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  • Tsunami One Year Later: UNDP restores 95% of damaged coral reefs in Thailand while beach clean-up operations continue
  • Tsunami fosters peace in Aceh and IOM helps former combatants reintegrate into society
  • 30 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

    IOM and WHO Send Mental Health Experts to Help Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan

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

    World Food Programme Plans to Continue Food Assistance to Tsunami-Hit Aceh in Rebuilding Phase

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

    UN Completes its Peacekeeping Mission in Sierra Leone

    As the year comes to an end, the United Nations is completing its peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone.

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

    The European Union Makes Record Donation to WFP

    The European Commission has made a record contribution to the World Food Programme.

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

    UNHCR Expresses Shock over Death of Sudanese Refugees in Egypt

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has expressed deep shock and sadness over a violence confrontation between Egyptian police and Sudanese refugees in Cairo.

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

    UN Official Says Desertification Affects Millions Throughout the World

    Desertification affects millions throughout the world and is not just a regional problem, according to Conrod Hunte, Liaison Officer for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.

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

    Secretary-General Welcomes Team of Assessors of Iraqi Elections

    Following complaints by some Iraqi groups about the December 15th elections, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the decision by the International Mission for Iraqi Elections to establish a team of exports to conduct a follow up assessment to its interim report released two weeks ago.

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

  • HIGHLIGHTS / REVIEW OF THE YEAR
  • This edition highlights some of the important developments on the African continent this year. Africa continued to grapple with issues of economic development, refugees, diseases, particularly HIV/AIDS, conflict and political turmoil, to count just a few.
  • 29 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

    Secretary-General Determined for UN to Help Restore Peace in Eastern DRC

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reaffirmed the determination of the United Nations to work closely with the national authorities in restoring peace in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

    UNICEF Concerned that Renewed Fighting is Escalating DRC’s Humanitarian Crisis

    UNICEF says the renewed fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced thousands of people and is adding to the already heavy humanitarian crisis in the country.

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

    Monitoring Board for Iraq Oil Revenue Fund Concerned about Accountability

    The head of the monitoring board for the Development Fund for Iraq, or DFI, Jean-Pierre Halbwachs, says he is concerned about the accountability of the Fund.

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

    Aceh Tsunami Reconstruction Picking Up Pace, but Success Depends on Next Year: World Bank

    It is too soon to tell if the reconstruction process in the tsunami-hit Indonesian province of Aceh will be a success,according to the World Bank’s Country Director for Indonesia, Andrew Steer.

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

    Pakistan Earthquake Survivors Fine For Now

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

    60th UN Anniversary Observed through Art Exhibit: Spirit of the East: Beauty of the Landscape

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

    IOM Sends Mental Health Specialists to Help with Pakistan Earthquake Trauma

    Following a mental health survey in the earthquake-devastated areas of Pakistan, which found that one in ten people are suffering from various degrees of mental problems, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, has sent 8 specialists to help.

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

  • Against the background of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, a major world conference on disaster reduction proposed tsunami early warning systems for all regions of the world
  • An international meeting on small island developing states adopts the Mauritius Strategy for the further development of small states
  • A review conference on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty adopted an agenda after trying to do so for two years
  • A year-long oil-for-food investigation issues its final report laying blame on the members of the Security Council
  • World leaders wrapped up a three-day summit after discussing strategies to combat terrorism, poverty and disease
  • A UN technology summit ends with a commitment to build a people-centred, development-oriented information society
  • The Commission on Sustainable Development agreed on measures to ensure more people get access to water, sanitation and housing.
  • 29 Dec 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

    Sub-Saharan Africa Will Be Lead-Free By 2006

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

    Inuit Defend Their Right to Be Cold

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

    UN Electoral Official Says Iraqi Elections Credible

    A United Nations official says Iraq’s recent parliamentary elections were credible and there is no justification in calls for a re-run.

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

    2005 – An Exceptional Year of Disaster: WFP Chief

    The head of the UN food agency has described 2005 as the most challenging year the humanitarian aid world has faced since World War II.

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

    Situation in Darfur Remains Volatile: UN Mission

    The security situation in Sudan’s Darfur region remains volatile.

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

    Special Envoy for Lebanon Urges Restraint in Cross Border Hostilities

    The Secretary-General’s personal envoy for Lebanon has expressed deep concern at the firing last night of rockets by unidentified elements from Lebanese territory across the Blue Line into Israel.

