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UN sends record 114,000 metric tonnes of food aid to Afghanistan this month

Far surpassing previous records, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered an unprecedented 114,000 metric tonnes of food into Afghanistan during the month of December.

Efforts to remove unexploded cluster "bomblets" commence in Afghanistan

Working from a list provided by coalition forces of where they used cluster bombs in Afghanistan, the United Nations is helping to remove unexploded "bomblets" released in those attacks, a spokesman for the world body said today.

Anti-measles drive in Afghanistan launched by UN Children's Fund

The United Nations today announced the launch of a large-scale measles vaccination campaign in Afghanistan, where poverty and the country’s devastated health infrastructure combine to make the disease a major killer of children.

Annan calls Euro's advent 'bold and visionary' act of political unity

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the introduction of the Euro - Europe's new common currency - calling it "a bold and visionary choice for unity over division, cooperation over conflict, and a common future over a divided past."

UN collects record $4.2 billion this year in current and back dues

The United Nations this year collected a record $4.2 billion in current and overdue payments for its regular, peacekeeping and tribunal budgets, surpassing the pervious high of $3.99 billion set in 1994.

Annan welcomes Pakistan’s ‘determined law enforcement action’

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed the determined law enforcement action taken by the Pakistani authorities, calling such measures “an important step towards easing tensions in the region.”

Afghanistan's cultural heritage under 'extreme threat,' UNESCO warns

A senior official of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) has warned that the cultural heritage of Afghanistan is "under extreme threat."

Fresh job prospects prompt female Afghan refugees to return home, UN reports

Fresh opportunities for employment - banned under Taliban rule but now permitted under the new Interim Administration - are drawing female Afghan refugees back to their home country, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.

Haekkerup resigns as head of UN mission in Kosovo; Annan regrets move

Citing personal reasons, the head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Hans Haekkerup, today announced his resignation, drawing an expression of regrets from Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who praised the envoy for his contribution to UN efforts in the province.

Half a million people face acute food shortages in southern Somalia, UN warns

Concerned about the fate of some 500,000 people in southern Somalia suffering from serious food shortages, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that any further setbacks could have disastrous consequences.