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Biopesticide “Green Muscle” is Effective Against Desert Locusts

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

EXTREME POVERTY CAN BE ERADICATED: Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Millennium Project, suggests that the first millennium development goal can be met in the most affected region, sub-Saharan Africa, if developed countries honour their commitment to providing 0.7% of their GNP to development assistance and if the focus is placed on growing food, avoiding disease and building better infrastructures.

30 Jun 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

UN Humanitarian Appeal Falls Short

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

The Continuing Problem of Making HIV/AIDS Drugs Accessible to Developing Countries

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The UN General Assembly concludes a high level dialogue on financing for development; The Group of 77 developing countries and China says the international community has fallen far short of resources needed for the Millennium Goals; Antigua and Barbuda urges major creditors to work more closely with developing states to reduce debt; The Bahamas calls for a greater role for the United Nations in all aspects of global standard setting; A top UN official says the Mauritius Strategy for small island developing states is being gradually implemented; A disaster consultant says Caribbean States vary in their level of preparedness for the hurricane season.

30 Jun 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Indian Ocean Tsunami Early Warning System Formally Launched

A United Nations Commission on Thursday formally launched a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean, at the same time laying the groundwork for similar initiatives around the world’s seas.

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

Special Envoy Continues Visit to Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the humanitarian aspects of the recent evictions in Zimbabwe, Anna Tibaijuka, visited several sites around the capital Harare Wednesday and again on Thursday.

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

WFP Warns Africa’s Food Crises Are a Threat to Peace and Security

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme has warned that with one African in three malnourished, hunger is a barometer for the level of social instability in the continent.

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

Special Envoy For Southern Lebanon Urges Restraint

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for southern Lebanon had deplored the attacks that emanated from the Lebanese side of the Blue Line on Wednesday, and the subsequent exchanges of fire between Hezbollah and Israeli forces.

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

Parties in Cote D’Ivoire Reach Agreement to Disarm

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has taken note of the renewed commitment by the parties to the conflict in Cote d’Ivoire to implement the Pretoria Agreement on the peace process in that country.

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

Cote d’Ivoire’s New Disarmament Deadline Sudan – The International Criminal Court Proceeds on Darfur Crimes, Liberia – Four Months To Elections

30 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

A Ceremony at the UN Observes the 60th year of the signing of the Charter <> A House of Hope – the Anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter <> Costs and Benefits of International Migration

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UN Secretary-General Says Development Must Benefit Everybody

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has stressed the need for economic development to benefit everyone.

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

ICC Prosecutor Says Grave Crimes Have Been Committed in Darfur

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Moreno Ocampo has said that there is a significant amount of information on grave crimes committed in Darfur.

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

UN Agencies Say More HIV Positive People Should Be on Anti-Retrovirals

Two United Nations agencies say that progress in providing anti-retroviral therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS has not been fast enough.

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

Secretary-General’s Envoy Meets President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Anna Tibaijuka met with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe today.

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

UN and Its Partners Need $2. 6 Billion for Humanitarian Assistance

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that more than two billion dollars are needed to address the urgent needs of 30 million people in close to thirty countries.

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

Liberia on Track Despite Challenges

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

New UN High Commissioner for Refugees Appeals to Governments to Respect International Law

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

Child Camel Jockeys Released with the Help of UNICEF

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

US says it has taken steps to ensure development funds go to deserving countries

A two-day high-level dialogue to assess progress in implementing the 2002 Monterrey Agreement on development finance was into its second day Tuesday.

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

Mortality in Darfur has significantly declined: UN

Mortality in Sudan’s Darfur region has significantly declined, but the health of the people remains extremely fragile.

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

Most operations in Africa under-funded: UNHCR

Almost all of the UN refugee operations in Africa are under funded and in some circumstances, extremely under funded.

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

WFP says lack of funds forcing a decrease in aid to Zambians

Lack of funds will force the World Food Programe to slash rations and reduce the number of vulnerable women and children on food aid in Zambia.

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

Most countries still to ratify counter-terrorism conventions: UN

Less than half of United Nations member States have ratified all 12 anti-terrorism conventions

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

UN Secretary-General Says Donors are Not Honouring Their Pledges to Finance Development

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

The Dallits of India are Denied the Freedom to Live in Dignity

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

A Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children is Taking Place in Cairo, Egypt

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

General Assembly Commemorates 60th Anniversary of UN Charter

The United Nations today commemorated the 60th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, which took place in San Francisco on 26 June 1945.