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

    UN Official Urges Equal Opportunities for China in Africa’s Development

    A senior UN development official says China should have equal opportunities to take part in the development of Africa, since it will help reduce poverty, promote investment and widen the participation base.

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

    UN Envoy Critical of Verdict Against Cambodian Opposition Leader

    A UN human rights envoy has expressed concern over the recent verdict in which an exiled Cambodian opposition leader was sentenced to 18 months in jail for defamation.

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

    UN-Backed Congo Troops Conduct Sweep of Eastern Region

    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, government soldiers backed by UN troops battled Ugandan rebels killing more than 30 insurgents during a sweep of Congo’s Eastern Region.

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

    More Needs to Be Done in Tsunami Reconstruction Efforts: Clinton

    It’s been a year since the December 26th Indian Ocean tsunami devastated coastal communities in Southeast Asia, killing more than 180,000 people in several countries.

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

    IOM Mental Health Teams Deployed to Help Earthquake Survivors Cope

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has deployed mental health teams in cities and camps to counsel destitute women and orphaned children following the October 8th devastating earthquake in Pakistan.

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

    UN Making Progress in Demarcating Nigeria Cameroon Boundary

    A team of experts has finished demarcating more than 250 kilometres of the boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon.

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

    WFP Warns of Looming Food Shortage in Southern Africa

    The UN food agency (WFP) has warned that it lacks adequate funding to deliver food aid to the most vulnerable people in southern Africa.

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

    Mental Health Is a Major Challenge for Tsunami – Hit Aceh

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

    Political Scholars Make the Case for Nuclear Disarmament

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

    Fisherman in Indonesia Overcome Their Fears to Return to the Sea

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

    Children’s Wishes for the Holiday Season

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

    General Assembly Approves Two-Year Budget, With A Limit On Spending For 2006

    After tough negotiations, the UN General Assembly late on Friday reached a deal for a budget for 2006.

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

    Secretary General on Anniversary of Tsunami

    On the first year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, ceremonies are being held to honor the more than 220,000 people who lost their lives in the dozen affected countries.

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

  • The UN establishes a Peace-building Commission to help countries emerging from conflict
  • Venezuela expresses concern over the resolution establishing the commission describing it as “flawed”
  • Jamaica says the Security Council has been give too much of a role in the operation of the peace-building commission
  • Haiti describes the establishment of the commission as a “historic institution”
  • Developing countries secure limited gains from the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Hong Kong
  • Dominica’s trade minister says Caribbean delegations left the WTO meting with a sense of achievement
  • A former top UN environmentalist says the Caribbean media can make a difference in development and sustainable tourism
  • 23 Dec 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

    The Indian Ocean Tsunami: One Year Later

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

  • A campaign to make a woman the next Secretary-General of the UN
  • How Sudanese women are informing the Abuja peace talks on Sudan
  • 23 Dec 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

    UN Unveils Policy to Protect Whistleblowers

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

    The General Assembly Concludes First Part of 60th Session

    The president of the General Assembly, Jan Elliasson today stressed the importance of strengthening the role and relevance of the Assembly.

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

    WFP is Running Out of Money to Feed Refugees in Zambia

    The World Food Programme has warned that it is running out of money to feed more than eighty-thousand Angolan and Congolese refugees in Zambia.

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

    UNHCR Intensifies Relief Efforts as Winter Hits Northern Pakistan

    The United Nations refugee agency is distributing thousands of blankets and plastic sheets in camps for the survivors of this year’s earthquake in Northern Pakistan.

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

    WHO Commends China’s Efforts against Bird Flu

    The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for the Western Pacific Region, Dr. Shigeru Omi, has said that China is truly committed to the fight against H5N1 avian influenza.

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

    Human Rights Chief Urges Uzbekistan to Respect Fair Trial Standards

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, has called on the government of Uzbekistan to abide by international standards of due process in the trials of people accused of participating in last May’s disturbances in Andijan.

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

    UNICEF Issues its First Child Alert on Children in Countries of Crisis

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

    Reconstruction in Tsunami Hit Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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

    One year after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Most Children Hopeful about Future

    A UNICEF survey finds that most children in the Indian Ocean tsunami-affected countries are hopeful about their future.

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

    Security Council Commends DRC Constitutional Referendum, Urges Foreign Armed Groups to Disband

    The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday commended the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for successfully holding a referendum on a draft constitution.

