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UN agency honours children for artwork on climate change

Raising awareness of the dangers posed by climate change, the United Nations environment agency has recognized three children for their artistic depictions of the phenomenon.

UN agency urges measures to prevent forest fires

A United Nations agency today urged countries to invest more in fire preparedness and prevention.

Land in Afghanistan donated to mine victims, UN reports

Land in Afghanistan that is now free of mines has been donated to the brave workers who were injured while clearing those deadly weapons from the area, the United Nations said today.

UN agencies make house calls to vaccinate Afghan newborns

Joining forces with the Afghan Government, two United Nations agencies are conducting their final round of house calls to vaccinate newborns and their mothers against tetanus in the capital, Kabul.

On World No Tobacco Day, UN calls for stamping out smoking in workplace

As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes.

Finishing tour, top UN military adviser sees rising confidence in peacekeeping

The Military Adviser to the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), who is retiring today, said that coping with burgeoning new mandates in recent years has boosted the success of UN operations overall.

UN envoy calls for reforms to address human rights concerns in Cambodia

A United Nations envoy today welcomed legal reforms in Cambodia, expressing hope that their long-awaited adoption will begin to redress unjust court proceedings and other violations of human rights in the Southeast Asian country.

UN and AU outline details of proposed hybrid peacekeeping force in Darfur

The planned hybrid United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Darfur will only succeed if its unity and coherence of command are not compromised and the Sudanese Government consents and cooperates, according to a joint report issued by the UN and AU and released today.

UN food distribution resumes after deadly attack on convoy in Uganda

After suspending aid operations in northeastern Uganda earlier this week following a deadly attack, the Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that the agency will resume its aid operations in the area tomorrow.

Aid reaches hundreds of thousands in Somalia, but difficulties persist, UN says

Aid has been distributed to more than 90 per cent of the nearly 400,000 people displaced by recent fighting in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, though considerable humanitarian difficulties persist, the United Nations said today.