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

Annan Urges Developed Countries to Help Eradicate Poverty

There is real hope today as many developing countries have succeeded in lifting millions of people out of impoverishment and despair.

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

G’77 and China Calls for Urgent Action to Meet the MDG’s

The Group of 77 developing countries and China has warned that the international community is far short of mobilizing the resources required to finance the level of development envisaged in the Millennium Development Goals.

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

Asylum Seekers and Refugees are the First Victims of Terror: UNHCR

The new head of the UN refugee agency says it is important to distinguish asylum seekers and refugees.

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

UN Says Occasional Use of Marijuana is a Link in Deadly Chain

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has warned that even the occasional use of marijuana is a link in a long and dangerous cycle of crime, degradation and terrorism.

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

A House of Hope – Anniversary of the Signing of the UN Charter

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

UN Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Signing of Charter

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

The US Virgin Islands says if General Assembly actions were carried out non-self-governing territories would have achieved more political development; Cuba says its commitment to Puerto Rico dates back to the time of Spanish colonial domination; UN human rights experts say there are reports of torture and other human rights violations at the US Naval base at Guantanamo Bay; A Grenadian is elected as a judge on the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea and The Bahamas says capacity-building is of particular importance to small Island states.

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

Civil Society Expresses Views on MDGs

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

UN Experts Say They’ve Reliable Accounts of Torture At Guantanamo

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

Millennium Developments Goals Will Not be Met Says Civil Society to UN General Assembly

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

Despite Increasing Stability Situation in Darfur Remains Unpredictable

Although there are signs of increasing stability in some parts Darfur in Sudan, the situation in the region continues to be marred by unpredictability, violence and threats to the security of the affected people.

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

UN Envoy in Afghanistan Calls for Measures to Ensure September Vote

The UN Secretary-General’s envoy in Afghanistan, Jean Arnault says that steps are needed to ensure that people can participate freely in elections scheduled for September.

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

UNICEF Appeals for Nearly $3 Million for Zimbabwean Children

The UN Children’s Fund has urgently appealed for nearly three million dollars, to continue its assistance to the children and women affected by the demolition of shanty town houses under Operation Restore Order in Zimbabwe.

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

WHO Helps Angolans Prepare to Deal with Marburg Outbreak

The World Health Organization is strengthening the capacity of Angolans to be able to respond to a new outbreak of Marburg haemorrhagic fever.

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

UNHCR Calls on Panama to Grant Refugees Status to Colombians

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the government of Panama to grant refugee status to more than 800 Colombians living in the country.

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

A Campaign to Halt the Resurgence of Polio; The Day of the African Child Highlights Africa’s Chronic Emergencies; Nutrition Problems Are Also a Concern of Rich Countries; A Call to the International Community to Provide More Protection for Civilians in Armed Conflict

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UN Secretary-General Acts on Zimbabwe Government Demolitions The International Labour Organisation Highlights Severe Youth Unemployment Why Are Deadly Diseases Like Ebola And Marburg Fever More Prevalent in Africa?

23 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

WHO Calls for Safety Assessments before Marketing Genetically Modified Foods

The World Health Organization says that genetically modified foods can help enhance human health and development.

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

General Assembly Holds Hearings with NGO’s to Prepare for September Summit

The General Assembly today began informal interactive hearings with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.

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

Brazilian Peacekeeper Shot in Haiti Is in Stable Condition

A Brazilian Peacekeeper shot in the chest by unknown gunmen in the Cite Soleil area of the Haitian capital Port au Prince on Wednesday is reported to be in stable condition.

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

UN Experts Express Concern about Detainees at Guantanamo

Four United Nations independent human rights experts have expressed concern about the situation of people arrested, detained or tried by the United States for allegedly being involved in terrorism.

