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Ban Ki-moon makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, meeting with top officials there ahead of a planned conference on the country he will attend early next month in Rome.

UNICEF condemns attacks on schoolchildren in conflict areas

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world, citing recent incidents in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

IAEA helps Central Asian countries deal with old uranium sites

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is helping Central Asian countries to take steps toward securing millions of tonnes of uranium tailings – a potential source of radioactive and heavy metal pollution – in abandoned sites.

UN food agency appeals for funds to assist drought victims in Timor-Leste

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced plans to assist nearly 200,000 people in Timor-Leste affected by an ongoing drought and appealed for additional funds to provide food aid.

WHO releases findings on travel and blood clots

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) released today results from a research project that warning that the risk of developing fatal blood clots during travel doubles after the passenger has been seated for four hours or more.

UNESCO adds three new sites to World Heritage List

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today wrapped up this year’s review of its World Heritage List by adding three sites in Serbia, Azerbaijan and Mexico.

Iraq: UN refugee agency issues urgent appeal to evacuate seriously ill Palestinians

Without immediate evacuation and life-saving medical help, roughly one dozen seriously ill Palestinians – mostly young children stranded in Baghdad or in a make-shift camp close to the Syrian border – could die or suffer complications, the United Nations refugee agency said today, appealing for urgent assistance.

Migiro visits Guinea-Bissau in show of UN’s support

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro arrived in Guinea-Bissau today on a visit intended to reaffirm the world body’s support for the West African’s country’s ongoing efforts to consolidate peace, national reconciliation and constitutional governance.

UN refugee agency set to end Liberian repatriation programme

On the eve of the end of the United Nations refugee agency’s two-and-a-half year repatriation programme for Liberians, its spokesperson today said plans are underway to continue helping the people of the country to rebuild their lives.

Rocket attack against Ivorian leader sparks UN condemnation

The Security Council, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire joined forces to denounce today’s deadly rocket attack on a plane carrying the country’s Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.