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Afghanistan: warring sides agree to ceasefire for UN polio immunization effort

The warring factions in Afghanistan have agreed to respect a ceasefire for three days starting tomorrow to allow a United Nations polio immunization effort to go forward, according to the Islamabad-based UN Coordinator for the country.

UN Asia-Pacific forum to tackle poverty, AIDS as human security threats

Poverty, urbanization, AIDS and other threats to human security will feature high on the agenda as representatives from throughout the Asia-Pacific region gather at the United Nations centre in Bangkok this week, the UN announced today.

Steps needed to stem accidental deaths of dolphins in North Sea -- UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has backed a call for limits on the number of dolphins and porpoises accidentally killed by fishing nets in the North Sea.

Security Council condemns violence in Burundi, urges parties to pursue dialogue

Concerned over ongoing violence in Burundi, members of the Security Council today urged the parties to halt all attacks and pursue a process of dialogue aimed at ending the fighting.

Security Council members condemn killing of Russian soldier in Kosovo

Members of the Security Council today deplored the recent killing of a Russian soldier serving in Kosovo and called for action to bring those responsible to justice.

Annan urges end to security violations in Prevlaka and resumption of peace talks

Despite an absence of significant incidents in Prevlaka over the past three months, Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia "unfortunately did not take advantage of the prevailing calm" to move towards a political settlement of their dispute, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a report issued today at UN Headquarters in New York.

UN agencies help Tanzania to set up HIV/AIDS national body

Several United Nations agencies have joined forces to help the Government of Tanzania to set up a new national body to coordinate all aspects of the country's response to HIV/AIDS, according to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a lead partner in the effort.

Annan to attend African summit on AIDS, infectious diseases later this month

Secretary-General Kofi Annan will travel to Nigeria later this month to attend a top-level African forum focusing on the problem of infectious diseases on the continent, his spokesman announced today in New York.

On-site visits key to assessing plight of internally displaced, UN rights body told

A United Nations expert on internally displaced persons said today that country visits were "critical" to his work, and urged the Organization to find a way of engaging those governmental authorities who refuse visits by UN investigators to change their minds.

DPR of Korea: despite political improvements, relief aid still critical, UN says

Recent improvements in the political climate of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have not yet had a significant impact on the country's humanitarian situation, which is still critical following a prolonged period of economic decline and a series of natural disasters, the United Nations said today.