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

Quartet Reaffirms Support for Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza

The Middle East Quartet, made up of the United Nations, the United States, Russia and the European Union today reaffirmed its support for the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

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

Ahead of the G8 Summit in Gleangles, an Econommist says Debt Relief is Only the First Step for African Countries:

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

UN Special Adviser on Africa discusses the Mission of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Zimbabwe

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

Parties in Cyprus Want Settlement, but Gap remains Wide, says UN Political Affairs Chief

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

How Local Groups are Organizing to Meet the Millennium Development Goals A Report from the International Labour Organization on a Rescue of a Ukrainian Woman UNICEF Media Campaign Against Trafficking “Be Smart Be Safe” Alerts Women in Laos to False Promises Made By Traffickers Promise of a Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer

23 Jun 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

Artist and activist Probir Gupta with students from Jawaharlal Nehru University look for new ways to end violence against women in India UNIFEM says human trafficking in South Asia is too easy and needs to be made as risky as drugs and arms trafficking

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

Secretary-General Calls on International Community to Support Iraq

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

The International Community Must Better Protect Civilians During Armed Conflict

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

International Migration has both costs and benefits

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

UN Calls For Tripling of AIDS funding

Global funding for AIDS needs to triple to $20 billion in 2008 to reverse the spread of the killer disease in the developing world.

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

International Conference on Iraq Ends with Promises of Aid

International donors ended a day-long conference on Iraq Wednesday with promises to help reduce Iraq’s foreign debt, speed up aid and deliveries and to work with Baghdad in combating terrorism and insurgency.

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

Annan Urges Peaceful Participation in Congo’s Electoral Process

There’s been a call for the Government of Transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Independent Electoral Commission to expedite the electoral process in the country.

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

UNCTAD Holds Interregional Conference on Debt Management

Debt Management is the focus of an interregional conference now taking place in Geneva.

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

UNDP Says Tsunami Relief Effort In Critical Phase

Six months after the Indian Ocean tsunami that left 230-thousand people dead, the international community is well into the transition phase — from relief to recovery.

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

Security Council extends ban on export of Liberia’s diamonds

The UN Security Council has extended a ban on Liberia’s diamond exports for six months because, it says, the government is unable to prevent illegal gem sales used for financing wars among its West African neighbours.~ ~

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

UNHCR chief praises Uganda for its support to refugees

Meanwhile, the new High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is in Uganda on the second leg of a three-day visit to see for himself the situation of refugees in northern Uganda.

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

UNHCR concerned about continuing influx of Sudanese refugees in Uganda

The continuing influx of Sudanese refugees into Uganda is of major concern to the UN refugee agency.

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

Agriculture export competition will intensify: FAO

Global competition among exporters of wheat, rice, oilseeds, sugar and livestock is expected to intensify over the next ten years among both developed and developing countries.

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

Annan welcomes meeting between Israeli-Palestinian leaders

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has hailed Tuesday’s meeting between the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians.

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

Egeland urges further action to protect civilians in armed conflict

Not enough progress has been made to keep pace with the challenges that civilians face in conflict situations.

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

Zimbabwe Community Based Organization in Charge of Sustainable Development of Its Environment

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

Global Community Groups Prepare for Civil Society Hearings on the Millennium Review Summit

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

An Assessment of the UN Peacekeeping Operations in Cote d’Ivoire

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

Annan Congratulates Lebanese on Successful Parliamentary Elections

Secretary-general Kofi Annan has congratulated the people and Government of Lebanon for their successful parliamentary elections which concluded Sunday.

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

Arbour Pushes for Stronger human Rights office

The UN’s top human rights official says the Commission on Human Rights must change, if it is to succeed in its mission of promoting and protecting all human rights.

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

Millions at Risk of Food Shortages in West Africa: FAO

A food crisis is looming in West Africa. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says drought and locusts invasion continue to threaten the livelihood and access to food for millions of farmers and herders in the region.

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

UN Trains Teams to Clear mines and other Remnants of War in Iraq

Nearly half a million square metres of Iraq's land have been cleared of landmines over the past year. Thanks to United Nations-backed efforts to rid the war-torn country of potentially deadly unexploded remnants of war.

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

UN Refugee Head in Uganda to See Tens of Thousands of Refugees

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres arrived in Uganda Monday on a three-day mission to see tens of thousands of refugees.

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

Refugees Summon Extraordinary Courage to Survive: Annan

Today is World Refugee Day.

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

The UN Pays Tribute to the Courage of Refugees on World Refugee Day

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

Ecological Visionary Participates in UNEP World Environment Day Event

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

Measures that Leaders Have to Take to Reduce Hunger

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

Prevention and Treatment are Critical to Wiping Out Malaria

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

ILO Global Report on Forced Labour

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

Head of Investigation Says Rafik Hariri Was Killed by a Car Bomb

The Commissioner of the Independent International Investigation, Detlev Mehlis has said that former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and twenty others were killed in a car bomb explosion.