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

    UN Food Agency Warns of Looming Food Crisis in Southern Somalia

    Up to two million people in southern Somalia are at risk of acute food shortages for at least the next six months due to failed rains.

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

    Security Council Calls Demands Cessation of Violence in Darfur

    The UN Security Council has called on the warring parties in Sudan’s Darfur region to honor a ceasefire agreement and reach a just and full peace accord without further delay.

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

    General Assembly Reaffirms Support for Efforts to Stop Illegal Diamond Trade

    The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution supporting strong international efforts to halt the illegal trade in diamonds used to fuel conflicts in Africa.

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

    2005 – A Really Difficult One: Annan

    The year 2005 has been a really difficult one – from tsunami to events in Lebanon and Darfur and beyond.

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

    UN Official Urges Concrete Political and Economic Action to Counter Mid East Violence

    The past month has seen some positive developments in the Middle East, but violence continues in the occupied Palestinian territory and in Israel.

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

    Security Council Lauds Work of UN Mission in Sierra Leone

    The UN Security Council has commended the valuable contribution of the UN mission in Sierra Leone to the country’s recovery from conflict over the last six years and to its progress towards peace, democracy and prosperity.

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

    UN Establishes New Peace-Building Body To Help Countries Emerging From Conflict

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

    Secretary-General reflects on 2005 at his end-of-year press conference

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

  • Tsunami One Year Later: FAO helps fishermen in Aceh and in Nias, Indonesia, regain their livelihood
  • ILO launches batik project for unemployed women hotel workers in tsunami-devastated Khao Lak, Thailand
  • 21 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

  • Liberia Faces Some Problems As It Prepares to Form a New Government
  • LRA Makes Humanitarian Access Difficult in Northern Uganda
  • African Cotton Farmers Seek Fairness in International Trade
  • 21 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

    UN Made Progress in Many Areas in Africa During 2005

    The United Nations made progress on many fronts and in many areas in Africa during this year.

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

    UN Experts Say Tsunami Survivors Still Living in Sub-Standard Conditions

    A year after the devastating Indian tsunami, many survivors are still living in substandard conditions that fail to meet international criteria for adequate housing.

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

    Angolan Repatriation Draws to a Close: UNHCR

    The return of a group of more than 40 Angolan refugees from Botswana marks the end of a three-year programme of organized convoys to Angola, under a voluntary repatriation scheme conducted by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

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

    Despite Economic Growth, Africa Faces High Unemployment: ECA

    Africa achieved more than four and a half per cent growth in 2004 the highest in almost a decade.

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

    Head of UN Relief Pleads For Security Council Action in Africa

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

    UN Expert Disappointed on Sudan’s efforts in Darfur

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

    UN Establishes Peacebuilding Commission to Manage Transition from War to Peace

    The UN General Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution establishing a new peace-building commission to help countries emerging from conflict from falling back into war.

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

    Cotton Export Subsidies to Be Eliminated by End of Next Year

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

    UN Envoy in Liberia Urges Peace in West African Nation

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

    WTO Concludes With Deal to End Farm Subsidies

    World Trade Organization negotiators cut a last minute deal Sunday to end subsidies in farm exports and other trade barriers.

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

    Annan Welcomes Outcome of WTO Talks on Hong Kong

    Secretary-General Kofi Annan is relieved that the World Trade Organization Meeting in Hong Kong did not end in failure as had been widely predicted.

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

    International Community Could Lose Darfur Humanitarian Operation: Egeland

    The UN’s top humanitarian official has warned that the largest humanitarian operation in the world – the crisis in Darfur – could be destroyed by the continuing militia attacks.

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

    UN Official Urges Indonesia to Prepare For Bird flu Pandemic

    The United Nations has urged Indonesia to step up efforts to prevent a possible bird flu pandemic that may kill millions of people.

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

    WFP Warns of Looming Food Security Crisis in Kenya

    The UN food agency (WFP) has warned that lack of rainfall could increase the number of people needing food aid in Kenya to two and a half million.

