past five years: El Baradei

Meanwhile, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency warns that fears of a deadly nuclear detonation have been reawakened.

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

Annan warns nuclear treaty falling behind technology, globalization

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has not kept pace with technology and globalization.

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

In Ten Years of Democratic Rule in South Africa, Millions Gain Adequate Access to Water

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

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Opens

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

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