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

Desertification Threaten the livelihood and Health of Over One Billion people

Desertification, which is one of the world’s most alarming processes of environmental degradation, is threatening the health and livelihoods of more than one billion people.

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

Number of Refugees Declined by 4 Per Cent Last Year

The number of refugees around the world fell by four per cent last year, to just over nine million, the lowest total in almost a quarter of a century.

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

WFP Appeals for $94 million to Feed Needy People in Darfur

The World Food Programme has appealed for more than $90 million to help feed the needy people of Darfur in Sudan.

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

UN Top Official Says Israelis and Palestinians Must Choose Peace

The head of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, Kieran Prendegast has stressed the need for Israelis and Palestinians to choose peace and security.

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

The committee on decolonization requests the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute over the Falkland Islands Cayman Islands organizations call for greater involvement in the constitutional consultation process UNAIDS says poverty is the driving force in the AID pandemic Small island developing States are facing a development challenge as a result of the HIV pandemic Jamaica reiterates its continued support for the Convention on the Law of the Sea

17 Jun 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

“Be Smart, Be Safe”, an anti-trafficking media campaign is launched in Laos to stop the flow of poor girls to richer neighbouring countries A network of 25 countries works on counter-terrorist measures in South East Asia 22-year old HIV-positive Vikram Laishram from India leads other youths by example

16 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Welcomes Invalidation of Amnesty Laws in Argentina

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has welcomed the invalidation of two amnesty laws that protected military officers from prosecution in Argentina.

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

UNICEF Says Africa’s Chronic Emergencies Struggle for Attention

Some of Africa’s most intractable emergencies are seriously under-funded with only two out of ten countries on track to reach funding targets set by the United Nations Children’s Fund.

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

Secretary-General Welcomes Expansion of Iraq’s Drafting Committee

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the agreement today to expand Iraq’s Constitution Drafting Committee so that it is more inclusive of the Sunni Arab community.

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

There Is Hope to Rollback Malaria in Africa

A senior official at the World Health Organization says that there is hope that Africa may reach the target of cutting malaria by half by the year 2010.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated his call for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar.

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

Nutrition Problems also a Concern of Rich Countries

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

Young People with a Message for G-8 Leaders

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

The Day of the African Child Highlights Africa’s Chronic Emergencies

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

A Personality Profile Interview with Under-Secretary-General Ibrahim Gambari

16 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Scientists lobby for a moratorium on longline fishing UNICEF says some children in residential institutions are vulnerable to abuse Extreme poverty could end by 2025 A new WHO committee meets to develop a global strategy against cancer

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War Crimes Tribunals Getting Up To Speed

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

A Campaign to Halt the Resurgence of Polio

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

WHO Launches New Initiative to Speed Development of Vaccine to Protect against Cervical Cancer

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

Secretary-General is Pleased with EU Strong Support for UN Reform

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has said that he is pleased with the strong support for reform given by the European Union.

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

Somalia Prepares to Launch Immunization Campaign against Polio

Somalia is preparing for the launch of a polio immunization campaign which will start on Friday.

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

Secretary-General Reiterates Need for Continuing Dialogue between North and South Korea

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated the need for North and South Korea to continue dialogue, exchanges and cooperation in all areas.

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

ILO Conference Puts Employment at the Top of Its Agenda

Decent work has emerged as one of the major issues being discussed at the International Labour Conference taking place in Geneva.

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

New UN High Commissioner for Refugees Assumes His Duties

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, officially assumed his duties today.

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

Over 30-Thousand Tons of Toxic Pesticide Waste in Latin America

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

The World Can See An End to Extreme Poverty by the Year 2025

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

Rwanda and Burundi Rename Asylum Seekers Illegal Immigrants

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

UN Secretary-General Urges Business to Fight Poverty

The UN Secretary-General has called on the business community to contribute to the millennium development goals to improve the lives of ordinary people around the world.

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

UN Mission Arrives in Togo to Probe Human Rights Violations

A fact-finding mission sent by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has arrived in Togo to investigate allegations of human rights violations in the first half of this year.

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

UNHCR Says Return of Rwandans from Burundi is Not Voluntary

Approximately five thousand Rwandans who had sought refuge in Burundi have been sent back to their country.