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

  • World Trade Talks Begin in Hong Kong Amid Protests
  • US is Part of an Agreement to Start Non-Binding Talks on Climate Change
  • UN Emergency Coordinator Concerned About Worsening Humanitarian Situation in Zimbabwe
  • 19 Dec 2005 | Posted in | Read More »

  • More Shelter Materials Needed for Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan
  • Curbing Climate Change in a Heavily Industrialized City of Taiwan
  • Controlling Bird Flu in Asia
  • 16 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

    YEAR IN REVIEW
  • UN assists victims of tsunami, South Asia quake and famine in Niger
  • Investigation into oil for food program finds UN mismanagement
  • UN organizes elections in Burundi, Liberia and Iraq
  • UN brokers peace agreement in south Sudan; Darfur continues to be a setback
  • Syria withdraws troops from Lebanon as UN investigates assassinations
  • UN agencies try to halt an influenza pandemic at the poultry level; WHO launches polio campaigns in re-infected countries; HIV/AIDS remains a challenge with 40 million people infected
  • IAEA and its Director-General win Nobel Peace Prize as North Korea and Iran remain key concerns
  • UN Secretary-General releases In Larger Freedom, his proposals for UN reform<(Transcript available upon request)
  • 16 Dec 2005 | Posted in Perspective | Read More »

    UN War Crimes Tribunals May Not Meet Date of completion Strategy

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

    Torture on the decline but still widespread in China: Human Rights Rapporteur

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

    UN Secretary-General Calls to People to Vote in Sunday Referendum

    The United Nations Secretary-General has appealed to the voters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to participate in Sunday’s referendum on the new constitution for the country.

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

    UN Envoy Welcomes Conduct of Elections in Iraq

    The Special Representative of the United Nations in Iraq, Ashraf Qazi has congratulated the Independent Electoral Commission in Iraq for the conduct of Thursday’s parliamentary elections.

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

    UNHCR Opens New Refugee Site for Central African Refugees in Chad

    The United Nations refugee agency has opened a third new site in southern Chad for refugees who have been crossing the border from the Central African Republic since June.

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

    The Red Cross Appeals for Disaster Relief

    The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has appealed for 430 million Swiss francs for its operations over the next two years.

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

    UN Expert Says Migrant Workers Are Vulnerable to Abuse

    The United Nations expert on the human rights of migrant workers, Jorge Bustamante has said that new practices of sub-contracting are making migrant workers more vulnerable to abuse.

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

  • The WTO says Caribbean hurricanes hit extremes this year
  • The UN General Assembly launches a $500 million relief fund to ease humanitarian crises around the world
  • Jamaica says international response to natural disasters should also focus on long-term rehabilitation
  • Developing countries urge developed nations at the WTO ministerial meeting in Hong Kong to move forward on special and differential treatment
  • St. Kitts-Nevis prime minister urges FAO to recognize government’s determination to establish linkages between agriculture and tourism
  • 16 Dec 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

    Potential of Bio-Energy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

    Interview with the Head of the UN Mission in Iraq Ashraf Qazi

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

    Good Turnout for Iraqi Elections

    Iraqis today turned out in large numbers to vote in parliamentary elections, with some polls staying open to accommodate the large number of voters.

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

    Some UN Staff to Temporarily Relocate Out of Eritrea

    The UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea has begun pulling its staff out of Eritrea in response to an Eritrean demand that nationals of Canada, the United States and Europe leave the mission by Friday.

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

    FAO Calls for Reducing Trade Barriers for Processed Agricultural Products

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says trade liberalization can unlock the potential of the agriculture sector to stimulate economic growth and promote food security, but it has not done so yet.

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

    General Assembly Approves Creation of an Emergency Humanitarian Relief Fund

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed the General Assembly’s resolution to set up a 500-million-dollar central emergency response fund.

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

    WMO Says 2005 Set to Be Second Warmest Year on Record

    This year is set to be among the warmest years on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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

  • A Report on the State of the World’s Children by UNICEF
  • Luis Moreno Ocampo Briefs the Security Council on the Crisis in Darfur
  • Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Comes to the United Nations
  • 15 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

  • A Report on the State of the World’s Children by UNICEF
  • Luis Moreno Ocampo Briefs the Security Council on the Crisis in Darfur
  • Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Comes to the United Nations
  • 15 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

    Head of Investigation into Assassination of Former Lebanese Prime Minister Requests Greater Cooperation from Syria

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

    State of the World’s Children Report by UNICEF

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

    African, Caribbean, Pacific States Call for Progress on Development, Agriculture and Services

    Developing countries have adopted a declaration at the World Trade Organization meeting in Hong Kong, focusing on what they say are “some of the most important issues at stake.”

