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UN maritime agency urges action to curb piracy off coast of Somalia

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) today renewed its call for measures to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia.

UN food agency plans 6-month emergency operation in Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a $52 million, six-month plan to provide emergency aid to 2.2 million Bangladeshis affected by the recent cyclone.

Iraqis returning from Syria, UN agency confirms

A convoy of buses carrying an estimated 800 Iraqis has left the Syrian capital of Damascus and crossed the border on its way to Baghdad, according to the United Nations refugee agency, which said most are returning because their resources are exhausted.

UN-backed (PRODUCT)RED campaign reaches $50 million contribution mark

The United Nations-supported (PRODUCT)RED initiative has received more than $50 million in contributions since its inception last year, bolstering the efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, organizers announced today.

One-third of adults in rich nations are ignorant about AIDS, UN-backed study finds

In what should serve as a wake-up call ahead of World AIDS Day, a new United Nations-backed survey shows that about one third of the people in seven wealthy nations admit they know little or nothing about the global HIV and AIDS crisis, and 25 per cent believe problems associated with the epidemic are “greatly exaggerated” by the media.

Security Council team holds talks in eastern district of Timor-Leste

The Security Council delegation visiting Timor-Leste to assess the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation (UNMIT) today travelled to the eastern district of Baucau for talks with local authorities, political party representatives, UN officials and police officers.

Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister

Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Ban Ki-moon to participate in next month’s climate change conference in Bali

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the Indonesian island of Bali next month, where world leaders will gather for a major conference on climate change, to try to press for a breakthrough in the international negotiations on devising a comprehensive agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Secretary-General names Robert Serry of the Netherlands as Middle East envoy

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced his intention to appoint Robert H. Serry of the Netherlands as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

Countries must maintain vigilance in fight against bird flu, says new UN report

Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries must maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, according to a joint United Nations and World Bank report.