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

UN Peacekeeper is killed in DR Congo

An Indian peacekeeper has been killed and two of his colleagues injured in an area twenty kilometers north-west of the town of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

WHO Says a Fraction of World Population Benefit from Global Blood Supplies

The World Health Organization today marked World Blood Donor Day to thank people who regularly and voluntarily donate blood.

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

UN Reports Increase of Coca Production in Bolivia, Colombia and Peru

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime says that coca production last year increased by three per cent in Bolovia, Colombia and Peru.

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

UNHCR Is Alarmed By Rwandan and Burundian Decision to Label Refugees Illegal Immigrants

The United Nations High Commissioner for refugees says it is alarmed by a decision of the governments of Burundi and Rwanda to re-label each others refugees and asylum seekers as illegal immigrants.

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

President of UN Tribunal Says It’s a Shame that Karadzic and Mladic Are Still at Large

The President of the International Criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Judge Theodor Meron has said that it’s a shame that Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his military commander Ratko Mladic are still at large.

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

Tribunal for Rwanda Is On Schedule to Complete its Trials in 2008

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda is on schedule to complete its trials by the end of 2008.

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

World Bank President Starts Africa Visit

The new president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz today visited Nigeria as part of his week-long tour of four African countries.

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

Secretary-General Is Concerned About Bombings in Iran

The United Nations Secretary-General has expressed concern about the loss of lives and the severe injuries of many bystanders as a result of a string of bomb explosions in Iran.

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

Child labour in Mongolia

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

UN Agencies Explore Ways of Increasing Food Safety

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

Twenty-one UN peacekeepers are awarded medals in the service of peace; tribute is also paid to 115 soldiers who died in the line of duty in 2004 and another 39 who were killed this year; the major contributors – Pakistan, Bangladesh and India – also sustained the largest number of casualties Many Asian nations are disappointed at the review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which ended with no agreement on how to strengthen it or on how to eliminate loopholes that allow nations to develop nuclear weapons.

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

UNICEF Assisting Hundreds of Children Orphaned by Marburg Disease

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

UN Trust Fund Gives Educational Opportunities to Victims of Modern Forms of Slavery

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

WHO Joins United Nations Call for Action to Achieve Millennium Development Goals

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

UN Mission Is to Probe Human Rights Violations in Togo

A United Nations team is preparing to go to Togo to investigate allegations of human rights abuses.

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

Nigerian President Says Job Creation is a Major Challenge in Africa

Job creation is one of the major challenges facing African countries in their effort to fight poverty.

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

UNHCR Urges Kyrgyz Government to Stop Deportations of Uzbeks

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has issued an urgent appeal to the government of Kyrgyzstan to stop all deportations of Uzbek asylum seekers.

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

Secretary-General Welcomes EU and NATO Support in Sudan and Abuja Talks

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the news that NATO and the European Union will be airlifting African Union peacekeepers into Sudan’s Darfur region.

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

Haiti’s prime minister urges the UN to provide more police to react rapidly to violence The head of UN peacekeeping appeals to French-speaking countries to contribute more police officers The World Bank approves a grant to support economic governance reform in Haiti A regional expert calls for political education to help non-self-governing territories become more aware of their political options Secretary-General Kofi Anan says 2005 and the upcoming summit are a make-or-break moment for the Millennium Development Goals The UN says AIDS is the most crucial threat facing the least developed countries.

10 Jun 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Secretary-General Says 2005 is a Make or Break Moment for MDGs

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that this year and the summit of world leaders in September are a make or break moment for the Millennium Development Goals.

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

Hundreds of Angolan Children Are Orphaned by Marburg

The outbreak of the deadly Marburg haemorrhagic fever has traumatized hundreds of Angolan children.

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

UN Secretary-General Decides to Send Senior Official to Bolivia

The United Nations Secretary-General has decided to send a senior official as his personal envoy to observe the situation in Bolivia, which is facing unrest.

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

Deputy Secretary-General Thanks Kenya for Its Role in Burundi

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Louise Frechette, today welcomed the strict emphasis place on the United Nations Code of Conduct by the commander of the Kenyan contingent of peacekeepers in Burundi.

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

Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of Protracted Hunger in Eritrea

The Food and Agriculture Organization has warned that Eritrea will face a protracted hunger season.