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

    Syria Still Not Cooperating With Probe: Mehlis

    Syria is still not fully cooperating with the investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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

    Syria Reiterates Its Cooperation with UN Probe

    The representative of Syria, Ambassador Feyssal Mekdad, disagreed with the report, saying Syria has cooperated fully with the commission.

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

    France Submits Text to Expand Hariri Investigation

    France has submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council extending for six months the mandate of the UN investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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

    UNICEF Calls for Real Action to Reach Children in Poverty

    The United Nations effort to slash extreme poverty by half can still become a reality if real action is taken to reach vulnerable children in poor countries.

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

    World Trade Talks Open in Hong Kong to Protests

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

    More Shelter Supplies Needed for Pakistan Earthquake Survivors: OCHA

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

    Annan Tells WTO Rich Countries Must Reject Protectionism

    Rich countries will have to reject not just protectionism, but also populism. That’s what Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to Tuesday’s opening of the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong.

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

    WTO’s Decision-Making Process Democratic: Director-General Lamy

    Meanwhile, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy says despite all the criticism, the WTO’s decision-making process is difficult.

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

    Pakistani Earthquake Survivors Facing Difficult Winter

    A joint survey by United Nations agencies paints the picture of a difficult winter for those affected by the October 8 earthquake in Pakistan.

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

    ICC to Further Investigate Grave Crimes in Darfur

    The International criminal Court (ICC) has developed a comprehensive picture of the crimes allegedly committed in Darfur since 1 July 2002.

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

    Annan Reiterates Condemnation of Terrorist Bombings in Beirut

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has reiterated his condemnation of Monday’s terrorist bombing of Lebanese lawmaker Gibran Tueni in suburban Beirut.

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

    UNHCR to Begin South Sudan Repatriations

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) begins a voluntary repatriation programme to southern Sudan this weekend.

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

    US Joins Agreement to Start Non-Binding Talks on Climate Change

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

    World Trade Negotiations to Start Tuesday in Hong Kong

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

    Secretary-General Condemns Killing of Lebanese MP Gibran Tueni

    The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, has strongly condemned the assassination of Gibran Tueni and three other people who were killed today in a car bomb near Beirut.

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

    UN Relief Coordinator Says 2006 Should be Year of DR Congo

    The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland says that 2006 should be the year of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

    UN Official At WTO: Aid for Trade

    The least developed countries should continue to get preferential treatment in trade if they are to benefit from globalization.

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

    WHO Warns of Worsening Health Crisis in Pakistan

    The World Health Organization has warned that the health crisis in Pakistan is worsening as winter hits the affected area hit by the earthquake.

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

    UN Mission Responds to Disturbances in Liberian Capital

    The United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, has helped to restore order in the Liberian capital of Monrovia, following a disturbance on Sunday evening.

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

    Over 30 UN Human Rights Experts Reaffirm Prohibition of Torture

    Over thirty United Nations human rights experts have reaffirmed that torture and any form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are prohibited in all circumstances.

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

    Climate Change Conference in Montreal is Drawing to a Close

    The two-week climate change conference in Montreal is drawing to a close, but as we hear from thi report by Bissera Kosstova, it is far from reaching agreement on its main point.

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

    Violence Directed At Civilians Continue to Trigger Displacement

    Violence directed at civilians continues to cause high levels of population displacement.

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

    Militias Force Thousands of Congolese to Flee Homes in Katanga

    Armed militias are forcing thousands of people to flee their homes in the Katanga province in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

    WHO Says Degrading Environment Affects People’s Health

    The World Health Organization today launched its first comprehensive report which looks at the interactions between change in ecosystems and human health.

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

    Prohibition Against Torture Theme For Human Rights Day

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

    UN Emergency Coordinator Concerned About Worsening Zimbabwe’s Humanitarian Situation

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

  • UN Health Agency proposes Medical Schemes to Reduce Poverty and Increase Access to Medical Care in Developing Countries
  • Controlling Bird Flu in Asia
  • International Volunteer Day
  • 9 Dec 2005 | Posted in | Read More »

  • Helping Women Earthquake Survivors in Pakistan
  • The World Health Organization Shines a Spotlight on the Global Problem of Domestic Violence.
  • 9 Dec 2005 | Posted in Women | Read More »

