The Security Council takes up the latest UN report on Timor Leste, six months after assassins tried to kill the country's top leaders

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The Security Council this week debated the latest UN Secretary-General's report on Timor-Leste — the first since the stability of the fledgling nation was tested by an assassination attempt on two of its leaders in February. This follows the start of a review of the country's security sector conducted with the assistance of the UN. Zacarias Albano Da Costa is the Foreign Affairs Minister of Timor-Leste.

The UN Children's Fund brings water to villagers in Indonesia

A clean and healthy world: That was the theme for World Water Week 2008 which was observed from August 17-23. Sweden's capital, Stockholm, was the host city for events devoted to bringing adequate sanitation to nearly three billion people who lack access to water supply and toilet facilities. During World Water Week, UNICEF reported on communities in Java, Indonesia where villagers are building water catchments to improve local hygiene and sanitation practices. The catchments are part of a UNICEF effort to improve the water and sanitation situation in a region still recovering from a major earthquake in May 2006. We'll hear more in this report from UNICEF's Steve Nettleton.

Experts and activists meet in Bangkok to address the scourge of child sexual exploitation

Hundreds of experts, government officials and youth activists from across the region were in Bangkok this week for a meeting on how to address child sexual exploitation. Despite some progress in recent years in tackling this problem, participants say more needs to be done particularly in East Asia and the Pacific. UN Radio's Reem Abaza found out more about the meeting from Amalee McCoy of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

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