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

Genocide Tribunal Tries Former Rwandan Official in His Absence

The International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda today began the trial of a former senior Rwandan official who is charged with participating in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

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

New WHO Committee Meets to Develop Global Strategy against Cancer

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

South Sudan Programme Helps Vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons

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

The International Community is Failing Africa’s Women As They Struggle to Protect Themselves Against AIDS The International Labor Organization on How Ukraine is Working to Prevent Human Trafficking An Afghan Woman is Recognized for Her Courage in Starting a Newspaper Women Against War

9 Jun 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

UNICEF Says Children in Residential Institutions Vulnerable to Abuse

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

International Community Ignores the Food Crisis in Niger. HIV/AIDS Threatens to depopulate African countries of Women A US Senator Urges His government to support he UN and the Indigenous Peoples of The Caribbean Hope to Return to Their Sustainable Way of Life.

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World Bank President Goes To Africa Marburg Outbreak Badly Affects Children in Angola’s Uige Province South Sudan and the Secretary-General’s Visit

9 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

Member of UN Board Says Slavery Still Exists Around the World

Various forms of slavery still exist around the world.

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

Deployment of UN Troops to Southern Sudan Delayed

The United Nations is reviewing its schedule to come up with a realistic timetable for sending troops to Sudan.

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

UN Welcomes US-British Initiative on Africa

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed plans by the United Kingdom and the United States to increase humanitarian aid to Africa.

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

Security Council Condemns Massacres in Western Cote d’Ivoire

The UN Security Council has strongly condemned the massacre of civilians in the past week in the western town of Duekoue in Cote d’Ivoire.

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

UN Secretary-General Condemns Violence in Addis Ababa

The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has condemned the violence in Addis Ababa which has resulted in the shooting and reported killing of a number of demonstrators by security forces.

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

Scientists Lobby for Moratorium on Longline Fishing

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

Five Years On: Diamond Trade Still at Risk from Conflict Diamonds

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

Security Council Is Urged to Strengthen Peacekeeping Force in Haiti

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

Global Fund Urges Donor Governments to Double Their 2005 Pledges

The Global Fund to Fights HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has applauded the announcement by Australia that it will allocate 50 million Australian dollars in support of the Global Fund over the next three years.

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

Annan Urges Extension of UN Mission in Cyprus

Secretary-General Kofi Anan has called for a six-month extension of the mandate of UN peacekeepers in Cyprus.

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

US Senator Opposes Legislation to Restrict US Funding to UN

A leading Democrat in the United States Senate says he’s against proposed legislation that threatens to withhold millions of dollars in American dues to the United Nations.

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

UNHCR Concerned by Humanitarian Situation on Colombia’s Pacific coast

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed increasing concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Narino district on Colombia’s Pacific coast.

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

UN Panel Urges Increased Aid, Market Access for Africa

An advisory panel on African development says Africa deserves and requires more external support to ensure the success of its New Partnership for Africa’s Development – a continental development plan adopted by African leaders four years ago.

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

UN Concerned about Recent Clashes Between Rebel Groups in Darfur

The UN special envoy to Sudan Jan Pronk has expressed concern about recent armed clashes between two rebel groups in South Darfur – the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.

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

US Senate Delegate Urges US Support for the UN

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

Loggers in Peru Labor Under Unbearable Conditions: ILO

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

Japanese NGO Launches No DU Hiroshima Project to Stop Use of Depleted Uranium

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

The International Criminal Court Is Set to Probe War Crimes in Darfur

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

World Environment Day with Theme of Green Cities is Marked in Nairobi, Kenya

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

Global Job Crisis Puts Democracy, Freedom at Risk: ILO

The head of the International Labor Organization has warned of the dangers of the global job crisis.

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

Annan Calls Draft Document “An Important Step Towards Decisive Action”

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reacted to the draft outcome document for the 2005 summit.

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

ICC Announces Launch of Investigation into Darfur War Crimes

The International Criminal Court has begun an investigation into the alleged war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region.

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

General Assembly President Present Draft Document on Reform

The President of the General Assembly Jean Ping of Gabon has presented wide-ranging proposals to revamp the United Nations in the 21st century.

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

Annan Calls for the Creation of “Green Cities”

World Environment Day was observed throughout the world on Sunday.

