Forests are home to 300 million people around the world and cover 31 percent of the world’s land area. Two thousand eleven is being celebrated as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. Jan McAlpine, Director of the UN Forum on Forests [...]
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has begun a two-day pilot training session for judges and prosecutors from various county courts in Croatia.
The incumbent Ivorian president, Laurent Gbagbo, has been warned by the United Nations that the perpetrators of attacks against UN peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire will be held accountable.
A joint United Nations-African Union mission has arrived in Niamey, Niger to assess the transition to democracy following last year's coup and a recent wave of arrests.
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Five days of non-stop heavy rain have turned parts of Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean near India, into a disaster area. Official reports say some 23 people have died and more than 300,000 have been displaced. The displacements have happened just as many people were beginning to rebuild their lives after [...]
A World Food Programme helicopter air crew has been abducted by unknown armed men in the area of El Geneina, in the Sudanese region of West Darfur. The Bulgarian crew members include a pilot, co-pilot and engineer. So far the identities and motives of the kidnappers remain a mystery. But, according to Kamal Saiki, the [...]
Food assistance to Ivorian refugees in Liberia is being scaled up by the World Food Programme (WFP).
Developing countries are expected to contribute 46 per cent to the growth of the world economy this year, according to the World Bank.
The United Nations and European Union are jointly calling for greater humanitarian access to civilians displaced by conflict in the north of Yemen.
Three Bulgarian helicopter flight crew working for the World Food Programme have been kidnapped by unidentified armed men in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Around four billion x-ray procedures are conducted on humans throughout the world every year; the use of CT scanning, in particular, has grown dramatically in recent years. These procedures are a vital tool for doctors, but sometimes used inappropriately. Experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA are looking at ways of ensuring patients [...]
Nearly a million people have been displaced by floods in central and eastern Sri Lanka according to United Nations Agencies. Reports say that flood waters in some areas are two meters higher than normal and still rising. 18 deaths have been reported. Patrick Maigua reports from Geneva.