  • The Caribbean Community Calls for a Strengthening of Marine Scientific Research in Coastal States
  • The Pan American Health Organization Sub-regional Advisor Talks About the Effects of Climate Change in the Caribbean Region
  • St.Vincent and the Grenadines Says It Has Made Incremental Progress in Realizing the Millennium Development Goals
  • Grenada’s Prime Minister Says the Island Has Suffered a Setback in Meeting Its Goals After Being Hit by a Second Hurricane
  • The Group of 77 Developing Countries Express Concern Over the Limited Progress Made by the Least Developed Countries Under the Brussels Programme of Action
  • 8 Dec 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

    FAO Researches Role of Forests in Mitigating Global Warming">FAO Researches Role of Forests in Mitigating Global Warming

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

    Eritrea Expels UN Without Explanation

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

    UN Calls on Eritrea Not to Expel Peacekeepers

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is sending the head of peacekeeping operations and a military adviser to Eritrea.

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

    Wanted Croatian General Seized by UN

    A Croatian general, charged with war crimes against Serb civilians during the Balkan wars in the 1990s, has been arrested in Spain.

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

    Secretary-General, UN Envoy Calls for Restraint in Iraq

    Expressing dismay at the recent wave of kidnappings in Iraq, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all abducted Iraqi and foreign civilians.

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

    Human Rights Chief Upholds Ban on Torture

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights told journalists that the absolute ban on torture is becoming a casualty of the war on terror.

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

    UN Launches Appeal for Palestinians

    The United Nations Agency dealing with Palestinian Refugees, UNRWA, has launched an Emergency appeal for $215 million for next year. ~

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

  • Eritrea Gives United Nations Monitors Ten Days to Leave Country
  • People in Dry Sahel Region Devise Strategy for Food Security
  • Cote d’Ivoire Finally Gets an Interim Prime Minister
  • 8 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

  • UN Celebrates International Volunteer Day.
  • UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Bill Clinton Checks on Progress in the Indonesian Province of Aceh.
  • An Indian NGO Tackling Climate Change.
  • 8 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

    UN Concerned Over Eritrea’s Expulsion Order

    The United Nations has confirmed that it has been informed of Eritrea’s expulsion order affecting American, Canadian, European and Russian members of the UN mission monitoring the Ethiopia-Eritrea border.

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

    Total Ban on Torture Under Attack in War on Terror: Arbour

    The United Nations Hing Commissioner for Human Rights has told journalists that the absolute ban on torture is becoming a casualty of the war on terror.

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

    Climate Change Conference Begins Ministerial-Level Session

    In Montreal, Canada, the conference on climate change today began a three-day ministerial- level meeting. More on this in this report from UN Radio’s Bissera Kostova.

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

    WFP Ready to Feed Earthquake Victims Throughout Winter

    The UN food agency (WFP), says it is ready to feed more than a million Pakistani earthquake survivors through the winter.

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

    Trade Liberalization Can Unlock Potential to Promote Growth Among Poor countries: FAO

    A new report says agricultural trade and further trade liberalization can unlock the potential of the agriculture sector to promote growth in poor countries, but it also warns that these benefits are not guaranteed.

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

    The Greening of Flights Is The Theme For International Civil Aviation Day:

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

    Time Is Now To Act on Climate Change

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

    Climate Change Conference Hears Views of Indigenous People

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

    UN Health Agency Says Medical Insurance Schemes Would Reduce Poverty

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

    Rwanda lauds Security Council’s efforts to bring peace to Central Africa

    Security Council visits to Africa have proven to be an enormous opportunity to discuss the way forward in finding durable solutions to long-standing peace and security challenges on the continent.

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

    UNHCR preparing for influx of mountain dwellers

    The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) says its standing by for an exodus of mountain-dwellers who survived the South Asian earthquake, but now face increasingly bitter winter weather.

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

    WFP completes firs overland shipment of aid to Somalia

    The UN food agency (WFP), says it has successfully completed its first food aid delivery to Somalia by land in more than four years.

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

    Zimbabwe agrees on need for more international aid: Egeland

    UN humanitarian envoy Jan Egeland says he and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe have agreed on the need for more international humanitarian aid despite differences over the government’s eviction campaign.

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

    Pacific Island villagers may be first climate change refugees: UNEP

    Rising seas have forced 100 people on the Pacific island chain of Vanuatu to move to higher ground, in what the UN says might be the first example of a village being formally displaced as a result of climate change.

