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Multifaceted UN response to tsunami focuses on both large and small

From water storage tanks in India to safe delivery kits for pregnant women in the Maldives to fishery experts in Indonesia, the massive United Nations relief operation for the victims of the Asia's devastating tsunami today continued to address a vast spectrum of needs, both general and specific, giant and small.

UN health agency calls for heightened control in Viet Nam after new bird flu case

The United Nations health agency has called for heightened control measures against bird flu in Viet Nam following informal reports of a new human case, warning that increases in poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption with the approach of the Lunar New Year in February create conditions favouring its spread.

In New Year's message, top UN envoy renews support for Iraqi elections

As Iraq moves into high gear for elections in just one month's time, the top United Nations there today delivered a New Year message pledging the world body's continued support "to help foster the future peace and prosperity" of all the war-torn country's peoples.

Mohamad Sahnoun to serve another year as UN Special Adviser on Horn of Africa

Responding to a decision by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend the term of his special adviser helping with issues affecting the Horn of Africa, the United Nations Security Council has agreed to the renewal of Mohamed Sahnoun's appointment for a year, according to documents released today.

Annan welcomes peace deal to end 21-year civil war in southern Sudan

United Nations officials headed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan have welcomed today's initialling of the two final protocols of a comprehensive peace deal to end a 21-year civil war in southern Sudan that has claimed the lives of two million people and displaced up to four million others.

Annan calls for peacekeeping support for African Union

Welcoming the recent decrease in African conflicts, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the resulting increase in demand for peacekeeping missions on the continent carries challenges to expand the capacity of the African Union (AU), while rejecting mechanisms that limit the participation of non-African UN members.

Indian and Pakistani troops deploy to troubled Kivus in DR Congo

New troops from India and Pakistan are headed to the troubled Kivus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission (MONUC) there.

As pledges for tsunami victims top $1.1 billion, Annan says logistics is biggest challenge

With governments and international organizations having increased their combined pledges to help the victims of last Sunday's Asian tsunami to between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned today that the biggest challenge is now overcoming the logistics of distributing aid and relief supplies to the hardest-hit areas.

In UN relief effort after Asian tsunami, some details fall below public radar

From floating mines – the dislodged detritus of long running civil war – to the psychological after-shocks of Asia's devastating tsunami, the massive United Nations relief operation is addressing the mini-crises that may slip below the radar of public attention amid the glare devoted to the immediate health and shelter emergencies.

UN peacekeepers improve security in Haiti, work with civil groups

Security, one of the main concerns of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, has greatly improved in the Caribbean nation, allowing UN teams to work with their Haitian counterparts on such pressing civil issues as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, a mission spokesman said.