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

SIGNATORIES TO THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY FAIL TO AGREE ON ANY SUBSTANTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS: Loopholes in the treaty have allowed nations to develop clandestine nuclear weapons, as well as to withdraw or not to join and therefore be exempted from inspections, and for declared nuclear weapons states to maintain considerable stockpiles. Despite the increased nuclear threats, signatories failed to reach consensus on how to fill in the cracks. This ‘paralysis’ left many parties disappointed including the UN Secretary-General, a majority of states and members of civil society.

3 Jun 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

Secretary-General Kofi Annan warns that the AIDS epidemic is accelerating on every continent <> The head of UNAIDS says unless the epidemic is controlled, it will continue wrecking entire societies <> The UN special relief coordinator says tropical storms and hurricanes could claim more lives in the Caribbean this year <> Trinidad and Tobago says it has made great advances in the sustainable management of forests <> Guyana says it’s committed to utilizing its forests to provide the maximum social and economic benefits <> The UN Security Council gives a short extension to UN forces in Haiti

3 Jun 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

Human Rights Expert Urges Zimbabwe to Stop Evictions

The United Nations independent expert on housing, Miloon Kothari, has urgently appealed to the Government of Zimbabwe to halt its mass eviction drive.

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

Security Council Decides to Send Election Envoy to Cote d’Ivoire

The Security Council has decided to send a United Nations representative to oversee elections in Cote d’Ivoire.

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

UN Peacekeeper Dies of Wounds in DR Congo

A Nepalese peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has died of his wounds sustained on Thursday.

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

Rwandans Overcrowd a Transit Centre in Burundi

Rwandan asylum seekers who have fled to Burundi are cramped in one transit camp at Songore.

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

South African Soldier is Shot as Burundians Vote in Local Elections

A South African soldier is in critical condition after he was shot in the head today while monitoring local elections in Burundi.

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

Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean Hope to Return to their Sustainable Way of Life

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

HIV/AIDS Threatens to Depopulate African Countries of Women

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

International Community Ignores Food Crisis in Niger

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

International Working Group on Sports and Development to Recommend National Policy for Combining Sport and Development

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

What Progress Has Been Made in Meeting AIDS Prevention Targets

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

Failure of NPT Complicates Work of Disarmament Conference

The failure of the conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty cannot be said to make the work of the disarmament conference easy.

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

UN Temporarily Halts Demining in Afghanistan

The United Nations has temporarily suspended all demining operations in the southern part of Afghanistan after a roadside bomb killed two local deminers and injured five others.

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

UN Sends Human Rights Workers to Scene of Killings in Cote d’Ivoire

A team of United Nations human rights workers has gone to Duekoue in the western part of Cote d’Ivoire where more than 50 people were killed and over 60 injured on Wednesday.

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

UN Human Rights Team Comes Under Fire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

A United Nations human rights helicopter came under fire during a verification mission in the village of Lugo in the north-eastern district of Ituri in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

UN Secretary-General Calls for More Measures to Fight HIV/AIDS

The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on world leaders to take more concrete steps to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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

Sudan / Darfur: We Hear From A Nigerian African Union Peacekeeper and An Eyewitness Account From an IDP Camp, Plus The Presiding Judge of The Special Court For Sierra Leone on The Court’s Achievements

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

The Khasis and Garos, indigenous peoples of Bangladesh, oppose the establishment of eco parks on their land; and an eco-friendly hotel in Tamil Nadu, India, improves the quality of life of surrounding villagers

2 Jun 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

UN Envoy Urges Burundi’s Political Leaders to Avoid Fraudulent Acts

The top UN official in Burundi has reminded the country’s political leaders of their responsibilities as the long political process is about to get underway.

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

WFP Appeals for Funds to Feed 3 Million Ugandans

The UN food agency (WFP) has made an urgent appeal for food worth US$45 million to help more than three million Ugandans.

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

Annan Condemns Attack on Mosque in Afghanistan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has condemned Wednesday’s attack on the Abdul Rab Akhundzada mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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

Special Adviser Welcomes Council’s Condemnation of Sexual Abuse by Peacekeepers

The Council’s action was welcomed by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in UN Peacekeeping Operations.

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

Security Council Condemns Sex Abuse by Peacekeepers

The UN Security Council has condemned all acts of sexual abuse and exploitation committed by UN peacekeeping personnel.

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

Young People on HIV/AIDS

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

Civil War in the Congo is Destroying that Country’s Forests

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

An Afghan Women Newspaper Editor Plays Vital Role Promoting Human rights

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

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