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

    Controlling Bird Flu In Asia

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

    International Volunteer Day: 5 December 2005

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

    WFP Chief Appeals for Help to Maintain aid to Earthquake Victims

    The UN food agency (WFP) has appealed for $70 million in urgent assistance to continue airlifting food through the winter to people in the earthquake ravaged areas of Pakistan.

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

    UN Official Warns Development at Stake Without Disaster Risk Reduction

    Development is at great risk due to the ever increasing frequency and magnitude of disasters that are leaving the lives and livelihood of people at stake.

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

    Millions of HIV Infections This Year Deepen Africa’s AIDS Crisis: Piot

    More than three million people in Africa have been infected with HIV this year the highest number in any single year.

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

    UN Humanitarian Envoy Pledges to Help Homeless in Zimbabwe

    In Zimbabwe, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland pledged to provide new homes for those who lost their homes under the government’s urban clearance campaign.

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

    UN Special Envoy Condemns Suicide Bombing in Israel

    The UN’s special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has condemned Monday’s suicide bombing in Netanya, Israel.

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

    UN Envoy Urges an End to Cycle of Impunity in Cote d’Ivoire

    A UN adviser for the prevention of genocide has urged the authorities in Cote d’Ivoire to break the circle of impunity to avoid any harmful consequences in the country.

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

  • UN Radio on MTV’s interview with the UN Secretary General
  • UN Seeks $4.7 billion for 26 Humanitarian Crises in 2006
  • UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
  • 2 Dec 2005 | Posted in | Read More »

  • Barbados Expresses Concerns Over the Transshipment of Hazardous Materials Through the Caribbean Sea
  • Caricom States Urge Developed Nations to Refrain from Using the Caribbean Sea as a Transit Route for the Shipment of Nuclear Waster Materials
  • Dominica’s Prime-minister Says a Serious Challenge is being posed to Agricultural Development in the Region
  • St. Lucia Says It’s Focussing on Economic Diversification, Among Other Areas as Part of Its Development Strategy
  • St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Says the People of the Twin-Island Frederation is One of the Latest Casualties of Trade Liberalization
  • The Group of 77 Developing Countries Reiterates the Importance of Ensuring that Development Remains a Priority in Deliberations on UN Reform
  • 2 Dec 2005 | Posted in Caribbean News | Read More »

  • Movie Star Helps Bring Attention to the Plight of Pakistani Earthquake Survivors
  • Stemming the AIDS Epidemic in Malaysia through Harm Reduction
  • Reducing the Incidence of Drowning in China
  • 2 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN Calling Asia | Read More »

    Addressing The Needs of Women After The Earthquake in Pakistan

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

    Paralympics Gold Medalist and Disability Law Attorney on the Benefit of Sports for Development

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

    UNHCR Concerned About Erosion of Protection of Asylum Seekers in Europe

    The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about a controversial directive on asylum procedures that has been adopted by the twenty five members of the European Union without discussion.

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

    UN Envoy Appeals for $1.7 billion For Recovery and Development in Sudan

    The United Nations Special Envoy for Sudan, Jan Pronk has appealed for close to two billion dollars to help in the recovery and development of Sudan.

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

    United Nations Envoy Calls for Free and Transparent Elections in Iraq

    The United Nations Secretary-General's special envoy in Iraq, Ashraf Qazi has called for free, fair, inclusive and transparent elections in Iraq.

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

    Secretary-General Says Many Forms of Slavery Persists

    The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that despite centuries of struggle, slavery has not been completely eradicated from the world.

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

    The UN health Agency Decides Not to Hire Smokers

    The World Health Organization has decided not to hire people who smoke starting on the first of December.

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

    World AIDS Day: Keeping the Promise in Kenya

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

    UN Seeks $4.7 billion for 26 Humanitarian Crises in 2006

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

  • Prevention and Treatment Reduce HIV/AIDS Infections and Death
  • Climate Change Has Devastating Consequences in Africa
  • 1 Dec 2005 | Posted in UN and Africa | Read More »

    World AIDS Day

    On World AIDS Day this year, there is good news and bad news.

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

    Security Council Welcomes Agreement on Rafah

    The UN Security Council has welcomed as an important step the agreement last month between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

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

    UN Launches Humanitarian Appeal

    The UN is asking donors to commit more than four billion dollars to ease humanitarian crises around the world next year.

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

    Human Rights Chief Concerned Over Nepal

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed serious concern about the possible resumption of full-scale armed conflict in Nepal, and about increasing violations of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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

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